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Hydrogen Car Road Tour Stops In North Carolina

August 15, 2008 5:43 am | News | Comments

Cars from Nissan, Toyota, BMW and others will be displayed at Duke and UNC Charlotte as part of the 2008 Hydrogen Road Tour.

Kentucky Ford Plant Keeping All Shifts

August 15, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it is keeping all three shifts of body and paint workers at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, saving 230 workers from potential layoffs.

China's Changfeng Motor Denies Stake Sales

August 15, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Hunan Changfeng Motor Co. is not in talks on selling a stake to major automakers Guangzhou Automobile or Beijing Automotive, a company official said.

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GM Union In Ohio Calling For Transfer Rights

August 15, 2008 5:15 am | by James Hannah, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Union representing 2,000 workers at a suburban General Motors plant wants employees to have a chance to transfer to other GM plants when the factory closes.

High Oil Prices Drag Chinese Car Sales

August 15, 2008 5:03 am | News | Comments

Rapid growth in Chinese sales of sedans, SUVs and light trucks slowed sharply in July as sales rose just 6.8 percent, the lowest monthly expansion rate in two years.

GM: Volt Electric Car On Course For 2010

August 14, 2008 1:30 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

With the Chevrolet Volt slated to go on sale soon, experts are wondering if it will be ready on time and if the cost can be reduced to make the car affordable to the masses.

Workers Protest Outside Chrysler HQ

August 14, 2008 11:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Several hundred Chrysler manufacturing workers, many of whom face imminent layoffs in St. Louis, protested outside the company's headquarters Thursday.

Toyota To Bring Plug-In Hybrid To Market In 2010

August 14, 2008 11:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

While it can run in electric-only mode, Toyota's plug-in will have a small internal combustion engine that can assist the electric motor in a 'blended' mode.

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Mack Trucks Moving Headquarters To North Carolina

August 14, 2008 10:40 am | News | Comments

Heavy-duty truck maker to bring nearly 500 jobs and invest $18 million in North Carolina as it moves its headquarters from Allentown, Pa., to Greensboro.

Intermittent Wiper Battle To Play Out On Big Screen

August 14, 2008 10:24 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Film to depict the mission of Robert Kearns who waged an obsessive crusade against the auto industry, which he accused of stealing his invention.

Toyota Exec Calls For Industry Change

August 14, 2008 6:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Top Toyota executive says industry must change model lineups and develop clean technology because energy sources are shrinking and environmental concerns are rising.

Ford Starts Fiesta Production In Germany

August 14, 2008 6:06 am | News | Comments

Fiesta is first product of Ford's global development process, which aims to produce global models tailored to regional tastes but have the same underpinnings.

GM Keeping N.Y. Plant Open Through Mid-2009

August 14, 2008 5:44 am | News | Comments

Closure of an upstate powertrain plant has been pushed back to help boost its casting capacity as GM shifts its product lineup focus toward cars and crossover vehicles.

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Toyota Won't Restart Truck Production In Indiana

August 14, 2008 5:23 am | News | Comments

Princeton, Ind., plant will switch to the Highlander sport utility vehicle as production of the Tundra pickup truck is shifted to San Antonio, Texas.

Report: Freightliner To Cut 100 Jobs At S.C. Plant

August 13, 2008 11:15 am | News | Comments

Heavy truck subsidiary of German automaker Daimler AG says slipping customer demand is behind its plans to cut 100 jobs at a South Carolina plant.

Honda's New Hybrid To Take On Prius

August 13, 2008 7:18 am | News | Comments

Executive said the company's gas-electric hybrid that will compete directly with Toyota's Prius will be priced lower than the current Civic hybrid.

Continental Declines Schaeffler Offer Again

August 13, 2008 6:20 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

German auto parts maker on Wednesday rejected another bid by rival Schaeffler KG to take it over, leaving the door open to more talks.

China Raising Taxes On Big Cars To Curb Pollution

August 13, 2008 5:11 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing is raising its sales tax on big cars to as high as 40 percent, and drastically cutting taxes on small cars, in its latest attempt to combat emissions.

GM Plans $445 Million Investment In Thailand

August 13, 2008 5:04 am | News | Comments

Automaker will invest $445 million to build a diesel engine plant in Thailand and upgrade its existing assembly operations.

Chrysler Investing $1.8B In Detroit Factory

August 13, 2008 4:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker will invest $1.8 billion in a Detroit assembly plant, retooling it to make a new car-based sport utility vehicle and keeping over 400 jobs in Michigan.

Ford: Company Can Handle Economic Downturn

August 13, 2008 4:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, said he is confident the company has enough cash to weather losses and make a profit again.

Daimler Expanding Truck, Bus Output In Brazil

August 12, 2008 6:40 am | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz unit will increase production of trucks, buses and their components at a plant in Brazil, investing $894 million in the facility.

AM General To Begin Making Paratransit Vehicles

August 12, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

Company that makes the Hummer H2 for General Motors hopes to begin making wheelchair-accessible transit vehicles at its plant in Mishawaka, Ind., in 2010.

GM To Offer Fuel-Efficient Trucks, SUVs

August 12, 2008 5:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is releasing new XFE -- or extra fuel economy -- versions of its full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles later this fall.

Supplier Survey: Ford Improves But Toyota Tops

August 11, 2008 1:49 pm | News | Comments

Michigan-based automaker was only one to post an improved score, rising 18 percent, but still ranked far behind Toyota and Honda in anual supplier survey.

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