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GM Moving Cadillac SRX Production From Mexico To TN

August 27, 2014 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers union says General Motors will move production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to Spring Hill, Tennessee. It was unclear how many new jobs the move would create. The Spring Hill factory complex ...

Volvo Finally Goes Domestic In China

August 27, 2014 9:23 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Chinese auto market is the largest in the world, but most of the country’s autos are foreign – Now, a potentially successful domestic car has landed, from Sweden ...              

State Grant Spurs Toyota Expansion In Michigan

August 26, 2014 3:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. says it's expanding its technical center in Michigan and moving 250 jobs from Kentucky. The automaker's expansion in Washtenaw County's York Township near Ann Arbor comes ...          

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Auto Supply Firm To Expand Manufacturing Plant

August 26, 2014 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

International automotive supplier Continental is planning to invest about $150 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Newport News, creating 500 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office said ...        

U.S. Closes Probe Into Camry Hybrid Brake Problems

August 26, 2014 11:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in ...       

Ford Begins Plant Revamp For Aluminum F-150s

August 26, 2014 11:42 am | by The Toronto Star | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the U.S. "This is historic for the industry, not just for Ford," Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, told ...

U.S. Investigates Ford Explorer Police SUV Brake Hose Failures

August 26, 2014 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers ...       

Automotive Component Plant Begins Expansion

August 26, 2014 5:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northeast Missouri manufacturing plant that makes components for motor vehicles has begun a $17 million expansion. The Mexico Ledger reports ( http://bit.ly/1BWgXyc ) the 68,000-square-foot addition at Spartan Light Metal Products will more than ...

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Ford Adds Workers, Investment To Back MKC Output

August 25, 2014 8:32 pm | by Bruce Schreiner - Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Monday it has beefed up its workforce and investment at a Kentucky plant to support production of its new Lincoln SUV as the automaker looks to reinvigorate its luxury brand. The company added 300 workers and invested another ...

Ford To Unveil New Hybrid Cars In 2018

August 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Ford plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018. The model will be compact and is a dedicated hybrid unlike the current Fusion. Ford wants to take on Toyota's best-selling hybrid, the Prius ...         

Tesla Building I-80 Supercharger Station

August 25, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company's electric cars can recharge along Interstate 80, a newspaper says. Tesla officials previously announced plans to build ...

Advocacy Group Asks For Chrysler Investigation

August 25, 2014 1:21 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

An auto safety advocacy group has asked the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles that could cause them to stall while being driven. The Center for Auto Safety ...         

The Alfa Romeo 4C Heads To The U.S.

August 22, 2014 11:28 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

It's been 19 years since an Alfa Romeo has been marketed in the United States. Now that the Alfa Romeo 4C is state-side, Chris Woodyard gives it a drive ...                

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An Interview With The McLaren F1 Team

August 22, 2014 11:22 am | by IET | Videos | Comments

A snap-shot into the world of a McLaren F1 engineer – Greenpower’s National Final’s team interview McLaren F1 engineers at Goodwood Festival of Speed ...                

3 Cylinder Cars Make A Comeback

August 22, 2014 9:55 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

Three-cylinder cars didn't have the best reputation in the 80s and 90s, but now they're making a comeback. Here's a look at the Top 5 three-cylinder engines ...                

Ford Recalling More Than 160K Vehicles

August 22, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues. The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says ...        

Improving Car Safety With LEDs

August 21, 2014 12:29 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Entrepreneur Michael Haas lights up LEDs to improve car safety with a system he invented called Haas Perimeter Lighting Technology.                   

Honda Recalls Fit To Boost Crash Resistance

August 21, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant. The tiny Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year, and ...             

Chip Maker Infineon To Buy California Firm For $3B

August 20, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from ...     

Jaguar & Land Rover Get Serious About Performance

August 20, 2014 12:45 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The British brands have created a special division to create vehicles that offer top performance.                         

China Fines 12 Firms In Auto Price Probe

August 20, 2014 12:08 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry. Beijing has launched a series of investigations of ...

New Corvette Feature Keeps An Eye On Valets

August 20, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Now, General Motors has an option on ... 

Agency Opens Probe Into Fire Truck Recall

August 20, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall of 156 fire trucks last year was enough to fix a problem with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall. The probe covers trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years made by ...   

Attorney General Sues State Farm Over Auto Repairs

August 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by Melinda Deslatte - Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit Tuesday against State Farm, alleging Louisiana's largest auto insurer is illegally steering customers involved in car accidents to repair shops that use junkyard parts and choose cheap fixes over safety. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in...

America's First Electric Supercar

August 19, 2014 11:26 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

What looks like a Shelby Daytona Coupé, goes like a 911 Turbo S and uses no traditional fuel? The Renovo Coupe. It's a car bred in Silicon Valley and it's the first American all-electric supercar. After four and a half years of working in secret, the car is ready ...

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