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Mercedes Selects AM General To Make SUVs In The U.S.

January 27, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class, a seven-seat SUV, at its commercial vehicle plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. The R-Class was briefly...

VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls For Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recalls cover the Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid from the 2012 model year, the Audi A7 from 2012 and 2013, and the Audi Q7, S4 and S5 from 2011 through 2012. All the vehicles have 3-liter V-6 engines, according to documents posted Tuesday by U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety...

BMV Outsources License Plate Production, Registrations

January 27, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana prisoners will get out of the license plate-making business under a state plan to outsource the production and distribution of plates and vehicle registrations. WISH-TV reported Monday that the BMV has entered into a $72 million contract with Intellectual Technology Inc. The company and...

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Survey: Car Purchases Expected To Soar In 2015

January 27, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Huntington Bank’s Third Annual Midwest Economic Index reveals 16 percent of consumers definitely will purchase a car in 2015. The response represents a 10 percent increase over definite intent for car purchases in 2014 and is a clear sign of optimism among consumers interviewed in...

Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Fell 3.4% In December

January 27, 2015 9:22 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft. Orders for durable goods fell 3.4 percent in December following a 2.1 percent decline in November, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The decline was...

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To At Least 50

January 26, 2015 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 50 people have died 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. With five days before the deadline to file claims, Feinberg has received 338 death claims and...

Goodyear Recalls SUV Tires Due To Tread Cracks

January 23, 2015 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear is recalling about 48,500 SUV tires after finding small cracks in the tread during endurance testing. The move has forced General Motors Co. to stop selling about 6,300 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave models until the tires are replaced. The recall covers 18-inch...

EPA, Automakers Agree to Curb Use of Copper in Brake Pads

January 22, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement that would cut the use of copper in motor vehicle brake pads. Under the voluntary agreement between the EPA, eight auto industry groups and the Environmental Council of the States, copper content in brake pads would be reduced to 5 percent by weight in 2021, then cut again to 0.5 percent by 2025.

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Toyota's Lowest-Priced Car Gets Spruced Up

January 21, 2015 3:11 pm | by ANN M. JOB, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota's lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features — all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000. The Yaris, available as three-door and five-door hatchbacks, continues to rank among the top 10 gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars in fuel economy in the country.

Replacement Air Bag Parts For Takata Recall To Be Secured By June

January 20, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The transport ministry said Tuesday it expects replacement air bag parts for nearly all of the vehicles affected by Takata Corp.'s recalls in Japan to be secured by June. As of late last year, parts for around 1.08 million vehicles, or more than a third of the total of 3.05 million vehicles affected by the recalls in Japan...

Cheap Gas Reignites America's Love Affair With The SUV

January 20, 2015 10:38 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

SUVs are king once again, now that filling them up with gas costs significantly less than it did a few years ago. CNN Money's Christine Romans explains what drivers are buying, and why that doesn't necessarily mean an environmental catastrophe...  

Renewing Detroit: Dan Gilbert’s Fight Against Blight

January 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert is responsible for $1.6 billion in funds to rebuild Detroit after its declaration of bankruptcy in 2013. One of the biggest obstacles is the number of abandoned buildings that need to be removed: 78,000, according to the...

U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

January 16, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday that the Cherokee probe covers...

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Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist To Focus On Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to CNN's Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum. The company is considering hiring an ethicist during the automated car design process... 

Highlights From The North American International Auto Show

January 16, 2015 12:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The first week of the North American International Auto Show comes to a close today at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan, and it has been a whirlwind week of new models with incredible technology. Here is a wrap-up of the biggest news of the week...

U.S. Factories Churn Out More Steel, Computers, Lifting Production For 4th Straight Month

January 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and steel, offsetting a small decline in autos. The Federal Reserve says factory production increased 0.3 per cent last month, the fourth straight gain. The increase comes after total output finally passed...

Recalls Of The Week: Wrapping Up A Record Year

January 16, 2015 10:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

So far, 2015 is off to a pretty good start in terms of recalls. At least compared to last year. Last year was a spectacularly bad year in recalls. In an article on the innovation and optimism at the Detroit Auto Show this week, AP’s Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher wrote, “Even record recalls that involved...

Detroit Auto Show: Long-Range EVs Set Auto World Abuzz

January 16, 2015 9:23 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest headlines coming out of this week’s 2015 Detroit Auto Show was GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, a long-range, all-electric concept car that can travel 200 miles on a single charge and will reportedly cost around $30,000, after rebates. That range is nipping at the wheels of Tesla’s Model S sedans, but...

Federal Survey Finds Moderate Economic Growth

January 15, 2015 2:56 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in December and early January, helped by gains in sales of autos and other consumer products, but a big drop in oil prices was starting to have an impact in Texas and other energy regions, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. The Fed said business...

Google Expects Public In Driverless Cars In 2 To 5 Years

January 15, 2015 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years. Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians. Google is working on sensors to...

GOP Leader Says TN Lawmakers Will Approve VW Incentives

January 14, 2015 12:52 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga. House Republican leader...

Hyundai Reveals New Take On Trucks At Auto Show

January 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

One of the more shocking and unexpected concept car revealed at the Detroit Auto Show is undoubtedly the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The car isn’t quite a pickup, but isn’t just an SUV, it is what Hyundai describes as an extension to the utility of a crossover designed for millennials who want...

Tesla Chief Expects Electric Car Company Profit In 2020

January 13, 2015 8:42 pm | by Dee-ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The head of electric car maker Tesla Motors says the company should turn a profit in five years after it brings a lower-cost car to market. CEO Elon Musk, speaking Tuesday at an automotive conference, said Tesla needs to show a profit, and will when it's selling 500,000 cars per year. He...

Trucks Roll In At The Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

On the heels of Ford’s North American Truck of the Year Award win for the aluminum F-150 truck, other automakers have announced updates to their line of trucks for the upcoming model years. Here is a series of announcements from Bloomberg Business at the...

What Do Obama And Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

Low gas prices are a double edged sword, for some it is a blessing while others are less pleased about the plummeting prices. For many consumers decreasing gas prices is cause for celebration, but are we as consumers busting out the party supplies to soon? As for the auto...

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