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GM's Barra To Testify At House Hearing

March 21, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars.                  

Toyota To End Lockout At Indian Car Plants

March 20, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Toyota said the decision was in consideration of "law-abiding team members" who could return to work after signing a code of conduct.                    

Honda Celebrates 10 Millionth American-Made Accord

March 20, 2014 8:43 am | News | Comments

Honda says it reached that mark with a vehicle that came off the assembly line Thursday at Marysville, which was Honda's first auto plant in the U.S.                   

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Volkswagen Recalls 150K Passats

March 20, 2014 8:39 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling about 150,000 Passat midsize cars because the headlights can be damaged if the hoods are closed roughly.                      

Gov't Investigating Saturn Ion Steering Issue

March 20, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

The government is investigating whether General Motors should recall the Saturn Ion compact car for the same steering defect that affected the Chevrolet Cobalt.                

Arizona Bill Would Let Tesla Skip Dealers

March 20, 2014 8:12 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors would be allowed to sell cars in Arizona without establishing a dealer network under a bill approved by a state Senate committee Wednesday.              

Toyota Settlement Could Be Glimpse Into GM's Future

March 20, 2014 7:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's also a warning to anyone selling cars in the U.S.: Although the federal government's road-safety watchdog doesn't have big fangs, the Justice Department does.                

New Mexico Tries To Lure Tesla Battery Factory

March 19, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

New Mexico is one of four states identified as finalists for a lithium-ion battery factory that would supply the company's Fremont, Calif., assembly plant. Others are Arizona, Nevada and Texas.           

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EU Fines Auto Parts Producers Nearly $1.4B

March 19, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly $1.4 billion for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.          

U.S., Toyota Reach $1B Settlement

March 19, 2014 8:06 am | by Eric Tucker and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. has reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota and filed a criminal charge alleging the automaker defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues.             

Barra Apologizes For Deaths Tied To Recall

March 18, 2014 2:12 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Barra stopped short of saying the company would compensate families of those killed in crashes, but said GM would do what's right for its customers after it completes an internal investigation.           

GM Creates New Post For Safety Issues

March 18, 2014 10:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has named a 40-year engineer as its new safety chief, placing a single person in charge of recalls and other safety issues as it deals with a huge compact car recall that has damaged the company's reputation.      

European Car Sales Continue To Grow

March 18, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

European car sales grew for a sixth consecutive month in February but remained at a low level as the market recovered slowly from the financial crisis.                 

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Breathing Battery Could Power Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

March 17, 2014 3:28 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The main difference between lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries is that the latter replaces the traditional cathode — a key battery component involved in the flow of electric current — with air. That makes the rechargeable metal-air battery lighter with the potential to pack in more energy than its commercial counterpart.

The Inevitable Future Of Driverless Cars

March 17, 2014 2:47 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

Autonomous driving has long been on the to-do list for car manufacturers, but within the last year consumer interest has spurred inquisition in both the engineering community, as well as the legal arena.              

GM Recalls 1.18 Million SUVs For Air Bag Problem

March 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new recalls aren't related to investigations over the defective ignition switches case, but the company did say they're part of a broad product safety review prompted by the ignition switch problem, which is linked to 12 deaths.      

Ohio Auto Dealers Fight Tesla Over Sales Model

March 17, 2014 11:38 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Ohio is among states proposing to block future Tesla direct-sales stores on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships.                                      

Fiat Recalling More Than 18,000 500Ls

March 17, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working.                                         

Honda Recalling Almost 900,000 Minivans

March 17, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to documents, the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from exposure to high temperatures and acidic chemicals, like those found in fertilizers.                         

Toyota Shutters Indian Plants Over Wage Lockout

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

A statement from the Indian unit of the world's largest automaker said that "under the instigation of the union, certain sections of the employees have resorted to deliberate stoppages of the production line, abuse and threatening of supervisors."

Hyundai Overstated Mileage For Revamped Sonata

March 17, 2014 9:15 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean government said the mileage of the upcoming Sonata was 12.1 kilometers per liter (28.4 miles per gallon) instead of the 12.6 kilometers per liter (29.6 mpg) Hyundai said on March 4.              

Fiat Adding 800 Workers To Revived Mich. Plant

March 14, 2014 5:06 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said, “This plant is the Cinderella story of Chrysler. In June 2009 this plant was on the execution list and it was going to disappear at the end of 2010.”                    

Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 12:55 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Regardless of a win last week with Ford’s reshoring announcement, the UAW still faces significant challenges as it struggles to regain a foothold.                                

Tesla Model S, On Ice

March 14, 2014 10:50 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Teslas are most often associated with California weather, right? All that sun, nice temperatures, clean and wide roads. But what about the ice and snow much of the rest of the world sees?                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Missing Jet; Dems' Marathon Climate Talk

March 14, 2014 12:03 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a tech firm losing 20 workers when a jet vanishes, to Tesla's battle with New Jersey.                 

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