The 2013 Dodge Dart is Chrysler Group's first vehicle on a Fiat platform. The car, due in showrooms in the second quarter, debuts with a 2.0-liter I4 and a 1.4-liter turbocharged I4. A high-mileage version delivers an estimated 41 mpg on the highway.
Insurance and fire investigators in suburban Houston are probing a house blaze that destroyed a new Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid car last week. In a statement to Autoweek, an affiliate of Automotive News, the company said the cause of the fire is unclear and no injuries were reported.
Former Chrysler sales chief Gary Dilts and Shakir Alkhafaji are co-owners of the only two Chrysler dealerships in Iraq. They tell Automotive News TV's Leslie Allen how the venture got started and some of the challenges they face running a business in a danger zone.
Opel/Vauxhall said its new minicar will called Adam when the model launches in 2013. With the Adam, the GM unit aims to rival cars such as the Fiat 500 and Mini. The car, previously code-named Junior, will debut at the Paris auto show in September.
Ford is beefing up its dealer network in China as it pushes hard to catch up with rivals such as Volkswagen AG and GM. Ford plans to add about 110 dealers this year in China, similar to the number it added last year, said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of Asia-Pacifica and Africa.
Ford Motor, working to reverse losses in Asia, remains hamstrung by auto parts shortages that are limiting production of the Ranger small pickup the company is counting on to rebuild profit in the region.
Federal-Mogul and Robert Bosch have a number of key parts in the new Hyundai ix35. Along with the pistons, rings and bearings, Federal-Mogul provides bushings for the SUV's new six-speed automatic transmission. Bosch supplies the control unit and injectors for ix35's gasoline engines.
The 2012 Chevrolet Impala gets a new 3.6-liter V-6 with direct injection and a six-speed automatic transmission. A redesign is coming for the 2014 model year. This supplier data is compiled by SupplierBusiness.
China's Beijing Auto will start selling its first model based on the old Saab 9-5 platform later this year. The company, which purchased the technology from Saab in 2009, plans to launch further models based on the technology, known as the M-trix platform within BAIC.
Audi is aggressively expanding its lineup in China to exploit growing demand among newly prosperous young Chinese for crossovers and compact luxury vehicles. The automaker plans to double production capacity in China to 700,000 units by 2015.
Rheinmetall, the maker of KS Kolbenschmidt engine pistons, will sell shares in its automotive division in an initial public offering in the first half of this year in order focus on its defense business.
Eberspaecher North America's price dispute with a Tier 2 supplier won't affect its ability to receive parts, at least for now. A federal judge in Detroit has granted a preliminary injunction against Nelson Global Products Inc.
Increasingly, automakers are finding themselves in a Darwinian competition for raw materials with other industries. Over the past couple of years, automakers and suppliers have been whipsawed by spot shortages caused in part by fluctuating demand in other industries.
Airbags and seat belts -- mature products for suppliers -- are getting a fresh look from automakers that are trying to secure five-star crash ratings for small cars, says Steve Fredin, president of Autoliv Americas.
The auto industry has become acutely aware of the dangers of a supply chain in which one Tier 3 manufacturer might produce the bulk of a key raw material such as nylon 12, a material used to coat fuel lines and other components.