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Union Tank Car Closing Indiana Plant

March 31, 2008 5:18 am | News | Comments

Declining market for railroad tank cars and the cost of operating an older factory forced the closing, putting nearly 450 people out of work.

American Axle Workers Seeing 'Help Wanted' Signs

March 31, 2008 5:10 am | by Jim Irwin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier, idled for more than a month by a UAW strike, advertised in Sunday newspapers for potential replacement workers.

Chrysler Casting Plant Gets More Work

March 28, 2008 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Automaker told employees at its Kokomo, Indiana, casting plant they will help make a new six-cylinder engine and parts for a Getrag transmission plant being built in Tipton.


Lack Of Freight, Sluggish Economy Idles Railcars

March 28, 2008 11:55 am | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co., the nation's top hauler of container rail freight, is parking miles of railcars in Montana and elsewhere because there isn't enough freight to keep them rolling.

Jaguar, Land Rover Deal Marks India’s Economic Rise

March 28, 2008 11:45 am | News | Comments

India's investment in international companies and its rising middle-class has reshaped the country, spurring a national economic boom.

UAW Membership Lowest Since WWII

March 28, 2008 11:20 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Union membership has fallen below 500,000 for the first time since World War II, reflecting the massive restructuring undertaken by Detroit's automakers.

California Relaxes Auto Emissions Rule

March 28, 2008 5:29 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Regulators drastically cut the number of zero-emission vehicles required by 2014 after auto manufacturers said they needed more time to reach the standard.

Mitsubishi Shuts Down Australian Factory

March 28, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

About 500 workers will leave the assembly factory Friday when it closes after 28 years in operation; another 430 will stay on for a year to decommission the plant.


American Axle Strike May Force GM To Idle Car Plants

March 27, 2008 12:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Strike at auto parts maker American Axle previously affected only plants assembling General Motors SUVs and trucks, but is now spreading to factories that make sedans.

Denmark Plans Electric Car Network

March 27, 2008 12:00 pm | by Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DONG Energy and a Silicon Valley-based startup firm plan to install an electric car network that includes about 20,000 recharging stations in the Scandinavian nation.

Struggling Economy Sinking Boating Industry

March 27, 2008 11:35 am | by Ashley M. Heher, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Triple threat of falling consumer confidence, rising gas prices and the nation's economic downturn has pummeled the industry, forcing layoffs and plant closures.

California May Ease Emission Rules

March 27, 2008 6:20 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Major revision proposed to California's tough auto emissions program would cut the number of battery-powered and hydrogen vehicles, but increase the number of gas-electric hybrids.

5,000 Workers Strike At Dacia-Renault Plant

March 27, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Workers for car manufacturer Dacia-Renault gathered for a fourth day to demand higher wages and benefits; a hearing on the legality of the strike is set for April 2.


Tata Buys Jaguar, Land Rover Brands

March 26, 2008 5:47 am | News | Comments

Ford Motor and the Indian automaker reached an agreement under which U.S. automaker will sell its luxury brands to Tata for $2.3 billion.

Mexican Border Trucking Program Praised

March 26, 2008 5:20 am | by George Merritt, Associated Press Secretary | News | Comments

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters says a pilot program allowing American and Mexican truckers to drive products across the border has been good for business.

Volvo Gets 240 Bus Order From Bangalore

March 25, 2008 6:55 am | News | Comments

Swedish bus and truck maker said it received an order for 240 buses from the city of Bangalore, India with a delivery set for 2008 and 2009.

Toyota Seeks To Boost Japan Sales With Mall

March 25, 2008 6:10 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Shopping mall is the latest attempt by the Japanese automaker to tackle a serious problem in its home market: Young people are rapidly losing interest in cars.

Ford Takes Over Romanian Carmaker Automobile Craiova

March 24, 2008 12:10 pm | News | Comments

Prime Minister said that Ford's investment of about $1 billion would allow Romania to become the biggest car producer in southeastern Europe.

Romanian Workers Strike Dacia-Renault Car Factory

March 24, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Workers want a pay rise that would amount to a near doubling of pay for some of the lowest paid employees who currently earn $248 a month.

Hyundai To Supply India With Luxury Bus Assembly Kits

March 24, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

South Korean automaker cited increasing demand for luxury tour buses as India builds new highways and travel demand increases due to a growing middle class.

Ford Takes Over Romanian Carmaker

March 21, 2008 6:33 am | News | Comments

U.S. automaker on Friday formally took over Romanian plant Automobile Craiova from the Romanian government.

Ford Exec Appointments Support China Operations

March 21, 2008 5:51 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it has made some key appointments to bolster the continued expansion of its fast-growing China operations.

Delphi Gets OK To Sell Bearings Business

March 21, 2008 5:40 am | by Marie Beaudette, Dow Jones Newswires | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier won court approval to sell its wheel bearings business to Kyklos for $46.2 million.

Nissan Sees Future Of Electric Car

March 21, 2008 5:39 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn believes environmentally friendly electric cars will dominate the future as automakers join the fight against global warming.

Hyundai Chairman's Son Steps Down As Kia Chief

March 21, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

After relinquishing his role as chief executive, Chung Euisun will keep his title as Kia Motors president and remain focused on overseas business and planning.

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