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    Takata recalls nearly 1.4 million airbag inflators in US
    Takata is recalling nearly 1.4 million potentially dangerous driver's side airbag inflators in the United States, according to a recall notice on the official website of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) on 26 November. The recall covers certain Non-Azide Driver a...
    05-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Ford issues recall for certain Ranger, Everest vehicles to replace defective Takata airbag module
    Ford has issued a safety recall for certain model year (MY) 2003-2011 Ranger and MY 2004-2014 Everest vehicles to replace the defective Takata airbag inflators in front driver and passenger airbags which use non-desiccated Phase-Stabilised Ammonium Nitrate (PSAN) propellant, the automaker said in a ...
    05-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Factors driving development of intelligent seating systems
    For many years automotive seats were designed to perform the mundane task of seating vehicle occupants. However, modern seats are doing more than that. Seating suppliers are equipping seats with electronics to perform varies tasks, ranging from remembering seating profile of the driver to helping to...
    Brose appoints Ulrich Schrickel new CEO effective 1 January 2020
    Brose Group has announced the appointment of Ulrich Schrickel as its new CEO, effective 1 January 2020, the company said in a press release on 3 December. Schrickel will replace Kurt Sauernheimer, who is retiring after serving the German automotive supplier for 32 years. “Ulrich Schrickel will lea...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 25 November 2019
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    Grupo Antolin’s nine-month 2019 sales decline 1.4% y/y to USD4.2 billion
    Grupo Antolin’s sales declined 1.4% year on year (y/y) to EUR3.85 billion (USD4.2 billion) in the nine-month period ended 30 September 2019, the Spain-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 28 November. Sales reached EUR1.93 billion in Europe, Grupo Antolin’s biggest market. The co...
    Yanfeng Automotive Interiors opens new plant in Serbia
    Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), a major supplier of automotive interiors, has opened opening a new plant in the Šumadija district in Serbia, according to a company press release on 28 November. The new plant is expected to create 800 jobs over the next few years. “With this new plant in S...
    Audi recalls 11,140 vehicles in Australia over incorrectly fastened wheel arch covers
    Audi has issued a recall of 11,140 vehicles in Australia over incorrectly fastened wheel arch covers, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 28 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017–2020 Audi Q5 vehicles. Significance: In the affe...
    29-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Faurecia targets sales of USD22.9 billion in 2022
    Faurecia has announced its new financial targets for 2022 during a ‘Capital Market Day’ event held in Paris, France, on 26 November, the company said in a press release. The French supplier expects its sales to grow above 5% between 2019 and 2022 and reach EUR20.5 billion (USD22.9 billion) ...
    Hyundai to recall 11,217 vehicles in US over problem with mounting bolts that secure side curtain airbags
    Hyundai will recall 11,217 vehicles in the United States over a problem with mounting bolts that secure side curtain airbags, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2020 Palisade vehicles. ...
    28-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 29,679 vehicles in US over issue with front seatbelt buckles
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 29,679 vehicles in the United States over an issue with front seatbelt buckles, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2018 E400 Wagon 4MATIC, E400 4MATIC, E43 AM...
    28-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Mazda recalls 47,053 vehicles in US over defective airbags
    Mazda is recalling 47,053 vehicles in the United States over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers model year (MY) 2003-2008 Mazda6, MY 2004-2005 MPV, MY 2004 RX-8, and MY 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6...
    27-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Porsche recalls 2,348 vehicles in Australia to reprogram instrument cluster software
    Porsche has issued a recall of 2,348 vehicles in Australia to reprogram instrument cluster software, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 26 November. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2017-2020 Panamera (971) and MY 2018-202...
    27-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Autoliv appoints Fredrik Westin new CFO
    Autoliv has appointed Fredrik Westin as its executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) effective no later than 1 March 2020, the company said in a press release on 26 November. Westin will succeed Autoliv’s interim CFO Christian Hanke, who has decided to leave the company to pursue...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 780 vehicles in Australia over issue with trim divider of rear door windows
    Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall of 780 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the trim divider of the rear door windows, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 21 November. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2019 Mercedes-Be...
    26-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Kasai Kogyo net income drops 42.1% y/y to USD12.9 million in H1 2019
    Japan-based automotive interior parts supplier Kasai Kogyo has reported a 42.1% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net income to JPY1.4 billion (USD12.9 million) for the first six months ended 30 September 2019, according to a company press release on 14 November. Net sales for the period also fell by 9%...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 25 November 2019
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    General Motors recalls 75,208 vehicles in Canada over problem with front seat belt pretensioner
    General Motors (GM) has issued a recall of nearly 75,208 vehicles in Canada over an issue with the front seat belt pretensioner, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall covers model year (MY) 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado, MY 2020 Chevrolet Silv...
    25-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Eyesight Technologies’ DriverSense driver monitoring solution to detect cell phone usage and smoking
    Eyesight Technologies has announced that new features for the company’s DriverSense and FleetSense solutions will detect driver distraction as a result of cell phone usage and smoking, a company press release dated 21 November showed. The latest update makes driver monitoring in order to recogn...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    CES 2020: Faurecia to showcase advanced solutions for ‘Cockpit of the Future’ and sustainable mobility
    French supplier Faurecia will showcase its latest solutions for the ‘Cockpit of the Future’ and Sustainable Mobility at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, in January 2020, the company said in a press release last week. The company will demonstrate its solutions at two booths locat...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    General Motors recalls 640,000 pickups globally over risk of carpet fires
    General Motors is recalling over 640,000 pickup trucks globally over a risk of carpet fire, according to a report by The Associate Press. The recall covers model year (MY) 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks as well as MY 2020 Silverado and Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pi...
    22-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Toyoda Gosei to enhance production capacity for interior and exterior products in US
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has announced plans to increase production capacity for interior and exterior products at three production subsidiaries in the US to meet rising sales of large products such as radiator grilles in North America, according to a company press release on 21 November. To this...
    SupplierInsight Webinar: Ambient Lighting – Changing the cabin concept
    Watch an on-demand replay now Sascha Klapper will discuss the industry trends and present the new global forecast for the Ambient Lighting market. Focus of the webinar will be the positioning, optical technology, optical principles and dynamic functions of the current and future Ambient Lighting ...
    20-Nov-2019 News Webinars
    Autoliv expects annual sales to grow 3–4% more than light vehicle production in medium term
    Autoliv expects its annual organic sales to grow on average by 3–4% more than the increase in global light vehicle production over the next three to five years, the Sweden-based automotive supplier said during a Capital Markets Day event held in Ogden, Utah, on 19 November. The Swedish s...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 3,569 vehicles in Canada over issue with front seatbelt buckles
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 3,569 vehicles in Canada owing to a problem with front seatbelt buckles, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2018-19 Mercedes-Benz C Class, CLS Class, E Class, G Class, and GLC Class vehicle...
    20-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    FCA recalls 30,354 vehicles in US over issue with seat strikers
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 30,354 vehicles in the US over an issue with seat strikers, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers model year (MY) 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles. The recall is...
    19-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Renault develops a new fabric from recycled materials for new ZOE
    Renault, along with Les Filatures du Parc and Adient Fabrics, has co-developed a new fabric entirely from recycled materials for the new Zoe, the company announced in a press release on 14 November. The textile product is made from safety belts, textile scraps, and plastic bottle recycling. The mate...
    18-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Autoliv develops new front center airbag that prevents passengers from colliding
    Autoliv, Inc. has developed a new front center airbag to prevent passengers in side-impact crash situations, the Swedish supplier said on 18 November. The company explained that the new inboard seat mounted airbag deploys in the space between the driver and the front-seat passenger, providing p...
    18-Nov-2019 News New Products
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 18 November 2019
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    Stanley Electric’s first half 2020 net income falls 18.6% y/y
    Stanley Electric Company has posted a 18.6% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net income at JPY15.67 billion (USD145.1 million) for the first half of FY 2020 ended 30 September. Net sales for the period fell to JPY204.47 billion from JPY215.11 billion a year earlier, according to the company’s financi...
    Ford’s 3D-knitted seat cover offers greater personalization options
    Ford has introduced a 3D-knitting process to produce customized seat covers, the automaker said in a press release on 11 November. The technology, which is already in use in production of shoes, clothing, and furniture, offers customers the ability to craft car seats that meet their requirements. Th...
    15-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Toyota Boshoku supplies new seat mechanism components in Mazda CX-8 second-row seats
    Toyota Boshoku has developed new seat mechanism components, the company said in a press release on 14 November. The Japan-based company is supplying these seat mechanism components in the second-row, four-way power seats for the Mazda CX-8 three-row crossover. The crossover went on sale in Japan las...
    FCA recalls 6,000 vehicles in Canada due to seat latch problem
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 6,000 vehicles in Canada owing to a seat latch problem, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2019 Dodge Grand Caravans. Significance: In certain vehicles, the s...
    14-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Motherson Sumi’s Q3 net profit up 3.6% y/y to USD54.5 million
    Motherson Sumi Systems Limited (MSSL) has reported a 3.6% year-on-year (y/y) growth in consolidated net profit (attributable to owners) to INR3.8 billion (USD54.5 million) for the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, according to a regulatory filing on 11 November. Revenue from operations in the q...
    Toyoda Gosei to expand airbag part production capacity in Vietnam
    Toyoda Gosei has announced plans to expand airbag part production capacity at its Thai Binh plant in Vietnam, the company said in a press release on 13 November. The planned expansion at the company’s Vietnamese subsidiary, Toyoda Gosei Haiphong (TGHP), will increase production capacity of the bag...
    14-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Grammer reports 14% y/y growth in January–September revenue, to USD1.6 billion
    Automotive interior supplier Grammer reported a 14% year-on-year (y/y) increase in revenue, to EUR1.5 billion (USD1.6 billion), in the nine-month period that ended 30 September 2019, the company said in a press release on 12 November. The higher revenue helped the Germany-based company to record EBI...
    Continental’s Q3 sales up 3% y/y to USD12.1 billion
    Continental has reported 3% year-over-year (y/y) increase in sales to EUR11.1 billion (USD12.1 billion) in the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, the company said in a press release on 12 November. Adjusted for change in scope of consolidation exchange rates, sales dropped slightly, by 0.3% y/y....
    Kongsberg revenue climbs 7.8% y/y to USD307.46 million in Q3 2019
    Norwegian automotive components supplier Kongsberg Automotive has registered a revenue of EUR279.2 million (approximately USD307.46 million) during the third quarter of 2019, which represents a rise of 7.8% year over year when compared to the same time frame of last year. The company issued a pre...
    Porsche recalls 44,128 vehicles in US to reprogram instrument cluster
    Porsche is recalling 44,128 vehicles in the United States to reprogram instrument cluster, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017 Panamera 4, Panamera Turbo, Panamera Turbo Executive, 201...
    12-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    BMW recalls 12,663 vehicles in Australia over defective airbag inflators
    BMW is recalling 12,663 vehicles in Australia over defective airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 7 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 1997-2000 BMW E46 3 Series vehicles. The recall affects vehicles fitted with drive...
    12-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Yanfeng Automotive Interiors sells automotive interior plant in US
    Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is selling its automotive interior plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States, to a local private equity firm Green Light Growth Partner, MiBiz reported. The plant manufactures interior trim components for the automotive industry and is equipped with injection moldin...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 11 November 2019
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    Magna’s sales decline 3.1% y/y to USD9.3 billion in Q3
    Magna has reported 3.1% year-over-year (y/y) decline in net sales to USD9.3 billion in the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, the leading Canadian automotive supplier said in a press release on 8 November. Sales, excluding the impact of foreign exchange currency translation and divestures net of...
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Kamiq
    The first generation Skoda Kamiq is assembled at Skoda's facility in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Skoda Kamiq from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 90,000 units. If you would like your co...
    Adient reports USD491 million net loss for FY2019
    Adient has reduced its net loss to USD491 million in the financial year ended 30 September 2019 compared to USD1.7 billion a year earlier, the US-based automotive seating and interior systems supplier said in a press release on 7 November. Sales declined 5.2% y/y to USD16.5 billion. Despite lower sa...
    Johnson Electric’s H1 net profit rises 16% y/y to USD162 million
    Johnson Electric posted a 16% rise in net profit to USD162 million for the first half of fiscal year 2020, the company reported on 6 November. Group sales for the same period came in 7% lower at USD1.57 billion while the underlying profit, after adjusting for the effects of significant non-cash ...
    JLR developing ‘Lightweight Electronics in Simplified Architecture’ research technology for car
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is developing Lightweight Electronics in Simplified Architecture (LESA) research technology for use in vehicle interiors, the automaker said in a press release on 5 November. The technology, widely used in flexible wearables and curved OLED televisions, has potential to ...
    06-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Grammer signs agreement with FAWSN Group to produce automotive interior components in China
    Grammer has signed an agreement with China-based Changchun FAWSN Group, an affiliated company of the Chinese automaker FAW Group, to establish a joint venture (JV) to manufacture automotive interior components, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release today. Grammer will have 50...
    Kia unveils electric Futuron Concept SUV with level 4 autonomous driving capability
    Kia unveiled its Futuron Concept, an all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) with SAE level 4 (L4) autonomous driving capability, at the 2019 China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, the South Korean automaker said in a press release today (5 November). The new AWD concept is a sports ca...
    05-Nov-2019 News New Products
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 4 November 2019
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    Mercedes-Benz to recall 13,799 vehicles in US over detachment risk of rear door window trim
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 13,799 vehicles in the United States over the risk of rear door window trim detachment, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2020 GLE350, GLE350 4MATIC, GLE450 ...
    01-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    SupplierInsight Webinar: Strategies in ADAS & Automated Driving
    Watch an on-demand replay now Advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) have become increasingly common throughout the industry since their inception decades ago; automated driving now sits at the forefront of vehicle technology. While these technologies enable similar functionality in different vehi...
    30-Oct-2019 News Webinars
    Ford issues three recalls affecting 319,711 vehicles in North America
    Ford has issued three safety recalls affecting a total of 319,711 vehicles in North America, the automaker announced in a press release on 29 October. The first recall affects select model year (MY) 2015-17 Ford Transit vehicles over a driveshaft flexible coupling issue. The recall covers 293,558 ve...
    30-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Strattec Security’s Q1 net income down 64% y/y to USD1.2 million
    Strattec Security has reported a 64.1% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net income to USD1.2 million for the first quarter ended 29 September 2019, the US based vehicle access systems supplier said in a press release on 24 October. Net sales for the period increased 2.4% y/y to USD119.9 million. Despit...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 29 October 2019
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    Autoliv Q3 net income drops 27.1% y/y to USD86 million
    Autoliv has reported 27.1% year-over-year (y/y) decline in net income to USD86 million in the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, the company said in a press release on 25 October. The company also witnessed 20.1% y/y decline in operating income to USD153.8 million. Autoliv’s net sales dropped ...
    Lear’s Q3 net income declines 14.5% y/y to USD215.9 million
    Lear’s net income declined 14.5% year over year (y/y) to USD215.9 million in the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, the US-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 25 October. Sales dropped marginally by 1% y/y to USD4.82 billion, reflecting lower production on Lear’s platforms a...
    Faurecia expands Mexican plant to manufacture seats
    Faurecia has inaugurated its expanded seats plant—Faurecia Frames—in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, according to a report by Cluster Industrial on 23 October. The extension includes manufacturing technologies 4.0 for the manufacture of seats. Significance: The company opened the expanded plant thr...
    Grammer in talks to form JV with Chinese supplier Changchun FAWSN Group
    Grammer is in advanced stages of negotiations with Changchun FAWSN Group to establish a joint venture (JV) to produce automotive interior components for the Chinese market, the Germany-based company said in a press release on 24 October. Grammer and FAWSN will hold a 50% stake each in the proposed J...
    Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Marelli presents interior, autonomous driving, lighting and electrification solutions
    Marelli is showcasing its advanced products and technologies in the field of interior, autonomous driving, lighting and electrification at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 in Japan, the company said in a press release on 24 October. In the area of the interior, Marelli will present its ‘Human-Max Cabi...
    SABIC displays specialty materials at Automotive Interiors Expo 2019
    SABIC is showcasing its portfolio of specialty materials for the development of automotive interior applications at the Automotive Interiors Expo 2019 in Novi, Michigan, United States, the company said in a press release on 22 October. The products on display include the family of LNP specialty...
    24-Oct-2019 News New Products
    BMW recalls 3,924 vehicles in US over issue with driver airbag module
    BMW is recalling 3,924 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the driver-side airbag module, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2000-2002 325i and 325xi Sedan, a...
    24-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    BASF to supply foam systems to Hyundai for car seat production in South Korea
    BASF will be supplying Elastoflex® flexible polyurethane (PU) foam systems to Hyundai for the production of its car seats at the automaker’s plant in Ulsan, South Korea, BASF said in a press release on 23 October. The highly resilient PU foam is a low volatile organic compound (VOC) solution idea...
    Global automotive safety supplier market insights
    Introduction According to the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, traffic accidents were responsible for 1.35 million deaths each year and are the 8th leading cause of death among people of all ages. While technological advancements in safety systems have reduc...
    Dura Automotive Systems obtains USD77 million for restructuring after filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy petition
    Michigan-based automotive components manufacturer, Dura Automotive Systems, has secured a USD77 million debtor-in-possession financing commitment, according to a press statement issued by the company on October 17th. USD50 million of this amount will be new money and it will be used towards Dura Aut...
    New Toyota Yaris features new parking system, latest Toyota Safety Sense
    Toyota has equipped its new Yaris model with advanced safety and driver-assist technologies. According to a company’s press release last week, the next-generation Yaris features Advanced Park, a new parking system; and the latest Toyota Safety Sense, which has now been expanded to detect oncoming ...
    22-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Inteva partners with Suzhou Greentech Material to produce Inteather material in China
    Inteva Products, a global tier one automotive supplier of engineered components and systems, has entered into a co-operation agreement with Suzhou Greentech Material Co., Ltd., under which Greentech will produce Inteva's material solutions, branded as Inteather™, for the Chinese automotive market,...
    Subaru recalls 35,806 units of Forester in Canada over issue with passenger occupant detection system
    Subaru is recalling 35,806 vehicles in Canada over an issue with the passenger occupant detection system (ODS), according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2015-18 Subaru Forester models. Significance: In certain vehicles...
    21-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Gentex reports 3.8% y/y increase in net sales in Q3
    Gentex has reported a 3.8% year-on-year (y/y) increase in net sales to USD477.8 million in the third quarter ending 30 September, the US-based automotive supplier said on 18 October. The company recorded higher net sales despite a 3% y/y drop in global light vehicle production during the third ...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 21 October 2019
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    Faurecia’s Q3 2019 sales up 4.3% y/y to EUR4.1 billion
    Faurecia has reported a 4.3% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales to EUR4.2 billion (USD4.6 billion) for the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, the French supplier said in a press release on 17 October. The company’s Seating segment posted a sales decline of 9.9% y/y to EUR1.6 billion. Sales ...
    Brose launches 'Future Brose' renewal program to promote growth and increase competitiveness
    Brose has launched a renewal program called 'Future Brose' to promote growth and increase competitiveness, the German supplier announced in a press release on 17 October. Under the program, Brose is planning to move jobs to low-wage countries. The company informed that it intends to reduce the numbe...
    Mazda recalls 4,460 vehicles in Canada over airbag issue
    Mazda is recalling 4,460 vehicles in Canada over an airbags issue, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada last month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2004-11 Mazda RX-8 models. Significance: As an airbag inflator ages, a combination of high temperatures and humidity c...
    18-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Asahi Kasei presents concept car AKXY and lightweight solutions at K 2019 trade fair
    Asahi Kasei is showcasing its engineering plastics and foam materials for the automotive industry at the ongoing K 2019 trade fair for plastics and rubber in Düsseldorf, Germany, the company said in a press release on 14 October 2019. The Japanese supplier is presenting its fully drivable electric ...
    Daimler recalls 1,232 vehicles in US over issue with airbag systems
    Daimler is recalling 1,232 vehicles in the United States over an issue with airbag systems, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall covers model year (MY) 2018-19 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter vehicl...
    15-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    BMW recalls 257,473 vehicles in US to update back-up camera software
    BMW is recalling 257,473 vehicles in the United States to update back-up camera software, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2018 540d; MY 2018-2020 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, M...
    15-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Subaru recalls 366,282 vehicles in US over issue with occupant detection system in front passenger seat
    Subaru is recalling 366,282 vehicles in the United States over an issue with occupant detection system in the front passenger seat, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2015-2018 For...
    15-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Faurecia acquires Continental’s stake in interior JV
    Faurecia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Continental to acquire the German supplier’s 50% stake in their equally-owned joint venture (JV), SAS Automotive for EUR225 million (USD248 million), the company said in a press release on 14 October. SAS, founded in 1996, is a major sup...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 14 October 2019
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    Renault launches on-demand electric, autonomous, shared service on Paris-Saclay urban campus
    Groupe Renault has started public trials of its on-demand car service on the Paris-Saclay urban campus in the French capital using its two electric, autonomous and shared Zoe cab prototypes, the automaker said in a press release today (14 October). Beginning today, the trial will offer on-demand car...
    Suppliers to the new Audi A8
    The fourth generation Audi A8 is assembled at Audi's facility in Shendra, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi A8 from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at more than 114 units. If you would like your company included in this feature&n...
    Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Toyota unveils LQ concept with Level 4 autonomous driving capability, Yui AI-based mobility agent
    Toyota will display a new concept vehicle 'LQ' featuring advanced technologies at the Tokyo Motor Show, scheduled later this month in Japan, the company said on 11 October. The concept car is equipped with in-house developed SAE Level 4 equivalent automated driving and onboard artificial i...
    11-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 2,215 vehicles in US over issue with driver airbag module
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 2,215 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the driver airbag module, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year 2019-2020 A 220 and A 220 4MATIC, 2020 CLA 250, CL...
    10-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 13,768 Lexus vehicles in Australia over issue with front airbag inflators
    Toyota is recalling 13,768 vehicles in Australia over an issue with front airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 3 October. The recall affects 12,179 units of model year (MY) 2005-2012 Lexus IS 250 (GSE20); 1,281 units of MY 2010...
    10-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Autoneum appoints Matthias Holzammer as CEO
    The board of directors of Autoneum Holding Ltd has appointed Matthias Holzammer, the former head of Business Group Europe, as CEO with immediate effect, according to a company press release on 8 October. Holzammer succeeded Martin Hirzel, who has resigned from the post. Autoneum said that Holzammer ...
    Great Wall Motors to recall 62,655 vehicles in China to replace defective rearview mirrors
    Great Wall Motors will recall 62,655 vehicles owing to defective exterior rearview mirrors, China Daily reported on 6 October citing a notice on the website of the State Administration for Markets Regulation. The recall is expected to begin on 15 December. The recall affects HAVAL H2s models pr...
    09-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Toyoda Gosei to display new front grille module, steering wheel module, airbag system
    Toyoda Gosei will display its new front grille module, steering wheel module, airbag system integrating sensors, and other electronic components at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, which will be held from 23 October to 4 November in Japan. The company will showcase its connectivity, autonomous driving, sh...
    Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Toyota Boshoku to display MX191 interior space concept
    Toyota Boshoku will showcase an innovative interior space concept ‘MX191’ at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month in Japan, the company said in a press release on 3 October. The concept incorporates several advanced technologies of seat arrangements, next-generation safety systems integrated in...
    08-Oct-2019 News New Products
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 7 October 2019
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    AGP Group opens new facility in Belgium to produce panoramic roof and HUD windshields
    AGP Group has opened a new manufacturing plant “eGlass 2.0” in Ghent, Belgium, to supply advanced automotive glazing solutions for electric and autonomous vehicles, the Germany-based company said in a press release on last week. The new 40,000-meter square plant features a fully automated produc...
    07-Oct-2019 News Investments
    GM recalls 7,308 vehicles in Canada to reprogram instrument panel cluster
    General Motors (GM) is recalling 7,308 vehicles in Canada to reprogram the instrument panel cluster, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2019 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles. Significance: In certain veh...
    04-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    ZF’s Supervisory Board appoints Dr Martin Fischer as new member of ZF Board of Management
    ZF Friedrichshafen’s supervisory board has appointed Dr Martin Fischer as a new member of the ZF Board of Management, according to a company press release on 1 October. Fischer is expected to join the board on 1 November and will take over from Dr Franz Kleiner at the start of 2020,...
    Volkswagen appoints Dirk Große-Loheide as new board member for procurement at VW Passenger Cars
    Volkswagen (VW) has appointed Dirk Große-Loheide as its new head of procurement of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, effective 1 October, the automaker announced on 1 October. Große-Loheide succeeds Dr. Stefan Sommer, who was previously in charge of this brand function, in addition to h...
    Tesla files patent application for new seat design with integrated temperature control system
    American automaker Tesla has filed a patent in the United States for a new type of seat design. This new seat will be equipped with an integrated temperature control system in order to improve efficiency. Tesla states that the current type of ventilated and heated seats are problematic and inefficie...
    04-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Daimler recalls 594 vehicles in US over issue with seat head restraint
    Daimler is recalling 594 vehicles in the United States over an issue with a seat head restraint, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers model year (MY) 2019 Metris vehicles. Significance: In the affected vehicl...
    03-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Marelli sets up external Advisory Expert Board
    Marelli has established an external Advisory Board for Magneti Marelli CK Holdings Co Ltd, a holding company of Marelli from 1 October to provide ongoing strategic advice to the Marelli Board, the company said in a press release on 1 October. The Advisory Board will consist of global market exp...
    Lear appoints Jason Cardew as CFO
    Lear Corporation, a manufacturer of automotive seating and electrical and electronic systems, has appointed Jason Cardew as senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective 1 November 2019, according to a company press release on 1 October. Cardew will report to Ray Scott, Lear’s...
    Minda Corp announces resignation of CFO Sanjay Aneja
    Minda Corporation’s current chief financial officer (CFO) Sanjay Aneja has resigned from the company, effective 25 September, according to a report by ET Auto on 26 September. Minda Corp, a part of Spark Minda Group, has appointed Laxman Ramnarayan as the new CFO with effect from 26 September. ...
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    Hyundai Mobis develops ‘Safety Integrated Control Module’ to enhance efficiency of safety devices
    Hyundai Mobis has announced the development of the ‘Safety Integrated Control Module’, which ensures increased efficiency and safety in operating automotive safety devices, according to a company press release on 25 September. The development combines two separate electronic control units (ECUs)...
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