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Mercedes plans to move R-class production to AM General in Indiana

10:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Mercedes-Benz plans to shift production of the R-class crossover from its Alabama plant to contract manufacturer AM General in Indiana this summer. The German automaker said it needed to free up space in its assembly operations near Tuscaloosa, Ala.... Read More »

 

Toyota to move to merit-based pay for Japan factory workers, report says

8:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Toyota will change the way it pays factory workers, focusing on their performance rather than their seniority, the Nikkei reported on Monday.... Read More »

 

GM to cut production of Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano

11:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors is cutting production of its Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano small cars amid higher-than-normal inventories, a sign that low gasoline prices could be weakening the sales outlook for small cars.... Read More »

 

Honda signals shift from Takata, hires rival to supply Accord airbags, report says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Honda has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata to supply airbags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision told Reuters... Read More »

 

Toyota supplier weighs raising airbag capacity as demand climbs

9:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Toyoda Gosei, a supplier part-owned by Toyota, is considering increasing its capacity for making airbags to cater to expanding global demand for the safety devices.... Read More »

 

Japan's Daicel to lift inflator output after Takata recalls

8:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Japan's Daicel said it would boost production of airbag inflators to meet demand for the component at the heart of rival Takata's quality problems, which have led to the recall of more than 24 million vehicles worldwide since 2008.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Marchionne's Wrangler conundrum will require creativity

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
I truly believe that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne would prefer to write a big check and keep the next generation Jeep Wrangler in its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. The problem? There's not much wiggle room right now in the corporate checking account.... Read More »

 

Subaru expects 7th year of record U.S. sales

11:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Subaru expects US sales to climb 5 percent in 2015, for a seventh straight record year, pushing North America volume to within a hair of its 2020 target -- five years ahead of schedule.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Mobis to build $418 million parts factory in Mexico

6:29 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Hyundai Mobis, an automotive parts affiliate of Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, said it has signed a deal to build a $417.71 million factory in Mexico to meet demand from the South Korean automakers.... Read More »

 

Two Italian suppliers pick Indiana for new U.S. operations

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Two Italian auto suppliers -- OMR Automotive and Sirmax -- today picked Indiana for significant new operations, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced.... Read More »

 

Autoliv has contracts for 25 million replacement Takata airbag inflators

12:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Autoliv, the world’s largest supplier of automotive airbags, says it has signed contracts with several automakers to deliver up to 25 million inflators to fix potentially defective airbags produced by Takata.... Read More »

 

Supplier Linamar to add 1,200 jobs, invest $425 million

10:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Canadian supplier Linamar will add up to 1,200 jobs at a plant in Guelph, Ontario, developing fuel-efficient transmissions, with 10 percent of the new investment paid by the Canadian government.... Read More »

 

Toyota to build more SUVs as U.S. demand provides edge over VW

7:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Toyota will build more SUVs this year at factories in Japan and Canada to meet rising US demand, the carmaker’s top North American executive said.... Read More »

 

Honda invests $340 million in Ohio for fuel-efficient cars

8:50 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Honda will invest $340 million to build fuel-efficient, gasoline engines in Ohio, as it plans a slate of new electric cars in a push for more vehicles with lower emissions.... Read More »

 

GM to crank up production of Escalades amid tight supplies

12:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Cadillac is boosting production of its Escalade SUV amid strong demand for the redesigned truck, which rolled out last spring.... Read More »

 

Local Motors brings its 3-D car factory to Detroit

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
In rectangular space on the Detroit auto show floor about the size of an extended van, Local Motors is using a 3-D printer to create the body of its Strati car in about 44 hours. In a few days, the Strati, which means "layers" in Italian, will be assembled and drivable.... Read More »

 

Volvo sees two new sedans helping it rebuild U.S. sales

5:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Volvo debuted two new sedans today: its Chinese-made S60 Inscription and S60 Cross Country.... Read More »

 

Marchionne says industry may have over-reacted on recalls

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne today said incentive spending in the United States is not excessive and that the industry may have over-reacted on recalls.... Read More »

 

Volvo mulls U.S. plant; Chinese-made 'strategic flagship' may be exported to U.S., report says

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Volvo is considering building an assembly plant in the United States and also may export a "strategic flagship" sedan made in China to the US, people familiar with the Chinese-owned automaker's plans told Reuters.... Read More »

 

FCA's planned 90-day Windsor shutdown could squeeze dealer supplies of minivans

4:41 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
A planned three-month shutdown of Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant starting in mid-February could leave dealers scrambling to find minivans. But Reid Bigland, the automaker's head of US sales as well as the head of FCA Canada, said dealers will have sufficient inventory during the shutdown to prepare for the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country.... Read More »

 

Viper to offer new one-of-one customization options in Feb.

11:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Dodge will begin offering “one-of-one” customized Vipers next month to customers, complete with a personalized name tag embossed into the instrument panel. The custom Vipers will be available in a new GTC trim level in more than 25 million unique build combinations, Dodge said in a statement.... Read More »

 

JCI to unveil battery just for vehicle stop-start systems

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Johnson Controls has developed a small lithium ion battery for use only by vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds.... Read More »

 

Obama plans visit to Ford plant near Detroit

11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
President Obama is scheduled to visit the Detroit area on Wednesday and visit a Ford assembly plant to talk about the auto industry’s successes in the five years since his administration rescued General Motors and Chrysler Group.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

A million Jeeps in 2014 means Marchionne has some hard choices to make

11:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
One million. That big, round, Doctor Evil-loving, base-ten global sales number has blasted any remaining doubt that 2014 was the Jeep brand's year of the century.... Read More »

 

Subaru scraps plan to shift Crosstrek production to U.S., report says

7:50 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2014
Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru brand cars and SUVs, has scrapped a plan to shift production of the new XV Crosstrek to its plant in the United States and will instead make the SUV in Japan, a source familiar with the company's production plans told Reuters.... Read More »

 

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