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Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said the fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object that directly hit one of the battery pack's modules in the pricey Model S. The fire was contained to a small section at the front of the vehicle, she said, and no one was injured.
The German company announced Wednesday plans to invest $12 million in a York County Spec Building off Interstate 77. The facility will make a range of adhesive and insulating tapes for the automotive industry. Officials expect operations to start in the second quarter of 2014.
The company says workers who buy or lease cars this month won't have to make payments until January. Those who already own a Hyundai financed through the company won't have to make payments until they go back to work.
Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz says it will build a new plant in Brazil to produce its C-class sedan and GLA compact sport-utility vehicle. The German automaker says in a Tuesday statement that the company will make an initial investment of 500 million reals ($224 million) to build the plant in the city of Iracemapolis in Sao Paulo state.
Chrysler is recalling more than 142,000 pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide because of software glitches that could affect instrument cluster lighting and braking systems. Around 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and 10,800 Ram pickup trucks from the 2014 model year are affected.
A Union County man accused of selling thousands of counterfeit airbags has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Prosecutors say Igor Borodin sold more than 7,000 airbags on eBay that he obtained from Chinese manufacturers.
A jury could begin deliberating as early as Tuesday to determine whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be held liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.
GM posted an 11 percent decline compared with a year ago as the company even reported falling sales of its redesigned full-size pickup trucks. Pickup truck sales have been a strong point for the industry as small businesses return to dealer showrooms. Volkswagen sales were off 12 percent, while Toyota sales were down 4 percent.
Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. said Tuesday it will invest more than $55 million to expand its plant in eastern Arkansas, creating 200 new jobs. The plant in Marion manufactures parts for Toyota's Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia models.
German carmaker BMW is recalling 176,000 vehicles over a problem with the power brake system. The company says in rare cases an interruption in oil supply to a part can mean loss of power braking assist. The brakes will still work but the driver would have to press harder on the pedal.
SmithCo Manufacturing president Greg Smith says the company has a strong working relationship with the town of Le Mars, Iowa, and that state, and it has every intention of maintaining the bulk of its manufacturing there. But Smith says it makes sense to move its corporate office to South Dakota.
Gov. Nathan Deal says an auto supply firm is opening a plant in west Georgia that's expected to create 350 manufacturing jobs. Deal said in a statement Monday that the planned Hyundai Dymos plant in West Point will supply Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia.
Bidders and gawkers crowded shoulder-to-shoulder for the auction in a muddy field just west of Pierce, a town of about 1,800. Spectators in helicopters and airplanes circled overhead as the lead auctioneer, Yvette VanDerBrink, inched down the auction line on a wooden platform hauled by a pickup.
The recall affects Mazda six cars from the 2009 through 2013 model years. The company says the door latch mounting screws can loosen. That can stop the doors from latching. If the latches come loose, a door ajar light will warn drivers.
Union workers at Oshkosh Corp. have given the company what it says it needs to make a competitive bid on a military contract worth billions of dollars. United Auto Workers Local 578 voted Sunday to extend the contract five years after it expires in 2016. The extension protects more than 2,500 jobs at the Fox Valley's largest manufacturer.
Heartland Automotive's factory in Lafayette makes dashboards and other interior parts for Subaru's nearby vehicle assembly plant. The Heartland expansion is a ripple effect of Subaru's announcement in May of a major expansion that's expected to add 900 workers.
The boom in sales of new cars in the U.S. has been fueled by consumers replacing vehicles they kept through the recession. But a top auto industry executive says that the pent-up demand likely will be satisfied by late next year.
The layoffs were originally expected to last about two weeks, but The Blade reports Friday that the company plans to resume building the vehicle in two shifts Monday. Chrysler spokesperson Jodi Tinson says workers are being brought back earlier thanks to a plan allowing required updates to be made more quickly.
The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report the property is to be listed as a package of 42 parcels during the second round of the Wayne County treasurer's tax foreclosure auction, which starts Oct. 8. The online auction runs until Oct. 25. Bidding started at $1 million for the first round of the auction, which ended Thursday.
Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions. The Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 won "superior" ratings in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Toyota is recalling 615,000 Sienna minivans in the U.S. because they can inadvertently shift out of park and roll away. The recall involves Siennas from the 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 models years. Toyota said Thursday that the shift locking device can potentially be damaged.
Ford Motor Co. is acquiring Livio, a Michigan-based company whose software allows drivers to connect with their smartphone applications. Ford's chief technical officer, Paul Mascarenas, said Ford paid less than $10 million for the 11-person startup. Livio will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford.
Nine Japanese auto parts manufacturers and two of their executives will plead guilty and pay $740 million in criminal fines for conspiring to fix the prices of more than 30 products sold to many of the world's largest automakers operating in the U.S., the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Cummins spokesman Jon Mills says the company wants to consolidate its two offices in downtown Indianapolis where about 100 employees now work in areas such as communications, information technology and investor relations.