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Luminator Technology Group Acquires Axion Technologies

September 11, 2014 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Luminator Technology Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Axion Technologies. Axion Technologies was founded in 1974 and designs, manufactures and supplies advanced Passenger Information, Communication, and CCTV systems for the Mass Transit...

Faurecia Announces New Seating Plant In KY

September 11, 2014 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Faurecia, North America's sixth-largest automotive supplier, today announced it will start construction this year on a plant in Simpsonville, Kentucky. The facility will employ 410 people in the area. Production is scheduled to begin in...  

All Aboard Florida Selects Siemens As Train Manufacturer

September 11, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today it was announced that Siemens has been selected to build the locomotives and passenger coaches for the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project that will connect South and Central Florida. All Aboard Florida and Siemens have been...

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Saltwater-Powered Sportscar Approved For Road Use In Europe

September 11, 2014 9:53 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

The intriguingly named Quant e-Sportlimousine has been making a splash in Europe, where it was just approved for road use. The electric vehicle can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a ridiculous 2.8 seconds, reach a projected top speed of...

China's Auto Sales Slow In August

September 11, 2014 8:54 am | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's auto sales growth decelerated further in August to 8.5 percent while sales of SUVs surged by nearly a third. Drivers in the world's biggest auto market by vehicle sales bought 1.5 million passenger cars in August, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Thursday. Total...

Lawyer Claims GM Went To Great Lengths To Keep Dealers Informed

September 10, 2014 3:22 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

General Motors Canada went to extraordinary lengths to keep its dealers informed about its restructuring plans in the aftermath of the financial crisis, a lawyer for the automaker told a Toronto courtroom Wednesday.GM lawyer Kent Thomson, in his opening remarks, said it was widely known through briefings, media coverage, and meetings...

Nevada Lawmakers Considering $1.3B Tesla Package

September 10, 2014 12:01 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its... 

Honda Introduces Self-driving Car

September 9, 2014 5:38 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute Tuesday, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel. While the car is just a prototype, Honda says the technology could start appearing on Honda cars in...

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Ohio Manufacturing Firm Makes $29M Expansion

September 9, 2014 4:17 pm | by Matt Sanctis | News | Comments

St. Paris, Ohio manufacturing firm KTH Parts Industries is making progress on a $29 million expansion and hiring that's connected to increased production at Honda.The investment is expected to put the company in a better position to... 

How To Handle Auto Recalls If Parts Aren't Ready

September 9, 2014 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In July, two scary notices arrived in Amaris McGee's mailbox. They came from General Motors, and each told her the gray 2005 Chevy Malibu she drives to work every day is being recalled for safety problems. But neither problem...   

Honda Selects Translations.com For Multilingual Website

September 9, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Translations.com, the world’s largest privately held provider of language services and translation-related technologies, today announced the launch of Honda’s mobile website in Spanish. Translations.com provides Honda with language services and GlobalLink OneLink ® technology to support...

GM To Offer Car That Will Almost Drive Itself

September 8, 2014 9:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cars that can talk to each other and almost drive themselves at freeway speeds are just two years away from the showroom, according to General Motors executives. The company announced Sunday that the semi-autonomous system for freeways will be... 

NV Assembly Speaker Kirkpatrick To Scrutinize Tesla Deal

September 5, 2014 5:03 pm | by Martin Griffith and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick says it's too early to say whether a huge package of tax breaks and incentives needed to land Tesla Motors Inc.'s lithium battery factory will have smooth sailing at a special legislative session next week. The Las Vegas Democrat said Friday she and her colleagues need to scrutinize...

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BorgWarner Expanding Operations

September 5, 2014 2:19 pm | by Targeted News Service | News | Comments

Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from global powertrain supplier BorgWarner announced today the company is expanding operations in Water Valley to accommodate an increased demand for the company's advanced transmission solutions. The project is the company's fourth expansion in Water Valley. It represents a company investment of $43 million and will create...

Hillary Clinton: U.S. Should Lead On Clean Energy

September 4, 2014 8:31 pm | by Ken Ritter - Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for the U.S. to become what she called the world's 21st-century clean energy superpower. In remarks Thursday at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Clinton credited northern Nevada's selection for...

Toyota: Cars Will Be Safer, But Still Need Drivers

September 4, 2014 4:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up. That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, who on Thursday promised by 2017 to have...

Anheuser-Busch Converts To Natural Gas Vehicles

September 4, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet and supply chain solutions, announced today that it is partnering with Anheuser-Busch to replace the beer company’s 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered engines. This marks Anheuser-Busch’s first conversion of an entire fleet and represents...

Chevron Phillips Chemical Sells Business For $220M

September 4, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical is selling its high-performance engineering polymer business for $220 million. Chevron said that its Ryton polyphenylene sulfide operations are a better fit at Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC, which...      

Tesla Chooses Plant Location, Gets Closer To Electric Car For Masses

September 4, 2014 4:31 am | by Justin Pritchard - Associated Press | News | Comments

To bring electric cars to the masses, Tesla Motors will use an expanse of desert where wild mustangs still roam for a factory that the company projects will crank out enough batteries to power 500,000 vehicles annually by decade's end. Tesla chose ...

Tesla Plant Decision Sparks Criticism

September 3, 2014 9:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Political finger-pointing has started over New Mexico losing out to Nevada as a site for Tesla Motors' a battery factory. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Wednesday that the electric car maker didn't select New Mexico because of ...

How Manufacturers Are Adapting To Trends For The Urban Car

September 3, 2014 2:49 pm | by Chris Needes, Global Market Manager, Saint-Gobain | News | Comments

Much of the talk in the automotive industry in recent years has been about the rise of the urban car. Growing demand from consumers for these lightweight vehicles has been reported in Europe, the US, and the booming BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China as well. As a result, car manufacturers worldwide are developing their own urban car models to tap into...

Federal-Mogul Announces Plan To Separate Into 2 Distinct Global Automotive Suppliers

September 3, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation has announced its plan to separate its Powertrain and Motorparts divisions into two independent, publicly-traded companies serving the global original equipment and aftermarket industries. The planned separation will be ...

The Aerodynamics Of The New Ford F-150

September 2, 2014 12:13 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Brad Richards, exterior design manager of the 2015 Ford F-150, shows off its aerodynamics in Allen Park, Mich.                                 

Foreign Companies in China Feel 'Targeted'

September 2, 2014 12:02 pm | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws, and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said Tuesday. The American Chamber of Commerce in China's report adds to mounting complaints about a flurry of investigations of global automakers, technology suppliers, and other companies... 

North Carolina Offers $100M For Toyota

September 2, 2014 11:52 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest car maker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size. Only about a quarter of the nearly 3,000 jobs paying an average of $105,000 a year were expected to move from Southern California, meaning... 

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