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Spain and Portugal try to combine forces as an alternative to eastern Europe.(News)

Spain and Portugal try to combine forces as an alternative to eastern Europe.(News) Byline: Paulo Soares de Oliveira Spain and Portugal are trying to unite their automotive sectors to offer the industry an alternative to the emerging economies of eastern Europe. Friday (April 16), several Spanish and Portuguese automotive managers met here to discuss possible […]

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Toyota now plans to use modules, but in its own way.

Toyota now plans to use modules, but in its own way. Treece, James Toyota is reorganizing key parts of its supplier network to follow the industry trend toward modules. But Toyota is taking a typically innovative approach. It is urging suppliers to consolidate and form joint ventures without giving up its equity stakes in those […]

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Umberto gets his wish

Umberto gets his wish – Cantarella is gone. Ciferri, Luca A few weeks ago, Umberto Agnelli, the younger brother of Fiat patriarch Giovanni Agnelli, appeared to have suffered one more in a long line of frustrations. The 67-year-old Umberto wanted to make a change at the top of Fiat SpA, something he had been powerless […]

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Fiat sets a new strategy for Lancia.(News)

Fiat sets a new strategy for Lancia.(News) Byline: Luca Ciferri Automotive News Europe Lancia has abandoned its long-term plan to sell 300,000 units a year. The Fiat SpA unit is now projecting sales of 200,000 units annually by the end of the decade. But even that reduced goal will be difficult to achieve. Last year […]

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Different gears.(continuously variable transmission)(Brief Article)

Different gears.(continuously variable transmission)(Brief Article) A CVT does not use toothed gears to transmit power. Rather, a belt transmits power from one pulley to another. The gear ratio changes when the two halves of each pulley move together or apart. A CVT operates like an automatic transmission but with an improvement of about 10 percent […]

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Behr starts second joint venture in China.(Suppliers)(Brief Article)

Behr starts second joint venture in China.(Suppliers)(Brief Article) Chew, Edmund Byline: Edmund Chew Stuttgart-based Behr GmbH & Co. KG has formed its second joint venture in China in the last five months. The new joint venture, Shanghai Sanden Behr Automobile Air Condition Co. Ltd., will produce air conditioning systems. Behr will have 17.5 percent of […]

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German rivals develop turbochargers.(Brief article)

German rivals develop turbochargers.(Brief article) Byline: Klaus-Dieter Florecke Automobilwoche Siemens VDO and Mahle want to enter the booming market for turbochargers. Mahle, a German manufacturer of engine components, intends to launch turbocharger production by 2011, at the latest. A Siemens VDO spokesman said the company has been working on systems of this kind but there […]

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Continental CEO Manfred Wennemer predicts big things for telematics.(Talk From The Top)

Continental CEO Manfred Wennemer predicts big things for telematics.(Talk From The Top) Last year, Continental spent $1 billion (about [euro]730 million) on a Motorola division that specializes in telematics. Now, Continental CEO Manfred Wennemer has high hopes that the life-saving, infotainment-enhancing technology will become a hit. During a recent interview, Wennemer spoke about the prospects […]

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Tier 2s under examination.(Suppliers)(Autoliv)(Brief Article)

Tier 2s under examination.(Suppliers)(Autoliv)(Brief Article) Chew, Edmund Byline: Edmund Chew Swedish safety systems supplier Autoliv is consolidating its global supplier base. “We have a relatively large supplier base all over the world,” said Vice President of Purchasing Halver Jonzon, because acquisitions have been important to Autoliv’s growth. But because of the big supply base, Autoliv […]

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S80 is different under the skin.(Volvo product information)

S80 is different under the skin.(Volvo product information) Weernink, Wim Oude; Wernle, Bradford Byline: Wim Oude Weernink, Bradford Wernle At first glance, the new Volvo S80 sedan looks like its predecessor. But beneath the skin, the latest version of Volvo’s flagship sedan represents a major step forward. Although it is the same overall length as […]