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Circle Distributing Chooses Epicor Distribution Software

October 7, 2014 5:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, today announced that Circle Distributing, an automotive replacement parts distributor based in Indianapolis, Ind., will...

Mercedes-Benz Posts Best Quarter In Company's History

October 7, 2014 1:49 pm | by Daimler | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz posted the strongest sales month in the company’s history to date in September and the first month with customer deliveries of more than 160,000 vehicles (162,746 units, +13.8%). Moreover, with sales from July to September...

Chrysler CEO Talks Future Of Jeep With OH Governor

October 6, 2014 4:51 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor and the mayor of the state's fourth-largest city talked with the head of Chrysler over the weekend about the future of the Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler, just days after the automaker indicated production could be moved when...

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GM Thinks Outside The Box To Reach Recalled Car Owners

October 6, 2014 4:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.At first, the problem was a shortage of parts. But now...  

Key Indicators Of Japanese Automakers' Economic Contributions To U.S. Reach Record Highs

October 6, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) USA office released new 2013 figures showing record-high economic contributions to the United States. The 2013 key data highlights significant increases in Japanese-branded automobile...

OH Firm To Redevelop Former GM Factory

October 6, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A national design firm with local headquarters has signed on to redevelop a former Dayton-area General Motors factory into an 800-job automotive glass plant operated by a Chinese company. Woolpert, headquartered in Dayton, on Monday announced an agreement...

Volvo Plant to Cut CO2 Emissions More Than 40%

October 6, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mark De Mey, Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

Two of the largest companies in the Nordic region, Volvo Car Group, the global car company, and Stora Enso, the global paper products group, have joined forces to reduce carbon emissions at Volvo's plant in Belgium by over 40 percent, underlining...

Feds Investigate Ford Power Steering

October 6, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as...

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UAW Ramps Up Organizing Bid At Mercedes Plant

October 3, 2014 2:01 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers is ramping up its efforts to gain representation of workers at the Mercedes plant in Alabama, despite having so far been thwarted in its attempts to organize any foreign automaker in the South. The UAW has, though, been...

Constellium Buys Wise Metals For $455B

October 3, 2014 6:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Constellium is buying the U.S. aluminum company Wise Metals for $455 million in cash, giving the Dutch manufacturer more exposure to the big North American market. The acquisition includes the assumption of $945 million in debt, the companies said...

New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 2, 2014 4:45 pm | by Dave Collins - Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic breaking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said Thursday. Industry representatives gathered...

Berkshire Hathaway Buys Auto Dealer

October 2, 2014 1:58 pm | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Warren Buffett is getting into the automobile sales business. The billionaire's Berkshire Hathaway, owner of businesses ranging from the BNSF railroad to Dairy Queen, Geico insurance, and power providers, is buying the privately-owned auto dealership...

Tesla Shares Rise After Musk Hints At New Technology

October 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Tesla Motors jumped almost 4 percent Thursday after the electric car maker's CEO hinted at introducing new technology next week. Elon Musk took to Twitter late Wednesday with a message that said: "About time to unveil the D and...

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Magneti Marelli Inaugurates Automotive Exhaust Systems Plant In MI

October 2, 2014 11:10 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Magneti Marelli Holding USA announced that its exhaust system manufacturing plant located in Independence Township, Mich., near Clarkston, celebrated its official opening. "The inauguration of the Independence Township plant is a significant...

Russia Dims Hopes For European Auto Rebound

October 2, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Troubles in Russia's once-booming car market are dampening spirits at the Paris Motor Show. The European car market is seeing a fragile recovery after six years of decline, but CEOs in Paris are scaling back hopes that Russia could help drive the rebound as...

GM Looks To New Vehicles, China To Boost Profits

October 1, 2014 5:14 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra told investors Wednesday that GM plans a raft of new models and a big push to sell more cars in China to drive profits in coming years, as the biggest U.S. automaker tries to shift the spotlight from a mishandled recall of...

Truck Deals Help Boost U.S. Auto Sales In September

October 1, 2014 9:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

September sales won't be as hot as August, the best month in eight years, but industry analysts still expect them to be strong. Most predict sales rose around 10 percent from a year ago, fueled mainly by big discounts on pickup trucks. General Motors and...

Ford Adding 1,000 New Jobs In Canada

October 1, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. of Canada says it is adding 1,000 jobs at its plant in Oakville, Ontario, by the end of this year to build the 2015 Ford Edge crossover SUV for the global market. The automaker said Wednesday it also expects to increase...

Unlocking The Market For Electric Vehicles

October 1, 2014 9:28 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialization of electric cars, which use carbon-free energy sources and...

JAC-Navistar Expands Production Capacity of High-Performance Engines

September 30, 2014 11:16 am | by India Automobile News | News | Comments

Navistar International Corporation has announced that Anhui Jianghuai Navistar Diesel Engine Co., Ltd. (JND), the company's joint venture with Chinese truck maker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC), has begun engine production at ...  

Belarus, GM To Set Up Assembly Plant

September 30, 2014 11:01 am | by Russia & CIS Business and Financial Newswire | News | Comments

Belarus has reached an agreement with General Motors to set up an assembly plant in the country with the capacity to produce 20,000 to 25,000 cars per year, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said. "We agreed to create this capacity gradually, in accordance with agreements made with the Customs Union and EurAsEC to achieve at least 30% localization by ..."

Brose Celebrates Opening New Michigan Plant

September 29, 2014 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brose North America celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in New Boston, Michigan, today. The facility will support increased growth with Brose's domestically located OEM partners while making a positive impact on Michigan's economy. The opening...

Ford Recalls 850K Cars

September 29, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.The recalled models include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max compact, Fusion midsize, Escape SUV, and the Lincoln MKZ Luxury car, all sold in...

Safety Agency Studying Toyota Acceleration Problem

September 29, 2014 12:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes.The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million of the...

OH Facility Named Finalist In 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants Competition

September 29, 2014 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies' Fluid Power Automotive Lead Center in Findlay, Ohio has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants competition. The competition annually recognizes the best manufacturing facilities in...

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