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Jury Rules Against TX Company In Guardrail Case

October 21, 2014 6:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has decided that a Texas company should pay $175 million in a case involving the safety of thousands of guardrails on highways around the country. A whistleblower charged that the company changed the design of caps at each end of the guardrails a decade ago that made...

Alibaba Drives Tesla To Chinese Marketplace

October 21, 2014 11:52 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Tesla Motors has begun taking online orders for the Model S in China through a Tmall.com listing through Alibaba. Tesla offers preconfigured vehicles on Tmall.com, with limited customization. Bloomberg’s Jamie Butters reports on...   

U.S. Safety Regulators Warn Car Owners To Heed Recalls

October 20, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately. The warning issued Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers vehicles from multiple manufacturers that date to 2002....

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Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles To Air Bag Recall Tally

October 20, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall posed Monday by U.S. safety regulators covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla and Matrix, the 2002 to...

General Motors' Legal Chief Stepping Down

October 20, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year. GM says in a statement that the 66-year-old Millikin will stay on until a replacement is on the...

State May Ban Tesla Selling Practices

October 20, 2014 9:11 am | by USA Today | News | Comments

Tesla is facing a ban that would prevent the electric car maker from directly selling its vehicles in the state of Michigan. A bill was introduced in May that sought to prevent franchised dealers from imposing random fees on customers...

Crews Begin Demolition of Packard Plant in Detroit

October 17, 2014 5:35 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Demolition started Friday on a section of the massive and crumbling Detroit Packard auto factory complex — a symbol of the city's blight and past manufacturing glory. A high reach demolition excavator was used to rip out reinforced concrete exterior wall and floor supports. Resembling a large...

Morito Acquires Scovill Fasteners, Expands U.S. Operations

October 17, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Morito Co., Ltd., a leading global supplier of apparel fasteners, components for automobiles and cameras, and other niche manufactured products, today announced the acquisition of Scovill Fasteners. Morito’s President, Takaki Ichitsubo, said, “Scovill Fasteners is an important part our...

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Senators Question Regional Car Recalls

October 16, 2014 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators are questioning why the nation's auto safety regulators are letting car companies recall vehicles only in limited regions when a safety problem could happen anywhere.Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., cited a...

U.S. Factory Output Rises 0.5% In September

October 16, 2014 9:30 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output rose in September, led by gains for aerospace products, furniture, clothing, and plastics. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants rose 0.5 percent in September after falling 0.5 percent in August. Total industrial production surged 1 percent...

Chrysler Recalls 907K Cars, SUVs For Faulty Wiring

October 16, 2014 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires.The recalls, posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators, push the total number of recalls so far this year to over...

Test Driving The $34K Electric Superbike

October 15, 2014 5:06 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Tesla has built a well-known brand of high-end electric automobiles...but when it comes to electric motorcycles, no company has reached Tesla's status. Energica, an Italian company, is looking to lead the charge. Bloomberg's Matt Miller test drove its $34,000 bike...

Toyota Recalls 423K Lexuses For Fuel Leak Risk

October 15, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire. The recall is among three global recalls that Toyota announced Wednesday totaling about 1.7 million...

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Elon Musk On Tesla Autopilot And Legal Liability

October 15, 2014 12:25 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations, and legal liability with Bloomberg's Betty Liu. He predicts that autonomous driving is in the near future, but that we aren't quite there yet.

VW Overtakes GM In Global Sales Race

October 15, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year, but Toyota was expected to keep its lead to stay in first place. GM said Wednesday that is sold 7.37 million cars and...

U.S. Retail Sales Fell In September

October 15, 2014 11:00 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales retreated in September as purchases of autos, gasoline, furniture, and clothing slowed, a sign that recent job gains have yet to significantly boost consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted...

Ferrari Debuts F60 America Supercar

October 15, 2014 9:50 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Ferrari celebrated 60 years of car sales in the United States this week. Chris Woodyard from USA Today spoke with Ferrari's Nicola Boari about the Ferrari F60 America, which was made specifically for this occasion....     

Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 9:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs. The problem rests on the fact that the company purportedly never informed the Federal Highway...

Huf Brings Door Handle Facility To Tennessee

October 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing, Corp., a member of the Huf Group, began operation of its new paint facility in Greeneville, Tennessee. The existing factory was extended with an addition of 5,300 square meters. For the purpose of process optimization, it will...

Chrysler Recalls 184K SUVs For Airbag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in...

Toyota Is Global Hybrid Leader With 7 Million Sold

October 14, 2014 1:13 pm | by Toyota USA Newsroom | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corporation announced today global hybrid sales surpassed the 7 million unit mark in September. Toyota achieved this latest million-unit hybrid milestone at the record pace of nine months. “Hitting the 7 million mark represents our...

GM Plant Seeks Tax Break For Upgrade

October 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' Fort Wayne, Indiana truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said. Executives at the Fort Wayne plant are trying to make a case to company leaders for...

GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise To 27

October 13, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says he has received 178 death claims since...

Acura Recalls 43K Vehicles For Seat Belt Issue

October 13, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Acura says it is recalling 43,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace both front seat belts. The car maker owned by Honda Motor Co says that in temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit, the seat belts might not release. Acura says no injuries have been reported related to the seat...

Toyota Unveils 2015 Camry For NASCAR Competition

October 13, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jenna Fryer, AP Auto Racing Writer | News | Comments

Toyota unveiled a remodeled Camry it will race next season, and the street version was the designated pace car for the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.Toyota is the first manufacturer to move to an updated version of its race car. It closely resembles the 2015 Camry consumers can purchase. Chevrolet, Ford...

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