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Automakers Report Increased March U.S. Sales, But is the Pace of Growth Slowing?

Automakers closed out the first quarter with a 3 percent increase over last year’s March sales and 1.59 million cars sold. Some highlights of the 2016 versus 2015 sales numbers include: Nissan: 12.7% monthly increase, 8.9% quarterly increase. Fiat Chrysler: 8.1% monthly increase, 8.9% quarterly increase. Ford: 7.8% monthly increase, 8.4% quarterly increase. Honda: 9.4% monthly … Continue reading this entry

Automotive Battery Industry Expands Its Horizons to Other Applications

As previously discussed on this blog, the automotive industry is pushing to develop new and improved batteries and charging and power systems for cars. Now, the automotive industry is setting its sights on improving batteries across a range of applications and industries. On Thursday, Tesla announced it would apply its expertise in automotive batteries to a … Continue reading this entry

Opportunities and Challenges for Suppliers in Mexico

Last week the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) hosted an event entitled “Supplier Opportunities and Challenges in Mexico” that I attended. It was a great program as always by OESA, and I wanted to share some of the highlights that I took away from it. First of all, nearly every automotive manufacturer who has operations … Continue reading this entry

Suppliers to OEMs: We Think We're Turning Japanese

The 2014 Annual Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study came out in May 2014 and it showed that Japanese OEMs may be rebounding after a couple down years when it comes to their relationships with suppliers. The study, published by Planning Perspectives, Inc. (PPI) relies on the Supplier Working Relations Index®. Up until 2011, Japanese OEMs held a … Continue reading this entry

Department of Energy Makes it Easier to Access Low-Interest Financing

The U.S. Department of Energy is overhauling a $16 billion low-interest financing program to fund new technologies such as efficient engines, lightweight materials, and low-friction tires. This program, titled the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, is being modified to further help suppliers access low-interest loans. In a recent announcement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that … Continue reading this entry

Mexico to Replace Japan as No. 2 Automobile Exporter to U.S.

Mexico is about to replace Japan as the second largest exporter of automobiles to the United States by the end of this year. Mexico might even replace Canada as the top exporter by the end of 2015. The number of automobiles that are exported to the U.S. from Mexico is rising. In the 1990s, that number was … Continue reading this entry

Top Legal Issues Facing Suppliers in 2014: Antitrust

More Guilty Pleas in U.S. Department of Justice Auto Parts Probe High on the Foley & Lardner LLP priority list of top antitrust issues facing automotive suppliers for 2014 was the broad and aggressive criminal antitrust investigation of the auto parts industry by the U.S. Department of Justice. As Foley reported then, the wide-ranging investigation had … Continue reading this entry

Japan’s Automakers Forecast Record-High Profits

Japan’s automakers are forecasting record-high profits for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. The weakening yen is a big contributor to this phenomenon, but it isn’t the only factor. By February 10, 2014, Japan’s big seven automakers – Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Suzuki, Mazda, Fuji Heavy (Subaru’s parent), and Mitsubishi – all reported their forecasts. Except for … Continue reading this entry

Yet Another Forecast – North American Light Vehicle Production Almost 17 Million in 2014

Consistent with many of the forecasts out there, IRN, Inc. is forecasting a 4.5% jump in North American Light Vehicle Production in 2014. If accurate, almost 17 million light vehicles would be sold in 2014 in North America. IRN sees the Detroit 3 up over 6.5% and Nissan continuing to gain on its Japanese rivals. … Continue reading this entry