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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.

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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.         

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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.                    

Fiat Adds Lower-Priced Maserati To Lineup

June 4, 2014 1:16 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new four door called the Ghibli has Italian flair, a Ferrari engine and a lower price tag than Maserati's other models that are all priced above $100,000.                  

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GM Will Release Recall Report On Thursday

June 4, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

General Motors says it will release the results of an outside attorney's investigation into its mishandled recall of small cars on Thursday morning.                   

UAW Raising Dues For 1st Time In 47 Years

June 4, 2014 8:01 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Delegates at a United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union's finances.                       

Ford Develops Lightweight Concept Car

June 4, 2014 7:53 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The instrument panel is made of carbon fiber and nylon instead of steel, while the rear window is made of the same tough, thin plastic that's on cell phones. Because it's lighter, the car has a smaller engine.                   

Safety Was Low In GM Hierarchy Before Recalls

June 3, 2014 1:56 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As of early last year, the director of vehicle safety was four rungs down the ladder from the CEO, according to a copy of the chart obtained by The Associated Press. Finance, sales and public relations had a direct path to the top.         

Automakers See Big Sales Gains In May

June 3, 2014 11:58 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase.          

Subaru Starts Building New SUV In Indiana

June 3, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

The Subaru factory in Lafayette has started building a redesigned Outback SUV that an executive calls a key vehicle for the automaker.                               

Americans And Cars: A Love Affair On Fumes?

June 3, 2014 8:35 am | by Adam Geller, AP National Writer | News | Comments

For much of the last century, the car has been Americans' primary vehicle for realizing individual freedom. But in an era of road rage, gas close to $4 a gallon and the temptation of texting behind the wheel, is driving still a love affair? Or is it just a way to get from here to there?

Safety Regulators Probe Effectiveness Of Chrysler Air Bag Recall

June 2, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall to fix air bags on nearly 745,000 Chrysler SUVs is working.                        

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Obama Helps Manufacturing; Beechcraft Insources Jobs

May 30, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the 12 regions that were chosen to provide a boost to U.S. manufacturing to Beechcraft's partnership with Wichita State University.            

How Did Google Get States To Legalize Driverless Cars?

May 30, 2014 10:52 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cars were their own best salesmen. Nevada's governor and other key policy makers emerged enthusiastic after test rides. The bill passed quickly enough that potential opponents — primarily automakers — were unable to influence its outcome.  

Ford Updating Truck Plant, Factory Tour

May 30, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The Detroit News reports the automaker is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a refurbishment of the truck plant, which has produced more than 2 million F-150 pickups.             

8 States Sign Plan To Promote Clean Cars

May 30, 2014 7:57 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.                

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