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GM Says More Recalls Are Likely

May 23, 2014 7:45 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is telling Wall Street that a recent spate of recalls may last until mid-summer as it continues a review of safety issues.                    

Brembo Celebrates Michigan Parts Plant Expansion

May 22, 2014 3:23 pm | News | Comments

High-end auto parts manufacturer Brembo S.p.A announced plans Wednesday to make North America its top market while celebrating expansion of its plant in southern Michigan.              

Toyota Recalling 516K Vehicles

May 22, 2014 12:41 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota said Thursday it's recalling 516,000 vehicles worldwide — including 430,500 in the U.S. — for three separate safety problems, including brakes that can activate without warning.             

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Aide: GM Probe Near End

May 22, 2014 8:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has told Washington lawmakers that GM could simultaneously release an internal investigation into a deadly ignition switch problem and its plan to compensate victims.               

BMW Launching New 4 Series Coupe Model In Japan In June

May 21, 2014 3:30 pm | News | Comments

BMW Japan Corp. said Wednesday it will launch the new four-door 4 Series Gran Coupe on June 21 in Japan as part of its plan to introduce more than 10 new models to the country in 2014.            

GM Adds 218K Cars To Growing Recall List

May 21, 2014 8:18 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The recall of 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo subcompact cars is the company's 30th this year, bringing the total number of recalled GM vehicles in the U.S. to around 13.8 million.              

GM Recalling 2.4M More Vehicles

May 20, 2014 12:43 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 2.4 million vehicles in the U.S. as part of a broader effort to resolve outstanding safety issues more quickly.                           

Johnson Controls, Chinese Co. Form Joint Venture

May 19, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls is teaming up with a Chinese company to create the world's largest maker of automotive interiors, in a deal announced Sunday.                

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GM Gets New Chief Spokesman

May 19, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

General Motors is hiring Volkswagen's top U.S. spokesman Tony Cervone as its new public relations chief.                         

Hyundai Recalls 137,500 SUVs

May 19, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 137,500 Tucson SUVs because the air bags aren't correctly mounted to the steering wheel.                       

GM Investigation Reveals Banned Words

May 19, 2014 8:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Adjectives like "bad," ''terrifying," ''dangerous," ''horrific" and "evil" are on the list. So are unflattering terms like "deathtrap," ''widow-maker" and "Hindenburg." Even seemingly benign words like "always" and "never" made it on the list.  

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Porsche Sued Over Deadly Crash; Samsung Apologizes To Chip Workers

May 16, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from kitty litter that may have caused a radiation leak to Samsung apologizes to workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                  

Government Fines GM Maximum $35M

May 16, 2014 11:22 am | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's the maximum penalty that the government can impose. But the amount is less than a day's revenue for GM, based on the $37.4 billion it took in during the first quarter, and safety advocates were quick to question its effectiveness.    

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Former GM Site To Become Auto Glass Plant

May 16, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

A Chinese company has finalized its plan to build an automotive glass-making plant in southwest Ohio, creating about 800 jobs and revitalizing a former General Motors factory site.                 

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.           

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.

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.                 

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