Automotive industry company news
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Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one suppliers, this week Matthew Beecham talked with Detlef Jürss, group vice president and general manager Seating Components, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. Well worth a look if you haven't enjoyed yet. He's also talked to Schaeffler about smarter repairs.
Volkswagen Group stayed very much in the news this week. The company posted a set of results that were dragged down by provision made for costs associated with ‘dieselgate’. I suspect it won’t be the last set of disappointing results to come out of Wolfsburg.
A list of world premieres at the 2015 Tokyo motor show appears below.
The 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show got underway yesterday at the shiny new Indonesian Convention and Exhibition centre in BSD, a new commercial centre some 30km west of central Jakarta. Tony Pugliese was there.
Magna Mirrors is the world’s largest producer of automotive mirror systems and a major supplier of engineered glass systems and door handles. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to David O'Connell, Vice President – Global Engineering and R&D, Magna Mirrors & Magna Closures about the auto-dimming and power-folding mirror markets and the increasing use of cameras on cars.
The IT industry has made much of the benefits of a Cloud infrastructure, offering better security and less complex networks in the workplace. Infotainment specialist Harman with subsidiary Aha claims its use in the car could be equally effective. It is now offering OEMs and service providers a chance to use the Cloud beyond downloading apps, navigation updates or music. Understanding what features are being used by the end customer, finding software bugs, removing unused features, reducing recalls or targeting specific customers with updates and advertising are just some of the ideas that Harman claims it can offer with its new Aha Cloud Platform Analytics and Updates Service. just-auto spoke to Siegfried Schuler, Director Centre of Competence Aha, about the service and find out what OEMs are most interested in.
Honda Motor plans to assemble hybrid vehicles in China as emissions regulations tighten, according to a Japanese media report.
Honda Motor on Friday said it would about 443,000 vehicles in Japan to replace potentially faulty Takata airbags.
Honda is expanding its recall in North America of late-model vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata air bags, media reports said.
Honda Motor operating profit for the fiscal third quarter to 31 December, 2015 fell 22.3% to JPY163bn yen due, the automaker said, "to profit-reducing factors such as an increase in selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses that include quality-related expenses and unfavorable currency effects". This would include considerable expense related to ongoing Takata airbag recalls.
Honda Motor set a global production record of 4,543,838 vehicles in calendar 2015, up 0.7% year on year.
Automakers recalled a record 51.26m vehicles in the US in 2015, continuing a historic surge for car companies facing an unprecedented government crackdown on safety lapses, a media report said.
Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is now Britain's biggest vehicle producer with its 489,923 units built in 2015 (up from 449,507 in 2014) nudging ahead of Nissan's 476,589 (500,238).
New vehicle sales in Malaysia rose by 7.4% to 69,401 units in December, from 64,638 units in the same month of last year, according to data compiled by the Malaysian Automotive Association.
New vehicle sales in Taiwan rose slightly in December, by 0.1% to 41,821 units, according to data released by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
New vehicle sales in Japan fell by 14.5% to 369,460 units in December, from 431,919 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
Japanese automakers are taking on Detroit's Big Three by trying to expand their share of pickup truck sales in the US as record low petrol prices reduce demand for their once best-selling small and medium-sized sedans.
New vehicle sales in China jumped by 15.4% to 2.8m units in December, from 2.4m units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) will add production of America's best-selling SUV, the CR-V, beginning in 2017 after output is transferred from Mexico to boost HR-V output at two plants in Mexico. HMIN will continue to produce the Civic sedan alongside the CR-V.
Automakers are shipping more sport utility vehicles to the United States from Japan and South Korea to meet strong demand, according to a report from the Detroit show.
Honda Motor reportedly is considering building a small car specifically for India, aiming to gain a bigger share of the globe's fifth-largest car market.
As JD Power/LMC Automotive and Edmunds.com predict a big December and an all-time record for US light vehicle sales in the 2015 calendar year, Dublin-based Experian said more than 17m new US light-vehicle registrations were recorded for the 2015 model year.
After testing times in recent years, the major Japanese OEMs will be encouraged by double-digit sales growth rates in China this year. They are well placed to benefit from tax cuts applying to smaller vehicles that will last till the end of 2016.
In a typically cautious Japanese move, Honda has decided to defer the start of production at its new manufacturing plant in Itirapina, 190km/118miles northwest of São Paulo City. Plant construction has ended and it was supposed to be opened in coming days but plans have been postponed due to market lows likely to extend to 2016.
Despite notable increases in exports to North America and Europe, due to changed sourcing patterns, Honda production in Japan dipped 0.7% year on year in October to 75,448 units.
With only a tiny slice of the replacement market and no local manufacturing for OEM supply, Yokohama nonetheless has ambitious plans for its year-old Indian plant in Ballabhgarh, Haryana state.
Vietnam’s new vehicle market continued to expand rapidly in October, with deliveries to dealers rising by 44% to 19,181 units from 13,324 units a year earlier according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.
Toyota Motor won't buy Takata air bag inflators which use ammonium nitrate as a propellant but will consider buying other types if they are confirmed safe, the automaker's president Akio Toyoda said on Friday.
Car companies that do other things besides making cars always provide a certain fascination.
One of those wonderful 'only in Japan' news items has just appeared in the Akihabara News.
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