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Volkswagen Mulls New U.S. Plant

November 15, 2007 4:51 am | News | Comments

German automaker expected to make a decision in the next six months; relative weakness of the U.S. dollar against the euro could make the U.S. more attractive.

Canada's Manufacturing Sales Slide In September

November 15, 2007 4:51 am | News | Comments

New orders dropped 2.5 percent, continuing a six-month weakening trend and reaching lowest level since October 2006.

GM Exec: Cars Will Meet Fuel Economy Standards

November 15, 2007 4:43 am | News | Comments

Automaker will comply with fuel standards imposed by Congress, but vice chairman says technology support is best way to wean General Motors off foreign oil.

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Study: Peugeot Citroen, Toyota Among Cleanest Cars

November 15, 2007 4:40 am | by Constant Brand, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

French, Italian and Japanese car manufacturers made the most environmentally friendly automobiles for sale in Europe last year, while BMW and Daimler had the highest polluting cars.

Toyota Faces Critics At Los Angeles Auto Show

November 15, 2007 4:32 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Testy relations with environmentalists and questions about quality are a headache for the automaker this year, especially after unveiling new SUV that doesn't have a hybrid option.

Airbus Scores Big At Dubai Airshow

November 14, 2007 10:55 am | Airbus | News | Comments

Company says $28 billion in orders for 163 aircraft 'reflects customer confidence in the European aircraft manufacturer'; 132 commitments from three customers also were placed.

Renault Considering Israel Electric Car Plant

November 14, 2007 10:48 am | News | Comments

French carmaker considering a plan to build a manufacturing plant and is exploring a potential partnership with Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi.

Former Japanese Meat Plant President Indicted

November 14, 2007 5:38 am | News | Comments

Former Meat Hope head Minoru Tanaka indicted for falesly labeling about 138 tons of pork-and-chicken product as '100 percent beef'; three other execs were released.

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Hybrid Producers Tackle Pickups, SUVs

November 14, 2007 4:58 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As major players like GM and Chrysler unveil their newest hybrids, analysts say automakers will be lucky to break even initially.

Report: Japan's Nippon In Talks With India's Tata

November 14, 2007 4:51 am | News | Comments

Steel companies considering joint production of steel sheets for cars as automakers eye aggressive expansion in India, according to a media report.

Thai Business, China's Chery May Form Joint Venture

November 14, 2007 4:45 am | News | Comments

Agribusiness conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group's proposed joint venture to assemble Chinese cars in Thailand would have an initial plant capacity of 4,000 to 5,000 vehicles.

Boeing: Airbus, EU Blocking Subsidy Settlement

November 14, 2007 4:11 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Chicago-based airplane maker accusing rival of taking advantage of up to $205 billion in European subsidies to win long-standing Boeing customers and become the world airplane leader.

Dutch Airline Orders Seven Boeing 737s

November 13, 2007 10:30 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Deal between the airplane maker and the low-cost airline transavia.com is listed as worth $523 million and includes the option for three more planes.

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EU Probing French Aid To Develop Hybrid Car

November 13, 2007 5:47 am | News | Comments

European Commission wants to make sure France's $140 million grant to PSA Peugeot-Citroen to develop a hybrid diesel car doesn't break EU rules on state subsidies.

Analyst: Mapmakers' Bidding War Isn't Over

November 13, 2007 5:23 am | News | Comments

Garmin Ltd. will make another bid for digital map maker Tele Atlas and could offer more than $60 per share as it tries to wrangle the company away from rival TomTom.

Japanese Chemical Plant Blast Kills Two, Injures Six

November 13, 2007 5:11 am | News | Comments

Explosion at factory east of Tokyo is being investigated by police for suspicion it may have involved professional negligence resulting in the deaths and injuries.

Oil Down On Possible OPEC Increase, IEA Forecast

November 13, 2007 4:58 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Oil prices dropped about $1 per barrel after a key OPEC member left open the possibility of an output increase to curb rising prices and an energy agency lowered its forecast for demand.

Foreign Investment In China Rises 14 Percent

November 13, 2007 4:28 am | News | Comments

Investments reach $67.8 billion in October; figure has been climbing steadily despite recent government curbs on industries such as auto manufacturing and textiles.

EU Regulators Extend Probe Into Continental's VDO Bid

November 13, 2007 4:20 am | News | Comments

European Commission likely to consider commitments that could be offered by the German manufacturer to allay fears its $16.6 billion purchase of Siemens' VDO could hinder competition.

German Train Drivers Plan Three-Day Strike

November 13, 2007 4:12 am | News | Comments

GDL union striking at both passenger and freight services as they try to increase the pressure on the national railway in a bitter pay dispute.

16th Annual Automation Fair Kicks Off

November 13, 2007 4:00 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net staff | News | Comments

World’s largest free educational forum dedicated to manufacturing gets underway.

Gulf Air Carriers Order $40 Billion In Planes

November 12, 2007 11:17 am | by Bargara Surk, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Order for 140 planes from Airbus and Boeing considered a boost for the global airline industry and a sign of the Middle Eastern airlines' rapid expansion.

Saudi Prince Buying Airbus A380 'Flying Palace' Jet

November 12, 2007 11:00 am | by Barbara Surk, Associated Press writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Private bedrooms, a movie theater, a gym with a jacuzzi: luxury's the name of the game for Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's more-than-$300 million super-sized airplane.

China Confirms 'Date Rape Drug' In Toys

November 12, 2007 5:30 am | by Scott McDonald, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Safety watchdog General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine said production of Australian toy was outsourced to Wangqi Product Factory in Shenzhen, China.

Boeing Gets Order For Six Dreamliners

November 12, 2007 5:09 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Dubai-based aircraft leasing company LCAL expands its fleet of Dreamliners to 21 with the deal listed at $972 million.

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