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GreenTech Automotive Establishes Electric-Vehicle Production Plant In MS

October 31, 2014 5:09 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA) reported the grand opening of its new production facility in Tunica, Miss. "We started GreenTech Automotive with the vision to make energy-efficient cars that are so inexpensive the average American could afford to buy them," said Charles Wang, chairman and CEO of GTA. "In the past five years we have...

Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs For Air Bag Problem

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall covers the QX56 SUVs from 2013 and the QX80s from 2014. The company says inflators made by Takata Corp. were built with an incorrect outer...

Inside the World's Biggest Auto Factory

October 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Volkswagen, the world's number-two carmaker, plans to cut billions in operating costs by 2017. That means making the world's biggest auto plant, in Wolfsburg, Germany more efficient. Bloomberg's Hans Nichols spent a day on the assembly line for a progress report...

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Government Pushes Airbag Maker On Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent letters...

Tesla Barred From Selling Cars In MI

October 29, 2014 2:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A battle line has been drawn between Tesla Motors and the state of Michigan. It started after the state's governor signed legislation that effectively bans the electric car maker from doing business there. CBS News' Elaine Quijano reports...

GM To Invest $63M In MI Car Plant

October 29, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is investing $63 million in a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are being built. The Detroit-based automaker said Wednesday that the expansion at its Lansing Delta Township Assembly will add about 263,000 square feet to the plant. New robotic equipment also...

Ford Recalls 205K SUVs For Fuel Tank Leak

October 29, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire. The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The company said Wednesday that it traced the problem to rust under...

Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. The recalls bring the newly merged company's total for the year to 6.4 million vehicles worldwide and 5.1 million in the U.S. as it...

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Magna Celebrates Facility Grand Opening In MI

October 28, 2014 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Magna International Inc. announced today the grand opening of DexSys, a new greenfield facility in Delta Township, Michigan, for the manufacture of automotive exterior products. Company officials were joined by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, members of local...

Minibike Company Fined By Government Safety Agency

October 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Carolina company that sells minibikes and go-carts has agreed to pay $4.3 million in a settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission — the largest-ever civil penalty levied by the agency. CPSC alleged that Baja Inc. and its corporate affiliate, One World Technologies Inc., of...

Electric Car Drivers Trading Gas For Solar Power

October 28, 2014 1:35 pm | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The panels aren't cheap,...

VA Stops Use Of Guardrail Maker's Products

October 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia transportation officials plan to remove installations of a common highway-guardrail system amid safety concerns. The Virginia Department of Transportation also plans to seek reimbursement for the removal cost from the system's manufacturer, Dallas-based Trinity Industry, VDOT spokeswoman...

GM To Move Volt Part Production To U.S.

October 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is moving production of a critical component in the Chevrolet Volt from Mexico to Michigan. GM CEO Mary Barra is expected to announce the plan later Tuesday in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. The automaker will build the electric drive unit for the...

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Fiat Chrysler Replaces Quality Chief

October 28, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler's longtime quality chief is leaving the company a day after its brands performed poorly in the annual Consumer Reports reliability rankings. Fiat Chrysler says Senior Vice President of Quality Doug Betts will pursue other interests. He will be replaced by Mark Chernoby, who will head quality for the global...

Ford Motor Company Fund Sends WWII Veterans To D.C.

October 27, 2014 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In advance of Veteran’s Day, Ford Motor Company Fund will sponsor Honor Flight Chicago to transport nearly 100 Chicago area veterans to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Ninety-one World War II veterans will travel to the nation’s capital to experience the national war memorials dedicated in their...

Toyota Tops Consumer Reports Reliability Rankings

October 27, 2014 2:24 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota continues its winning streak atop Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings. The company's Toyota and Lexus brands top the survey, while its Scion brand is in the top ten. It's the eighth year in a row that a Toyota brand has led the rankings...

Global Interest Rises As SUVs Shrink

October 27, 2014 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Once a hulking symbol of American excess, sport utility vehicles are quickly becoming the world's favorite way to get around. It's a surprising rebirth for a vehicle that was the subject of obituaries when gas prices spiked in 2008. Automakers won back customers by making smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVs...

Union Says Ford Picks Mexico Over Ontario For Engine Plant

October 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Unifor says Ford Motor Co. has decided to build its new engine in Mexico after it was unable to reach a deal with the federal and Ontario governments. Unifor national president Jerry Dias says the union is disappointed the company and the...

Tanks To Get Cloaking Capabilities From Specialized Plates

October 24, 2014 11:46 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its color to disguise itself, scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change color to blend with its surroundings. The first PL-01 concept tank...

Manufacturers Announce Plans To Invest And Recruit

October 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo | News | Comments

Optimism is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions, and expand premises. DPE Automotive is buying new machinery to double its press capacity after completing a management buy-out which has saved...

Ford Profit Falls In 3Q On Truck Costs

October 24, 2014 9:49 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits. Ford's net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost of launching the pickup. The new F-150, which is...

OR Investigates Discrimination Claims At Plant

October 23, 2014 3:56 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment. The four new civil rights complaints against Portland-headquartered...

Discovery Of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 23, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there. Honda spokeswoman Anita Sipes confirms the production shutdown after the substance was discovered Thursday morning. She says the plant "is taking every precaution to protect the...

Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Defective parts are creating bad press and hurting the bottom line for the auto industry, so car companies are being more diligent in announcing recalls. It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling...

Caterpillar Beats Wall Street Forecasts In 3Q

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year. Shares rose nearly 4 percent before the opening bell Thursday. The company has wrestled with a slowing global economy and took a restructuring charge...

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