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5 Tips For Young Engineers, From The Experienced

February 18, 2014 11:24 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

Today’s workforce looks very different than it did a few decades ago. Young professionals no longer stay at one job for 30 or more years – the average tenure in 2012 was closer to five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.   

Judge Approves Fisker Asset Sale To Wanxiang

February 18, 2014 11:14 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In an auction stretching over three days last week, Wanxiang beat out Hybrid Technology, led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, with a final bid of $149.2 million in cash and other considerations. The judge approved the asset sale at a court hearing Tuesday.

Chevrolet Assessing Pace Car Fire At Daytona

February 18, 2014 10:17 am | by Dan Gelston, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Chevrolet said Sunday it was assessing the fire in the trunk. The car manufacturer said the Chevrolet SS pace car has an auxiliary electrical kit in the trunk. The kit operates the car's numerous caution lights. Chevy has not linked the electrical kit to the fire.

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Officials To Commemorate Toyota Alabama Milestone

February 18, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

Gov. Robert Bentley, U.S. senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby and others plan to commemorate the production of the 3-millionth engine at Toyota Motor Manufacturing's plant in Huntsville. The plant produced a record 540,000 engines last year and is the only Toyota plant globally to build four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines.

After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise Of Jobs?

February 18, 2014 7:56 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

On the first of three days of voting at the Chattanooga plant, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, citing unnamed Volkswagen officials, all but guaranteed that the German automaker would announce within two weeks of a union rejection that it would build a new midsized sport utility vehicle at its only U.S. factory instead of sending the work to Mexico.

Tesla Protests Bills That Would Limit Expansion

February 18, 2014 7:42 am | by Lisa Baumann, Associated Press | News | Comments

Language in Washington state bill says the Department of Licensing would no longer be able to issue additional facility licenses to Tesla because of its status as a vehicle manufacturer and not as a dealer. The company sells cars directly from the manufacturer to the consumer.

Toyota City To Earn 5 Times More Corporate Tax In Fiscal 2014

February 14, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

The city of Toyota, where Toyota Motor Corp. is headquartered, is expecting over five times more corporate tax income in fiscal 2014 than the previous year, thanks to the leading Japanese carmaker's robust performance.      

Higher Gasoline Prices Are On The Way

February 14, 2014 1:53 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Gasoline prices are already creeping higher. The nationwide average price has risen for seven days in a row to $3.34 per gallon, the highest level since October, according to AAA, OPIS and Wright Express. California, Connecticut and New York drivers are paying an average of $3.65 or more, the most in the lower 48 states.

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Hearing On Fisker Asset Sale Postponed

February 14, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

The hearing on whether to confirm the results of an auction of Fisker's assets originally scheduled for Friday in Wilmington is now set for Tuesday. The auction, which began Wednesday, was still going on Thursday night.      

Maine Trailer Manufacturer Expanding To S.D.

February 14, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maine-based manufacturer of aluminum trailers plans to open a plant in South Dakota's largest city. The Governor's Office of Economic Development says the Alcom LLC plant in Sioux Falls will create 20 jobs initially and up to 180 positions in the next three years.

Renault Earnings Slashed By Over Half In 2013

February 14, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

Renault says its earnings were more than halved last year even as car sales began to rebound, as heavy restructuring costs ate into the French car maker's profits. The maker of the Twingo and Clio hatchbacks said that plans to revamp its product lineup beginning in the fall and expansion in the developing world will help it lift revenue $68 billion by 2016.

Cold Weather Causes Factory Output To Drop

February 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve said factory production plunged 0.8 percent in January, reversing gains of 0.3 percent in both December and November. Automakers lost days of production because of snowstorms, as their production plummeted 5.1 percent, the report said.

U.S. Ends Probe Of Chrysler Engine Stalling

February 14, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into engine stalling in some Chrysler cars after the company extended the fuel tank warranty. The probe covered nearly 154,000 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum cars from 2006. The cars have 5.7-liter or 6.1-liter V8 engines.

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U.S. Probes Mazda CX-9 For Brake Problem

February 14, 2014 9:07 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the power brakes in the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has seven complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted brakes. No crashes have been reported.

5 Things To Know About The UAW Vote At Volkswagen

February 14, 2014 8:11 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., are voting on whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. With a three-day election wrapping up Friday, here's a look at what's at stake.     

Chevrolet To Oversee Restoring Sinkhole Corvettes

February 14, 2014 7:47 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just how the cars will be pulled out of the ground remains to be seen, said museum executive director Wendell Strode. The local fire department estimated the hole is about 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep. The hole opened beneath part of the museum's domed section.

Nissan Recalling Over 18,000 Vehicles In Japan

February 13, 2014 2:53 pm | News | Comments

In a report filed with Japan's transport ministry, the automaker said compressed air induction pipes in the vehicles may detach due to vibration from diesel turbo engines, potentially making it impossible for the vehicles to accelerate or causing engines to stall.

Marchionne Optimistic He'll Get Canadian Aid

February 13, 2014 12:45 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne says the automaker is more than halfway to getting what it is seeking from the Canadian and Ontario governments for a proposed multibillion upgrade to its Canadian plants.    

Gov: Bridgestone Agrees To Plead Guilty

February 13, 2014 11:58 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to plead guilty in a price-fixing conspiracy and pay a $425 million criminal fine in a Justice Department investigation that has swept the automotive parts industry. Twenty-six companies including Tokyo-based Bridgestone have pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty in the Justice Department's ongoing probe into price fixing and bid rigging.

GM Recalling Nearly 780,000 Compact Cars

February 13, 2014 8:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem. The recall affects Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the 2005 through 2007 model years.

China's Auto Sales Growth Tumbles In January

February 13, 2014 8:16 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drivers in the world's biggest auto market bought 1.85 million passenger vehicles, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Thursday. It was the first time monthly sales surpassed 1.8 million. Auto sales growth is forecast to decelerate sharply from last year's 15.7 percent expansion to about 8 to 10 percent. Sales grew 17 percent in December.

Toyota Recalls 294,000 Vehicles

February 13, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the recall affects the RAV4 sport utility, Tacoma pickup and Lexus RX 350 luxury model, manufactured from March 2012 through December 2012. The Japanese automaker said the problem can cause stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction control to turn off, although standard braking will keep working.

Egyptian Government To Ban Import Of 3-Wheelers

February 12, 2014 12:20 pm | by Maggie Hyde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former President Hosni Mubarak championed the vehicle as part of his 2005 election platform to create jobs. Experts estimate youth unemployment as over 30 percent. Since then, the Indian-made model has proliferated around the country, with boys as young as ten working as drivers.

Lexus Tops 2014 Vehicle Dependability List

February 12, 2014 10:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of three-year-old vehicles are reporting more problems than they did a year ago, according to J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey of vehicle dependability. It's the first time since 1998 that the average number of problems per vehicle has increased.

Sinkhole Collapses Part Of Corvette Museum In Ky.

February 12, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging at least six cars there but not shutting down the facility. Bowling Green city spokeswoman Kim Lancaster said the hole opened up at about 5:40 a.m. CST Wednesday, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department.

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