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Challenges and Surprises that Face Tier One Suppliers

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


I recently interviewed one of the more interesting executives in the automotive industry, Nigel Francis, who is now the Vice President of Electrification Systems for AAM. We were stuck in a mostly dark, swanky hotel, due to a power outage after some very severe weather in Northern Michigan. We were both trying to attend the annual automotive Management Briefing Seminars hosted by the Center for Automotive Research, or CAR, in Traverse City, Michigan on August 3. Full Article

Sapa Gears Up North American R&D Center

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Sapa is gearing up a North American research and development center as the company seeks to expand its aluminum automotive parts business in the region. Full Article

U.S. Army Awards $6.7 Billion Contract to Oshkosh Corp



Oshkosh’s JLTV is the Next Generation Light Vehicle Designed to Move and Protect Our Troops in Future Missions. OSHKOSH, Wis.--The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has awarded Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corp company, a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). Full Article

Autos: Things Are Looking Up South of the Border

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


Sitting nearly halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, Traverse City, MI, has been the site of the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminar for 50 years. One of the hot topics at this year’s event was focused on a spot much closer to the Equator, Mexico. That country has become the place to manufacture vehicles in North America. And it will draw in even more automotive manufacturing before this decade is over. Full Article

North American Engineering & Planning Center: New Building Block in VW's US Market Strategy

Press Release - Volkswagen Group of America


Traverse City, Mich. (Aug. 6, 2015) — The North American Engineering and Planning Center centralizes Volkswagen’s research and development, and product planning efforts in the American South. This new entity joins the production, purchasing and sales efforts currently operating in the North American region. Full Article

CAR MBS: Recovering from a Dark and Stormy Night

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


Power was not fully restored to the Grand Traverse Resort until more than an hour after the scheduled end of the first day of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminar (MBS). That could have been the bad news. It wasn't. Thanks to diligence, effort and not a small bit of luck CAR was able to salvage the afternoon session of the event in the wake of a ferocious thunderstorm that ravaged northwestern lower Michigan the night before. Full Article

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