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USA: Likely GM incentives hike could hurt European rivals

17 March 2005

The risk that General Motors will ramp up incentives to regain market share in North America poses danger for European rivals like DaimlerChrysler and Volkswagen, analysts have told the Reuters news agency.

EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS: SpeedStart12 - no stopping Visteon now

9 March 2005

According to recent research studies, vehicles are at a standstill for one-third of the time while in urban areas. Stop-start systems could help make cities quieter, boost fuel efficiency and reduce exhaust pipe emissions. They operate by cutting the engine when the driver comes to a complete standstill. The engine is switched back on very quickly when he/she releases the brake pedal.

FRANCE: Faurecia 2004 net profit up 729%

17 February 2005

Car-parts maker Faurecia, 71.5%-owned by PSA Peugeot Citroen, on Thursday reported a recovery in net profit, boosted by sustained demand and operating improvements, but warned that tough sector conditions would hurt margins in 2005, according to Reuters.

FRANCE: Valeo signs agreement for new joint venture in Iran

16 February 2005

Vehicle component maker Valeo has signed an agreement for the creation of a joint venture for its engine cooling business with Armco, the leading supplier in Iran and a current Valeo licensee.

FRANCE: Valeo full year net profit short of guidance

11 February 2005

Europe's largest listed car part maker Valeo has posted a 17.1% fall in full-year net profits, well short of guidance it gave at the nine-month point, according to Reuters.

UK: Success claimed for collaborative project to develop affordable and production-feasible micro-hybrid diesel delivery vehicle

26 January 2005

Ricardo UK, Ford Motor Company, Valeo SA and Gates Corporation have announced the results of a successful collaborative project, code named HyTrans, to demonstrate technologies for an affordable and production-feasible micro-hybrid diesel delivery vehicle.

FRANCE: Valeo to buy Johnson Controls engine electronics business

10 January 2005

Valeo has signed an agreement to acquire the engine electronics business of Johnson Controls for €330 million euros, financed by its cash resources.

USA: BorgWarner completes Beru purchase

5 January 2005

BorgWarner has completed the purchase of approximately 62% of the outstanding shares of German-based Beru AG from its major shareholders, The Carlyle Group and a group of family shareholders.

FRANCE: PSA not satisfied with supplier quality

13 December 2004

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is embarking on a three-year plan to improve the quality of components from suppliers.

FRANCE/UK: Vehicle production cutback seen hitting Valeo shares

2 December 2004

Shares in Valeo fell on Thursday after comments from automakers Ford, General Motors and Nissan raised the spectre of weakening demand for the French company's car parts, Reuters reported.

EXCLUSIVE: SPAIN: Benteler to build new Spanish plant while Valeo shuts shop

25 November 2004

German auto parts supplier Benteler will build a new factory in Palencia, central Spain and boost headcount at its Burgos facilities to meet a slew of new supply contracts, trades unions said on Thursday.

FRANCE: Valeo Q3 net up 5.5%

19 October 2004

In the third quarter of 2004, Valeo's sales were €2,179 million, an increase of 4.5% compared with third quarter 2003.

FRANCE: Valeo stop-start delivers diesel debut

28 September 2004

Valeo's belt-driven "Start-Stop" system was featured on the Hyundai ECO Getz 1.1 CRDi, a concept super low emission vehicle displayed at the Paris motor show.

FRANCE: Ford trials stop-start on a Fiesta

28 September 2004

Valeo's belt-driven starter-alternator reversible system (StARS, so called "belt-driven integrated starter-generator" at Ford) will be featured on a research project micro hybrid Fiesta capable of improving fuel economy and exhaust emissions up to 10%.

FRANCE: Multiplex connections aid design of Citroen's fixed centre steering wheel

27 September 2004

A steering wheel with fixed central controls, a feature of the new Citroën C4, is claimed to offer a simpler, more comfortable driving experience.

The continuing importance of chassis engineering

21 September 2004

The main pressures on vehicle designers and engineers continue to be safety and exhaust emissions, together with fuel economy (except in North America). However, intense competition, especially towards the top of the market, means that comfort and sheer ease of driving are also important considerations. They can make the difference between winning and losing the customer. Consequently, a great deal of engineering effort has lately been devoted to the chassis - in its modern sense of suspension, brakes and steering - in a search for unparalleled levels of ride comfort & quietness, control and dynamic safety. Jeff Daniels reports, in this extract from an exclusive just-auto research report.

FRANCE: Valeo establishes 50/50 wire harness joint venture with Japanese supplier

10 September 2004

Valeo has established Valeo Furukawa Wiring Systems, a 50/50 harness joint venture with Furukawa Electric headquartered in France with offices in Japan, China and North America. The move advances a global alliance between Valeo and Furukawa announced in October 2003.

New frontiers in front-end modules

23 August 2004

What is a front-end module? It depends who makes it and for whom it is made. According to Faurecia, a complete front-end comprises the carrier, shock absorbers, bumpers, cooling fan system, water & engine oil cooling radiators, condenser for the air conditioning system, wiring harness, headlights and various sensors, including the crash sensor which controls the airbag in the event of an impact.

Denso: The supplier industry benchmark

9 August 2004

Leading Japanese supplier Denso Corporation is arguably the best performing large supplier in the world today. It is currently enjoying both rapid growth on overseas markets, particularly in Europe and Asia outside Japan, and is the second most profitable supplier (in absolute terms) in the world.

UK: Suppliers continue strong performance reports

3 August 2004

The results season has rolled on with more upbeat results from leading suppliers. BorgWarner reported strong second quarter 2004 results and raised its guidance for the year as a result.

FRANCE: Valeo develops environmentally friendly R744 air conditioning system

30 July 2004

Valeo today announced that it has successfully developed an environmentally friendly air conditioning system which meets future EU regulations. The system replaces the current HFC R134a refrigerant used in car air conditioning systems with the R744 refrigerant and consequently eliminates the direct impact of air-conditioning systems on global warming due to refrigerant leakage.

FRANCE: Valeo H1 net rises 17.6%

23 July 2004

Valeo has reported consolidated net income of €120 million for the first half of 2004, up 17.6% compared with the same period in 2003.

Automotive News Europe Congress 2004 - a review

14 July 2004

The annual Automotive News Europe Congress has become a firm fixture in many diaries. It’s a useful occasion to take on board summit views, stand back and reflect, hear presentations from industry leaders and get in a bit of networking with fellow delegates. This year the event returned to the agreeable location of Montreux, Switzerland. Dave Leggett went along.

ANALYSIS: The beginning of the end for the starter motor?

12 July 2004

The Citroen C3 is first the European production vehicle to offer Stop-Start via a 14-volt belt-driven starter-alternator in a market that is becoming increasingly concerned with CO2 emissions and fuel economy. The beauty of the starter-alternator is that it completely eliminates the need for a starter motor (in smaller vehicles) by virtue of a dual-function alternator-type device.

FRANCE: Valeo increases involvement in Chinese joint venture

8 July 2004

Valeo has increased its participation in Nanjing Valeo Clutch Company (NVCC), its clutch systems joint venture in China, through a capital increase and a new partnership structure.

FRANCE: Valeo on acquisition trail

7 July 2004

Valeo is interested in making acquisitions worth between €300 million and €1.0 billion, the head of the French auto parts maker reportedly said in an interview with a French newspaper.

SWITZERLAND: Valeo sees strong North America growth from 2006

5 July 2004

French Supplier Valeo does not expect growth in its North American business until 2006, the company's chairman and CEO said recently.

UK: Iranian suppliers encouraged to form joint ventures with western suppliers

1 July 2004

The Iranian government has set up a fund to invest in joint ventures between Iranian and foreign firms. Indeed, French suppliers are ready to benefit from the expansion of Renault and PSA Peugeot-Citroën's already special relationships with Iran.

UK: Ford to get an earful from French suppliers

24 June 2004

French suppliers will have a chance to gang up on Ford of Europe on 9 July.

FRANCE: Valeo starter-alternator wins automotive engineers award

23 June 2004

The 2004 EPCOS/SIA Grand Prix of the Jury has been awarded to Valeo for its reversible belt-driven starter-alternator. The trophy was presented to the company’s research and development team at the annual reception of the SIA, the French Society of Automotive Engineers, in Paris.





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