Manufacturing

Ford begins 'massive undertaking' to manufacture aluminum pickup

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford has begun an eight-week closure of its F-150 pickup plant near Detroit to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the United States.... Read More »

 

JCI, Unifor labor deal averts threat to GM output in Canada

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
About 300 unionized workers at a Johnson Controls interiors plant in Ontario ratified a new three-year contract, heading off a potential strike at the factory and work stoppage at General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex.... Read More »

 

Cash surge, lighter batteries power A123 comeback

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A123 Systems LLC is in the midst of a recharge. Despite political opposition, it emerged from bankruptcy last year under the ownership of Chinese supplier conglomerate Wanxiang Group, made sweeping business plan changes and is expected to be cash flow positive for the first time in its history this year.... Read More »

 

Regulators' sweep threatens auto parts business model

Aug. 25, 2014 12:32 CET
Suppliers who have colluded for years to inflate parts prices for automakers, dealers and repair shops in a global market with annual sales of more than 80 million vehicles, are now being exposed in a worldwide sweep by regulators.... Read More »

 

Russia's AvtoVAZ to cut Lada production

Aug. 25, 2014 12:02 CET
Russia's AvtoVAZ said it plans to cut production of its Lada cars in the next three months by 25,000 because of rapidly declining demand for new vehicles in the country.... Read More »

 

Hyundai meets union today after boycott over pay

6:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Hyundai Motor's management is meeting workers today to resolve differences over wage demands after losing two days of extra weekend shifts to a boycott.... Read More »

 

Chicago charts a course in autonomous vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Companies that draw on Chicago's historic strengths in electronics design and manufacturing, wireless communications and mapping, are well-positioned for a key role in the development of the connected car.... Read More »

 

WANTED: WEBMASTER

Funding-strapped feds search for someone to run the 'Internet of cars'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
While federal officials and researchers today envision a so-called Internet of cars that would make driving safer by linking vehicles through a wireless network, they have all but ruled out funding, building or running it themselves.... Read More »

 

Continental's high-tech strategy shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Continental's pick-up of Google executive underscores how the supplier sees specialized software and services as increasingly crucial to its future.... Read More »

 

Special-order '15 F-150s to arrive in February

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford's 3,000 U.S. dealers will begin receiving stock orders of 2015 F-150 pickups by year end, but customers who order a truck with a specific trim and colors will have to wait until February to take delivery, according to a letter from Ford that was leaked onto the Internet.... Read More »

 

Magna ready to loosen purse strings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Magna International Inc., the largest auto supplier in North America, will consider major acquisitions.... Read More »

 

He bested Clinton; now what about cabbies?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Amid regulatory battles and fierce opposition from cab companies, Uber CEO David Plouffe has turned to the 47-year-old, erstwhile boy genius to strategize for the car-booking service.... Read More »

 

NGK to plead guilty in price-fix probe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
NGK Spark Plug Co. agreed to plead guilty and pay a $52.1 million criminal fine over its role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for spark plugs and other automotive parts, the Department of Justice said last week.... Read More »

 

Saab seeks ally to fund its fresh start

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Saab's owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, says it is in discussions with potential partners as it seeks to restart car production and develop future models.... Read More »

 

1st brand with 30 mpg pickup wins, Hegbloom says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Engineers are not satisfied with the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel's 28 mpg EPA highway rating and are gunning for 30 -- and eventually higher.... Read More »

 

RISING DAUGHTERS

In culture shift, female engineers take the wheel in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Japanese carmakers, long a preserve of tight-knit, workaholic old boys' clubs, have finally tuned into the need for more diverse input into developing, making and selling their products.... Read More »

 

Supplier Metaldyne Performance files for stock offering

8:16 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Metaldyne Performance Group, a holding company for three auto suppliers merged earlier this month by private equity firm American Securities LLC, filed with federal regulators for an initial public offering of its common shares.... Read More »

 

GM reviews timing of Russia plant expansion

Aug. 22, 2014 17:19 CET
GM is reviewing the timing of the expansion of its Russian plant near St. Petersburg because of a slump in the country's auto market.... Read More »

 

Canadian JCI workers reach tentative pact

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Canadian union workers at an interiors plant that supplies General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex have reached a tentative contract agreement that could avert a strike at the supplier plant.... Read More »

 

GM opens IT center in Phoenix, plans to hire 1,000 workers

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
General Motors said it opened its fourth information technology center today -- this one in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.... Read More »

 

Toyota to expand Highlander production in Indiana, invest $100 million

11:36 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Toyota said today it will spend $100 million to increase production of the Highlander crossover in Princeton, Ind. The Highlander has been bumping against its production ceiling at the Indiana assembly plant.... Read More »

 

GM cuts production in Russia as market slump continues

Aug. 21, 2014 15:49 CET
General Motors said it will reduce production at its plant near St. Petersburg, Russia, citing a continued slowdown of the country's auto market.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says

7:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters.... Read More »

 

Ford tells U.S. dealers to stop selling some C-Max, Focus models

11:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Ford told its dealers in the United States to stop test-driving and selling C-Max and Focus models produced during a week this month because of potential problems with the steering gear assembly, a notice sent to dealers on Wednesday shows.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Is Ford rolling the dice with changes to 2015 Mustang?

2:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
The new Mustang is bigger, heavier, thirstier and more expensive than the outgoing '14 model. It's a recipe for killing a sports car.... Read More »

 

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