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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.                   

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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.                        

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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.                

Ford Recalls 1.4M Vehicles

May 30, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Ford is recalling 1.4 million SUVs and cars in North America to fix steering, rust and floor mat problems.                                   

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Documents Show GM Delayed Another Recall

May 30, 2014 7:49 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Documents show that General Motors recalled some Pontiac G6 midsize cars to fix a faulty brake light system in 2009, yet waited more than five years to call back over 2 million other cars with the same system.             

NHTSA: Car, Truck Crashes Cost Whopping $871B

May 29, 2014 12:22 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government safety regulators say the economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to $871 billion in a single year.                    

Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Kentucky-Made Vehicle

May 29, 2014 10:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The first Camry was made at the plant in 1988, and the 10-millionth was also a Camry — at the celebration, the two vehicles were parked side-by-side.                                  

8 Vehicles Get Top Rating For Collision Warning

May 29, 2014 8:44 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems.                     

Hiring To Bring Nissan Employment Over 6,000 In Miss.

May 29, 2014 8:09 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.                 

Michigan Approves 3 Projects That Add Over 800 Jobs

May 28, 2014 7:56 am | by David Eggert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan has OK'd three economic development projects estimated to add 881 jobs and $350 million in investment.                         

Google Building Car With No Steering Wheel

May 28, 2014 7:50 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cars are a natural next step for Google, which already has driven hundreds of thousands of miles in California with Lexus SUVs and Toyota Priuses outfitted with a combination of sensors and computers.                    

Hyundai-Kia Unseats Honda As Greenest Automaker

May 27, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Toyota, Nissan and Volkswagen tied for third place. Detroit automakers, which sell more trucks, finished at the bottom.                        

India's Oldest Auto Factory Shelves Elite Sedan

May 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's oldest car factory has abruptly suspended production of the hulking Ambassador sedan that has a nearly seven-decade history as the car of the Indian elite.               

Price-Fixing Probe Rattles Auto Industry

May 27, 2014 8:17 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it's not over yet.            

China To Take 6M Vehicles Off Roads

May 27, 2014 7:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.                

U.S. Claims Win In Car Dispute With China

May 23, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

The United States claimed victory in a trade dispute Friday after a key panel ruled that China's anti-dumping duties on imports of American-made cars and sport-utility vehicles violate international trade rules.        

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