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Ford GT Supercar Will Be Company's Most Expensive Ever

March 18, 2015 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford revealed the 600-horsepower, carbon fiber GT in January at the Detroit auto show. The company plans to introduce 12 high-performance vehicles by 2020.               

Ford, Microsoft Announce Cloud-Based System For New Vehicles

March 18, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Ford Service Delivery Network will run on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform in some 2015 vehicles and company-wide by the end of 2016.                 

Flying Cars Will Be Available In 2017

March 17, 2015 3:07 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Slovakian company AeroMobil will begin selling a flying car in 2017.                              

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Tesla To ‘End Range Anxiety’

March 17, 2015 2:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Elon Musk, Tesla’s co-founder and CEO, announced this week on Twitter that the company will reveal a firmware update for its Model S sedan later this week.               

Autonomous Car Prepares For 3,500-Mile U.S. Road Trip

March 16, 2015 3:02 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Companies both inside and outside the auto industry are experimenting with technologies that take more and more responsibilities away from the driver.                

Toyota Wants Price Of Hydrogen Vehicle To Match Diesel Cars

March 16, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digitlal Reporter | News | Comments

The Mirai uses hydrogen gas to generate electricity and leaves water vapor at its only exhaust. Toyota officials said the car can travel 300 miles between fuel-ups and would take less than five minutes to recharge.                       

General Motors Ignition Switch Death Count Rises To 67

March 16, 2015 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 67 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.

Tesla Announces Job Cuts In China

March 13, 2015 2:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The amount of jobs in question is still unclear, but local newspapers are indicating that 180 to as many as 600 employees might lose their jobs.                                                                                              

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Honda Running Ad Campaign To Boost Recall Repairs

March 13, 2015 11:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is launching an unprecedented U.S. ad campaign urging owners to get vehicles repaired if they have been recalled to fix defective air bags.                                                                                           

GM To Alter Chevrolet, GMC Warranties

March 13, 2015 11:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors will make a series of changes to its vehicle warranty and maintenance programs after they failed to generate more interest among car buyers.                                                                              

Toyota Signs On As Global Olympic Sponsor In Long-Term Deal

March 13, 2015 6:07 am | by Jim Armstrong, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is the first car company ever signed up by the International Olympic Committee.                                                                                                                                                  

Toledo Finalizing Incentives Package To Keep Jeep Plant

March 11, 2015 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toledo officials are finalizing an incentives package this week in an effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the northwest Ohio city. The city hasn't released details on what it will offer to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but Toledo's development director tells The Blade...

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...

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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...

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.        

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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