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Hundreds Of Workers On Strike At Lear Plant

September 15, 2014 5:14 pm | by Charles D. Wilson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of workers protesting what some are calling "fast-food-like" wages walked off the job Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in northwest Indiana that makes automotive seats, beginning a strike that could affect a major Ford assembly plant in Chicago. The plant, about 28 miles southeast of...

Nissan Sponsers 'National Drive Electric Week'

September 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 60,000 U.S. consumers have “kicked gas” and are now driving the all-electric Nissan LEAF. To celebrate National Drive Electric Week, held Sept. 15-21, Nissan is the exclusive automotive sponsor for more than 130 grassroots events scheduled for...

GM Expert Says 19 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 15, 2014 1:43 pm | News | Comments

General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has received 125 death claims due to... 

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Safety Agency Investigates Ford Fiesta

September 15, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars. The probe announced Monday covers about 205,000 Fiestas from the 2001 through 2013 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says...

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

Halla Visteon Begins Plant Prodution In Mexico

September 12, 2014 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. plans to start production this month at a new plant in central Mexico to support its growing business with global vehicle manufacturers in the region. The new manufacturing facility in the State of Queretaro will manufacture automotive...

Global Driverless Vehicle Shipments To Reach 14 Million By 2030

September 12, 2014 11:31 am | by ABI Research | News | Comments

Global driverless vehicle shipments will increase from 1.1 million in 2024 to more than 42 million in 2035, with an installed driverless vehicle base reaching 176 million. “While autonomous driving under the control of a human standby driver is quickly gaining acceptance, robotic vehicles mostly remain out of bounds, especially for car manufacturers, despite...

U.S. Retail Sale Increase Led By Auto Spending

September 12, 2014 10:01 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Friday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 per cent compared with the prior month. Sales are up...

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Nevada Governor Enacts Tesla Tax Break Package

September 12, 2014 3:46 am | by Scott Sonner - Associated Press | News | Comments

Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday night an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 million battery factory to the Silver State. The "gigafactory" is expected to bring more...

GreenTech Automotive Claims MS Factory Construction Complete

September 11, 2014 8:42 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive has announced it has completed a factory in Mississippi's Tunica County for the manufacture of small electric vehicles. But it's unclear how many employees the company has in Mississippi or if it has sold any vehicles from its temporary factory in nearby Horn Lake. A unit of...

Toyota Recalls 130,000 Pickups

September 11, 2014 5:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 130,000 Tundra full-size pickup trucks because a plastic trim piece can interfere with the side air bags. The recall affects Crew-Max and Double Cab versions in the U.S. from the 2014 model year. The company says...

Trelleborg Divests Rubber Car Boot Facility

September 11, 2014 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Trelleborg has signed an agreement to divest a facility that manufactures rubber boots for light vehicles. The business operation is based in Spain and is part of the Trelleborg Industrial Solutions business area. The buyer is the...  

Futuris Opens Manufacturing Facility In North America

September 11, 2014 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Futuris Automotive, a leading global automotive components supplier, today announced the expansion of its North American business with the opening of a new manufacturing facility and design center in Newark, CA, one of several such facilities planned as part of...

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Luminator Technology Group Acquires Axion Technologies

September 11, 2014 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Luminator Technology Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Axion Technologies. Axion Technologies was founded in 1974 and designs, manufactures and supplies advanced Passenger Information, Communication, and CCTV systems for the Mass Transit...

Faurecia Announces New Seating Plant In KY

September 11, 2014 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Faurecia, North America's sixth-largest automotive supplier, today announced it will start construction this year on a plant in Simpsonville, Kentucky. The facility will employ 410 people in the area. Production is scheduled to begin in...  

All Aboard Florida Selects Siemens As Train Manufacturer

September 11, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today it was announced that Siemens has been selected to build the locomotives and passenger coaches for the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project that will connect South and Central Florida. All Aboard Florida and Siemens have been...

Saltwater-Powered Sportscar Approved For Road Use In Europe

September 11, 2014 9:53 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

The intriguingly named Quant e-Sportlimousine has been making a splash in Europe, where it was just approved for road use. The electric vehicle can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a ridiculous 2.8 seconds, reach a projected top speed of...

China's Auto Sales Slow In August

September 11, 2014 8:54 am | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's auto sales growth decelerated further in August to 8.5 percent while sales of SUVs surged by nearly a third. Drivers in the world's biggest auto market by vehicle sales bought 1.5 million passenger cars in August, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Thursday. Total...

Lawyer Claims GM Went To Great Lengths To Keep Dealers Informed

September 10, 2014 3:22 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

General Motors Canada went to extraordinary lengths to keep its dealers informed about its restructuring plans in the aftermath of the financial crisis, a lawyer for the automaker told a Toronto courtroom Wednesday.GM lawyer Kent Thomson, in his opening remarks, said it was widely known through briefings, media coverage, and meetings...

Nevada Lawmakers Considering $1.3B Tesla Package

September 10, 2014 12:01 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its... 

Honda Introduces Self-driving Car

September 9, 2014 5:38 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute Tuesday, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel. While the car is just a prototype, Honda says the technology could start appearing on Honda cars in...

Ohio Manufacturing Firm Makes $29M Expansion

September 9, 2014 4:17 pm | by Matt Sanctis | News | Comments

St. Paris, Ohio manufacturing firm KTH Parts Industries is making progress on a $29 million expansion and hiring that's connected to increased production at Honda.The investment is expected to put the company in a better position to... 

How To Handle Auto Recalls If Parts Aren't Ready

September 9, 2014 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In July, two scary notices arrived in Amaris McGee's mailbox. They came from General Motors, and each told her the gray 2005 Chevy Malibu she drives to work every day is being recalled for safety problems. But neither problem...   

Honda Selects Translations.com For Multilingual Website

September 9, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Translations.com, the world’s largest privately held provider of language services and translation-related technologies, today announced the launch of Honda’s mobile website in Spanish. Translations.com provides Honda with language services and GlobalLink OneLink ® technology to support...

GM To Offer Car That Will Almost Drive Itself

September 8, 2014 9:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cars that can talk to each other and almost drive themselves at freeway speeds are just two years away from the showroom, according to General Motors executives. The company announced Sunday that the semi-autonomous system for freeways will be... 

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