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Ford Worker Wins $136 Million Lottery

April 4, 2008 5:55 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Going back to college and a cottage on the lake may be on the agenda for the 60-year old now former employee -- but he says he won't be buying a foreign vehicle.

GM Testing Lithium-Ion Batteries For Electric Car

April 3, 2008 7:35 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker installing in test vehicles the lithium-ion batteries that will be used in the extended-range plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt when it launches in two years.

Japan: Toyota Funded Prius R & D, Buyers Got Rebates

April 3, 2008 6:05 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Government officials say Toyota received support only in government rebates for Prius buyers, but zero funding for developing the popular model.


Hyundai Pushes Dealers To Boost U.S. Sales

April 3, 2008 5:52 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

South Korean automaker called on dealers in the United States to bolster sales after a mixed performance there during the first quarter.

Chrysler To Outsource, Lay Off Hundreds

April 3, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Automaker is outsourcing some of its computer technology work, a move that will eliminate about 200 full-time salaried jobs.

Toyota: No Government Money Went To Prius

April 2, 2008 5:45 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker rejected a Business Week report that the government covered the development costs of the Prius battery and hybrid system.

Tenneco Laying Off 135 Workers At Nebraska Plant

April 2, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Company says layoffs are the result of a United Auto Workers strike against American Axle that reduced demand for Tenneco products.

American Axle Gives UAW Confidential Information

April 2, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Auto supplier turned over confidential financial information to the union in a bid to speed negotiations aimed at ending a five-week strike over wages and benefits.


March Auto Sales Fall Amid High Gas Prices

April 1, 2008 11:32 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers reported double-digit U.S. sales declines as demand for trucks and sport utility vehicles plummeted due to high gas prices, the housing slump and tightening credit.

Truckers Strike To Protest Fuel Costs

April 1, 2008 6:41 am | News | Comments

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says many of its members believe diesel prices at more than $4 a gallon is making it difficult for them to stay in business.

Hyundai Merchant Marine Expands To Russia, Dubai

April 1, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

South Korea’s second-largest shipping company set up wholly owned overseas units in Russia and Dubai in a move to expand into the oil-rich countries.

Toyota Creating Research Institute Near Detroit

April 1, 2008 5:53 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker is establishing a North American research institute and plans to spend $100 million over the next four years on advanced research activity.

Judge OKs Delphi Extensions

April 1, 2008 5:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Federal judge approved Delphi's request to extend two deadlines with GM and the IRS as it tries to line up the financing it needs to exit from bankruptcy.


GM Commercial Vehicle Plant Opens In China

March 31, 2008 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Plant will make small work trucks for GM's joint venture with Chinese automakers Wuling and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.

American Axle Strike Closes GM Sedan Plant

March 31, 2008 7:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is closing a sedan plant in the Detroit area as a result of the month long strike at parts supplier American Axle.

Proton Recalls 34,000 Cars

March 31, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

Malfunction risks in the rear wheel bearing force Malaysia’s national automaker to recall 34,000 Savvy supermini cars.

Ford Receives $17M To Reopen Ontario Plant

March 31, 2008 5:25 am | by Keith Leslie, AP Writer | News | Comments

Ontario government to give Ford Motor of Canada $17 million to reopen its Essex engine plant in Windsor and restore about 300 jobs.

Union Tank Car Closing Indiana Plant

March 31, 2008 5:18 am | News | Comments

Declining market for railroad tank cars and the cost of operating an older factory forced the closing, putting nearly 450 people out of work.

American Axle Workers Seeing 'Help Wanted' Signs

March 31, 2008 5:10 am | by Jim Irwin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier, idled for more than a month by a UAW strike, advertised in Sunday newspapers for potential replacement workers.

Chrysler Casting Plant Gets More Work

March 28, 2008 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Automaker told employees at its Kokomo, Indiana, casting plant they will help make a new six-cylinder engine and parts for a Getrag transmission plant being built in Tipton.

Lack Of Freight, Sluggish Economy Idles Railcars

March 28, 2008 11:55 am | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co., the nation's top hauler of container rail freight, is parking miles of railcars in Montana and elsewhere because there isn't enough freight to keep them rolling.

Jaguar, Land Rover Deal Marks India’s Economic Rise

March 28, 2008 11:45 am | News | Comments

India's investment in international companies and its rising middle-class has reshaped the country, spurring a national economic boom.

UAW Membership Lowest Since WWII

March 28, 2008 11:20 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Union membership has fallen below 500,000 for the first time since World War II, reflecting the massive restructuring undertaken by Detroit's automakers.

California Relaxes Auto Emissions Rule

March 28, 2008 5:29 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Regulators drastically cut the number of zero-emission vehicles required by 2014 after auto manufacturers said they needed more time to reach the standard.

Mitsubishi Shuts Down Australian Factory

March 28, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

About 500 workers will leave the assembly factory Friday when it closes after 28 years in operation; another 430 will stay on for a year to decommission the plant.

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