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Toyota To Delay Some Vehicle Deliveries Due To Soot

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

Toyota Motor Corp. said it expects to delay the delivery of about 23,000 vehicles by up to a month while it cleans up soot spewed from a Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. plant in central Japan.         

Google Adds Former Ford CEO Mulally To Board

July 16, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Mulally, 68, retired from Ford at the end of June. Over the winter, he was rumored to be in the running for the top job at Microsoft Corp., but it went to an internal candidate.                      

Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate At Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.    

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Tesla Settles Lemon Lawsuit

July 15, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

The deal calls for the California-based company to pay Franklin physician Robert Montgomery nearly $127,000 to cover the car's cost, his taxes and his attorney fees.                     

Volkswagen To Add 2,000 Jobs In Tennessee

July 14, 2014 9:44 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.           

NHTSA Investigating Fatal Truck Tank Explosion

July 14, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will probe a fatal truck explosion that happened last spring when a forklift pierced the vehicle's natural gas fuel tank.                   

Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Fatal Crash

July 14, 2014 7:36 am | by Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

The complaint claims the retail giant should have known that its driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable."               

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Another Michigan City In Trouble; Boeing Checks Plane Parts

July 11, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the financial struggles of the birthplace of GM to a train accident that damaged six Boeing commercial airplane bodies.               

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Infiniti Exec To Head GM's Cadillac

July 11, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has named an Infiniti executive to head its Cadillac division, which has struggled with sagging U.S. sales this year while competing luxury brands have advanced.              

NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                          

Tesla Sued In China For $3.85M

July 11, 2014 10:17 am | by The Street | Videos | Comments

Electric car-maker Tesla is being sued in China for trademark infringement. Chinese businessman Zhan Baosheng is suing the company over Tesla's trademark, which he registered in both Chinese and English in 2006, before the company arrived in China.

Chrysler Recalls 651K SUVs

July 11, 2014 9:25 am | News | Comments

Chrysler says it is recalling 651,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S. because vanity mirror lights that have undergone repairs can short circuit and start a fire if not reassembled correctly.              

Ford Planning $1M Alan Mulally Scholarship

July 11, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship announced Thursday provides financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in automotive engineering.                

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Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 7:45 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is one of five states competing for a $5 billion Tesla battery manufacturing plant, but Brown's administration has largely declined to discuss what the state is doing to persuade the company to build it in its home state.           

UAW Says 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen

July 11, 2014 7:39 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers leaders said they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.         

TRW Automotive Gets Preliminary Acquisition Offer

July 10, 2014 2:58 pm | News | Comments

TRW said that it is evaluating the non-binding proposal. It did not name the bidder. TRW also said it is looking at other strategic options that may help boost shareholder value.                     

Toyota Hopes Donations Will Make A Difference

July 10, 2014 7:47 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

The test cars, a mix of the 10th-generation Corolla and the 11th-generation model that came out last summer, will be used by the schools for the students to learn more about automotive technology.             

Honda To Recall 170K Hybrid Cars

July 10, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. said it will recall a total of 175,356 Fit and Vezel hybrid vehicles due to a faulty engine control system that could cause problems such as unintended acceleration.             

GM Recalling Nearly 29K Saab Cars

July 10, 2014 7:27 am | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 28,789 Saab convertibles because the driver's seat belt retractor can break.                               

Bay Area Governments Buy 90 Electric Vehicles

July 9, 2014 3:51 pm | News | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.             

Fiat And Funny Or Die Create Web Series

July 9, 2014 3:44 pm | News | Comments

The web series features five webisodes showcasing the 2014 Fiat 500L as it follows the adventures (or misadventures) of a suburban American couple as they interact with their new Italian neighbors.            

Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 66K Motorcycles

July 9, 2014 3:09 pm | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year because their front wheels can lock up without warning.                 

Are Electric Cars Ready?

July 9, 2014 2:45 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring?                   

Ford Expects Return To Profit In Europe In 2015

July 9, 2014 2:18 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford hasn't earned a pretax profit in Europe since 2010, and it lost $1.6 billion in the region last year, but Ford Europe president Stephen Odell said three plant closures and more than a dozen new products are helping reverse that.            

Ford Gets Impressive Mileage Out Of 3-Cylinder Fiesta

July 9, 2014 11:41 am | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2014 Fiesta four door with SE EcoBoost package has government fuel economy ratings as high as those for some diesel-powered sedans from BMW, Audi and Volkswagen.               

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