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Nissan Cuts Production At Two Plants

October 21, 2008 5:16 am | News | Comments

Japan's third-biggest automaker said it would cut auto production at its two domestic plants due to sluggish demand in the United States.

GM, Chrysler Deal Said To Be Near

October 20, 2008 12:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Speculation continued to swirl Monday that a deal for General Motors to buy Chrysler from New York private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP could come soon.

GM Bans Unscheduled Overtime

October 20, 2008 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has told union officials at two factories that it will not allow any more unscheduled overtime, which could help the automaker further cut costs.

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Ford Scales Back Production In Germany

October 20, 2008 9:34 am | News | Comments

Automaker curbing engine production at a German plant for five weeks and putting 820 employees on part-time schedules because of slow demand in the U.S.

Tennessee Hopes To Lure German Auto Suppliers

October 20, 2008 8:40 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Gov. Phil Bredesen is headed for Germany in hopes of attracting more automotive jobs within 100 miles of a new Volkswagen plant being built in Chattanooga.

Chrysler Ends Deal With Getrag

October 20, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

German manufacturer is without a primary customer for the transmissions it expected to make at a new factory in Tipton, Ind., after Chrysler terminated the joint venture over the weekend.

Chrysler Plant In Ontario Rotating Layoffs

October 20, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Automaker will lay off workers on one shift at its Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant on a rotating basis over the next three weeks.

Electric Car Plug-In Stations Hard To Find

October 20, 2008 5:22 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Network for public charging stations to serve electric vehicles that rolled out in the last decade is still thin across the country, forcing drivers to get creative.

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GM-Chrysler Talks Raise Concerns

October 18, 2008 9:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM and Chrysler owner Cerberus are still a long way from a deal, according to sources, and GM's board reportedly is cool to the idea.

UAW Unhappy About Possible GM, Chrysler Merger

October 17, 2008 10:10 am | News | Comments

Union President Ron Gettelfinger said he is very concerned that more workers could lose their jobs if General Motors' talks to acquire Chrysler come to fruition.

Union: GM To Offer Buyouts At Ohio SUV Plant

October 17, 2008 8:55 am | News | Comments

GM plant in Moraine, Ohio, that will close in December will offer buyouts, early retirement and transfer rights to eligible employees, said the International Union of Electronic Workers.

Magna To Make More Workers Part-Time

October 17, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

Austrian auto parts manufacturer says it plans to temporarily give an additional 380 employees part-time status due to the economic downturn.

Drivers Test Honda's Hydrogen Car

October 17, 2008 6:19 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have been the far-off technological bets of the auto industry, but Honda is giving a small number of drivers a glimpse into the future.

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BMW To Lay Off Hundreds Of Temp Workers

October 17, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

As many as 733 of BMW's temporary workers at its Greer, S.C., plant could be laid off in December due to the ailing economy.

Union: Ford Plant's Workers To Get Less Benefits

October 17, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

More than two-thirds of St. Paul, Minn., Ford plant workers being laid off for the month of December will receive reduced unemployment insurance or no benefits at all, said UAW officials.

Chrysler: Auto Industry Ripe For Mergers

October 17, 2008 5:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chief Executive Bob Nardelli said a steep decline in U.S. auto sales has created an environment for industry consolidation.

Senator May Seek Additional Loans For Automakers

October 17, 2008 5:20 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Michigan Sen. Carl Levin said Thursday he may seek an additional $25 billion in loans before the end of the year, citing deteriorating economic conditions for Detroit's car makers.

GM To Lay Off 1,600

October 16, 2008 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker to lay off 1,600 workers at three factories in the coming months as it keeps working to control its inventory amid a growing U.S. sales slump.

GM Partners With States To Push Flex-Fuel

October 16, 2008 7:58 am | News | Comments

Automaker is partnering with 10 states to promote 85 percent ethanol fuel and boost the accessibility by ensuring an adequate supply and more E-85 pumps at retailers.

Honda Pleased With U.S. Gov't Loan

October 16, 2008 5:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CEO welcomed the decision to extend loans to American automakers, but said their problems highlighted their slow response to soaring gas prices.

Union: 760 Ford Workers To Be Temporarily Laid Off

October 16, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

United Auto Workers says Ford Motor is laying off 760 workers for the month of December at its Ford Ranger plant in St. Paul, Minn.

Volkswagen Adds Small SUV

October 16, 2008 5:38 am | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

VW's first compact SUV, the 2009 Tiguan, has a standout interior, European-style ride and a starting price tag that's lower than all other European SUVs sold in America.

GM Names Hummer Division CEO

October 16, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

James E. Taylor named to the newly created position of chief executive at GM's Hummer division, as it undertakes a 'strategic review' of the iconic truck brand.

GM: Buyers Can Still Get Car Loans

October 16, 2008 5:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is launching a campaign this week to reach people who have stopped looking for cars out of fear that they can't get a loan as it tries to boost October sales.

Louisiana 'Optimistic' About GM Assembly Plant

October 16, 2008 5:25 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Economic development chief 'cautiously optimistic' GM will consider a new vehicle line for its Shreveport assembly plant, which has been hit by more than 2,000 job cuts.

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