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Chrysler Recalls 184K SUVs For Airbag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in...

Toyota Is Global Hybrid Leader With 7 Million Sold

October 14, 2014 1:13 pm | by Toyota USA Newsroom | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corporation announced today global hybrid sales surpassed the 7 million unit mark in September. Toyota achieved this latest million-unit hybrid milestone at the record pace of nine months. “Hitting the 7 million mark represents our...

GM Plant Seeks Tax Break For Upgrade

October 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' Fort Wayne, Indiana truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said. Executives at the Fort Wayne plant are trying to make a case to company leaders for...

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GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise To 27

October 13, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 27 people have died and 25 people 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 he has received 178 death claims since...

Acura Recalls 43K Vehicles For Seat Belt Issue

October 13, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Acura says it is recalling 43,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace both front seat belts. The car maker owned by Honda Motor Co says that in temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit, the seat belts might not release. Acura says no injuries have been reported related to the seat...

Toyota Unveils 2015 Camry For NASCAR Competition

October 13, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jenna Fryer, AP Auto Racing Writer | News | Comments

Toyota unveiled a remodeled Camry it will race next season, and the street version was the designated pace car for the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.Toyota is the first manufacturer to move to an updated version of its race car. It closely resembles the 2015 Camry consumers can purchase. Chevrolet, Ford...

Alcoa Manufactures New Hull For Combat Vehicles

October 13, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight, high-performance metals, has produced the world’s largest single-piece forged aluminum hull for combat vehicles to improve troop protection as part of a joint Alcoa-US Army initiative launched last year. Announced in Washington, DC at the Association of...

Ford Continues Job Creation Momentum

October 13, 2014 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company today announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its historic Ford Rouge Center, comprised of the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping, and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs will support production of the all-new 2015 F-150 launching in a matter...

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Growth Slows In China Passenger Vehicle Sales

October 13, 2014 4:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Growth in China's car sales slowed again last month while the country's own brands increased their market share. An industry group said Monday that sales of passenger vehicles in the world's biggest auto market rose 6.4 percent in September from a year earlier, slowing from...

Michelin Truck Tire Failure Under Investigation

October 10, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that some Michelin heavy truck tires can fail and cause crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has six complaints and a police report about seven crashes involving the 2014 model of...

Mitsubishi Recalls Cars, SUVS For Engine Stalling

October 10, 2014 11:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 166,000 older small cars and SUVs in the U.S. because the engines can stall unexpectedly.The recall covers the Lancer and Lancer Evolution from the 2008 to 2011 model years, as well as the Lancer Sportback from 2009 to 2011. Also affected are the...

Polaris Rolls Slingshot Into Full Production

October 10, 2014 11:32 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Polaris Industries Inc. and local public officials gathered today at Polaris’ Spirit Lake, Iowa manufacturing facility to celebrate the launch of its Slingshot motorcycle into full production. Slingshot has received significant attention since...

Hengst Announces Manufacturing Facility Expansion

October 10, 2014 11:04 am | by State News Service | News | Comments

Hengst of North America Inc. will expand its Kershaw County manufacturing facility for the third time in less than a decade. The company, which located its North American headquarters in Camden in 2005, will invest an additional $8 million, create 20 new...

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GM 'Self-Driving' Car Just 2 Years Away

October 10, 2014 9:14 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CNN's Poppy Harlow talks with GM CEO Mary Barra about the future of autonomous vehicles, the potential improvements in congestion, and risks of hacking. According to Mary Barra, GM's 'self-driving' car could be just two short years in the future...

Nissan Recalls Altimas, Hoods Could Fly Open

October 10, 2014 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because the hoods could fly open while they're being driven. The recall covers cars from the 2013 model year, but the company says it could affect other Nissan models. The automaker says in...

Musk Makes Tesla Mystery Announcement

October 10, 2014 8:52 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taking the stage before an adoring crowd, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk played both catch up and leap frog. At an open-to-the-public unveiling Thursday night that included bumping music, free alcohol, and test rides on an airport tarmac, Musk unveiled a new version of...

Tesla Announcement Sparks Speculation

October 9, 2014 4:26 pm | News | Comments

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors was expected to unveil an all-wheel-drive system — and perhaps more — at a much-hyped mystery event Thursday night near Los Angeles.Tesla didn't confirm what it would show ahead of the event. The only hint came...

Oshkosh To Cut About 370 Jobs

October 9, 2014 3:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday that it plans to lay off about 370 workers from its unit that makes military vehicles. The company said it is cutting the jobs because it is making less military vehicles due to a drop in defense spending by the U.S. government. Oshkosh said...

Toledo Nervously Awaits Fate Of Jeep

October 9, 2014 2:01 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The thought of losing the Jeep Wrangler — a direct descendant of the original olive-drab vehicle that rolled off the assembly line in Toledo on its way to the battlefields of World War II — feels a little bit like losing a family member to those who have spent generations on...

Toyota Unveils Its Hybrid Crossover C-HR Concept Vehicle

October 9, 2014 1:52 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Karl Schlicht, executive president at Toyota, discusses the automaker’s new hybrid concept vehicle, production on their first fuel-cell vehicle and a joint venture with BMW on a dual sports car project. He speaks with Hans Nichols at the Paris Motor Show on...

Alcoa Boosted By Higher Aluminum Prices

October 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said Wednesday that third-quarter income soared as higher aluminum prices and lower costs for raw materials boosted its core primary-metals business. The results beat Wall Street expectations, and the company's stock rose 2 percent in after-hours...

Ford Awards $50K To American Indian College Fund

October 9, 2014 10:13 am | by U.S. Newswire | News | Comments

The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships through the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program. Ten Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarships of $3,000 per academic...

EPA Says New Vehicle Mileage Hits Record 24.1 MPG

October 8, 2014 4:50 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but the rate of improvement is slowing. The Environmental Protection Agency says fuel economy last year rose one-half mile per gallon over the 2012 model year, mainly...

Chrysler Group Announces Manufacturing Appointment

October 8, 2014 4:12 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC has appointed Brian Harlow Vice President - Head of NAFTA Manufacturing.  In this position, Harlow is responsible for all assembly, stamping, and powertrain manufacturing operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well...

Floor Mats Recalled For Possible Gas Pedal Interference

October 8, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal. Omix Ada of Suwannee, Georgia, says the recall covers Cabela's Custom Fit, Line-X Truck...

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