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  • Japanese executive tells secrets of price fixing

    By: Hans Greimel, Automotive News Europe Nov 26, 2014

    TOKYO—When meeting to fix prices on auto parts, Mr. X, a Japanese supplier executive, and his fellow conspirators chose out-of-the-way spots, such as a Big Boy restaurant in a neighboring state.

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  • GM shuffles purchasing, quality executives

    By: Nick Bunkley, Automotive News Nov 21, 2014

    DETROIT—General Motors Co. said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as it nears the end of a year in which it set a new record for recalling vehicles.

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  • U.S. automotive sales could near 17 million

    Nov 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON—Continued economic improvement, low interest rates and cheap gasoline will help new-vehicle sales rise more than 3 percent to nearly 17 million units next year—the most since 2005—according to forecasts from the National Automobile Dealers Association.

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  • TBVC doubles size, capacity of China plant

    Nov 20, 2014

    DARMSTADT, Germany—Trelleborg/ Vibracoustic has completed an extensive expansion at its anti-vibration products plant in Yantai, China.

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  • Takata exec to testify before Congress about airbag failures

    Nov 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON—Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president-global quality assurance for Takata Corp., will testify Nov. 20 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation at a hearing titled, “Examining Takata Airbag Defects and the Vehicle Recall Process.”

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  • Hitachi pleads guilty in DOJ's price fixing investigation

    Nov 17, 2014

    TOLEDO, Ohio—Hitachi Metals Ltd., a Tokyo-based automotive parts manufacturer, has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $1.25 million fine for its alleged role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for automotive brake hose. The U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Division filed a one-count...

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  • EPA, DOE release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide

    Nov 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy have released the 2015 Fuel Economy Guide, designed to give consumers a practical guide to choosing the most fuel-efficient and low-emission cars on the market, according to both agencies.

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  • Q&A: Ford Purchasing Chief Hau Thai-Tang

    Nov 14, 2014

    DETROIT—Despite a blitz of model launches in the U.S. this year—topped by the aluminum F-150 pickup—Ford Motor Co. has fewer vendors on its “watch” list of suppliers that are struggling to meet production targets.

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  • Hitachi pleads guilty in DOJ's price fixing investigation

    Nov 13, 2014

    TOLEDO, Ohio—Hitachi Metals Ltd., a Tokyo-based auto parts manufacturer, has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $1.25 million fine for its alleged role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for automotive brake hose.

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  • Trelleborg/Vibracoustic expands plant in China

    Nov 11, 2014

    DARMSTADT, Germany—Trelleborg/Vibracoustic has completed an expansion at its production plant in Yantai, China, which will ultimately double its production capacity.

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