Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $80 million in its Kentucky truck plant to churn out more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The ramped up production will add 350 jobs, the automaker said. The investment will boost production capacity by 15 percent, or about 55,000 units, as the company retools and upgrades the plant, Ford said.
The company, based in Amberg, Germany, will invest $30 million over five years, with plans to open the first phase by the end of 2014. The company would hire 350 workers in the first phase and 300 in the second phase, paying an average of $12.50 an hour, or about $25,000 a year.
The Japanese automaker has already halted sales of the problem vehicles, which are only those equipped with seat heaters, because the fabric may not clear flammability standards, company spokesman Naoki Sumino said Thursday.
The rumors are true — Chrysler and Fiat have been merged into a single company under the name Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. Along with the new name is a completely new logo. We want to hear your thoughts.
Fiat's board of directors agreed on the name Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, with headquarters for tax purposes in the United Kingdom. But the board sidestepped the thorny political issue of whether the true headquarters would be in the United States or Italy.
Throughout 2013, the company exported 108,705 U.S.-made Honda and Acura vehicles while importing 88,537. In addition, the company achieved record production levels of 1,309,917 units on American soil — a 7.4 percent increase over the previous record in 2012.
Ford Motor Co. enjoyed one of the best years in its history in 2013, but the celebration won't last long. Ford has already warned that profits will be down this year as it launches a record 23 vehicles and builds seven plants around the world.
Suzuki Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will set up a new car assembly plant in India's western state of Gujarat to supply cars to Maruti Suzuki India Corp., Suzuki's subsidiary in India. Suzuki said it will invest about $488 million for the project, and production is expected to start in 2017.
Ford Motor Co. will use rotating shifts — two weeks on, two weeks off — to avoid indefinite layoffs at its assembly plant, located west of Cleveland. Ford said Monday that rotating shifts for 1,000 workers at its Avon Lake plant will begin in August and continue until a new product launch in 2015.
Boosted by rising employment, home values and housing construction, Americans will buy 16.4 million new cars and light trucks this year. That's the prediction from the National Automobile Dealers Association, which is meeting in New Orleans.
Organizers announced Sunday that attendance was more than 803,000; the last time the show broke 800,000 was in 2003, when it was more than 838,000. NAIAS Chairman Bob Shuman said in a statement that this year's event "was a special show, and everyone knew it."
U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that power-assisted brakes can fail at times in Camry gas-electric hybrids. The probe covers about 30,000 of the midsize cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years.
Thai police say the deadly fall from a luxury hotel room of a British executive at India's automotive giant Tata Motors may have been a suicide. Managing Director Karl Slym died Sunday while in Bangkok to attend a board meeting of the company's Thai affiliate.
New General Motors chief Mary Barra is stressing the company's support for its struggling Opel subsidiary in Europe. Barra said it was "no accident" that her first overseas trip was to Adam Opel AG in Ruesselsheim, Germany. She said "it was very important to reinforce in person my commitment and GM's commitment to Opel."
Chrysler, of Auburn Hills, Mich., logged its ninth straight profitable quarter in the third quarter of 2013, earning $464 million and propping up Fiat, which is struggling in a down European market. Without Chrysler, Fiat would have lost $340 million in that quarter; instead it earned $260 million.
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Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Intel and Texas Instruments cutting a combined 6,100 jobs to Ralph Lauren's new 'Made in USA' Olympic attire. Also, Chrysler is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat and Chinese police seized almost 60,000 suspects involved in intellectual property infringement cases with a total estimated value of $28 billion.
Among her priorities is making GM's brand messages clear and consistent worldwide. New vehicles like the Cadillac ATS sedan — which goes on sale in China this year — can help Cadillac become a global luxury brand. Chevrolet needs to show that it provides a lot of value to buyers.
Nissan went too far with a TV commercial that depicts its Frontier pickup truck powering up a sandy hill to save a struggling dune buggy, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In an announcement Thursday, the commission said Nissan has agreed to settle deceptive advertising charges over the 30-second ad.
Tesla Motors has announced a $121,000 sticker price for its Model S electric sedan in China, and called it a "big risk" because the company could charge twice as much. The fledgling U.S. automaker said Thursday it will add only unavoidable taxes and shipping charges to its U.S. price of $81,000.
Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row, beating U.S. rival General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles in 2013, and set an ambitious target to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year. That would mark a milestone as no automaker has ever topped annual worldwide sales of 10 million.
Ford isn’t resting on its laurels after unveiling the Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle last month — earlier today it announced new projects with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University to do some R&D on the biggest concerns and challenges surrounding autonomous driving.
Sales totaled almost 656,000 vehicles in 2013, buoyed by a robust economy, launches of new car models and a slight reduction in prices, said the Malaysian Automotive Association. This year, the association forecast growth to slow to 2.2 percent to reach 670,000 vehicles.
A General Motors supplier that manufactures acoustic insulation plans to open a new plant in Warrensburg. Michigan-based Janesville Acoustics announced Tuesday that the plant will supply the Chevrolet Malibu model built at GM's Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan. The plant is expected to create 164 jobs in the next two years.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks to upgrade standards for child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds to include a new test that simulates a side crash. The agency estimates the standards will prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.