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China's Auto Sales Growth Decelerates In February

March 10, 2015 6:17 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's auto sales growth decelerated in February despite a near doubling in purchases of Chinese-made SUVs, an industry group reported Tuesday. Sales in world's biggest auto market rose 6.4 percent to 1.4 million vehicles, according to the China Association of Automobile...

Goodyear’s Concept Tires To Help Power Electric Cars

March 9, 2015 2:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Goodyear has announced a new concept tire that can convert heat into energy and, in turn, can power an electric car. Named the BH03 and unveiled at the 2015 Geneva International Auto Show, the tire is designed to collect heat into the tire in a few...

GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises To 64

March 9, 2015 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 64 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday. It was up from 57 last week. An additional...

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NC Among Southern States Aiming To Lure Big Car Plants, Jobs

March 7, 2015 1:12 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Southern politicians are heating up their recruiting in hopes of landing a big auto manufacturing plant and the potential of thousands of high-paying jobs. North Carolina officials have been hunting for an auto plant since Mercedes-Benz jilted the state in 1993 for Alabama...

Recalls Of The Week: NHTSA Flexes Muscles

March 6, 2015 3:37 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Possible enactment of Safety Act would place undue pressure on parts manufactures.                           

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 6, 2015 3:25 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week ‘Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week’ focuses on a woman who has achieved a great feat in the manufacturing industry and a company  . . .              

Southern States Battle For Volvo Plant

March 6, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

South Carolina lawmakers believe their state has the upper hand in the competition to land Volvo's new U.S. manufacturing plant. The Swedish automaker shifted one of its top executives to New Jersey earlier this year . . .   

The Driverless Car, Officially, Is A Risk

March 5, 2015 1:49 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Three insurance suppliers and an auto parts maker have warned in their most recent annual reports that driverless cars and the technology behind them could one day disrupt the way they do business.        

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Toyota Names First Woman Executive

March 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Toyota announced that Julie Hamp will lead the Japanese automaker's global communications efforts, reportedly making her the first female executive in company history. Hamp, an American who previously led the company's North American communications, will be based in Tokyo and report to senior managing...

By The Numbers: 2014 Record Year For Auto Recalls

March 4, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The U.S. government’s list of automakers with the most recalled vehicles in 2014 was topped by General Motors and Honda. Combined, the two companies accounted for more than half of the record 64 million vehicles recalled. GM had 78 separate recalls pushing them to the No. 1 spot in the biggest year for recalls...

5 Cars Attracting Attention At The Geneva Auto Show

March 4, 2015 9:17 am | by Greg Keller, David Mchugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Check out these top high-end supercars taking center stage.                                

Auto Industry, Batteries Expected To Bolster Graphite Market

March 3, 2015 1:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020. The analysis by New York-based PMR Research projects the value of the domestic graphite market to increase from $13.6 billion in 2013 to more than $17.5 billion by the start of the new...

US Auto Sales Up In February Despite Snowy Weather

March 3, 2015 11:19 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Freezing temperatures and drifts of snow likely took a small bite out of U.S. auto sales in February, but most automakers still reported gains thanks to the strong economy. General Motors' sales rose 4.2 percent over last February, while Chrysler's sales were up 5.6 percent....

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Apple Reportedly Poaching Talent For Electric Car Project

February 27, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Reports in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere that Apple is working on a secret electric car project initially prompted skepticism from the auto industry. Now, it's also triggered allegations of talent-poaching by rival tech companies...

TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives For Unionized GM Plant

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract. The Blountville Republican's comments came as GOP...

Automakers Hire Rocket Firm To Probe Air Bag Problems

February 26, 2015 11:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding the cause of air bags to explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter. Ten automakers whose vehicles have been recalled because of problems with Takata Corp. air bags...

Consumer Reports Releases Its Top Vehicle Picks

February 26, 2015 9:54 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The closely watched annual list of top auto brands and individual vehicles was released this week indicating Consumer Reports’ favorites among the 270 autos recently tested. Japanese vehicles won six of the 10 categories, the smallest number in the 19-year history...

Volvo To Test Self-Driving Cars On Swedish Roads In 2017

February 25, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system. The test will place individuals in the driver's seats, which would automatically move through streets cleared...

MS Auto Parts Workers In Union Drive Plan Protest

February 23, 2015 5:14 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state. A group of workers and supporters at the...

Honda To Replace President Following Air Bag Fiasco

February 23, 2015 5:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, said Monday its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive. The decision follows massive recalls by Honda of vehicles equipped with air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. that...

Apple Goes Full Speed Ahead On Electric Car

February 20, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Apple is said to push production of an electric car that would hit the market in 2020. Bloomberg’s Jeff Greene reports on Apple’s progress and examines interest in the electric car market. He speaks on “In The Loop.”      

Honda Cuts Production At Two Plants, Citing Port Dispute

February 20, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Honda Motor Company has announced extended production cuts at plants in Indiana and Canada amid continued shipping delays on the West Coast. The Japanese automaker had previously announced a 20,000-vehicle production cut at its North American plants between Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. The company said...

U.S. To Fine Takata $14K Per Day

February 20, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says it will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in an investigation. Takata's air bag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least six people have been killed worldwide due...

Industry Lashes Out At Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 3:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Manufacturing Business Technology, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO. As reported earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal states that Apple has...

Three Vehicle Trends To Keep An Eye On

February 19, 2015 9:42 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hundreds of employees working on an electric car...

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