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France To Use Public Funds For Efficient Cars

June 17, 2008 11:35 am | News | Comments

Nation received EU backing to dedicate $94.3 million in public funding to companies developing parts for more energy-efficient cars.

CAW Pursues Grievance For GM Plant Closing

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

Local Canadian Auto Workers leader says he hopes to bring the planned closure of GM's Oshawa truck plant before the Ontario Labor Relations Board.

High Gas Prices Could Fuel Midsize SUV Extinction

June 17, 2008 5:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Across the U.S., high gasoline prices are starting to end a love affair with the midsize four-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle that has lasted well over a decade.

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Drop In Sales Forces Ford To Idle SUV Plant

June 17, 2008 5:03 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Sagging demand for large sport utility vehicles has forced Ford to temporarily close a Michigan factory for nine weeks starting June 23.

Thousands Of BMW Workers Temporarily Laid Off

June 16, 2008 6:45 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

About 3,000 auto workers were laid-off when production ground to a halt after component parts they rely on could not be shipped due to a fuel protest in Spain.

CAW Official: GM Plant Protest Ended

June 16, 2008 6:40 am | News | Comments

An almost two-week long blockade at the GM Canada plant in Oshawa, Ont., had been dismantled early Monday, according to a Canadian Auto Workers Union official.

Honda Rolls Out Zero-Emission Car

June 16, 2008 6:10 am | News | Comments

New zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell car, the Honda FCX Clarity, rolled off a Japanese production line Monday and is headed to southern California.

Toyota Can't Keep Up With Hybrid Battery Demand

June 16, 2008 5:45 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Battery production crunch is likely to stay for the rest of the year, as new lines can't be added to boost production until next year, a senior executive said Monday.

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Auto Parts Maker Superior Changes With Slump

June 16, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Changes in auto buying due to high fuel prices is having an effect on Superior Industries, but its wheel plants in Arkansas have been able to adapt and keep its 1,600 employees working.

Nissan To Increase Sales In China

June 16, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker plans to boost annual sales in China to 1 million vehicles by 2012, up 64 percent from last year, a senior executive said Monday.

Bosch, Samsung Launch Hybrid Battery Joint Venture

June 16, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Joint venture, to be known as SB LiMotive Co. Ltd. and based in South Korea, is expected to start making lithium-ion batteries for use in hybrid cars in September.

PPG Looks To Sell Auto Glass Business This Year

June 13, 2008 5:49 am | News | Comments

Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries is again trying to sell the unit after a $500 million deal with Platinum Equity fell through.

GM, CAW Wait For Blockade Ruling

June 13, 2008 5:38 am | by Jessica McDiarmid, CP | News | Comments

About 2,000 union members rallied in front of GM's headquarters as lawyers for the company and the CAW wait for the ruling on an injunction to end the blockade.

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Auto Supply Company Brings 350 Jobs To Georgia

June 13, 2008 5:32 am | News | Comments

South Korean auto supply company DongNam Tech says it will locate its first U.S. plant in Columbus, a project it says will create 350 jobs.

Scooters Get Boost From High Gas Prices

June 13, 2008 5:28 am | by Brian Blackwell, AP | News | Comments

Some retailers are having trouble keeping scooters in stock and are concerned about the future availability of the vehicle, some of which can get over 100 miles per gallon.

Malaysian Carmaker Needs Equity Partnership

June 13, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

National carmaker Proton may need to form an equity partnership with another automaker within five years to remain competitive, a senior government official said.

South Korean Truck Drivers Strike Over Fuel Costs

June 13, 2008 5:06 am | News | Comments

More than 5,000 truckers stopped work, demanding the government increase fuel subsidies, help raise transportation charges and introduce a minimum wage.

Delphi To Cut Shifts At Mississippi Plant

June 13, 2008 5:05 am | News | Comments

As GM cuts truck production, the auto supplier is eliminating one of its three work shifts at its plant in Brookhaven by the end of this month.

Hummer Dealers Worry Over Possible Sale

June 12, 2008 12:20 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As if high gas prices, a weak economy and a supplier strike weren't enough to drag down Hummer's sales, dealers are now reeling from the news that GM may consider selling the brand.

Ford Urges Congress To Fund Hybrid Development

June 12, 2008 5:55 am | by Ken Thomas Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Mark Fields, Ford's President of the Americas, warned that the country was falling behind in developing the technology critical to the advanced vehicles.

Ford, UAW Discuss Shift From Trucks To Cars

June 12, 2008 5:35 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Some union officials are hoping for new products for their plants or the possibility of quickly retooling truck factories so they can make more fuel-efficient cars.

GM Plant In Canada Could Get Third Car Line

June 12, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

General Motors and the Ontario government are in discussions about adding a third car line at the automaker's truck plant in Oshawa slated for closure in 2009.

Delaware Chrysler Plant Up For Sale

June 12, 2008 5:05 am | News | Comments

Automaker’s 57-year-old plant in Newark is scheduled to close in late 2009 and will officially be put on the market this week.

DOT: Freight Activity Up Slightly In April

June 11, 2008 11:05 am | News | Comments

Freight transportation services index measured 109.4 in April, about 0.1 percent higher than the same month last year, according to government data released Wednesday.

Chrysler CEO: Automaker Will Be Independent

June 11, 2008 5:53 am | by Joe Bel Bruno, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chief Robert Nardelli said he expects the automaker will be an independent company three years from now, and that its private equity owners were not second-guessing their acquisition.

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