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NV Assembly Speaker Kirkpatrick To Scrutinize Tesla Deal

September 5, 2014 5:03 pm | by Martin Griffith and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick says it's too early to say whether a huge package of tax breaks and incentives needed to land Tesla Motors Inc.'s lithium battery factory will have smooth sailing at a special legislative session next week. The Las Vegas Democrat said Friday she and her colleagues need to scrutinize...

BorgWarner Expanding Operations

September 5, 2014 2:19 pm | by Targeted News Service | News | Comments

Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from global powertrain supplier BorgWarner announced today the company is expanding operations in Water Valley to accommodate an increased demand for the company's advanced transmission solutions. The project is the company's fourth expansion in Water Valley. It represents a company investment of $43 million and will create...

Hillary Clinton: U.S. Should Lead On Clean Energy

September 4, 2014 8:31 pm | by Ken Ritter - Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for the U.S. to become what she called the world's 21st-century clean energy superpower. In remarks Thursday at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Clinton credited northern Nevada's selection for...

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Toyota: Cars Will Be Safer, But Still Need Drivers

September 4, 2014 4:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up. That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, who on Thursday promised by 2017 to have...

Anheuser-Busch Converts To Natural Gas Vehicles

September 4, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet and supply chain solutions, announced today that it is partnering with Anheuser-Busch to replace the beer company’s 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered engines. This marks Anheuser-Busch’s first conversion of an entire fleet and represents...

Chevron Phillips Chemical Sells Business For $220M

September 4, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical is selling its high-performance engineering polymer business for $220 million. Chevron said that its Ryton polyphenylene sulfide operations are a better fit at Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC, which...      

Tesla Chooses Plant Location, Gets Closer To Electric Car For Masses

September 4, 2014 4:31 am | by Justin Pritchard - Associated Press | News | Comments

To bring electric cars to the masses, Tesla Motors will use an expanse of desert where wild mustangs still roam for a factory that the company projects will crank out enough batteries to power 500,000 vehicles annually by decade's end. Tesla chose ...

Tesla Plant Decision Sparks Criticism

September 3, 2014 9:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Political finger-pointing has started over New Mexico losing out to Nevada as a site for Tesla Motors' a battery factory. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Wednesday that the electric car maker didn't select New Mexico because of ...

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How Manufacturers Are Adapting To Trends For The Urban Car

September 3, 2014 2:49 pm | by Chris Needes, Global Market Manager, Saint-Gobain | News | Comments

Much of the talk in the automotive industry in recent years has been about the rise of the urban car. Growing demand from consumers for these lightweight vehicles has been reported in Europe, the US, and the booming BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China as well. As a result, car manufacturers worldwide are developing their own urban car models to tap into...

Federal-Mogul Announces Plan To Separate Into 2 Distinct Global Automotive Suppliers

September 3, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation has announced its plan to separate its Powertrain and Motorparts divisions into two independent, publicly-traded companies serving the global original equipment and aftermarket industries. The planned separation will be ...

The Aerodynamics Of The New Ford F-150

September 2, 2014 12:13 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Brad Richards, exterior design manager of the 2015 Ford F-150, shows off its aerodynamics in Allen Park, Mich.                                 

Foreign Companies in China Feel 'Targeted'

September 2, 2014 12:02 pm | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws, and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said Tuesday. The American Chamber of Commerce in China's report adds to mounting complaints about a flurry of investigations of global automakers, technology suppliers, and other companies... 

North Carolina Offers $100M For Toyota

September 2, 2014 11:52 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest car maker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size. Only about a quarter of the nearly 3,000 jobs paying an average of $105,000 a year were expected to move from Southern California, meaning... 

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U.S. Manufacturing Grows At Fastest Pace In 3½ Years

September 2, 2014 11:34 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index rose to 59 from 57.1 in July, the ISM said Tuesday. That was the highest reading since March 2011. Any measure above 50 signals...

Incentives States Can Offer To Get Tesla Factory

August 31, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. The package of economic incentives that each state offers will help determine ...

Tesla Motors Dealing As States Play Factory Poker

August 31, 2014 1:30 pm | by Justin Pritchard - Associated Press | News | Comments

From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. It is not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs, but rather it is how Tesla is deciding...

Tesla, Chinese Firm Plan 400 Charging Stations

August 29, 2014 5:30 am | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China. Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide ...

Automotive Parts Maker Expanding Smyrna Facility

August 29, 2014 4:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An automotive parts manufacturer is expanding its distribution facility in Smyrna and is expected to create more than 130 additional jobs in Rutherford County. Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty say Federal-Mogul is investing more than $6 million to expand. As...

Reinventing The Wheel

August 28, 2014 3:43 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info sat down with Thierry Materne, global vice president of Technology for SABIC's Innovative Plastics business, to talk about the development of the world's first thermoplastic wheel, a technology that has almost limitless potential to reduce emissions and save on manufacturing costs across multiple industries. There is a drive across the automotive industry to reduce the weight of components and systems...

New Ford Mustang Rolls Off The Assembly Line

August 28, 2014 3:00 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The all new highly anticipated Ford 2015 Mustang rolled off the assembly line in Flat Rock, Michigan on Thursday morning. The Mustang, along with the new F-150 pickup truck, are the automakers two biggest product launches this year ...  

2015 Mustang Starts Production At Flat Rock Assembly Plant

August 28, 2014 2:55 pm | by RTT News | News | Comments

Ford Motor Corp. (F) Thursday said the all-new Ford Mustang rolls off the line today at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, marking production of the sixth-generation pony car. For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available globally to customers in more than ...

Ford Hires Employees, Invests $129M In Assembly Plant

August 28, 2014 2:51 pm | by Close-Up Media | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company reported the hiring of 300 new employees and a $129 million investment in Louisville Assembly Plant to support production of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC. According to a release from the company ...      

Steve McQueen's Ferrari Sold For Over $10.2M

August 28, 2014 9:59 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The making of the uber-BMW. Dinan engineers pimp out the performance of 'the ultimate driving machine'— the cars may be suped under the hood, but you won't see racing stripes or twirling rims on these understated rides ...      

South Korea's Kia To Invest $1B In Mexico

August 28, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's Kia Motors Corp. says it will invest more than $1 billion to build a car factory in northern Mexico that is expected to begin production in 2016. The company said Wednesday that the new plant in Nuevo Leon state, across the border ...

Spiders Force Suzuki Recall

August 27, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spiders have forced Suzuki to recall more than 19,000 midsize cars. The automaker says spider webs can clog a fuel vapor vent hose in some 2010 to 2013 Kizashi cars, cutting ...             

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