Manufacturing

Ford F-150 aluminum repairs cost more than steel, IIHS says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that repairing body damage on the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 took longer and cost 26 percent more than on the 2014 F-150 made of steel.... Read More »

VW rolls out crash avoidance with '16 lineup

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Volkswagen, catching up to its luxury siblings, will offer sensor-based safety features across nearly its entire U.S. lineup for model year 2016.... Read More »

GM to invest $1 billion in India, plans to double market share by 2020

6:59 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in the next few years to turn operations in India into a new global export hub aimed at boosting sales in fast-growing emerging markets, top executives said today.... Read More »

Mini issues recall for side impact protection

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Mini is recalling 30,456 Cooper and Cooper S cars in the U.S. to address poor side impact protection.... Read More »

PSA says anti-French backlash weighs on Iran talks

July 29, 2015 12:20 CET

PSA's talks on a manufacturing venture with Iran's biggest carmaker are being undermined by anti-French sentiment in the country, CEO Carlos Tavares said. Iranians are hostile because France took a tough line in talks to lift international sanctions against Iran.... Read More »

Jeep fuel-tank fire death verdict slashed to $40 million

4:46 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

A judge in Georgia has reduced a $150 million award to $40 million for the family of a young boy killed when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames, according to orders released on Tuesday.... Read More »

GM plans $5B vehicle family for emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

GM plans to spend $5 billion over the next several years to develop a new range of technology-rich small cars, based on a common architecture, that will be built and sold under the Chevrolet name in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets.... Read More »

Daimler, Renault-Nissan detail plans for Mexico JV plant

1:44 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance said today their new plant for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti cars in Aguascalientes, Mexico, will employ some 3,600 staff and have an initial production capacity of more than 230,000 vehicles.... Read More »

Jeep hacking sends warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes

4:55 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

When friendly hackers landed a Jeep Cherokee in a ditch last week, it sent a warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes as the luxury automakers compete increasingly on technology rather than just horsepower.... Read More »

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BLOG: GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S.... Read More »

Chinese supplier YFS to build plant in Detroit

3:08 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Chinese auto supplier YFS Automotive Systems said it plans to construct a 150,000-square-foot plant on 30 acres of vacant industrial property in Detroit.... Read More »

Pininfarina, Mahindra will resume sale talks in September, report says

July 28, 2015 16:43 CET

Talks on the sale of indebted car designer Pininfarina to India's Mahindra will resume after the summer after the parties failed to strike a deal in July, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

Aston Martin looks at more than 10 sites for new factory

July 28, 2015 06:01 CET

Aston Martin is reviewing more than 10 sites in Europe, the U.S. and other global locations for a new factory to build its first crossover.... Read More »

Daimler in talks on truck partnership, Iran Khodro says

July 28, 2015 12:01 CET

Daimler is exploring a partnership with Iran Khodro as it weighs a return to Iran's market for trucks, vans and buses, the Iranian automaker's CEO said. European carmakers are planning their return to Iran after the country agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled its economy.... Read More »

VW's MAN truck unit expects profit drop on restructuring costs

July 28, 2015 11:27 CET

Volkswagen Group's MAN truck unit expects costs to reorganize its European truck and bus unit will significantly lower operating profit this year, as a recession in Brazil also hits sales.... Read More »

Dodge cancels unfilled '15 Hellcat orders, doubles '16 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Dodge will more than double Hellcat Charger and Challenger production for 2016. But about 900 unfilled 2015 orders will be canceled.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler under tighter scrutiny after record NHTSA penalty

4:10 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of close oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of pickup trucks as part of a far-reaching consent agreement to settle a U.S. government probe into 23 safety recalls since 2009.... Read More »

At last, Honda and Toyota prepare for turbo charge

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

After years of setting the pace in fuel economy without relying on technologies like turbocharging, direct injection or CVTs, Japan's big three will spend the next several years playing catch-up.... Read More »

Hack attack vs. FCA shows flaws with rush to connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

By the time it was publicized last week that hackers managed to take over a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler had posted an urgent security patch on its website and was scrambling to further lock down the system. But the industry's response is only now ramping up, as automakers come to terms with the implications of building devices that increasingly function as networked computers on wheels.... Read More »

Audi performance unit kills manual gearbox, naturally aspirated V-8

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Audi's quattro GmbH performance division is slaughtering a few sacred cows among sports car enthusiasts.... Read More »

GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal with union

9:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

General Motors' South Korean unit tentatively reached an annual wage deal with its labor union today, averting a major strike at one of its key Asian production bases, a union spokesman told Reuters.... Read More »

U.S. automakers leery of Pacific trade deal as talks near end

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

U.S. automakers typically back trade agreements that open markets for their products, yet they aren't cheering for a pact among 12 Pacific nations that's entering its final negotiations.... Read More »

Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia, S.E. Asia after closing U.S. plant

July 27, 2015 08:42 CET

Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia and Southeast Asia after closing its U.S. plant, the automaker's president, Tetsuro Aikawa, said. Mitsubishi currently builds cars in Thailand and the Philippines and will open a factory in Indonesia.... Read More »

Valeo raises profit forecast, shrugs off China slowdown

July 27, 2015 10:54 CET

Valeo raised its profit outlook today, playing down the impact of a Chinese market slowdown after a record first-half order intake boosted by demand for driving-assistance and fuel-saving technologies.... Read More »

Mitsubishi throws in towel on fading era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s decision last week to sell its only U.S. assembly plant illustrates an emerging new-world order in car production. Mitsubishi's Normal, Ill., plant was part of a wave of Asian-brand joint-venture auto plants in North America that opened in the 1980s and 1990s to do whatever was necessary to crack the all-important U.S. retail market.... Read More »

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