An auto parts supplier is opening a $110 million plant in suburban Detroit that will employ 400 workers. French company Plastic Omnium plans a ribbon-cutting Tuesday for the Inergy Automotive Systems facility, located in Wayne County near New Boston.
When South Carolina gave Daimler Trucks $2 million to buy land in York County five years ago, the hope was the vehicle-maker would move its company's headquarters to the region. But now Daimler Trucks is trying to sell the undeveloped land on Lake Wylie after deciding to expand its current headquarters in Portland, Ore.
Many smaller suppliers went under during the recession and after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, leaving larger companies with tighter production capacity as the buying market rebounded, Sharland said.
The show has 22 of the German-made cars, starting with a 1938 Type 64 Berlin-Rom Racer and including actor Steve McQueen's 1958 Speedster, fashion designer Ralph Lauren's 1988 Type 959 and a 1989 Panamericana concept car with a zip-off roof that's never been in the U.S. before and was an 80th birthday gift to Ferry Porsche.
Ford Motor Co. and the University of Michigan are opening a new battery research and manufacturing lab that they hope will speed the development of batteries for electric and hybrid cars. The center will bring together battery makers, car companies and researchers who will test new batteries for prototype vehicles.
China's auto sales grew at their fastest rate in eight months in September as Japanese brands rebounded from a slump sparked by political tensions with Tokyo. Sales of passenger vehicles rose 21.1 percent to 1.6 million vehicles, up from August's 10 percent growth, an industry group, the China Association of Auto Manufacturers, said Friday.
The outcome of the so-called "bellwether" case could influence whether Toyota should be held responsible for sudden unintended acceleration as part of a larger group of lawsuits filed in state courts. Another case began in Oklahoma this week and there are more than 80 similar lawsuits filed in U.S. state courts.
Ford's board of directors has ended a two-day quarterly meeting without issuing a public statement on the future of CEO Alan Mulally. Microsoft Corp. is reportedly considering Mulally as a replacement for CEO Steve Ballmer, who is due to step down next year.
Chrysler Group says it's investing more than $1.2 billion in two Mexican plants to build commercial vans and engines. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the amount Thursday at the dedication of Chrysler's new Van Assembly Plant in Saltillo.
Traditionally, thread lockers are used only on threaded fasteners; however, the unique capabilities of Fibra-Stop from Tectorius/STS expand its use beyond traditional applications. In two case studies, Tectorius/STS showcase these uses by providing solutions for companies experiencing malfunctions with their products.
Battery maker A123 Systems said Wednesday that Jason Forcier, the head of its automotive systems business, will become CEO of the company as it reorganizes under new ownership. The company was acquired in a bankruptcy auction by Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group.
Also noteworthy: The 500L's high seat positions and big door openings that make for easy entry and exit. These can make the 500L comfortable for someone suffering back pain and who winces at the thought of getting in and out of a regular car.
Toyota is lowering the price of the Prius plug-in hybrid. The 2014 plug-in Prius will start at $30,800. That's $2,100 less than the 2013 model. Prices include an $810 shipping fee. The 2014 model will also have some new features, including standard heated cloth seats.
Ford remains on track to bring its Lincoln luxury brand to China by the end of 2014. Ford's Asia Pacific chief Dave Schoch (shock) said Wednesday that the company has selected "10 or 11" dealers. Four will be open by the time Lincolns go on sale next year in the coastal cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Lives and property are at greater risk because auto recalls and investigations of safety defects have been put on hold during the partial government shutdown, safety advocates said.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has furloughed employees who investigate safety complaints and order carmakers to recall vehicles.
It seems contrary to modern business practice not to have a sophisticated dashboard of business metrics to communicate and visualize the health of our organization. We especially like to observe that our process improvement programs and methods are paying off.
German luxury automaker BMW says sales rose 6.7 percent in September thanks to stronger demand in the United States and Asia. BMW said Wednesday that sales including its Mini and Rolls-Royce brands rose 18 percent in Asia, supported by a 20.8 jump in China from the same month a year ago. U.S. sales rose 8.3 percent.
An auto parts maker is planning to move production from two Michigan factories to a new facility just across the state line in northeastern Indiana. Quebec-based Exo-s US says it will spend nearly $7 million on the factory in the LaGrange County town of Howe. It expects to open the factory next year and hire up to 250 workers by 2016.
The company's Greensburg factory turned out its first Honda Civic sedans on Oct. 9, 2008, with about 1,000 workers at the plant. Honda officials say the factory now has more than 2,000 employees also building the Civic Natural Gas, the Acura ILX, Acura ILX Hybrid and the Civic Hybrid.
General Motors is recalling nearly 22,000 full-size pickup trucks to fix problems with the seats. The recall affects Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from the 2014 model year that were sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
It was a striking study in contrasts and a visual of the LAPD's continuing efforts to upgrade its technology. The department, under Beck's direction, is now testing two types of electric motorcycles as part of an effort to increase efficiency, decrease its carbon footprint and ultimately cut costs.
Mulally says he's made no changes to his plan to stay at Ford through the end of 2014. But he hasn't denied rumors that Microsoft Corp. is courting him. Ford's board of directors will gather in Dearborn, Mich., starting Wednesday. One of the items on the agenda will be a discussion of Mulally's future at the company.
The fully renovated Axela, known as the Mazda3 abroad, will also come in gasoline and diesel versions. The hybrid car will only be sold in Japan for now, but the other two models are already on sale in North America, and they will be sold in Europe from October and in other Asian markets down the road.
Ford's luxury Lincoln brand spent most of this year reintroducing itself to American buyers. Now, it's taking on Lexus in a new bid to get noticed. In a series of television ads that debut Wednesday and run for the rest of this year, young couples "interview" a Lincoln MKZ and a Lexus ES, pointing out features the MKZ has that the ES doesn't.
Francois got the talent to pitch a refurbished version of the Dodge Durango SUV for free. Paramount Pictures, he said, bartered work on the commercials by Will Ferrell, who plays Burgundy, in exchange for the promotion in the ads of an "Anchorman" sequel that is due out in December.