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Tesla Sets Delivery Record In 3Q

November 6, 2014 11:48 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors beat Wall Street's expectations and set a record for deliveries of its Model S sedan in the third quarter, delighting investors even as its losses doubled from a year ago. Tesla said Wednesday it delivered 7,785 cars during the July-September period. That was...

Nissan Launches U.S. Murano Production

November 5, 2014 4:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line today, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S. Nissan Canton is now the company’s worldwide hub for Murano production, expanding export opportunities...

Auto Part Manufacturer To Open IN Plant

November 5, 2014 4:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Michigan-based automotive supplier has announced plans for its first Indiana operation. Fisher Dynamics said Wednesday that it will create 169 jobs within two years of the opening of a 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Evansville. The privately-owned company that makes...

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Nissan Pledges Further Expansion Of MS Plant

November 5, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. says it wants to produce more than 500,000 vehicles at its Mississippi plant by 2017, an expansion that would add about 1,000 employees to the current 6,300 workers at the complex. John Martin, Nissan's senior vice president for manufacturing, supply chain management and...

Audi Recalls Nearly 102K Cars To Fix Air Bags

November 5, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Audi is recalling nearly 102,000 luxury cars in the U.S. because the front air bags may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers certain A4 and S4 cars from the 2013 through 2015 model years, plus the 2013 through 2015 Audi allroad. Audi says that it is...

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 5, 2014 9:21 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. I recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. It seems that the key...

Lexus Uses Instagram To 'Build' SEMA Car

November 4, 2014 2:37 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Chris Woodyard talks with Lexus' Brian Bolain about the RC-F sports car that was customized based on suggestions from the brand's followers on Instragram as a brave experiment in social media. USA Today reports on this exciting new use of social media...

Women Sue Ford For Harassment, Discrimination

November 4, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several female workers at Ford Motor Co.'s Chicago assembly plant have filed a lawsuit against the automaker alleging sexual harassment and discrimination. The women claim male co-workers, managers, and supervisors would target them if they complained about propositions and...

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Ford Issues 5 Recalls Covering 202K Vehicles

November 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 202,000 cars, vans and trucks in North America in five separate recalls to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling, and other issues. The company says the problems have caused one accident, but it's not aware of injuries in any of the...

U.S. Investigating Honda For Incomplete Reports

November 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating whether Honda Motor Co. failed to report deaths and injuries that occurred in its vehicles. Federal law requires automakers to report any claims they receive alleging that defective vehicles or parts caused a death or injury. They are required to...

Engine-Maker Rolls-Royce To Cut 2,600 Jobs

November 4, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airplane engine-maker Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC says it will reduce its staff by 2,600 over the next 18 months as part of a restructuring focused on its aerospace decision. The group warned last month that the tough economic climate meant it would have to increase its focus on costs. Chief Executive...

Big Data Connects Environment And Economics

November 4, 2014 9:32 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

From space, Norfolk Southern’s 20,000-mile rail system resembles a neural network and it increasingly works like one, too. The railroad has rolled out a big data system called Movement Planner, which helps intelligently direct the hundreds of trains that ply its rails through 22 states...

Toyota Motor Sales Reports 6.9 Percent Increase In October

November 4, 2014 9:24 am | by Toyota USA Newsroom | News | Comments

Toyota, Scion, and Lexus today reported total October 2014 sales results of 180,580 units, an increase of 6.9 percent from October 2013. Toyota division posted October 2014 sales of 157,225 units, up 7.5 percent.  “October vehicle sales were the best for the month in 10 years as an...

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GM Sales Rise On Pickup Truck Gains

November 4, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says its October U.S. sales rose slightly as pickup truck sales jumped while some top-selling car models faltered. The automaker's 0.2 percent increase ran counter to other automakers, with several reporting double-digit sales gains. GM was led by the Chevrolet...

Hyundai, Kia To Pay $100M For Overstating MPG

November 3, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, Eric Tucker, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million civil penalty to end a two-year investigation into overstated gas mileage figures on window stickers of 13 models. The penalty, announced Monday by the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, could serve as a precedent...

Low Gas Prices, SUV Sales Fuel Strong October

November 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler, Nissan, and Honda all reported U.S. sales gains last month as low gas prices and booming SUV and pickup truck sales drove people into dealerships. Chrysler said its U.S. sales rose 22 per cent to 170,480 for its best October since 2001, while both Nissan and Honda posted their best October ever. Nissan sales were up...

Ford Models Post Record Sales

November 3, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company U.S. sales totaled 188,654 vehicles in October, down 2 percent from a year ago. Daily rental business declined 13 percent, while government and commercial sales were up 4 and 18 percent, respectively. Overall sales declines were expected and tied to...

GreenTech Automotive Establishes Electric-Vehicle Production Plant In MS

October 31, 2014 5:09 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA) reported the grand opening of its new production facility in Tunica, Miss. "We started GreenTech Automotive with the vision to make energy-efficient cars that are so inexpensive the average American could afford to buy them," said Charles Wang, chairman and CEO of GTA. "In the past five years we have...

Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs For Air Bag Problem

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall covers the QX56 SUVs from 2013 and the QX80s from 2014. The company says inflators made by Takata Corp. were built with an incorrect outer...

Inside the World's Biggest Auto Factory

October 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Volkswagen, the world's number-two carmaker, plans to cut billions in operating costs by 2017. That means making the world's biggest auto plant, in Wolfsburg, Germany more efficient. Bloomberg's Hans Nichols spent a day on the assembly line for a progress report...

Government Pushes Airbag Maker On Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent letters...

Tesla Barred From Selling Cars In MI

October 29, 2014 2:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A battle line has been drawn between Tesla Motors and the state of Michigan. It started after the state's governor signed legislation that effectively bans the electric car maker from doing business there. CBS News' Elaine Quijano reports...

GM To Invest $63M In MI Car Plant

October 29, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is investing $63 million in a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are being built. The Detroit-based automaker said Wednesday that the expansion at its Lansing Delta Township Assembly will add about 263,000 square feet to the plant. New robotic equipment also...

Ford Recalls 205K SUVs For Fuel Tank Leak

October 29, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire. The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The company said Wednesday that it traced the problem to rust under...

Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. The recalls bring the newly merged company's total for the year to 6.4 million vehicles worldwide and 5.1 million in the U.S. as it...

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