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Ford shortens summer shutdowns to meet consumer demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015
Ford today said it plans to shorten the summer shutdown period to just one week at 16 North American plants, including all six assembly plants that build highly profitable pickups and crossovers.

Takata will drop a troublesome airbag inflator design

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Takata will stop producing one type of driver-side airbag inflator that's used in more than 17 million U.S. vehicles covered by its expanded recalls, a top Takata executive plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday.

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Canada seeks recall powers akin to U.S.

4:54 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is introducing a law that would give her the authority to force companies to recall faulty vehicles.

NHTSA prepares to reorganize its senior ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
NHTSA is preparing to restructure its management ranks following the exits of three key personnel involved with recalls and safety enforcement.

Stored Jeeps, Fiats to head to dealers this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
The "software issue" that led FCA US to park hundreds of Jeep Renegades and, later, scores of Fiat 500X subcompact crossovers at a test track here...

Reuss: Chevy may revive Z/28 racer from pony car days of yore

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
General Motors' head of global product development hinted at plans for a Camaro race car that pays homage to the Trans Am Camaro Z/28s of the late...

Camaro gets a 4-cylinder, but GM's not sure it will be a hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
For the first time in three decades, Chevrolet's Camaro is getting a four-cylinder engine, and General Motors officials have no idea how it will sell.

Audi plans SUV blitz as demand grows

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says the German automaker plans a big push for SUVs and crossovers.

GM ignition-switch death toll inches up to 109

2:23 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
The death toll from General Motors’ defective ignition switches is up to 109, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said.

A123 to double lithium-ion battery capacity

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
A123 Systems LLC plans to double the manufacturing capacity at its three lithium-ion battery plants in a $200 million investment.

GM plans $119M upgrade of components plant

11:44 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
General Motors plans to invest $119 million to add new tools and equipment at its components plant in Grand Rapids, Mich.

FCA shift leaves Hyundai-Kia, Mitsubishi with 100,000-mile warranty

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Fiat Chrysler's decision last week 5/27 to reduce its limited powertrain warranty coverage by 40 percent brings it in line with its Detroit-based...

Frame shortage slows F-150 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to...

How can automakers add value to dashboard?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Automakers are lining up to offer Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, but the halo effect that automakers are seeking from aligning with two...

BMW partner will build X4 in Russia from U.S. kits

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
BMW will add production of the X4 SUV in Russia with local partner Avtotor using kits shipped from the automaker's U.S. plant.

Volvo plant to build vehicles popular in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Volvo will focus production at its first U.S. plant on vehicles that sell best in the U.S., but not the XC-90 crossover.


Contract talks: Put health care on the table?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Health care costs pose a stumbling block in upcoming labor contract talks between the UAW and the Detroit 3.

VW's next W-12 unites direct injection, turbo

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Volkswagen's next-generation W12 engine will combine direct-injection technology and turbocharging, a VW powertrain executive says.

Ford will let rivals use its EV tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Ford Motor Co. is joining Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp.

Jatco CEO seeks global transmission title

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Jatco's new president aims to propel his company past Japanese rival Aisin AW to become the world's largest supplier of automatic transmissions by...

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