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Nominee For Auto Safety Chief Faces Uphill Climb

November 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind is a nationally known expert in human fatigue. He may soon inherit a government agency that's been criticized for nodding off at the wheel. President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member and a former NASA scientist...

Takata Quality Chief Shuns National Air Bag Recall

November 20, 2014 1:59 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary. In testimony before the Commerce Committee, Senior Vice President of Quality Hiroshi Shimizu said recalls should be limited to...

Michelin Making Airless Tires At Its 10th SC Plant

November 20, 2014 6:06 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelin's 10th plant in South Carolina, opening Thursday, will produce the company's innovative airless radial tire and develop the concept's future generations, company officials told The Associated Press in advance of a news conference. Commercial production of the Tweel, named to reflect the...

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Automakers Debut Key Models At L.A. Auto Show

November 19, 2014 4:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One out of every 10 new vehicles sold in the U.S. last year was purchased in California. So it's no wonder automakers save some of their most important introductions for the Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual, green cars are a focus in eco-conscious L.A. Toyota is showing...

Showdown Looms Between Government, Air Bag Maker

November 19, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants Takata Corp. to recall millions of potentially faulty driver's side air bag inflators across...

VW Recalls 442K Cars For Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash. The recall covers 2011 through 2013 Jettas and 2012 through 2013 Beetles. VW says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday...

German University Revolutionizes Electric Car Production

November 19, 2014 9:25 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced it will feature the paradigm-breaking StreetScooter C16, an electric production vehicle available for under €10,000, on its stand at EuroMold, 25-28 November, Frankfurt...

Toyota To Start Sales Of Fuel Cell Car

November 19, 2014 9:16 am | by Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press | News | Comments

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. The world's largest automaker announced Tuesday that it will begin selling fuel cell cars in...

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Ford Recalls Fusions For Software Problem

November 18, 2014 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 65,000 Fusion midsize cars in North America because the ignition keys can be removed if the transmission is not in park due to a software problem. The recall covers certain Fusions, including gas-electric hybrids, from the 2014 and 2015 model years. Ford traced the...

New Research Center Will Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

November 18, 2014 11:47 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

On October 6, a Boeing 747 modified for testing jet engines taxied along a concrete runway on the edge of the Mojave Desert and took off with a brand new engine strapped to its left wing. Although the engine’s maiden flight was short, it made aviation...

WI Agency Proposes Fee For Electric Cars

November 18, 2014 9:55 am | by Scott Bauer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. Scott Walker's...

Honda Will Quietly Replace Air Bags Nationwide

November 17, 2014 4:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag parts across the U.S., even though its latest recall only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories. The replacement program for owners concerned about their safety was revealed in documents posted recently by...

Chevrolet Supports Grassland Preservation Program

November 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said Monday. The automaker, a division of General Motors, said...

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German Labor Chief Says VW Plant Must Halt Work With Anti-Union Group

November 17, 2014 12:44 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee. IG Metall President Detlef Wetzel said in a statement Friday from Frankfurt, Germany, that called on Volkswagen to...

GM Extends Claims Deadline

November 17, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawyer hired by General Motors to compensate victims of crashes caused by faulty ignition switches is giving people another month to file claims. Kenneth Feinberg announced Sunday night that the deadline has been extended until Jan. 31, 2015. The company came under fire last week because...

U.S. Factory Production Rises 0.2%, Slowdown In Auto Limits Growth

November 17, 2014 9:32 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output grew modestly in October, as autoworkers churned out fewer cars and trucks. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants rose 0.2 per cent in October. Gains came from the rising demand for machinery, plastics, clothing and...

Auto Industry Builds New-Look River Region Economy

November 16, 2014 10:06 am | by Brad Harper, The Montgomery Advertiser | News | Comments

Long reliant on state jobs and military money, Montgomery shifted gears in 2002 when Hyundai announced it would open its first America production plant here. Since then, the River Region has built its present and future on the sturdy back of an ever-growing manufacturing network. The $1.7...

Ford Expands Air Bag Recall After Malaysian Death

November 14, 2014 8:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The death of a pregnant Malaysian woman in a car crash involving a faulty air bag has led to another U.S. recall, as the auto industry struggles with a widening problem across the globe. Ford Motor Co. agreed to recall more 2004 and 2005 Ranger small pickup trucks after the crash in Malaysia...

Senate Committee To Hold Takata Air Bag Hearing

November 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Add a U.S. Senate committee hearing to the growing list of troubles facing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp.                                        

GM: Parts Ready To Fix SUVs That Can Catch Fire

November 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The owners of 189,000 General Motors SUVs soon won't have to park them outside the garage for fear that they will catch fire. The company says it will start notifying customers on Thursday to take the SUVs to dealers, who will replace faulty power window...

Kia Reveals First Electric Car

November 12, 2014 1:06 pm | by Ann M. Job , The Associated Press | News | Comments

Finally, there is an all-electric car for people who thought they would never want one. The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a normal-looking Soul with a useful travel range of nearly 100 miles on a single charge, stable ride and handling, generous and flexible cargo space, comfortable seating and fast-charge...

Farm Tractor Sales Steady, Combine Sales Plummet

November 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of combines plummeted in October in the United States, but sales of farm tractors remained steady. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers reported Tuesday in its monthly snapshot that the number of tractor sales for the month remained unchanged at 19,528 when compared with the same...

U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up .3%

November 12, 2014 11:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses posted a modest gain in their stockpiles in September as sales rebounded from a big decline the previous month. Stockpiles at the wholesale level increased 0.3 percent in September following a 0.6 percent rise in August, the Commerce Department reported...

New Line At Toyota WV Plant Begins Production

November 12, 2014 7:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six-speed automatic transmissions are rolling off a new production line at a Toyota plant in Buffalo. Media outlets report that the line began production on Tuesday at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia plant. The additional line increases the plant's annual production capacity from...

OK City Plant To Close, 165 Jobs Eliminated

November 11, 2014 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An automobile parts manufacturer says it will close its Oklahoma City plant next year, eliminating 165 jobs. The Michigan-based Federal-Mogul Corp. said in a statement that it decided to shutter the plant to help realign its North American distribution network and increase business...

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