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Perry Brings Fight For Tesla To California

June 11, 2014 8:32 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bid by Texas to lure a Tesla battery factory brought that state's salesman-in-chief to the doorstep of California's state Capitol — and to underscore the point, he arrived in one of the automaker's sleek, all-electric vehicles.     

Toyota Expands Recall For Air Bag Problem

June 11, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 650,000 vehicles in Japan and repeating a recall for problems with front passenger air bag inflators announced last year, seeking to fix some 2.27 million vehicles.            

Chinese Auto Sales Rise But Domestic Brands Lag

June 10, 2014 3:16 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sales in the world's biggest auto market accelerated in May but domestic Chinese brands lagged and their market share shrank, an industry group reported Tuesday.                 

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Morgan Crash Fuels Debate Over Tired Truckers

June 10, 2014 2:54 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed change to federal regulations backed by the trucking industry and opposed by safety advocates and the Obama administration would effectively let drivers put in as many as 82 hours a week behind the wheel.                

Heinz, Ford Team Up To Turn Tomato Skins Into Auto Parts

June 10, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

According to a joint news release, scientists at both companies believe they can use tomato fibers to manufacture composite materials used for wiring brackets, or storage bins in cars instead of petroleum-based plastics.          

GM: No More Serious Safety Issues Lurking

June 10, 2014 9:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said.                               

Judge To Hear Suits Alleging GM Cars Lost Value

June 10, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Lawsuits alleging that General Motors cars lost value because of ignition switch recalls will be heard in a New York City federal court.                     

Nissan Launching Datsun-Brand Hatchback In South Africa

June 10, 2014 8:26 am | News | Comments

The five-seat GO hatchback is designed for first-time middle-income buyers, selling for some $9,300 or less. The vehicle will be exported from India.                  

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Wal-Mart: Truck In Morgan Crash Had Safety Equipment

June 10, 2014 8:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Wal-Mart truck involved in the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in his limo bus had a system designed to slow the truck's speed and notify the driver of stopped traffic ahead, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman said.

'The Switch From Hell': GM's Barra & The Ignition-Switch Debacle

June 9, 2014 4:22 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Listening to Barra, one might almost think that she has told her lawyers to go where the switch came from, and not bother her while she says what she wants to say.                  

Auto Parts Maker Expanding Ohio Headquarters

June 9, 2014 3:38 pm | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier Dana Corp. says it will expand its headquarters in suburban Toledo.                            

Auto Industry Gets Serious About Trying To Lighten Up

June 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher fuel efficiency standards.            

Automakers Help Save Detroit's Art Treasures

June 9, 2014 11:39 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are stepping into Detroit's bankruptcy picture by pledging $26 million to help support retiree pensions while keeping the city's art treasures off the auction block.           

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GM Recalls 89K Vehicles

June 9, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

The automaker said it is recalling 31,520 model year 2012 Buick Verano and Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic compact cars because the air bags might not deploy. General Motors is also recalling 57,512 other autos because the base radio may not work.                  

Roll-Royce Opening Luxury Car Showroom In Cambodia

June 9, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Fabled luxury car maker Rolls-Royce will soon be marketing its goods in one of the world's poorest countries.                          

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Indictment For Glock; Incompetence At GM

June 6, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the GM recall report that blames incompetence and negligence for the recall that led to 13 deaths to an indictment for a gun dealer and Glock executives over $1 million in bribes and kickbacks.

BMW Supplier Closing S.C. Plant

June 6, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

A South Carolina plant that makes exhaust systems for BMW will close by the end of the year, leaving 150 workers without a job.                                  

What's Next For GM After The 'Switch From Hell'

June 6, 2014 8:33 am | News | Comments

The 315-page report doesn't bring the issue to a close. Here's what's still to come in the ongoing recall case.                       

Former Japanese Exec Indicted For Price-Fixing

June 6, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted a former executive at a Japanese auto parts maker on accusations that he helped fix the prices of seatbelts sold to leading Japanese automakers.         

GM Launching Compensation Program For Crash Victims

June 5, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

General Motors says it will launch a compensation program for crash victims or their families as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.        

GM: Incompetence And Negligence Led To Recall

June 5, 2014 9:30 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

GM CEO Mary Barra said 15 employees have been fired and five others have been disciplined over the company's failure to disclose a defect with ignition switches that is now linked to at least 13 deaths.         

3 Key Questions About The GM Recall Report

June 5, 2014 8:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Why that delay happened — and who is responsible — should be revealed Thursday, when a report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas is made public.                       

Siemens Donates $2B In Software To Va. Colleges

June 5, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Siemens, based in Germany, is donating the same software the company and its clients use in the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical device, electronics, shipbuilding and apparel industries.            

UAW Names Williams As New President

June 5, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have elected Dennis Williams as the union's new president. Williams is the union's current secretary-treasurer.                  

Nidec To Set Up 1st Factory In India

June 4, 2014 2:49 pm | News | Comments

Nidec Corp. said Wednesday it will set up a factory in Rajasthan Province in western India to make motors for vehicles and consumer electronics from next April.                    

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