Michigan’s Auto Technology Base

Posted: January 26, 2015 at 1:19 am

When it comes to technological prowess in the automotive sector, Michigan has no difficulty proving its leadership. After all, the state is home to 375 automotive R&D centers—more than the rest of North America combined, notes Kevin Kerrigan, senior automotive...

Midmarket Acquisitions

Posted: January 12, 2015 at 1:03 am

Carmakers have significantly stepped up their quest for acquisitions, especially those costing $250 million or less, according to the latest Capital Confidence Barometer from EY. Mark Short, EY’s Global Automotive & Transportation Transaction Advisory Leader, says respondents are targeting acquisitions...

Ricardo Technologies

Posted: January 5, 2015 at 2:35 am

Ricardo Inc. has been helping the auto industry implement innovative ideas for 100 years in engines, transmissions, full vehicles and hybrid/electronics, notes Ali Maleki, the company’s director and business unit leader of intelligent transportation, hybrids and electronic systems. Many of...

Laser-Welded Aluminum

Posted: December 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Making vehicles lighter is a major goal as carmakers strive to build their vehicles that are more fuel efficient. Now they have a new option: a laser welding system from Shiloh Industries Inc. that can combine different strengths and grades...

A Stronger Supply Chain

Posted: December 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

The U.S. auto industry is in good shape, but there still are challenges within the supply base, says Julie Fream, president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Assn. Fream notes that OESA helps suppliers not only improve their relationships...

Fuel-Efficient Bearings

Posted: December 8, 2014 at 1:40 am

Reducing friction can be a significant factor in boosting vehicle fuel economy. To help carmakers in North America achieve that goal, Sweden’s SKF Group has relocated some of its expertise in bearing development to its Automotive Development Center in Plymouth,...

Altair’s Enlighten Award

Posted: November 30, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Carmakers worldwide are looking for ways to improve fuel efficiency by lightening their vehicles. The best of those efforts are honored by the Altair Enlighten Award. Now in its second year, the award is presented by Troy, Mich.-based Altair Engineering...

Two-Truck Platoons

Posted: November 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Denso North America is partnering with Pelaton Technology and other researchers in a U.S. DOT-funded project to test a wireless two-truck “platooning” system. The technology uses radar and vehicle-to-vehicle communications that enable highway trucks to link up electronically so one...

Dana’s Car, Truck Outlook

Posted: November 9, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Dana Corp. is bullish about 2015. CEO Roger Wood expects a continued robust market for passenger cars and commercial vehicles in North America. He foresees a continued robust Asian market and says Dana anticipates stabilization and mild growth in South...

Moving IT to the Cloud

Posted: November 3, 2014 at 11:03 pm

It’s time for manufacturers to move their on-site IT systems to the cloud, according to Infor. The global provider of enterprise software offers solutions that work on the ground, in the cloud or a hybrid of both. But Jeff Rheingans,...

Cars and the Internet of Things

Posted: October 19, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Tomorrow’s cars will be able to talk to each other and their surroundings. In short, they will become a part of the Internet of Things. The benefit for drivers? They will enjoy safer and more efficient travel and gain such...

Mid-Market Luxury Cars

Posted: October 15, 2014 at 2:18 am

Luxury car makers haven’t been able to coax consumers into buying lower-priced models in the past. But that is changing as the content, style and price of post-recession mainstream midsize cars and small crossover vehicles rise, says Jeff Shuster, senior...

Electric Steering

Posted: October 13, 2014 at 4:06 am

For decades cars have used a hydraulic pump driven by the engine to provide power steering. But at highway speeds the pump draws maximum energy from the engine–just when power assist isn’t needed. Now, says Mike Richardson, chief technology at...

Bullish Sales Outlook

Posted: October 6, 2014 at 3:09 am

America’s booming car market appears likely to grow at least through 2015, says Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for LMC Automotive. He cautions that interest rates and other risks could temper expansion. But Schuster says the automotive sector...

Breadcrumb Driving

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 6:53 am

One of the enabling technologies for self-driving cars is the ability of one car to track the path of a vehicle ahead. Denso Corp. is demonstrating this “breadcrumb followOne of the enabling technologies for self-driving cars is the ability of...

C-Suite: Bullish but Wary

Posted: September 22, 2014 at 2:34 am

Two reports from EY find C-suite automotive executives bullish about the industry but mindful of continuing volatility in emerging markets. Changing Lanes reveals auto leaders around the world are eager to distance themselves from rivals through “multi-dimensional” competition, says Randy...

Sorting Powertrain Options

Posted: September 15, 2014 at 2:31 am

Carmakers face an unprecedented array of options as they strive to make vehicles more efficient—and there are no clear winners, says Dave McShane, vice president of business development at Ricardo. With 2,300 employees worldwide, Ricardo’s mission is to help companies...

Isolating Recall Problems

Posted: September 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Dassault Systèmes’ new DELMIA manufacturing systems solution for the shop floor can dramatically reduce the number of vehicles involved in a callback by isolating the source and detailing the scope of the problem, says Peter Schmitt, vice president of sales...

Auto R&D in Michigan

Posted: August 25, 2014 at 4:27 am

The State of Michigan is home to 375 automotive R&D centers, and it draws about 75% of automotive research and product development spending in North America, notes Nigel Francis, who heads the state’s automotive office. Francis says the auto industry’s...

The Mobility Customer

Posted: August 18, 2014 at 1:49 am

Carmakers face the emergence of a new type of customer who wants mobility but doesn’t see car ownership as necessary to achieve it, says Clay Phillips, a former General Motors Co. executive and now independent advisor on advanced mobility. He...

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