QUALITY

Quality

Vehicle Inspection Startup Eyes Expanded Opportunities

Auctions and dealership applications promise to provide OEMs with improved lifecycle data

Regulations

Hyundai’s U.S. Engine Woe Costs Jump to $4.7 Billion

A problem with self-destructing engines continues to grow.

Regulations

U.S. Reports 17th Takata Airbag Fatality

Millions of deadly inflators are still on the road

Business

Want to Pay Less for Maintenance and Repairs? Drive an EV

Electrified models currently are 50% less costly to own; even greater savings expected in the future

Regulations

FCA Readies Big Engine Recall

Creeping rise in emissions affects at least 1 million vehicles

Quality

Predicting Parts Failures Sooner

Database of 3 billion service incidents helps carmakers spot failures

Regulations

Vehicle Certification in a COVID-19 World: Ricardo Adds Remote Testing

Carmakers and certification authorities can watch from home during the process

Machining

Omron and Production Traceability

Helping manufacturers hike quality by more closely tracking parts

Production

GM Touts Cheaper EV Battery Tech

More power, more range, less cost

Marketing

Porsche Jumps to Top of CR Best-Car Ratings

Another year of surprising ups and downs

Marketing

Cars Keep Getting More Reliable

The J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study proves cars are more dependable than ever, even though they also keep getting more complicated.

Regulations

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.

Sales

Does Quality Matter?

Sometimes, high scores in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study don’t result in big sales.

Cax

Scanning at la Sarthe

3D scanning system keeps competitors honest.

Production

GM Is Confident about Its QDR

Today General Motors announced that anyone who buys a new Chevy or GMC vehicle in the U.S. has the opportunity to add a “true, extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranty” that spans five years or 60,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) and that buyers of Buicks and Cadillacs can get six years or 70,000 miles added to their monthly payment plan.

Simulation

Renishaw's Four Stages of the Production Process for Comprehensive Quality Control

In the Industry 4.0 age, post-process inspection technologies aren’t enough.

Satisfying Vehicles

The AutoPacific 2018 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs) were announced last week.

Propulsion

Solutions for Success

Bosch has developed the Climo mobile air lab that provides real-time measures of city air quality so countermeasures can be taken sooner rather than later.

Volkswagen’s Warranty Power to the People

When you buy a new car or truck, chances are you do so for some reason that has to do with need—your previous vehicle is on its proverbial last legs or you have started a family and somehow that Miata just won’t cut it any more or some other external factor—or desire—you see that new model and know that you just HAVE TO have it because you just do.

Electronics

Electronic Work Instructions Aid Quality

Providing electronic instructions not only helps operators, but because changes can be automatically made in case of quality glitches, they can maintain production flow.

Quality

Tools for Improved Quality

Here’s a look at some recent developments in the metrology arena that can help you improve your production quality.

Quality

Better Inspection Software Improves Quality Management

3D metrology software can leverage the capabilities of measuring equipment in a myriad of ways.

Interiors

Creating Quality for Leather Interiors

Although more and more OEMs have leather trim packages for vehicles at all levels, you might be surprised to learn about how some of that material is processed.

Quality

Achieving Custom Measurements from Modular Components

While everyone wants a custom measuring system, full-on customization can be costly. A system built with modular components can fit the bill— in the quality and financial senses.