Automotive industry company news
A fair number of interesting stories came out of Geneva this week. We learned, for example, that Jeep almost got yanked from the UK market i...
Obviously responding to a spate of recent recalls and new product development hitches, Honda Motor president & CEO Takahiro Hachigo has unve...
I'm not long back from a fascinating week in Ontario, home to all of Canada's car assembly plants, major suppliers such as Magna and Linamar and a bunch of clever companies and academic boffins all working in what we might term the connected and automated car space.
It takes a fair bit to impress engineers from a major OEM but the boffins from a major Canadian university reckon they achieved that recently with a guided tour of a new research and development facility they are building.
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.
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 said on Thursday (28 April) it would partially resume operations on 6 May at its earthquake-damaged Kumamoto factory (Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture), which had previously been halted until 28 April, while limited mini-car production had resumed at a subsidiary.
Honda Motor has developed what it claims is the auto industry's first mass production vehicle assembly line with a main line that incorporates a flowing cell production system.
Honda has announced it will expand its next Clarity model line to three variants from a single fuel cell model. The Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid will both launch in the US in 2017.
Toyota Motor and Honda Motor were among companies that suspended operations Friday after a powerful earthquake struck the Japanese island of Kyushu, damaging factories and supply chains.
Honda Motor Co is recalling up to 238,000 Fit small cars and Vezel crossover models worldwide as the company continues to struggle to rectify quality issues on the Fit range.
March was a month of surprises. Analysts were surprised when Easter and spring break holidays played hob with their sales forecasts. General Motors might have been caught off guard when the fleet sales it tries so hard to avoid helped Ford leapfrog it into the top spot for March. Nissan set an all-time record and bumped American Honda down to sixth place among the major automakers.
US vehicle safety regulators announced on Thursday (17 March) 20 automakers have agreed to make automatic emergency braking standard on nearly all US vehicles by 2022, a move that could prevent thousands of rear-end crashes annually.
Honda has announced that its new Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio will begin series production of the next-generation Honda NSX supercar in late April 2016. Deliveries for European customers are due to start in autumn 2016.
Honda Motor is scheduled to begin assembling the 10th generation Civic passenger car at its new plant in Prachin Buri's Rojana Industrial Park in Thailand this month.
Honda Australia is expected to source its Civic hatchback from Thailand, along with the sedan, a local media report said.
Honda's European production facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), will become the global production hub for the 10th generation Civic hatchback unveiled in Geneva.
Honda car and truck production worldwide rose 11.3% year on year to a January record 404,259, the automaker announced.
Honda Motor expects two-thirds of its global sales will be zero-emissions vehicles by 2030.
Honda says it will make more cars in Japan for export to Europe and North America to improve capacity utilisation.
US lawmakers reportedly have stepped up pressure on federal government regulators and Takata to speed up the recall of millions of airbag inflators, citing evidence the supplier manipulated data to cover up problems with its products.
Honda Motor named Asako Suzuki as its first female operating officer as part of a management reshuffle that will also see it promote its top executive in China to a company executive vice president.
New vehicle sales in China rose 7.7% year on year to 2.5m units in January, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
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.
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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