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Manufacturing.net Rewind: More Trouble For GM; GE's First Micro-Factory

April 18, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from a lawsuit against GE picking Louisville for its micro-factory to an explosion and fire at a Tennessee ammunition plant.        

Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 9:07 am | News | Comments

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and...

Mazda Recalling 109K SUVs

April 18, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Mazda says in documents filed...

Fuji Heavy Increasing Production At Indiana Plant

April 18, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

The maker of Subaru-brand cars will boost production capacity at its plant in Fayetteville,...

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GM 1Q Global Sales Up 2 Pct

April 18, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

General Motors says it sold 2.42 million cars and trucks in the first three months of the year, keeping it slightly ahead of Volkswagen in the global sales race.                

Judge Denies Motion To Park GM Cars

April 17, 2014 2:36 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.         

Chinese Auto Brands Are Underdogs At Beijing Show

April 17, 2014 12:39 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Facing intense competition from General Motors, Volkswagen and other global rivals, local brands such as Chery, Geely and SUV maker Great Wall have suffered shrinking sales and market share this year while China's overall auto market has grown.  

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VW Beetle Marks 65th Year Since Entry Into U.S.

April 17, 2014 8:43 am | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sixty-five years after the first Beetle arrived in the U.S. as a distinctively shaped, little car, the Beetle keeps attracting buyers with its more-spacious-than-ever, flexible interior, turbo engine power and modernized iconic look.       

Alfa Romeo Returning To U.S. Market In June

April 17, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

After a nearly 20-year absence, Italian car maker Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. market. Alfa CEO Harald Wester says the company plans to ship around 100 4C sports cars to the U.S. this June.              

House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 8:08 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two House Democrats are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Ford Selling Lincoln Cars In China For First Time

April 17, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.                    

Johnson Controls Buys Air Distribution Business

April 16, 2014 12:29 pm | News | Comments

Johnson Controls, which makes both automotive and building systems, said Wednesday that it's buying Air Distribution Technologies from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for about $1.6 billion.              

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What Impact Will The Recall Have On GM's Sales?

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a mishandled recall of small cars, though it's unclear when and how severe. Any decline would hurt the automaker's market share and potentially its credit rating.        

Toyota Camry Gets A Makeover

April 16, 2014 11:00 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The redesigned 2015 Camry is longer and wider, with a more aggressive design. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.                    

Chrysler To Mark Indiana Factory's Opening

April 16, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

Chrysler is set to mark the opening of a new transmission plant in central Indiana with a ceremony next month including the company's top executive.                    

Chevy Bringing Tiny Trax To U.S., China

April 16, 2014 8:38 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM thinks young buyers and downsizing Baby Boomers who like the Chevy Equinox and the Honda CR-V will go even smaller, as long as they can still sit up high.                

U.S. Indicts 3 Bridgestone Execs For Price-Fixing

April 16, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted one current and two former Japanese executives of Bridgestone Corp. for their involvement in automobile parts price-fixing in the United States, the Department of Justice announced.       

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GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 7:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.           

Ford Will Offer 50th Anniversary Mustang

April 16, 2014 7:47 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year the Mustang first went on sale.                          

GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Heads

April 14, 2014 11:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations.        

Feds Revisit Safety Rules After Fiery Bus Crash

April 14, 2014 8:47 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.             

Retail Sales Strong In March

April 14, 2014 8:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.                  

Peugeot Boss Targets Return To Profit By 2018

April 14, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.           

Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                        

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

GM Stock Drops To 10-Month Low

April 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Shares of General Motors Co. fell to a 10-month low Friday as the company's widening recall crisis put a coveted upgrade of its credit rating in doubt.                      

BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

German automaker BMW is issuing a worldwide recall of many models of cars with certain six-cylinder gas motors after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine.               

NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                  

Oshkosh Corp. Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 8:08 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.           

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