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U.S. Indicts 3 Bridgestone Execs For Price-Fixing

April 16, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted one current and two former Japanese executives of Bridgestone Corp. for their involvement in automobile parts price-fixing in the United States, the Department of Justice announced.       

GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 7:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.           

Ford Will Offer 50th Anniversary Mustang

April 16, 2014 7:47 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year the Mustang first went on sale.                          

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GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Heads

April 14, 2014 11:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations.        

Feds Revisit Safety Rules After Fiery Bus Crash

April 14, 2014 8:47 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.             

Retail Sales Strong In March

April 14, 2014 8:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.                  

Peugeot Boss Targets Return To Profit By 2018

April 14, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.           

Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                        

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

GM Stock Drops To 10-Month Low

April 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Shares of General Motors Co. fell to a 10-month low Friday as the company's widening recall crisis put a coveted upgrade of its credit rating in doubt.                      

BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

German automaker BMW is issuing a worldwide recall of many models of cars with certain six-cylinder gas motors after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine.               

NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                  

Oshkosh Corp. Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 8:08 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.           

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GM Making New Repair On Recalled Cars

April 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors says another part needs to be repaired in the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect.                    

Ind. Glass Plant To Pay Record Safety Penalty

April 10, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

A central Indiana automotive glass factory will pay a record $495,500 to settle workplace safety violations that were uncorrected following a worker's 2010 death, the Indiana Department of Labor said.           

Mitsubishi Motors Recalling Over 24K Vehicles

April 10, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Thursday it is recalling a total of 24,309 minivehicles produced between last May and January due to possible engine stalling during idling or low speeds.             

Tesla Questions Motives Of Lemon Law King

April 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors officials questioned Wisconsin's self-proclaimed lemon law king's motivations in suing over a Milwaukee-area doctor's electric car, saying the company did all it could to fix the car and suggesting someone may have tampered with it.

GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.           

Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 8:12 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.            

Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 8:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                

Auto Parts Maker Adding 200+ Jobs At N.C. Factory

April 9, 2014 3:36 pm | News | Comments

A British-based company that manufactures parts for automakers plans to expand a North Carolina factory by nearly 230 jobs over five years.                       

Great Wall SUVs To Be Made In Malaysia

April 9, 2014 2:15 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia on Wednesday awarded a manufacturing license to a $618 million venture that will assemble fuel-efficient SUVs for China's Great Wall Motor Co.                 

Work Underway To Recover Final Corvette From Sinkhole

April 9, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Workers are digging away to retrieve the last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole beneath a museum in Kentucky.                    

Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

An "O-ring" that links a transmission fluid line to a cooler can fail and cause leaks, potentially causing a fire. Vazin says no fires or crashes have been reported. VW plans to replace the defective parts.          

Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 10:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.             

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