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Industry Lashes Out At Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 3:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Manufacturing Business Technology, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO. As reported earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal states that Apple has...

Three Vehicle Trends To Keep An Eye On

February 19, 2015 9:42 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hundreds of employees working on an electric car...

Study: EPA Labels Don't Reflect Total Savings For Hybrid, Electric Cars

February 19, 2015 9:20 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's labels for vehicle fuel efficiency do not show a complete picture of the ownership costs for hybrid and electric cars and are likely ineffective in affecting consumer choices, according to a recently released study. The EPA's redesigned labels currently include statistics...

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GM, Consumers Battle In Court Over Ignition Switch Defect

February 19, 2015 8:35 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge this week heard arguments from consumers who are suing General Motors, saying their cars dropped in value because of a defect with its ignition switches. Attorneys for GM and several groups of plaintiffs argued before Judge Robert Gerber in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for...

Japanese Automakers Adjust To Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The ongoing labor dispute at ports along the West Coast has forced Japanese automakers to compensate for delayed parts shipments to its U.S. factories. Honda began curtailing production this week at three of its North American plants, saying "critical parts" arriving from Asia, including electronics...

Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working On Electric Car Project

February 14, 2015 12:55 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. The newspaper cites people familiar with the project who spoke under condition of...

Recalls Of The Week: Vehicles Recalled In 2014 Exceeded Previous 3 Years Combined

February 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that 2014 was a record year for vehicle recalls. Shockingly, the number of recalled vehicles in 2014 exceeded the number for the previous three years combined. Of the 64 million recalled vehicles in 2014, about 27 million were...

Toyota Plant Reaches 500,000 Cars Built

February 13, 2015 10:34 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

A red Toyota Corolla LE — specifically Barcelona Red Metallic — assembled Thursday morning is headed to Mexico for a waiting buyer. This Corolla doesn't have any particular feature other similar models have, except one particular distinction: It's the 500,000th car built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing...

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Booming SUV Market Gets New Entries

February 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Dee-Ann Dubrin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Sport utility vehicles are unstoppable — and automakers hope to cash in on the boom with some updated models coming to this year's Chicago Auto Show. One out of every three new vehicles Americans bought last year was an SUV, according to Kelley Blue Book. SUV sales rose 12 percent to more...

GM To Build Electric Car With 200-Mile Range At MI Plant

February 12, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday. The small hatchback will be based on the Chevrolet Bolt concept car shown at the Detroit auto show last month. GM has said it...

Britain Starts Public Trial Of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain has begun testing driverless cars in four cities, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology. Transport Minister Claire Perry says the project was "still in the early days" but said the new technology can...

Fire, Deaths Continue After Jeep Fuel Tank Recall

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As Kayla White slowed her SUV behind two other cars to exit a suburban Detroit freeway on Veterans Day, it was rammed from behind by a Cadillac STS. Her red 2003 Jeep Liberty bounced off a Nissan in front of it, rolled onto its side and exploded in flames. Other drivers ran to help but were...

Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 8, 2015 7:29 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Senate report says automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect against the real possibility that hackers could use those potential entry points to take control of vehicles or steal personal data. Sen. Edward Markey asked automakers a series...

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Recalls Of The Week: GM Reaches Claims Deadline

February 6, 2015 3:28 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This Saturday, January 31st, marked the deadline to submit claims for compensation regarding the GM ignition switch recall that affected 2.6 million cars. The immense recall made headlines in 2014 as the death toll rose to 51. The current number of injuries from the recall is 77, and Tom Krisher of The Associated Press reported that...

U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps 17.1% to $46.6B

February 6, 2015 10:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as exports fell and Americans bought a record amount of imports — a potentially worrisome development that could weigh on overall economic growth. The deficit jumped 17.1 percent to $46.6 billion in December, resulting in the biggest imbalance...

Tesla A Step Closer To Selling Cars From AZ Stores

February 5, 2015 1:28 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has moved a step closer to selling vehicles directly to consumers at Arizona stores. The state House Commerce Committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow carmakers to bypass dealers and sell directly to consumers if the company establishes a service...

Ford To Add 900 Jobs At MO Pickup Plant

February 5, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Ford Motor Co. will create an additional 900 jobs in Missouri to build the next-generation F-150 pickup. Gov. Jay Nixon says Ford's decision to add jobs at the Kansas City Assembly Plant shows the growth of the state's automotive manufacturing industry. He was scheduled to visit...

Takata Expects Worse Red Ink Amid Global Air-Bag Woes

February 5, 2015 10:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Takata Corp., the Japanese seat belt and air-bag maker at the center of a defect scandal, is expecting more red ink for the fiscal year through March. It is projecting a 31 billion yen ($264 million) loss, worse than the previous forecast for a 25 billion yen ($214 million) loss, despite higher sales expected for the fiscal...

Report: Navistar Contact Agreement Would Salvage Pension Plan

February 4, 2015 5:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The tentative agreement between truck and engine manufacturer Navistar and members of the United Auto Workers union reportedly will continue the company's pension plan. A four-year contract with UAW workers -- who comprise 1,500 of Navistar’s 13,000-employee workforce -- expired in October, but its terms were...

Ford To Transition Up To 500 Workers To Higher Pay

February 4, 2015 12:23 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage workers it can hire. Ford said Wednesday that up to 500 workers will transition from an entry-level wage of $19.28 per hour to a top-tier wage of $28.50 per...

State Department Won't Intervene In Nissan-UAW Dispute

February 3, 2015 2:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The dispute between Nissan Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union over organizing workers at a Mississippi auto plant will continue without intervention from the federal government. The UAW, which has sought to unionize Nissan's Canton, Mississippi plant for more than a decade, last spring asked the...

When Will Low U.S. Gas Prices Fuel Consumer Spending?

February 3, 2015 2:41 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

The U.S. is benefitting from lower gas prices at the pump, but that has not yet translated to a spending boom as consumer spending fell 0.3 percent in December. Bloomberg’s Matt Townsend and Alix Steel report on In The Loop...   

Automakers Report GM, Toyota Leading January U.S. Sales Jumps

February 3, 2015 12:32 pm | by Dee-ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Automakers reported double-digit U.S. sales increases in January, a sign that car sales didn't spin out even with a major snowstorm hitting the Northeast. General Motors led the way with an 18 percent gain over last January. Encouraged by low gas prices, buyers snapped up GM's big SUVs like the...

Study Touts Rail Growth From MA To NH

February 3, 2015 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Expanding commuter rail from Lowell, Massachusetts, to Manchester, New Hampshire, is the best option to help attract employers, lure new residents and support economic growth, according to a two-year study released Tuesday. The New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit study shows that...

How Much Does Your State Rely On Durable Goods Manufacturing?

February 2, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Manufacturing of durable goods accounted for just more than 5.5 percent of the nation's overall non-farm employment in December. But the significance of those goods -- items designed to last three years or more, such as cars, appliances and furniture -- to individual states varied widely, according to recent data from the...

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