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With Vote For Chrysler Merger, Fiat Looks Abroad

August 4, 2014 8:31 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.              

GM's Faulty-Ignition Fund Taking Victims' Claims

August 4, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

The five-month filing period that began Friday is part of the fallout from General Motors' recall of 2.6 million small cars beginning in February.                   

Nevada No Lock For Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 4, 2014 8:11 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A sprawling industrial park near Reno has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is no guarantee the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming.     

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Death Toll Rises To 75 In Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 8:05 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.                  

Hyundai Recalling More Than 419K Vehicles

August 4, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The biggest of three recalls posted by U.S. safety regulators is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in cold-weather states. The springs can fracture and make contact with a tire, potentially causing a crash.

Britain To Test Driverless Cars Next Year

July 31, 2014 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January. Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years. Sensors and cameras will ....    

Chrysler Recalls Fiat 500Ls To Fix Air Bags

July 31, 2014 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling just under 30,000 Fiat 500L small cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with air bags that protect knees in a crash. The company says in a statement Wednesday that ...         

Electric Cars Put To The (Crash) Test

July 31, 2014 3:11 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Take a look at which vehicles experience their toughest front-end crash test to date.                            

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Connected Vehicle Survey Reveals Safety, Convenience Critical To Consumer Adoption

July 31, 2014 10:48 am | by IDC Manufacturing Insights | News | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights has announced the results of the 2013 Consumer Connected Vehicle Study in a new report, “Business Strategy: IDC's Connected Vehicle Study Highlights Value of Safety and Convenience,” (Document#MI249559). The new report provides perspectives for ...

Panasonic, Tesla To Build Big U.S. Battery Plant

July 31, 2014 4:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. The companies announced the deal Thursday, but they ...

Hyundai Recalls 883K Sonatas

July 30, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers. The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years. The Korean automaker says ...        

Lawyer Sues GM On Behalf Of 658 Plaintiffs

July 30, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in New York City names ...

Small Cars Fare Poorly In Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 11:56 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon all ...          

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Toyota Remains No. 1 In Global Vehicle Sales

July 29, 2014 10:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.                  

Suzuki Recalling Nearly 26K Cars

July 29, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.                       

Ford Raising F-150 Prices

July 29, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

Ford is raising the price of its new aluminum-sided pickup truck, but still trying to stay competitive with rivals.                                 

Window Decals Warn Of Hot Car Danger For Kids

July 29, 2014 7:46 am | by David Dishneau, Associated Press | News | Comments

After numerous children have died in hot cars, an automobile industry trade group is offering free window decals to remind people that children should never be left alone in vehicles.                

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader Car Built on a Corvette Chassis

July 28, 2014 11:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...              

NHTSA Opens Probe Of Impala Air Bag Performance

July 28, 2014 9:11 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has opened a formal investigation into air bag failures in some Chevrolet Impala full-size cars made by General Motors.                

GM Proposes Expansion For Michigan Crossover Plant

July 28, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is considering a $37 million expansion of a mid-Michigan plant that makes three crossover vehicles.                               

Nissan Expands Faulty Air Bag Recall

July 28, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry.                       

Feds Probe Dodge Charger Complaints

July 25, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints about engine stalling and alternator failures in Dodge Charger sedans.                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Revolutionary Fuel Cell; More Problems For GM

July 25, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a new fuel cell system from GE to yet another delayed recall from General Motors.                  

NHTSA Probes Hyundai Sonata Air Bag Problem

July 25, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether an electrical problem can knock out the air bags on some older Hyundai Sonatas.                      

GM Recalls Cadillac, Camaro In China

July 25, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. and its main Chinese partner are recalling nearly 20,000 imported Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicles and Chevrolet Camaros to replace defective seat bolts.              

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