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Ohio Auto Dealers Fight Tesla Over Sales Model

March 17, 2014 11:38 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Ohio is among states proposing to block future Tesla direct-sales stores on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships.                                      

Fiat Recalling More Than 18,000 500Ls

March 17, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working.                                         

Honda Recalling Almost 900,000 Minivans

March 17, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to documents, the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from exposure to high temperatures and acidic chemicals, like those found in fertilizers.                         

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Toyota Shutters Indian Plants Over Wage Lockout

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

A statement from the Indian unit of the world's largest automaker said that "under the instigation of the union, certain sections of the employees have resorted to deliberate stoppages of the production line, abuse and threatening of supervisors."

Hyundai Overstated Mileage For Revamped Sonata

March 17, 2014 9:15 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean government said the mileage of the upcoming Sonata was 12.1 kilometers per liter (28.4 miles per gallon) instead of the 12.6 kilometers per liter (29.6 mpg) Hyundai said on March 4.              

Fiat Adding 800 Workers To Revived Mich. Plant

March 14, 2014 5:06 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said, “This plant is the Cinderella story of Chrysler. In June 2009 this plant was on the execution list and it was going to disappear at the end of 2010.”                    

Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 12:55 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Regardless of a win last week with Ford’s reshoring announcement, the UAW still faces significant challenges as it struggles to regain a foothold.                                

Tesla Model S, On Ice

March 14, 2014 10:50 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Teslas are most often associated with California weather, right? All that sun, nice temperatures, clean and wide roads. But what about the ice and snow much of the rest of the world sees?                   

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Missing Jet; Dems' Marathon Climate Talk

March 14, 2014 12:03 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a tech firm losing 20 workers when a jet vanishes, to Tesla's battle with New Jersey.                 

Report Says Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 13, 2014 10:44 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system, according to a report.           

Devices To Track Truck Driver Hours Proposed

March 13, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Commercial trucks and buses that cross state lines would have to be equipped with electronic devices that record how many hours the vehicles are in operation, according to a government proposal.            

GM Excluded Deaths From Ignition Inquiry

March 13, 2014 11:31 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

According to the chronology, GM employees were told about most of the Ion crash deaths within two weeks of when they occurred. So GM knew about the deaths but still failed to consider them until this year.          

Gov't. Closes Jeep Liberty Probe

March 13, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into driver's side door fires in Jeep Liberty SUVs without seeking a recall.                       

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U.S. Retail Sales Rebound In February

March 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture.                 

Chrysler Recalls 49,000 Dodge Chargers

March 13, 2014 8:56 am | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 49,000 Dodge Charger muscle cars because a connector can overheat and knock out low-beam headlights.                     

Graco Adds More Than 400,000 Child Seats To Recall

March 13, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

Graco has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles, but the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog.           

Recalled Tire Caused Fla. Van Crash

March 13, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Federal safety officials are investigating a fatal church van crash in north Florida that involved the catastrophic failure of a tire that was part of a July 2012 recall.                     

Fight Over Minn. Driver Record Data Draws Lawmakers

March 12, 2014 2:20 pm | by Brian Bakst, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say they're responding to citizen concern about privacy while a coalition of groups ranging from auto insurers to car dealers to data aggregators contend it will raise consumer prices and slow safety recalls.         

GM Offering Loaners, Cash To Recalled Car Owners

March 12, 2014 1:57 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is offering free loaner cars and $500 toward a new GM vehicle to more than a million owners of compact cars that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.            

Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                  

Nissan's Z Car Continues To Lure Driving Enthusiasts

March 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

All 2014 models of 370Z continue with Nissan's squat, strong, exterior appearance that's unlike that on any other car. It reminds some observers of a car body composed of flaps rather than graceful curves.        

Van Production Resumes At Indiana Plant

March 12, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

AM General has restarted the production of specially designed vans for the disabled at a northern Indiana factory where it has recalled 200 laid-off workers.                 

New Product Launches Hurt Volvo Earnings

March 12, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Swedish truck maker AB Volvo enjoyed strong sales in the fourth quarter, but its earnings were hurt by extra costs linked to the launch of new products, write-downs and restructuring charges.           

New Jersey: Time To Stop Impeding Tesla

March 11, 2014 2:47 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Tesla and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) were working together to resolve concerns from dealerships, but according to a blog post put up on the Tesla corporate site today, that relationship has fallen apart, and now, Tesla is banned from selling vehicles in the state directly to customers.

Ohio Jeep Plant To Hire Part-Time Workers

March 11, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

Chrysler plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees to give exhausted full-time workers a break at its Toledo Jeep assembly plant.                     

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