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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.             

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.                 

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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.             

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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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Mitsubishi Motors To Recall 700K Cars

June 12, 2014 8:17 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Thursday it is recalling a total of 703,888 cars for free repairs to fix a problem related to light switches.                   

Lawyers: GM Wants Bankruptcy Shield From Lawsuit

June 12, 2014 8:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Lawyers for a Georgia family that is trying to reopen a wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors say the company is trying to move the case to federal court so it can use bankruptcy as a shield from the claim.       

Chrysler Plant Operating Again After Accident

June 12, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

The assembly line at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere is up and running again after being shut down when an industrial accident at an area parts supplier halted deliveries.                        

GM CEO Barra, Chief Investigator To Testify

June 11, 2014 2:55 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade.          

Court Backs NYC's 'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Plan

June 11, 2014 10:35 am | by Karen Matthews, Associated Press | News | Comments

A plan to remake the New York's yellow cab fleet by requiring owners to purchase Nissan minivans is legal, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.                      

EU Investigates Apple, Fiat Tax Deals

June 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EU's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into tax deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with some European countries, the start of a wider push to keep multinationals from taking advantage of loopholes.          

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.                 

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.                               

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