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GM: Buyers Can Still Get Car Loans

October 16, 2008 5:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is launching a campaign this week to reach people who have stopped looking for cars out of fear that they can't get a loan as it tries to boost October sales.


Louisiana 'Optimistic' About GM Assembly Plant

October 16, 2008 5:25 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Economic development chief 'cautiously optimistic' GM will consider a new vehicle line for its Shreveport assembly plant, which has been hit by more than 2,000 job cuts.


Move Over Silver, Blue Named Car Color Of Tomorrow

October 16, 2008 5:25 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automotive paint supplier PPG Industries predicts blues, particularly more vibrant, richer, complex blues, will take on a more important role in car styling.


6,500 Without Jobs As Chinese Toy Maker Closes

October 16, 2008 5:22 am | News | Comments

Three factories operated by Hong Kong-listed toy maker Smart Union Group in southern China have shut down, leaving more than 6,500 workers jobless.


Tesla Delays Production Of All-Electric Sedan

October 16, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Automaker said it will scale back the development of its all-electric Model S sedan until its Department of Energy loan guarantee becomes effective, citing the tough economy.


Battered Chinese Dairies Promise Safety

October 16, 2008 5:18 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chinese dairy executives trying to shore up their beleaguered industry pledged to implement higher standards, while nearly 6,000 babies remained hospitalized due to tainted milk.


Fed: U.S. Is In An Economic Rut

October 15, 2008 1:55 pm | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Latest snapshot of business conditions showed economy continued to lose traction in early fall, reflecting mounting damage as financial and credit problems worsened.


‘Aging Suit’ Simulates Older Drivers’ Difficulties

October 15, 2008 10:35 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

With the 65 and older population in the U.S. expected to double by 2030, automakers are using aging suits to help design vehicles that are safer and more comfortable.


Safran To Acquire Motorola Biometrics Unit

October 15, 2008 9:00 am | News | Comments

French aerospace and defense manufacturer said Wednesday it would buy Motorola’s biometrics unit, which makes fingerprint scanners.


Asarco: Sterlite Won't Complete $2.6B Buyout

October 15, 2008 8:55 am | News | Comments

Acquisition of bankrupt copper miner Asarco for $2.6 billion by India-based Sterlite Industries is in doubt after Sterlite said it was backing out of the deal.


Bush, Paulson: Economy’s Recovery Will Take Time

October 15, 2008 8:14 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

President and Treasury Secretary said $250 billion cash infusion plan should stabilize the system, induce banks to lend again, and -- eventually -- help improve the economy.


Union: Waterford Crystal To Cut Most Irish Workers

October 15, 2008 8:00 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Ireland’s Waterford Crystal plans to jettison most of its remaining Irish work force and produce the bulk of its hand-cut glassware overseas, union representatives said Tuesday.


Spansion, Advanced Semiconductor Form Joint Venture

October 15, 2008 7:51 am | News | Comments

Flash memory chip maker and Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering agreed to form a venture that would jointly own a Spansion manufacturing facility in China.


Bridgestone Forms New Americas Unit

October 15, 2008 7:50 am | News | Comments

World’s largest tire and rubber company is creating a new entity called Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations to oversee business in North and South America.


Nissan Recalls 200,000 Vehicles To Fix Air Bags

October 15, 2008 7:47 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker said Wednesday it was recalling more than 200,000 vehicles to fix a sensor system that could affect the car's passenger side air bag.


Heinz CFO: Company Will Grow In Tough Economy

October 15, 2008 7:45 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Maker of Heinz Ketchup and Ore-Ida potatoes will focus on food innovation and branding to help carry it through tough economic times, said its chief financial officer.


Kohler Laying Off 50 In Wisconsin

October 15, 2008 7:44 am | News | Comments

Kitchen and bath products maker permanently laid off 50 workers Tuesday due to the 'overall weakened economy, fueled by the housing slump'.


Great Dane Trailers Cutting 108 Jobs

October 15, 2008 7:40 am | News | Comments

Company will lay off 108 workers at its Terre Haute, Ind., plant and blames the economic downturn and the inability of many smaller customers to obtain financing.


Delhi Transport Orders 3,125 Natural Gas Buses

October 15, 2008 7:33 am | News | Comments

Indian transit company ordered 3,125 natural gas buses equipped with engines made by Cummins Westport, a joint venture of Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations Inc.


CyberShift Names VP, Channel Support

October 15, 2008 7:00 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Provider of workforce management and expense management software and services named Jon-Marc Patton to the newly created position of vice president, Channel Support.


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