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Audi Brings A8 Technology to 2012 A6

New model features more aluminum, but weighs the same as the outgoing model because of added stiffness, safety and infotainment connectivity features.

by on Jan.10, 2011

The 2012 Audi A6 may look somewhat similar to the existing model, but it is completely new. It features a lot of technology recently introduced in the A8 flagship.

When Audi’s new A6 hits the market later this year, expect to see a lot of features that debuted on the flagship A8.

As is typical of most new luxury sedans, The A6 is crammed with several new technology features impacting safety, entertainment and efficiency.

Auto Show News!

Anthony Foulk, product manager for the A6 and A8, said at the North American International Auto Show that the new car uses more aluminum – up to about 20 percent of the total weight, showing Audi’s extensive experience with the material.

The new car, which is virtually the same size as the current model, weighs about the same, despite increased equipment for infotainment and safety systems. Aluminum helps improve the car’s weight distribution from 60/40 to about 55/45 for the core model, the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.


Chrysler Picks Future Suppliers

Bankruptcy Court Filing lists some winners and losers.

by on May.15, 2009

Scott Garberding, Chrysler LLC

Chrysler will continue to work with those suppliers who wish to become part of the new enterprise.

Chrysler LLC today announced this morning that it would begin the process of assigning the “overwhelming majority” of the company’s supplier contracts to the new company established in with Fiat SpA once an asset sale is completed as it emerges from bankruptcy. Some of the winners are Alcoa, Continental, Delphi, Johnson Controls, Magna International and Penske Corporation.

Chrysler has also started a process by which suppliers may be paid pre-bankruptcy accounts receivable. Chrysler claims that the amount it is willing to pay is higher than those normally assigned during a bankruptcy process, a contentious assertion no doubt with some suppliers.

About 40% of what is owed is offered immediately, with the balance to be assumed by the new company and paid back over time. Whether its ailing suppliers can last that long is an open question. Roughly 20% of Chrysler suppliers were in the “high risk” or “risk” categories Chrysler uses to assess their financial health, and that was before all of its plants were shut down last month. Typically it takes Chrysler 45 days to pay a supplier after it has received the parts.

The bankruptcy continues to have potential dire consequences for Ford Motor and General Motors since 96 of Chrysler’stop 100 suppliers also supply both of those loss-making companies.

Chrysler will mail letters to approximately 1,200 of its suppliers setting forth the amounts that Chrysler has determined will be required to “cure” all contracts to be assumed and assigned to the new company.

It appears Chrysler will attempt to not negotiate the amounts that it will pay. Some struggling suppliers may have little bargaining power to ask for more.

Suppliers have ten days to dispute the Chrysler amount, and a court hearing is scheduled for June 4th to resolve differences.

Some of Chrysler’s biggest creditors were not on the list in the court filing, which could mean that they will not be part of the supply chain for the new company.

However, the “list is not a complete or final listing of suppliers” for the new company. “Chrysler will continue to work with those suppliers who wish to become part of the new enterprise,” Chrysler said.    (more…)