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Toyota Plans Make Texas A Player In Auto Industry

May 15, 2014 3:36 pm | by Dave Montgomery, Fort Worth Business Press | News | Comments

After bagging Toyota's North American headquarters and being picked as one of four states competing for a $5 billion Tesla "gigafactory," Texas boosters are asserting the Lone Star State's emergence as a major player in the American auto industry.

Suzuki To Recall 31,000 Small SUVs

May 15, 2014 3:15 pm | News | Comments

Suzuki Motor Corp. said Thursday it will recall a total of 31,744 units of the AZ Offroad vehicle sold by Mazda Motor Corp. and its Jimny sport utility vehicle due to possible loose suspension bolts that could make steering control difficult.           

GM Recalls Another 2.7M Vehicles

May 15, 2014 7:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors recalled another 2.7 million cars Thursday, sending the company's total of recalled vehicles in the U.S. this year above 11 million and putting the auto industry on track to set a record for recalls in 2014.           

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Jury: Hyundai Owes $240M In Damages

May 14, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

A Montana jury has ordered Hyundai to pay $240 million in punitive damages after finding that a manufacturing defect in a Hyundai vehicle caused a crash that killed two Missoula cousins in July 2011.          

Cadillac CTS Takes On BMW And Mercedes

May 14, 2014 11:52 am | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

A dozen years after its start as an edgy, luxury sedan, the mid-size Cadillac CTS is evolving into a handsome, less edgy and decidedly German-feeling car with improved handling.             

Chrysler Dedicates Indiana Transmission Plant

May 14, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

Chrysler's Tipton Transmission Plant, a sprawling factory seven years in the making, was dedicated Tuesday during an event that celebrated the promise of 850 jobs.               

Cummins Expects To Start Hiring This Year In Indiana

May 13, 2014 3:56 pm | News | Comments

Engine maker Cummins Inc. expects to start hiring this year at a central Indiana factory as it starts building a new diesel engine that will go into the light-duty Nissan Titan pickup truck.                

When Tragedy Strikes, Is A Long Lawsuit Worth It?

May 13, 2014 3:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It’s certainly unsettling to see a lawsuit like this pop up against a manufacturer. Toyota and General Motors know all too well about that, but the big difference in this case is that it was determined that the crash was not due to defects in the vehicle.

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Texas City OKs $6.75M For Toyota

May 13, 2014 2:04 pm | News | Comments

North Texas officials have approved a $6.75 million incentive package for Toyota as the automaker prepares to move its U.S. headquarters from California to Texas.               

GM Recall Shows Gaps In Air Bag Knowledge

May 13, 2014 11:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors' recall of 2.6 million small cars has shed light on an unsettling fact: Air bags might not always deploy when drivers — and federal regulators — expect them to.                 

Volkswagen To Complete Scania Purchase

May 13, 2014 8:50 am | News | Comments

German automaker Volkswagen AG has enough shares to take complete ownership of Swedish truck-maker Scania and move ahead with integrating its commercial vehicle business.                 

Ex-Nissan Worker Accused Of Illegally Accessing Company Data

May 13, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

A former employee of Nissan Motor Co. was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally acquiring company trade secrets, police said.                        

Porsche Sued Over Crash That Killed Paul Walker

May 13, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.           

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Chrysler Reports $690M 1Q Loss

May 12, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

Chrysler Group lost $690 million in the first quarter due to charges related to its merger with Italian automaker Fiat SpA.                       

Nissan Profit Up As Sales Outpace Industry

May 12, 2014 8:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nissan's quarterly profit edged up nearly 5 percent as sales grew around the world and a favorable exchange rate helped earnings.                     

Chrysler Recalls 780K Minivans

May 12, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 780,000 minivans to replace window switches that can short-circuit and overheat if exposed to moisture.                      

Missouri Mulls Tesla Sales Ban

May 12, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is decrying a last-minute legislative move to prohibit direct car sales to Missouri consumers in a battle playing out in several states between the California company and traditional car dealers.        

Manufacturing.net Rewind: GM's Barra Gives Advice; Defining 'Made In America'

May 9, 2014 2:38 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from GM's CEO telling students to fix problems quickly to imported products and the American jobs they support.              

Ford Recalls Over 692K Vehicles

May 9, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 692,000 Escape small SUVs and C-Max gas-electric hybrids in North America to fix two safety problems.                     

Chinese Auto Sales Rebound In April

May 9, 2014 7:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's auto sales rebounded in April despite slowing economic growth as expectations of tighter ownership curbs to fight smog prompted buyers to rush to make purchases.               

Recalls Challenge GM, Frustrate Customers

May 8, 2014 11:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Experts say eight simultaneous recalls covering 7 million vehicles is too much for any organization to handle quickly, even one as big as GM.                   

Ford To Buy Back $1.8B In Stock

May 8, 2014 10:26 am | News | Comments

Ford says it will buy back up to about 116 million shares of company stock worth about $1.8 billion.                                             

Toyota See Record Profit, Vehicle Sales

May 8, 2014 8:28 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota chalked up a record annual profit and sales above 10 million vehicles for the first time, but forecast Thursday a slower year ahead as the momentum from a weak yen fades.                      

Argentine Automakers Suspend Staff As Sales Plummet

May 8, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

 Argentine automakers are suspending production and laying off factory workers as sales plunge due to a gathering storm of economic trouble.                               

California Back In The Running For Tesla Plant

May 8, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

California is back in the running for a massive battery plant that the electric car maker plans to start building this year, but CEO Elon Musk said the state remains in the "improbable" category because of the time it will take to win regulatory approval.

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