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UAW Reaches Top Tier Of VW Labor Policy In TN

December 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South. Volkswagen said that an independent auditor had verified that the UAW's Local 42 had signed up...

Intelligent Charging System Could Protect EV Owners From Fuel Sticker Shock

December 9, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

‘Tis the season when shoppers flock to online deal sites and use their price comparison software to hunt for the best bargains. They are not alone. Shipping companies could soon start using similar algorithms to cheaply and efficiently charge their electric trucks to get those same...

Honda Adds 2.6M Vehicles To Air Bag Repair List

December 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda says it will replace driver's air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S. Honda is the only automaker to comply with government demands for national repairs. The company says it's doing so to address customer concerns. Air bags made by...

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EU Calls For Japan To Eliminate Trade Barriers

December 8, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is calling on Japan to make further efforts to eliminate trade barriers in the auto and food safety sectors as they began a fresh round of bilateral free trade negotiations Monday in Tokyo. In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the...

Subaru Seeks $118M Tax Break For 4-Mile Move

December 8, 2014 1:29 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters to Camden, just four miles from its current home in Cherry Hill, and said it is seeking $118 million in tax breaks intended to lure jobs to the impoverished city. The move by the fast-growing division...

Japan: Auto Recall Overhaul Needed For Global Woes

December 5, 2014 2:04 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode. "The framework in place...

GM Closes Opel Plant After 52 Years

December 5, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The last vehicle has rolled off Opel's production line at its flagship factory in Bochum, which General Motors is shuttering as it restructures its lossmaking European subsidiary. The dpa news agency reported Friday that with the production of the last Opel Zafira compact van, the...

Global Survey: Human-Robot Teams Capturing New Sectors

December 4, 2014 12:20 pm | by International Federation of Robotics | News | Comments

Having conquered automotive manufacturing, the latest industrial robots are about to capture other industrial sectors that, to date, have remained undeveloped. Opportunities are huge. Even in those countries where the application of robotics is at its greatest (Japan, Germany...

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NASA Postpones Orion Launch

December 4, 2014 10:05 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wind gusts and sticky fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration. NASA promised to try again Friday morning. The space agency's new countdown clock got a workout as problem...

Toyota Seeks Independent, Industry-Wide Joint Testing Initiative For Airbags

December 4, 2014 9:59 am | by Toyota Newsroom | News | Comments

Toyota today called for a coordinated industry-wide joint initiative to independently test Takata airbag inflators that have been the subject of recent recalls. The goal of this initiative is to address affected automakers’ issues related to the airbag inflator recalls and...

What You Need To Know About Takata Air Bag Recall

December 3, 2014 5:20 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. and 10 automakers have recalled 14 million vehicles worldwide for a problem with both driver and passenger side air bags, including 8 million in the U.S. The air bags can inflate with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending...

Promotions, Gas Prices Boost U.S. Auto Sales

December 3, 2014 2:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

American shoppers passed on the malls and headed to the car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend. Black Friday promotions — coupled with falling gas prices, low-interest loans and hot new vehicles — drove U.S. auto sales higher in November, kicking off what's expected to be...

Groups Seek To Ban Older Rail Cars Carrying Crude

December 3, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups filed a court petition Tuesday to ban older railroad cars from transporting crude oil. Earthjustice and two other organizations are urging the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to ban so-called DOT-111 cars built before 2011. The U.S. Department of Transportation...

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Honda To Expand Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 3, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from federal regulators, Honda is expanding a recall of driver's side air bags to all 50 states. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Takata insists that current recalls...

Takata: Evidence Doesn't Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 9:31 am | by Tom Krisher, Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall. The company laid out its position in a Tuesday letter to the National Highway...

Chrysler U.S. Sales Up 20% In November

December 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 20 percent last month a sign that Black Friday promotions and falling gas prices drove U.S. auto sales higher in November. Chrysler sold nearly 171,000 vehicles to post its best November in 13 years. The company was led by the Chrysler...

Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 2, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, two automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states. Documents posted Tuesday by the government say Subaru is expanding a previous recall of five models. Mitsubishi is...

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 36

December 1, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says... 

NLRB Rules Mercedes Violated Labor Laws At AL Plant

December 1, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant. The ruling by the three-member board panel requires ordered Mercedes to update its...

Toyota Recalls 30K Minivans Worldwide

December 1, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 30,000 Sienna Minivans worldwide, saying the 2015 models' overhead assist grips can detach when an air bag deploys. The automaker says that the grips, which are mounted to the minivans' roof rails, could detach from the mounting bracket under...

Japanese Firm To Build Light-Rail Cars In LA

November 26, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese firm says it will go ahead with plans to open a light-rail manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County, a month after threatening to pull out when talks with organized labor groups stalled. The county Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday that Kinkisharyo...

Woman Cleared In Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 11:57 am | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death. Candice Anderson was driving a 2004 Saturn...

Honda Admits Failing To Report Deaths, Injuries

November 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law. The Japanese automaker, in statements issued Monday, also said it became aware of the omissions in 2011, yet it took about three years to take...

Ford's New F-150 To Get 26 MPG

November 24, 2014 2:19 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford said that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup. The Ram truck is the current leader among pickups, getting up to 25 mpg on the highway with a gas engine. The Ram gets up to...

Automakers Aim To Drive Away Car Computer Hackers

November 24, 2014 10:25 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the

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