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Electrovaya, Tata Motors Join To Make Electric Cars

October 14, 2008 10:15 am | News | Comments

Battery maker has connected with Tata Motors and Miljo Grenland/Innovasjon to make electric cars in Norway using Electrovaya's lithium ion battery technology.

Daimler Closing Ontario, Oregon Truck Plants

October 14, 2008 9:14 am | News | Comments

German automaker halting truck production at plants in southwestern Ontario and Oregon and cutting 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to end its Sterling brand.

Texas Teen Builds Electric Car

October 14, 2008 6:12 am | by David Uhler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Major auto manufacturers racing to build battery-powered cars may have some competition from 17-year-old Lucas Laborde who built his own electric car.


Janesville Outlook Grim With GM Plant Closing

October 14, 2008 5:55 am | News | Comments

City leaders estimate those job losses could affect 4,000 to 6,000 other jobs in Janesville, Wis., such as suppliers and restaurant workers who depend on the plant for business.

Daimler Drops Sterling Brand, Cuts Jobs

October 14, 2008 5:39 am | News | Comments

Automaker's North American truck division will drop its Sterling brand and end truck production at two plants by mid-2010 as it moves to deal with depressed demand.

GM Closing Janesville Plant In December

October 13, 2008 12:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors says it will idle its Janesville, Wis., sport utility vehicle factory on Dec. 23, earlier than the company had expected.

Chrysler: ‘Exploring Future Possibilities’

October 13, 2008 10:51 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

CEO Nardelli says his company hasn't reached any new deals with other automakers but has talked with outside parties interested in working with it.

Honda Converting SUV, Minivan Plant To Make Accords

October 13, 2008 10:00 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it will convert one of the two assembly lines at its Lincoln, Ala., factory so it can make V-6-powered Honda Accords by the middle of next year.


Nissan To Cut 1,680 Jobs In Spain

October 13, 2008 8:25 am | News | Comments

Japanese car manufacturer will lay off workers at Barcelona plant, which assembles 4x4 vehicles, because of poor demand.

Magna Steyr Workers To Go Part-Time

October 13, 2008 7:46 am | News | Comments

Austrian auto parts manufacturer says it plans to move 2,600 employees to part-time status on a temporary basis to cope with the flagging economy.

GM Announces 2010 Chevy Camaro Pricing

October 13, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

Chevrolet said Monday it is pricing its 2010 Camaro sports car starting at $22,995 for its V-6 model, and $30,995 for its V-8 model.

Move Over Electrics, The Podcars Are Coming

October 13, 2008 6:05 am | by William Kates, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Supporters think the future is now for podcars -- electric, automated, lightweight vehicles that ride on their own network separate from other traffic.

GM Demand Up In Latin America, Africa, Middle East

October 13, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Automaker said Monday sales in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East rose 3 percent during the third quarter, bucking the steep sales declines weighing on other markets.


Indiana Faces Ups, Downs Of Auto Industry

October 13, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Greensburg’s new Honda plant is causing a mini-boom as the automaker plans to hire 1,000 people next year, but in Kokomo, Ind., auto industry workers have been laid off in droves.

Source: More GM Production Cuts Coming

October 10, 2008 1:27 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker likely to announce production cuts and possible plant closures next week as it deals with slumping sales and a collapse in its stock price, an AP source said.

Ford Not Worried About Running Out Of Money

October 10, 2008 10:36 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

CEO Alan Mulally says Ford is focused on managing its cash and putting its restructuring plans in place as it tries to weather the credit crisis and stock market decline.

Autoworkers Protest At Paris Auto Show

October 10, 2008 10:35 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of angry Renault workers and others protested Friday to register their discontent about expected job cuts at the French automaker and restructuring in the industry.

GM Shares Hit 58-Year Low

October 10, 2008 7:40 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors shares hit their lowest price since 1949 in the opening minutes of trading Friday, but rebounded by midmorning.

Fleetwood Closing Pennsylvania Plant

October 10, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Motor home maker will shutter its production plant in Paxinos, Pa., and move the operations to Decatur, Ind.

Renault Names Pelata COO

October 10, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Patrick Pelata named chief operating officer of the French carmaker, a newly created position Renault hopes will help boost operational capabilities.

France Pledges Millions For Green Cars

October 9, 2008 1:52 pm | News | Comments

President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday earmarked $549 million in state support for the development of electric and hybrid cars.

Toyota's U.S. Sales Exec Sees No Production Cuts

October 9, 2008 11:15 am | News | Comments

Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, says the company won’t make more production cuts despite a sales slump that may  not end until after next year.

Chrysler Sues Auto Parts Maker Over Plant Financing

October 9, 2008 11:10 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker has filed a lawsuit against Getrag, alleging that it misrepresented its ability to secure financing to build a $530 million transmission plant in Tipton, Ind.

Honda’s New Indiana Plant Produces First Car

October 9, 2008 7:06 am | News | Comments

First Honda Civic has been driven off the assembly line of Honda's new assembly plant in Greensburg that is expected to ultimately produce 200,000 vehicles annually.

Toyota Opens New Tech Center In Michigan

October 9, 2008 7:00 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker has opened a new engineering and safety testing facility near Ann Arbor, Mich., bringing 400 badly needed jobs to an area hard-hit by auto industry layoffs.

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