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Oshkosh To Cut About 370 Jobs

October 9, 2014 3:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday that it plans to lay off about 370 workers from its unit that makes military vehicles. The company said it is cutting the jobs because it is making less military vehicles due to a drop in defense spending by the U.S. government. Oshkosh said...

Toledo Nervously Awaits Fate Of Jeep

October 9, 2014 2:01 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The thought of losing the Jeep Wrangler — a direct descendant of the original olive-drab vehicle that rolled off the assembly line in Toledo on its way to the battlefields of World War II — feels a little bit like losing a family member to those who have spent generations on...

Toyota Unveils Its Hybrid Crossover C-HR Concept Vehicle

October 9, 2014 1:52 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Karl Schlicht, executive president at Toyota, discusses the automaker’s new hybrid concept vehicle, production on their first fuel-cell vehicle and a joint venture with BMW on a dual sports car project. He speaks with Hans Nichols at the Paris Motor Show on...

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Alcoa Boosted By Higher Aluminum Prices

October 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said Wednesday that third-quarter income soared as higher aluminum prices and lower costs for raw materials boosted its core primary-metals business. The results beat Wall Street expectations, and the company's stock rose 2 percent in after-hours...

Ford Awards $50K To American Indian College Fund

October 9, 2014 10:13 am | by U.S. Newswire | News | Comments

The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships through the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program. Ten Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarships of $3,000 per academic...

EPA Says New Vehicle Mileage Hits Record 24.1 MPG

October 8, 2014 4:50 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but the rate of improvement is slowing. The Environmental Protection Agency says fuel economy last year rose one-half mile per gallon over the 2012 model year, mainly...

Chrysler Group Announces Manufacturing Appointment

October 8, 2014 4:12 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC has appointed Brian Harlow Vice President - Head of NAFTA Manufacturing.  In this position, Harlow is responsible for all assembly, stamping, and powertrain manufacturing operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well...

Floor Mats Recalled For Possible Gas Pedal Interference

October 8, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal. Omix Ada of Suwannee, Georgia, says the recall covers Cabela's Custom Fit, Line-X Truck...

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Ford, UAW Announce $350K Grant For New Training Programs

October 8, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company Fund and UAW Ford today announced a grant of $350,000 to pilot an innovative new education program that will bring teams of teachers into the Louisville Assembly Plant to experience first-hand the work situations their students...

National Steel Car CEO's Trial Date Set

October 8, 2014 5:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The trial of a Canadian business executive in north Alabama has been rescheduled for April. Gregory Aziz of Hamilton, Ontario, had been scheduled for trial this week in Tuscumbia on securities fraud charges. Colbert County Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hatcher delayed the trial at the request of the...

Circle Distributing Chooses Epicor Distribution Software

October 7, 2014 5:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, today announced that Circle Distributing, an automotive replacement parts distributor based in Indianapolis, Ind., will...

Mercedes-Benz Posts Best Quarter In Company's History

October 7, 2014 1:49 pm | by Daimler | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz posted the strongest sales month in the company’s history to date in September and the first month with customer deliveries of more than 160,000 vehicles (162,746 units, +13.8%). Moreover, with sales from July to September...

Chrysler CEO Talks Future Of Jeep With OH Governor

October 6, 2014 4:51 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor and the mayor of the state's fourth-largest city talked with the head of Chrysler over the weekend about the future of the Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler, just days after the automaker indicated production could be moved when...

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GM Thinks Outside The Box To Reach Recalled Car Owners

October 6, 2014 4:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.At first, the problem was a shortage of parts. But now...  

Key Indicators Of Japanese Automakers' Economic Contributions To U.S. Reach Record Highs

October 6, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) USA office released new 2013 figures showing record-high economic contributions to the United States. The 2013 key data highlights significant increases in Japanese-branded automobile...

OH Firm To Redevelop Former GM Factory

October 6, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A national design firm with local headquarters has signed on to redevelop a former Dayton-area General Motors factory into an 800-job automotive glass plant operated by a Chinese company. Woolpert, headquartered in Dayton, on Monday announced an agreement...

Volvo Plant to Cut CO2 Emissions More Than 40%

October 6, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mark De Mey, Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

Two of the largest companies in the Nordic region, Volvo Car Group, the global car company, and Stora Enso, the global paper products group, have joined forces to reduce carbon emissions at Volvo's plant in Belgium by over 40 percent, underlining...

Feds Investigate Ford Power Steering

October 6, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as...

UAW Ramps Up Organizing Bid At Mercedes Plant

October 3, 2014 2:01 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers is ramping up its efforts to gain representation of workers at the Mercedes plant in Alabama, despite having so far been thwarted in its attempts to organize any foreign automaker in the South. The UAW has, though, been...

Constellium Buys Wise Metals For $455B

October 3, 2014 6:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Constellium is buying the U.S. aluminum company Wise Metals for $455 million in cash, giving the Dutch manufacturer more exposure to the big North American market. The acquisition includes the assumption of $945 million in debt, the companies said...

New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 2, 2014 4:45 pm | by Dave Collins - Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic breaking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said Thursday. Industry representatives gathered...

Berkshire Hathaway Buys Auto Dealer

October 2, 2014 1:58 pm | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Warren Buffett is getting into the automobile sales business. The billionaire's Berkshire Hathaway, owner of businesses ranging from the BNSF railroad to Dairy Queen, Geico insurance, and power providers, is buying the privately-owned auto dealership...

Tesla Shares Rise After Musk Hints At New Technology

October 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Tesla Motors jumped almost 4 percent Thursday after the electric car maker's CEO hinted at introducing new technology next week. Elon Musk took to Twitter late Wednesday with a message that said: "About time to unveil the D and...

Magneti Marelli Inaugurates Automotive Exhaust Systems Plant In MI

October 2, 2014 11:10 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Magneti Marelli Holding USA announced that its exhaust system manufacturing plant located in Independence Township, Mich., near Clarkston, celebrated its official opening. "The inauguration of the Independence Township plant is a significant...

Russia Dims Hopes For European Auto Rebound

October 2, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Troubles in Russia's once-booming car market are dampening spirits at the Paris Motor Show. The European car market is seeing a fragile recovery after six years of decline, but CEOs in Paris are scaling back hopes that Russia could help drive the rebound as...

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