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Bias Complaints At Daimler Portland Plant Settled For $2.4M

January 29, 2015 2:32 pm | by Steven Dubois, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler Trucks North America has settled discrimination complaints filed by six workers at its Portland plant by agreeing to pay $2.4 million. The complaints against the subsidiary of German automotive giant Daimler AG included an allegation that an employee threatened a black worker with a noose...

Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: 3D Printing

January 29, 2015 2:25 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

3D printing is a huge trend in manufacturing, because it essentially is manufacturing. In many manufacturing-related sectors, 3D printing is quickly becoming a game changer because is fast, cheap, and completely customizable. Many have high expectations for 3D printing in the near future...

Union: General Motors Must Decide What Happens To Oshawa Plant

January 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union representing auto workers at General Motors' Oshawa, Ont., plant says the company must decide now what will happen to its operations there instead of waiting until after the next contract negotiations. Unifor is responding to a statement by the automaker, which said the company would not make...

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Waze Mobile Traffic App Draws Criticism

January 29, 2015 12:27 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Startup Waze Mobile, acquired by Google in 2013, is drawing major criticism from U.S. sheriffs and other law enforcement officials. The Waze app is a community-driven GPS that gathers data from users to report on traffic jams, accidents, speed traps, cheap gas, etc. in order to constantly update people on driving...

Leading Automotive Supplier To Expand In TN

January 29, 2015 4:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A leading global automotive supplier plans to build a new facility in McMinn County that's expected to create as many as 400 new jobs. Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that DENSO Manufacturing will build the new...

Nissan Recalls SUVs To Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The larger Nissan recall announced Wednesday covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs from 2008 through 2013 and Rogue Select SUVs from 2014. Snow and salty water can seep through...

Ford’s Focus On Driving Innovation

January 28, 2015 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

When it comes to the auto industry, you’ve got to innovate or risk being left behind. Ford isn’t about to get lost in the shuffle as it continues to move forward on modernizing its vehicles. From aluminum-body F-150 trucks and carbon-fiber supercars, to researching future technology like...

Toyota Lawyer Urges Jury To Find It Not Responsible In Crash

January 28, 2015 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Toyota Motor Corp. lawyer has told a Minnesota jury deciding whether the automaker is responsible for a crash that killed three people that the car couldn't have accelerated so quickly if the driver hit the brakes as he claimed. David Graves said in his closing argument Wednesday that the 2006...

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Can A 3D Printed Car Change The Industry?

January 28, 2015 10:27 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Local Motors showed off its Strati 3D printed car in Detroit this year with plans to begin selling it later this year. If we’re all to believe the hype, 3D printed vehicles could play a role in the future of the auto industry. But some challenges remain before they can go mainstream...

German Automakers Lobby For U.S., EU Trade Deal

January 28, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Representatives from major car manufacturers like Daimler, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen lobbied Wednesday for the deal at an event in...

Mercedes Selects AM General To Make SUVs In The U.S.

January 27, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class, a seven-seat SUV, at its commercial vehicle plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. The R-Class was briefly...

VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls For Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recalls cover the Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid from the 2012 model year, the Audi A7 from 2012 and 2013, and the Audi Q7, S4 and S5 from 2011 through 2012. All the vehicles have 3-liter V-6 engines, according to documents posted Tuesday by U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety...

BMV Outsources License Plate Production, Registrations

January 27, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana prisoners will get out of the license plate-making business under a state plan to outsource the production and distribution of plates and vehicle registrations. WISH-TV reported Monday that the BMV has entered into a $72 million contract with Intellectual Technology Inc. The company and...

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Survey: Car Purchases Expected To Soar In 2015

January 27, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Huntington Bank’s Third Annual Midwest Economic Index reveals 16 percent of consumers definitely will purchase a car in 2015. The response represents a 10 percent increase over definite intent for car purchases in 2014 and is a clear sign of optimism among consumers interviewed in...

Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Fell 3.4% In December

January 27, 2015 9:22 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft. Orders for durable goods fell 3.4 percent in December following a 2.1 percent decline in November, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The decline was...

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To At Least 50

January 26, 2015 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 50 people have died in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. With five days before the deadline to file claims, Feinberg has received 338 death claims and...

Goodyear Recalls SUV Tires Due To Tread Cracks

January 23, 2015 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear is recalling about 48,500 SUV tires after finding small cracks in the tread during endurance testing. The move has forced General Motors Co. to stop selling about 6,300 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave models until the tires are replaced. The recall covers 18-inch...

EPA, Automakers Agree to Curb Use of Copper in Brake Pads

January 22, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement that would cut the use of copper in motor vehicle brake pads. Under the voluntary agreement between the EPA, eight auto industry groups and the Environmental Council of the States, copper content in brake pads would be reduced to 5 percent by weight in 2021, then cut again to 0.5 percent by 2025.

Toyota's Lowest-Priced Car Gets Spruced Up

January 21, 2015 3:11 pm | by ANN M. JOB, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota's lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features — all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000. The Yaris, available as three-door and five-door hatchbacks, continues to rank among the top 10 gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars in fuel economy in the country.

Replacement Air Bag Parts For Takata Recall To Be Secured By June

January 20, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The transport ministry said Tuesday it expects replacement air bag parts for nearly all of the vehicles affected by Takata Corp.'s recalls in Japan to be secured by June. As of late last year, parts for around 1.08 million vehicles, or more than a third of the total of 3.05 million vehicles affected by the recalls in Japan...

Cheap Gas Reignites America's Love Affair With The SUV

January 20, 2015 10:38 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

SUVs are king once again, now that filling them up with gas costs significantly less than it did a few years ago. CNN Money's Christine Romans explains what drivers are buying, and why that doesn't necessarily mean an environmental catastrophe...  

Renewing Detroit: Dan Gilbert’s Fight Against Blight

January 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert is responsible for $1.6 billion in funds to rebuild Detroit after its declaration of bankruptcy in 2013. One of the biggest obstacles is the number of abandoned buildings that need to be removed: 78,000, according to the...

U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

January 16, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday that the Cherokee probe covers...

Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist To Focus On Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to CNN's Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum. The company is considering hiring an ethicist during the automated car design process... 

Highlights From The North American International Auto Show

January 16, 2015 12:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The first week of the North American International Auto Show comes to a close today at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan, and it has been a whirlwind week of new models with incredible technology. Here is a wrap-up of the biggest news of the week...

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