David Sedgwick Special correspondent [email protected] 734-418-0668 See All Staff Page Recent Stories Magna CEO on AVs: Big growth is in Level 2, Level 3 Magna CEO Don Walker says the company is gearing up to produce the cameras, radar and lidar units needed for collision avoidance systems that automakers have begun installing in conventional vehicles Material prices hammer the industry Automakers building cars in the United States get most of their steel from North America, but certain types — such as stainless and electrical steel — are imports subject to the 25 per cent U.S. tariff. Toyota pleased Canada joined NAFTA 2.0 The Japanese automaker is Canada's top vehicle producer. Last year, the automaker's two assembly plants in Cambridge and Woodstock produced 572,000 vehicles. Tariff reality: Aluminum surge relies on Canada Putting tariffs on imported steel and aluminum reveals a stark new reality: The U.S. auto industry's plunge into aluminum content is reliant on Canada. In-demand tech puts wary suppliers on guard, study finds That trust that automakers have worked so hard to rekindle among their parts suppliers? It's slipping away again. Change bearing down on rearview mirrors IHS Markit predicts a surge in global production of panoramic rearview display cameras -- even though safety regulators are still undecided about them. Magna has already developed camera-equipped mirrors. Suppliers on track for record acquisitions Suppliers are on a record pace for acquisitions, with electronics producers and Europeans offering the most allure. But it's North American suppliers, including Magna, Linamar and Martinrea, positioned to do the buying. Which suppliers will survive the electric era? As many as 75 of the industry's top 100 suppliers will face irrelevance by 2030 unless they establish a niche in the market for electrified cars, concludes a just-released study. Suppliers prepare for self-driving bonanza In 2020, automakers are expected to produce nearly 86 million vehicles equipped with collision-avoidance systems. It's a potential bonanza for big suppliers. GM gets its groove back with suppliers A study that evaluates the purchasing policies of North America's six biggest automakers found that General Motors ranks just behind Toyota and Honda in the opinion of suppliers. Nissan finished last. Driverless concepts spawn real-world interior design Cockpit designs for self-driving vehicles are rapidly moving from Disney Tomorrowland fantasy toward the real world of commercial production and driver practicality. Bringing the connected car into the home Suppliers push the frontier on how consumers can control household functions from the car. Magna settles into smart-seat market Magna International has joined the race to develop "smart" auto seats that can monitor a driver's heart rate to determine whether he is getting drowsy.