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GM Employee Warned Of Stalling In Impalas In 2005

June 19, 2014 8:26 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In an e-mail to 11 GM colleagues on Aug. 30, 2005, GM employee Laura Andres wrote: "I think this is a serious safety problem ... I'm thinking big recall."                  

Automotive Firm Navistar To Cut Jobs

June 19, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

Navistar is preparing to consolidate an engine production plant and cut 280 workers in Huntsville, but the truck and engine maker is also hiring employees at another Alabama plant.            

Porsche Takes Top Spot In New Car Quality Survey

June 19, 2014 7:50 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Porsche, Jaguar and Lexus were the best-performing brands in this year's survey. The worst performers were Fiat, Jeep and Mitsubishi.                     

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Gov't Opens 2 New Chrysler Investigations

June 18, 2014 1:04 pm | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has opened two new investigations into Chrysler over complaints that the ignition key could shut the engine off and cause air bags not to deploy in a crash.       

Lawmakers Press GM On Report Findings

June 18, 2014 10:59 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

House members say they still have many questions about General Motors' delayed recall of small cars, including whether the company's culture has truly changed.                

Dealer Sues Mitsubishi Over Inventory

June 18, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

The owner of four California car dealerships is suing Mitsubishi Motors North America and its credit arm, saying they forced the dealerships to stock more vehicles than they could sell, costing them millions in extra finance charges.       

Blind Man Gets Auto Mechanics Degree

June 18, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

Clifford Alderson, 48, a graduate from a joint New Mexico State University-Dona Ana Community College program, earned his degree by listening and learning to feel his way around the vehicle.          

Consumers Aren't Shying Away From GM

June 18, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM has retained buyers' confidence by appearing to act quickly on safety matters — even though GM's internal investigation into the small-car switch recall showed that employees took years to realize they had a safety problem on their hands.    

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4 Months Into Recall, Only 7 Pct. Of GM Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than four months after General Motors started recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.               

Cummins Building New Indiana Tech Center

June 17, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Engine maker Cummins Inc. is about to start construction on a new technical and office center in southern Indiana.                       

Tesla Vote In N.J. Moves To Senate

June 17, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

The New Jersey Assembly unanimously approved a bill that would allow zero-emission carmakers to sell directly to consumers in that state.                         

How Will GM Fix Its Corporate Culture?

June 17, 2014 8:06 am | by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what's been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches.              

GM Recalls Top 20M Globally

June 17, 2014 7:56 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling another 3 million cars because of a defect that causes a similar problem to one that led to an earlier massive recall of small cars, and is linked to 13 deaths.             

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Dutch Gov't Encourages Self-Driving Car Tests

June 16, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

The Dutch government says it wants to encourage large-scale tests of self-driving cars in the Netherlands by next year, and supports a plan to allow tests of self-driving trucks by 2019.             

Giti Tire To Invest $560 Million, Create 1,700 S.C. Jobs

June 16, 2014 10:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Singapore-based company will produce both passenger and light truck tires in the new facility, which will combine manufacturing and distribution within its estimated 1.8 million square feet.                 

Sen. Schumer Wants Tighter Trucking Regulations

June 16, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

The New York Democrat has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to speed up a requirement that companies and drivers use electronic devices to log hours driven, he told a Manhattan news conference.              

Manufacturing.net Rewind: American-Made Lighting; Turning Tomatoes Into Auto Parts

June 13, 2014 2:47 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Independence LED Lighting making lights in America to Heinz and Ford teaming up to make auto parts from tomato skins.             

GM Recalls Camaros For Switch Problem

June 13, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

GM is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from the 2010 to 2014 model years. A driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.                 

Gearheads And Gawkers Drawn To Corvette Museum Sinkhole

June 13, 2014 8:22 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Museum officials say it's shaping up as the biggest prolonged surge in the attraction's nearly 20-year history, much of it because of the giant hole and damaged cars exhumed from the abyss.                 

Tesla Hands Over The Keys To Its Technology

June 13, 2014 8:15 am | by Michael Liedtke and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised to give away the company's entire patent portfolio to all comers, as long as they promised not to engage courtroom battles over intellectual property.             

Ford To Lower Fuel Economy On 6 Vehicles

June 13, 2014 7:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford is lowering the fuel economy estimates for six models, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Fusion sedan, after internal tests found errors in the way they were calculated.           

AM General To Update Humvees At Indiana Factory

June 13, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

AM General has been awarded a $90.5 million contract to restore and upgrade hundreds of Army National Guard Humvees at a northern Indiana factory.                  

Report: Sales Of Combines Plummets In May

June 12, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers said that the 572 combines sold in May were down slightly more than 16 percent from the same month a year ago.                 

Retail Sales Rise For Fourth Straight Month

June 12, 2014 8:49 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales rose for a fourth straight month in May, adding to evidence that consumer spending will contribute to stronger economic growth.                             

Safety Regulators Investigate Air Bag Ruptures

June 12, 2014 8:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether 1.1 million vehicles from five automakers have air bags that could hurt people in a crash.                    

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