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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...

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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...

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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...

Meet GM's $4M Rolling Propaganda Machine

November 11, 2014 2:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

This 33-foot-long 30,000 pound 1940 GM mega-bus represented the size and power of General Motors at its mightiest. CNN Money reports on GM's $4 million propoganda machine, a vehicle used in GM car shows until 1956 when TV replaced the traveling car show...

Honda To Inaugurate Motorcycle Plant In Vietnam

November 11, 2014 2:02 pm | by JCN Newswire | News | Comments

Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd., a Honda motorcycle and automobile sales and production joint venture in Vietnam, today held an inauguration ceremony of the third motorcycle production plant in Ha Nam Province. Vice Prime Minister of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam Hoang Trung Hai and...

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Ford Starts Production Of Aluminum F-150

November 11, 2014 1:04 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown. Ford was scheduled to start production of the 2015 F-150 Tuesday at its Dearborn Truck Plant, four miles from the company's headquarters. It...

Two Companies To Invest $22M, Add 115 Jobs In MI

November 10, 2014 9:57 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic FUND approval of two business expansion projects that are expected to generate nearly $22 million in INVESTMENTS and add up to 115 new jobs in Michigan. "Today's investments offer further evidence of...

GM Ordered Switches Nearly 2 Months Before Recall

November 10, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Emails released in a court case show that General Motors Co. ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government that its small cars should be recalled because the switches were defective. The chain of emails between lower-level...

Schumer Calls For Review Of Car Safety Screening

November 9, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen Charles Schumer is calling for a top-to-bottom review of federal safety screening for defective car parts. He is citing the recall of millions of vehicles equipped with Takata Corp. passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger...

Ford Replaces EU Boss Amid Losses

November 7, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. carmaker Ford has replaced its European boss amid widening regional losses. Ford announced in a statement Friday that Jim Farley, 52, will take over as head of its European operations, based in Cologne, Germany, replacing Stephen Odell. Odell, 59, will take over Farley's...

Honda Adds Thousands Of Vehicles To Air Bag Recall

November 7, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding hundreds of thousands of vehicles to a previously announced recall for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment. The vehicles have air bag systems made by troubled parts supplier...

Tesla Sets Delivery Record In 3Q

November 6, 2014 11:48 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors beat Wall Street's expectations and set a record for deliveries of its Model S sedan in the third quarter, delighting investors even as its losses doubled from a year ago. Tesla said Wednesday it delivered 7,785 cars during the July-September period. That was...

Nissan Launches U.S. Murano Production

November 5, 2014 4:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line today, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S. Nissan Canton is now the company’s worldwide hub for Murano production, expanding export opportunities...

Auto Part Manufacturer To Open IN Plant

November 5, 2014 4:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Michigan-based automotive supplier has announced plans for its first Indiana operation. Fisher Dynamics said Wednesday that it will create 169 jobs within two years of the opening of a 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Evansville. The privately-owned company that makes...

Nissan Pledges Further Expansion Of MS Plant

November 5, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. says it wants to produce more than 500,000 vehicles at its Mississippi plant by 2017, an expansion that would add about 1,000 employees to the current 6,300 workers at the complex. John Martin, Nissan's senior vice president for manufacturing, supply chain management and...

Audi Recalls Nearly 102K Cars To Fix Air Bags

November 5, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Audi is recalling nearly 102,000 luxury cars in the U.S. because the front air bags may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers certain A4 and S4 cars from the 2013 through 2015 model years, plus the 2013 through 2015 Audi allroad. Audi says that it is...

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 5, 2014 9:21 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. I recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. It seems that the key...

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