Manufacturing

GM to invest $800 million to renovate operations, add 1,750 jobs in Michigan

6:07 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
GM plans to invest $800 million in Michigan as part of plans to renovate facilities throughout the state to support future vehicle platforms and programs. The company will also add 1,750 jobs in the state after consolidating various engineering functions outside Michigan to a site in Michigan, the state said Tuesday in enhancing economic development incentives for the automaker.... Read More »

 

Kia in talks to open $1.5 billion Mexico assembly plant, report says

6:52 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Kia is in talks with Mexico to open a new auto assembly plant worth at least $1.5 billion, officials from Nuevo Leon's state government told Reuters. The factory, which sources say will have an annual capacity of some 300,000 cars, would be built on the northeastern fringe of the city of Monterrey.... Read More »

 

Targeted digital video ads deliver preferred car colors

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
A New York company that creates personalized online video ads is harnessing the power of the palette. Say, for instance, a car shopper builds a shiny red SUV in an automaker's online configurator. Eyeview says its technology can deliver an online video advertisement of that shiny red SUV directly to that customer.... Read More »

 

New F-150's fuel economy will improve, but can it best Ram 1500?

2:50 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford's new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup coming this fall might not be able to beat Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 and claim best-in-class fuel economy.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls older Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees for ignition switch

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the “on” position, causing a stall and possible loss of power to the airbags. Engineers are still developing a fix, and the company says it is initiating a recall “out of an abundance of caution.”... Read More »

 

Lockheed exec Washington succeeds Mascarenas as Ford's chief technical officer

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford has hired Lockheed executive Ken Washington as chief technical officer and vice president of research and advanced engineering, effective August 18, in a series of changes to the company's leadership team. He succeeds Paul Mascarenas, 53, who will retire after 32 years at Ford, effective October 1.... Read More »

 

Metals and plastics company NN to buy supplier Autocam in $300 million deal

11:23 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
A Tennessee metals and plastics company said it has agreed to acquire auto parts supplier Autocam in a deal valued at $300 million.... Read More »

 

Former Ford digital exec Monty joins PR and social media firm

9:16 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Scott Monty, Ford's former social media chief who left the automaker two months ago, is joining Shift Communications, a public relations and social media agency with offices in Boston, San Francisco and New York.... Read More »

 

Sogefi reports first-half loss on restructuring costs, Brazil downturn

July 22, 2014 15:29 CET
Italian supplier Sogefi reported a first-half net loss, hit by restructuring costs, the negative impact of the strong euro on South American currencies and a sharp slowdown in the Brazilian market.... Read More »

 

Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. BMW says the i8's laser lights use half the energy of light-emitting diode headlamps.... Read More »

 

Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

July 22, 2014 13:16 CET
Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness

5:34 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
I'll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit.... Read More »

 

Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers.... Read More »

 

Russia's Severstal sells U.S. steel plants to AK Steel, Steel Dynamics

8:48 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Russia's Severstal said it agreed to sell its two steel plants in the United States for $2.3 billion, withdrawing from the market at a time of rising tension between Russia and the West and turning its focus to its domestic business.... Read More »

 

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

American Axle's push to diversify drives growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
CEO David Dauch continues his father's quest to diversify American Axle & Manufacturing Inc.... Read More »

 

Volvo, ABB to develop fast-charging buses

7:22 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Swiss engineering group ABB and Volvo said they were setting up a global partnership to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with fast-charging systems.... Read More »

 

Why refresh Expedition? For Texans, Saudis

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The Ford Expedition, the last full-sized, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV in Ford's lineup, is getting a new look, a new engine and a load of new technology for the 2015 model year.... Read More »

 

Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial reality" and a "regulatory minefield." That is exactly why he wants to hit the technology hard and fast right now.... Read More »

 

The vision for self-driving cars? 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The self-driving car is moving from research lab to product plan, with a wave of advanced features due to hit the market by 2020, automakers and suppliers say.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen puts its faith in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
In conjunction with its announcement last week that it would invest $900 million to expand its Tennessee factory to accommodate a mid-sized cross-over tailored to the U.S. market, VW also mapped out plans for a new vehicle r&d center at its Chattanooga site, deviating from a tradition of central planning from Wolfsburg.... Read More »

 

More power to the redesigned Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week finally answered the two questions Mustang fans have wondered about all year: weight and power.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

1 great leader can turn GM around

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Great leaders of other large, struggling companies have demonstrated conclusively that GM is just one great leader away from regaining and surpassing its former greatness.... Read More »

 

Can Linux speed in-car systems?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers.... Read More »

 

BMW open to sharing battery technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI.... Read More »

 

WATCH THE ROAD

New head-up displays could change views for drivers and the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Head-up displays with "augmented reality," the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how drivers see the road.... Read More »

 

 
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