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Production

Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai Group Top IIHS Safety Ratings

Tougher headlight criteria reduce number of Top Safety Pick+ winners

Business

Takata Recalls Another 10 Million Airbag Inflators

Takata—the bankrupt airbag supplier responsible for the world’s largest auto-related recall ever—is throwing another 10 million defective devices into the mess.

Mercedes Recalls Nearly 745,000 Faulty Sunroofs

Daimler is calling back 744,900 Mercedes-Benz cars in the U.S. to check for glass sunroof panels that could blow off while the vehicle is moving.

Intelligent Transportation

Toyota Takes Multi-Pronged Approach to Autonomoy

Toyota Research Institute is working to help make vehicles safer by increasing their levels of autonomy. But, for the near-term future, the driver isn’t going to be relinquishing the task of driving.

Propulsion

Transforming Volkswagen

A line up of electric cars and a new head of American operations may have a bigger transformation on VW (especially in the U.S.) than anything since the first Beetle arrived in the U.S. in 1949.

Interiors & Electronics

What’s Nexo?

Hyundai has developed a hydrogen-powered vehicle that has the capability and the stylishness that might make people wonder why there aren’t more hydrogen stations.

Design

Magna Forms Joint Ventures in China

Magna International is forming two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV), a subsidiary of the state-owned automotive group BAIC, for (1) engineering and (2) manufacturing electric vehicles.

Interiors

Magna, Polestar and More

Magna is an automotive supplier. But it is a Tier One supplier unlike many others.

Propulsion

Magna & the Challenges of Modern Automotive Manufacturing

Magna International is the third-largest automotive supplier on the planet.

Propulsion

Love Thy Supplier

The challenges facing the industry throughout the next decade almost make the last decade’s look easy.

Interiors & Electronics

Fisker Automotive: Help Wanted

Fisker Automotive has announced that it is going to be hiring people for the former GM assembly plant that it purchased in Wilmington, Delaware.

Propulsion

Jeeps Modified for Moab

On Easter morning in Moab, Utah, when the population of that exceedingly-hard-to-get-to town in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth has more than doubled, some people won’t be hunting for Easter eggs, but will be trying to get a good look at one of the vehicles six that Jeep has prepared for real-life, fast-feedback from the assembled at the annual Easter Jeep Safari.

Steel

Steel Study Shows How To Lighten Up

A two-year study by this international steel company has come up with a specific array of parts—including the materials and processes needed to transform them into parts—that can achieve significant weight savings without an increase in cost.

Propulsion

Potential Japanese Auto Parts Impact On U.S. Production

While several Japanese OEMs are still sorting out what they’ll be doing vis-à-vis the devastation brought on by the earthquake and tsunami*, and while most of them have significant vehicle manufacturing capability in other places in the world like the U.S., according to data and analysis from The Journal of Commerce/PIERS, there could be a significant impact on production by these companies at their U.S. facilities due to disruptions of containerized shipping.

Interiors & Electronics

TI Automotive Opens Fuel Tank Plant in Central Mexico

Fluid systems provider TI Automotive has ventured south of the border to San Luis Potosí, Mexico for the opening of its third North American—and 24th worldwide—fuel-tank systems manufacturing plant.

Production

Measurement Tips For The Micro

When your parts are tiny, the measurement challenge can be huge.

Plastics

Who Needs Paint?

Automakers have long dreamed of building assembly plants that don't need expensive, emissions-intensive paint shops. With plastic film technologies maturing quickly that dream may soon be within reach.

Materials & Lightweighting

Do Plastic Body Panels Have A Future?

Remember those Saturn commercials showing shopping carts bouncing harmlessly off of plastic body panels? Good idea, right? But apparently the approach never really caught on. Now the question is: will it ever?

Production

Is That A Mirage?

This may be the quietest small car we've ever driven.

Assembly

Meritor Leverages the Sandwich

The automotive supplier is taking modularity to a new level: to the roof. It has developed a mothod to combine coil-coated metal with a headliner and a polyurethane in between that not only can provide better physical properties for a roof, but which can improve assembly, as well.

Propulsion

From a Land Down Under

Don't look to see an aXcess australia on the road anytime soon—or otherwise. The Australian supply base along with government agencies do want the world to have a better understanding of the capabilities that can be found in that country, so while you'll never drive one, you can see the sorts of things they have in mind.