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Suminoe Textile To Expand S.C. Facility, Hire 100

April 4, 2014 3:48 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Suminoe Textile of America Corporation, a supplier of textile products for the North American automotive market, is expanding its needle punch carpet facility in Cherokee County that makes automotive carpeting. The $5 million investment is expected to create 100 new jobs.

Mazda Recalls Cars Because Of Spider Damage

April 4, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.                         

Manufacturing.net Rewind: CAT Avoids Taxes; CBS Adds Sound To Tesla

April 4, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a senator's accusations that CAT has avoided billions in taxes to CBS' "audio error."                

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In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 4, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO — @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                                       

GM Taking $400M Charge For Venezuelan Currency

April 4, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says it will take a charge of $400 million pretax in the first quarter because of a change in the way it values Venezuela's currency.                    

Nissan Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charge

April 4, 2014 7:43 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson.              

MBT Manufacturing Newswire: Wireless Electricity, Digital Paper & Airbag Jackets

April 3, 2014 2:30 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, we'll discuss the latest on wireless electricity and Sony’s Digital Paper. We'll also talk about the new auto safety regulation and take a look at airbag jackets.          

BMW Recalls Over 230K Cars

April 3, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

German automaker BMW says it is recalling 232,000 vehicles in China after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine, and says it is now checking whether the same defect can also be found in other countries.      

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How Much Is Your Life Worth?

April 3, 2014 10:42 am | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

After the bailout backlash, I didn’t think General Motors could face a bigger public relations nightmare. Clearly, I was wrong.                       

Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 7:52 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.            

Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 7:48 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that making a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality" about the political landscape in Tennessee.  

13 GM Traffic Deaths Linked To 57-Cent Part

April 2, 2014 3:59 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new chief executive on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

Ford's Russian Joint Venture Cutting 950 Jobs

April 2, 2014 2:12 pm | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says its Russian joint venture is cutting 950 jobs due to falling sales and the declining value of the ruble.                       

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Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defect

April 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Barra tried to assure lawmakers that GM is now more focused on safety and the consumer. Many senators were disappointed and not convinced.                   

GM's Barra Deflects Tough Questions

April 2, 2014 8:08 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Documents submitted by GM ahead of a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday show that cost was a major consideration when the company declined a decade ago to implement fixes to an ignition switch used in small cars.        

Ohio Senate Passes Bill For Tesla Dealership

April 2, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors could operate three dealerships in Ohio under an amended bill unanimously passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.                     

Chrysler Recalling 870,000 SUVs

April 2, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.                           

U.S. Auto Sales Go Out Like A Lion

April 1, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend.                       

CBS Dubs Sound For Tesla Electric Car

April 1, 2014 12:04 pm | News | Comments

CBS News says an editor made an "audio error" in dubbing the sound of a loud traditional car engine over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car in a story that aired Sunday.             

Auto Safety Chief: GM Didn't Share Key Data

April 1, 2014 8:44 am | News | Comments

Acting NHTSA chief David Friedman says GM had information connecting defective ignition switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but didn't share it until last month.                

GM Recalls 1.5M Cars For Steering Defect

April 1, 2014 8:34 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Monday it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working, making them harder to steer.              

Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.             

Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents.      

Gov't To Require Rearview Cameras In New Vehicles

March 31, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is issuing a final safety rule that requires rearview technology in many new vehicles. The move is an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents.           

Marchionne: Fiat Chrysler Can Boost Output To 6M Cars

March 31, 2014 11:19 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Marchionne said the merged company will be able to increase production to more than 6 million cars a year, a level he has long said is the minimum for an automaker to compete in the global market.           

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