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Nissan Amps Up Electric Vehicle Development

July 9, 2008 5:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

While other automakers are concentrating on fuel cells and hybrids, Nissan is promising to mass-market emissions-free electric vehicles globally in 2012.

Fuel Prices Push Sales Of Gas-Saving Products

July 8, 2008 12:00 pm | by John Wilen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

With fuel prices soaring, sales of products designed to boost gas mileage are also rising -- even though the government says they're not worth the money.

Volkswagen Still Undecided On U.S. Plant

July 8, 2008 11:00 am | News | Comments

Meeting Tuesday of Volkswagen AG's management board yielded no decision on where to build a possible U.S. plant, a facility for which three states are in contention.

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CAW President Hargrove To Retire

July 8, 2008 10:56 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Canadian Auto Workers President Buzz Hargrove, who led a recent fight against the closure of a GM truck plant in Ontario, announced his retirement Tuesday.

Fiat Plans Layoffs At 4 Plants

July 8, 2008 6:55 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Italy's largest automaker plans to lay off workers at four of its six Italian plants for three one-week periods later this year due to the contracting automobile market.

PPG Industries Divesting Auto Glass Business

July 8, 2008 6:35 am | News | Comments

Paint and chemical maker will divest its auto glass and services business to a new company formed by private-equity firm Kohlberg & Co.

GM, Ford Post Strong Sales In China

July 8, 2008 5:39 am | News | Comments

U.S. companies reported first-half sales grew strongly in China's booming auto market Tuesday, a rare bright spot for global automakers.

GM Plant In Spain To Get World’s Largest Solar Rooftop

July 8, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Solar energy product maker Energy Conversion Devices will supply solar cell laminates to General Motors for the world's largest rooftop power generation system.

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Ohio Auto Supplier To Move Company

July 8, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

General Products Corp. plans to move its headquarters and manufacturing center from Columbus, Ohio, to Angola, and is expected to create as many as 61 new jobs.

Linamar Acquires Former Visteon Plant In Wales

July 7, 2008 10:30 am | News | Comments

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Linamar said the facility is a sister plant of its recently acquired Power Transfer Units business in Mexico.

Report: China’s Chery Wants Volvo

July 7, 2008 8:42 am | News | Comments

Ford Motor isn't commenting on a Chinese business journal report that China's Chery Automobile Corp. is interested in buying Ford's Volvo unit.

BMW Sales Down In June

July 7, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

Automaker said that its global sales fell 2.8 percent in June because of 'difficult economic trends,' but had record sales for the first half of the year.

VW To Decide On U.S. Plant Next Week

July 7, 2008 6:20 am | News | Comments

Germany's Volkswagen AG says it will likely announce a decision on its plans for a new U.S. plant some time after a July 15 supervisory board meeting.

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GM May Drop Some Brands In Future

July 7, 2008 6:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Person familiar with the company's discussions said General Motors may get rid of some brands, speed introduction of small cars from other markets and make further job cuts.

Report: Toyota Prius Plans Solar-Powered AC

July 7, 2008 5:30 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Solar panels on the roof of the new Prius model will provide 2 to 5 kilowatts of electricity, a major Japanese business daily said.

Indian City Gets Daimler-Hero Plant

July 7, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

Chennai selected for a commercial vehicle plant that will produce around 70,000 trucks per year starting in 2010.

Workers Continue Blockade At Closed Auto Parts Plant

July 7, 2008 5:00 am | News | Comments

About 250 people continue blocking two entrances to Progressive Moulded Products, despite a court injunction ordering them to leave.

Analysts: Future Bleak For Detroit Automakers

July 3, 2008 1:00 pm | News | Comments

GM might need to raise $10 billion, Ford could be forced to sell Volvo and Chrysler may have few if any options by late next year, suggested JPMorgan analysts.

Canadian Auto Parts Maker Closes 11 Plants

July 3, 2008 6:20 am | by Ciara Byrne, Canadian Press | News | Comments

Progressive Moulded Products, maker of plastic instrument panels, confirmed the shutdown of 11 small plants, costing 2,000 jobs.

Rookie Bids For $3B Toronto Light-Rail Contract

July 3, 2008 6:20 am | by Matthew Campbell, Canadian Press Writer | News | Comments

Britain's TRAM Power, which has just 100 employees and has never built an in-service streetcar, is one of two vying for a $3-billion contract to produce almost 600 light-rail vehicles.

Honda Grows While U.S. Automakers Decline

July 3, 2008 6:00 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Number 2 Japanese automaker never put both feet into the U.S. truck market, instead focusing on slow-but-steady growth with its popular, fuel-efficient cars.

GM Shares Drop Below $10

July 3, 2008 5:45 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Shares fell Wednesday to close below $10 for the first time in more than half a century, on worries over the company's cash needs and speculation of a possible bankruptcy protection filing.

Ohio Auto Parts Makers Cutting Jobs As Car Sales Slow

July 2, 2008 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Slowdowns in auto sales and production are trickling down to Ohio's auto parts makers, resulting in hundreds of layoffs.

GM Canada Sales Down Nearly 24 Percent In June

July 2, 2008 11:45 am | News | Comments

Canadian vehicle market leader reported a 23.8 percent skid in June sales as truck sales plummeted more than 35 percent compared with a year ago.

Worst June For Auto Industry In 17 Years

July 2, 2008 5:35 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

All major automakers but Honda reported steep sales declines for June as buyers continued to flee from trucks and sport utility vehicles to more fuel-efficient models.

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