Daily automotive news - from just-auto.com
Updated: 1 hour 37 min ago
As usual under the quaint agreements that still apply, the car was out long before the supplier news. Nonetheless, it's worth noting Magna Exteriors' announcement of production of the North American automotive industry's first all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle built in Smyrna, Tennesee and, eventually, Korea as well.
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) says it is aiming for series production start of its Saab 9-3 battery-powered model by autumn or winter this year.
Ford Europe said its sales volume increases in March and the first quarter of 2014 outpaced the overall market.
Nissan's Mexican unit has said it looks to triple purchases from domestic manufacturers to US$7bn by 2016.
General Motors will launch the updated Chevrolet Cruze sedan this month at the Beijing show, choosing China for the model's global debut as the carmaker seeks to boost sales of the brand in its biggest market.
Toyota is working with affiliates to grow its vehicle maintenance network in southeast Asia.
Tesla Motor chief Elon Musk is set to meet with China's largest refiner Sinopec Group to discuss possible cooperation on building charging units during his visit to the country next week.
SKF reported an increase of 10.4% in net sales to SEK16,734m (US$2,546m) in the first quarter 2014 as compared to SEK15,152m in the previous year.
New vehicle sales in Vietnam increased by close to 22% to 9,313 units in March, from 7,650 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.
National Electric Sweden (NEVS), has inked a spare components deal with Orio, formerly Saab Automobile Parts, as rumours swirl it has started pilot manufacture of its 9-3 electric vehicle.
Volkswagen Group motorsport chief Wolfgang Dürheimer is to become chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors from 1 June, 2014, replacing Wolfgang Schreiber, who will take up a new position within the group.
Renault says it is "closely monitoring" the diplomatic situation concerning Iran as automakers and suppliers start to take advantage of the slight relaxation in sanctions against Tehran.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor does not plan to enter India's small car market and intends to focus on bigger cars, Vikram Kirloskar, the company's vice-chairman, has said.
Car sales in India are likely to rise marginally this fiscal year after two straight years of decline, boosted by quicker economic expansion and tax cuts under a new government, a news report said.
Two top GM executives heading human resources and communications have departed.
General Motors' European unit, Opel, may break even before its 2016 deadline, media reports on Monday said.
Mexico's auto industry claims to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months.
A French tribunal is to examine 13 offers for steel producer, Ascometal's assets at the end of April, including nine looking at the component maker's manufacturing sites.
Poor relations in 2002 between General Motors and its 1999 spun-off, soon to be bankrupt, former parts unit Delphi may have contributed to substandard parts being supplied that are now the subject of a massive recall.
Tougher European Union (EU) controls on diesel engines could see Renault move to one shift instead of two at its Flins plant near Paris, although no redundancies are believed to be involved.