While You Were Sleeping: Chevrolet Sub-Camaro, Toyota/Honda Best Supplier Customers and Aston Martin's Crossover

As I fly down to Nashville to drive Nissan’s latest iteration of their 4DSC (“four-door sports car”) – the Maxima – we will have all the articles you expect on a Monday.

Here’s what happened over the weekend.

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GM to Suppliers: Open Your Factories, Books If You Want Long-Term Business

If you’re a parts supplier to General Motors, you have two choices: bid for business as it comes up or open your books and factories to skip the bidding process.

According to Automotive News, the latter option is part of GM’s One Cost Model launched in 2013, allowing the automaker to analyse a supplier’s internal cost data to identify cost-cutting opportunities. In exchange, suppliers can receive exclusive parts contracts that can last the lifecycle of a model and GM will not put that particular piece of business up for bid.

This all requires a significant amount of trust from suppliers, a commodity which has been lacking at GM since the ’90s.

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Suppliers Rule! The PACE of Automotive Innovation

Suppliers are integral to new technology in the auto industry to an extent not true since the early years of the 20th century, when ventures such as Ford began as mere assemblers, not manufacturers. That will be highlighted on Monday at the 21st PACE “academy awards” for supplier innovation. (For those not in the know, Monday’s the opening night of the SAE [Society of Automotive Engineers] in Detroit.)

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Hyundai To Build Mexican Factory After Sales Exceed 50K Per Year

Hyundai is planning on building a factory in Mexico, but only after annual domestic sales in the country rise to appropriate levels.

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Fate Of Jeep In Toledo Rests On Supplier Park, Partnerships

The fate of Toledo, Ohio holding onto the Jeep factory may be decided not on incentives or land acquisition, but by what happens with the supplier park.

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Honda Adds Over 100k To 2014 Takata Recall

Over 100,000 Honda vehicles have been added to the ongoing recall linked to Takata airbags.

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Insurers, Suppliers Face Potential Disruption From Autonomous Vehicles

Work in the insurance industry? Ever wonder what life would be like insuring the owners of autonomous vehicles?

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Schockmel: CLEPA Members Ready For Autonomous Opportunities

Amid the glitz and glamour of the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, European auto supplier group CLEPA proclaimed its members would have a part to play in the autonomous game.

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Continental AG Interested In Partnering With Apple In Car Project

Whether or not Apple is actually building a car, German tire manufacturer Continental AG wants in.

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Atlanta Grows Into Role As Automotive Industry Hub

As Mercedes-Benz USA prepares for its two-year move from New Jersey to Atlanta, the question is how the city scored this win in the first place. Turns out Atlanta is pushing its own brand as that of an automotive industry hub for the Southeastern United States.

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Supplier Woes Lead To Lada's First-Ever Loss Of Monthly Sales Crown

Since the first Ladas left the assembly line in the 1970s, the automaker has always held the top spot on the sales podium, month after month, year after year. Until November 2014, that is.

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UAW, Unifor Strike Out Against Two-Tier Wages

Last weekend, 760 UAW workers at the Lear facility in Hammond, Ind. — where Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant receives its seats — went on strike against two-tier wages, winning a tentative contract that eliminates the system. This, in turn, may be a sign of more such actions to come as the union seeks to end the two-tier system throughout the industry.

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Delphi Confirmed ITS Technology Supplier For Cadillac

Earlier this week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced that Cadillac would be the first of her company’s brands to receive V2V and V2I technologies, which would be introduced in the 2017 CTS and the unnamed F-segment flagship recently green-lighted.

Today, we know who will be supplying those technologies: supplier Delphi.

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Qi: New Spare Parts For Fisker Karma Owners Coming Soon

If you’re Justin Bieber, Carlos Santana or Bob Lutz — and even if you’re not — you’ll be happy to know that your Fisker Karma will be more fixable in the event of a fender-bender or two, all thanks to parent company Wanxiang.

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NEVS "Not Insolvent," Will Pay When Possible

Remember when Saab’s new parent company was close to being taken to court and forced to declare bankruptcy by one of its suppliers? New information may have helped changed course.

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