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Feds Close Investigation Into Tesla Battery Fires

March 28, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog has closed an investigation into Tesla electric car battery fires after the company agreed to install more shields beneath the cars.             

GM's Opel To Pull Out Of China

March 28, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.                   

Ford Adding 300 Jobs In Ohio

March 28, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

Ford says it will invest $500 million and add 300 jobs at its engine plant in northwestern Ohio so that it can begin making a new V-6 engine.                    

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Toyota Recalling Over 100K Avalons

March 28, 2014 7:39 am | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 119,000 Avalon sedans from the 2003 and 2004 model years because their air bags could deploy inadvertently.                      

Miss. Senate Gives Final Approval To 3 Anti-Union Bills

March 27, 2014 8:13 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bills that aim to restrict union organizing and picketing practices in Mississippi, as well as limit governments' abilities to pressure employers to use unionized workers, are on their way to Gov. Phil Bryant.         

GM CEO Takes To Video, Promises Vehicles Are Safe

March 26, 2014 2:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Barra reportedly asked engineers if they would let their own families drive and ride in these vehicles, and they said, “Yes.”                                         

GM CEO Taps Into Call Center, Listens To Customer Complaints

March 26, 2014 1:32 pm | News | Comments

The new CEO Mary Barra spent about a half hour last Thursday wearing a headset at the suburban Detroit center and will return there periodically.                            

MAPI: Durable Goods Numbers Show Some Good, Some Bad

March 26, 2014 10:42 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

"Despite the seemingly good news, however, the underlying demand for business equipment actually declined. Defense and aerospace orders are very large, and erratic, and have multiyear lead times that indicate nothing about the short-term outlook for business equipment."

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Nissan Recalls More Than 1M Vehicles For Air Bags

March 26, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan says the vehicles' computer software may not detect an adult in the passenger seat.                             

Deal Allows Tesla To Sell Cars In Ohio

March 26, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill allows Tesla to keep its existing stores in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and allows a third to open in Cleveland. It prohibits the company from opening any other stores.                    

Texas Gov. Perry Sees Pros Of Tesla Direct Sales

March 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Perry cites the natural change in society and economic structures as the underpinning of why it’s the right choice now — things just aren’t sold the same way today as they were even 10 years ago, he argues.              

RV Maker Adding Workers In Indiana

March 25, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

The company says it is increasing production at the Elkhart County factory to meet growing demand for its fifth-wheel towable RV.                      

Wanxiang Affiliate Buys Fisker Plant

March 25, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

California-based Fisker planned to build cars at the former General Motors plant, but it filed for bankruptcy protection in November.                    

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Toyota Case Highlights Difficulty In Prosecuting Execs

March 25, 2014 7:50 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say they had little choice, in part because of constraints with evidence and the challenge of gathering testimony and information from witnesses outside the United States.                

Families In Crash That Killed 2 Girls Sue GM

March 24, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

The families allege that General Motors was negligent in designing its small cars and committed fraud by not disclosing facts about the defects.                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: NASA Makes A Robot For Mars; Tesla Fights With Auto Dealers

March 21, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a NASA robot that is six feet tall and has an 80 inch wing span, to Tesla's latest battle.               

Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the course of action.             

Toyota Facing One Of The Largest Automaker Fines Ever

March 21, 2014 10:47 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

With a growing investigation into GM for a decade-long delay in recalling 1.6 million small cars, this verdict is highly anticipated.                                  

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.                   

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.                

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