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NLRB Hears Union Complaints About Mercedes

April 9, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board is considering a complaint filed by union supporters at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, where labor has failed to gain a foothold despite past organizing attempts.         

Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 7:52 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.                  

GM Investing $449M In Detroit-Area Factories

April 8, 2014 2:05 pm | News | Comments

General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.                      

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Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

The Center for Worker Freedom said in a release that it would be a "betrayal" of the workers at the Chattanooga plant to recognize the UAW even though they voted 712-626 against the union in February.             

Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 8:12 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                    

Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 7:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.                   

'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 7:48 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit against Tesla, accusing the company of refusing to give a Franklin doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000.         

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.                  

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Ford Recalling Nearly 435K Vehicles

April 7, 2014 2:08 pm | News | Comments

Ford says the subframes can rust, allowing a control arm to separate and hamper steering control. Ford is aware of one crash but no injuries linked to the problem.                  

Michigan Boosting Efforts For Auto Industry Jobs

April 7, 2014 12:13 pm | News | Comments

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration and skilled trades, officials said.            

Evenflo Recalling 1.3M Child Seat Buckles

April 7, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

The buckle may become stuck in a latched position, making it difficult to remove a child from the seat. This could prove critical to a child's safety in the case of an emergency.              

Families Want GM Prosecuted For Defects

April 7, 2014 7:42 am | by Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade.           

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.

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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."                

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.      

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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