Americas

Tesla note irks some Model S owners

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Tesla Motors annoyed some owners of its Model S cars with an e-mail requesting that they stop hogging the free fast-charging stations the electric-vehicle maker provides to ease long-distance travel....
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Lexus fine-tunes LX, GS in return to luxury roots

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Lexus, which has been busy in recent years proving its hipness to millennials, came to this monied coastal enclave Thursday to show that it hasn't forgotten its roots, or its customers, in the old-school luxury market....
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Special edition BMW M4 concept to debut at Pebble Beach

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

BMW is showing a concept version of the first special edition M4 coupe that will be sold in the United States. The Concept M4 GTS debuts this week at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance....
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Mercedes C-class coupe to take on BMW 4 series, Audi A5

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

With the redesigned 2017 C-class coupe, Mercedes-Benz is aiming squarely at picking up sales against the BMW 4 series and the Audi A5. The redesigned coupe, with C300 and C300 4MATIC models, will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. next spring....
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After ripping Ford, Trump says other automakers building in Mexico are next

11:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Donald Trump told a Detroit newspaper that he plans to broaden his recent criticism of Ford to include other automakers that are expanding production in Mexico instead of the U.S. Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, said automakers can reduce labor costs by moving plants from Michigan to parts of the U.S. where wages are lower....
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Ford begins output of commercial trucks in Ohio

7:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

Ford today started building its medium-duty F-650 and F-750 commercial trucks at a Cleveland-area plant....
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Donald Trump bashes Ford in Mich. speech

6:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to the home state of the auto industry and attacked Ford for building factories in Mexico. And the Michigan faithful in attendance sided with the outspoken mogul....
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Hyundai shows luxury aims with 'Vision G' coupe

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Hyundai has built its luxury-car lineup around sedans such as the Genesis and Equus. On Tuesday, by unveiling a slinky coupe concept with self-opening doors, Hyundai signaled that a coupe may be next on its agenda....
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Mercedes R class production launched at AM General

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

AM General today launched production of the Mercedes-Benz R class at its assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind. The agreement with Mercedes-Benz makes AM General the German automaker's first U.S.-based contracted manufacturer....
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Thai stamping supplier to expand in Michigan

11:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Thai Summit America will break ground later this month on a 44,000-square-foot expansion in Michigan. The North American subsidiary of Thailand-based Thai Summit Group announced earlier this year it would spend $52.5 million to expand its metal stamping operations....
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GM workers strike in Brazil; Daimler cutting jobs

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

A strike on Monday paralyzed work at a General Motors plant in Brazil and a nearby Daimler truck factory threatened job cuts as labor tensions boiled over in a slumping market....
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Ohio's future dealers learn to lobby, network

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Ohio Automobile Dealers Association's Next Gen Dealer Program helps budding dealers learn legislative issues, processes and network....
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Hear marketing execs on getting messages heard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

With a constantly changing marketing landscape, how are you ensuring that your message is on target, fluid and reaching new and diverse consumers? Three influential automotive marketing executives will discuss the topic at the Automotive News Marketing Seminar on Sept. 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis....
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Tesla alters first sales incentive after Va. cracks down

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Virginia regulators have taken issue with Tesla Motors' new Model S referral program, prompting the maker of luxury electric cars to change the program in that state....
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Ford hires second supplier to help with F-150 frame production

2:43 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Ford is bringing a second supplier of steel frames for the F-150 on board to ease a supply shortage that has slowed production for months, a person with knowledge of the matter told Automotive News. The new supplier is said to be Tower International, which already builds body structures for the F series and several other Ford models....
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AutoCanada Q2 net grows 5.4%, but same-store results decline

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

AutoCanada said its second-quarter net rose 5.4 percent to $13.5 million Canadian (US$10.9 million), as gains from newly acquired dealerships offset economic headwinds in western Canada's oil patch....
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Nexteer, TI Automotive plan new home offices in suburban Detroit

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015

Nexteer Automotive said it would locate its new headquarters north of Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich., by next summer. TI Automotive also said it would lease and build out a new facility in the Detroit suburb...
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VW plans big role for Chattanooga engineers

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Volkswagen's new U.S. engineering office will have critical responsibility when it is fully staffed and operational later in this decade. The office will create new models adapted to U.S. tastes, a key goal for the German automaker....
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Michigan governor markets state's automotive high-tech future

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has kicked off a new marketing campaign, entitled “We Run on Brainpower.” The goal is to remind engineers that Michigan is the place to go for jobs in automotive high tech innovation....
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Key vehicles generate K.C. supplier boom

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Eleven suppliers have opened plants in the Kansas City area since 2013, generating 1,800 jobs and $75 millioncq in new payroll. Kansas City's supplier community is booming because of a lucky convergence. A trio of big volume vehicles cranked up production in close order....
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ZF opens office in Mexico to find Tier 2 suppliers

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

When ZF North America wanted to find Tier 2 suppliers in Mexico to make parts for a transmission plant in Graycourt, S.C., the German transmission company decided it needed to get better acquainted with the local supplier community....
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Favorable tariffs, inexpensive labor boost Mexico

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

By 2018, light-vehicle production in Mexico is expected to approach 4.4 million units, up 26 percent from last year's output, according to a forecast by the Center for Automotive Research....
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Canada auto sales edge up in July; Ford and GM down

4:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Canadian auto sales rose 0.4 percent in July from a year earlier but some major automakers, including Ford and GM, saw sales decline....
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Steelmakers prep Ala. plant to battle aluminum

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A joint venture plant in Alabama, AM/NS Calvert, is preparing to produce the latest generation of ultra high-strength steel for the North American automobile industry....
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BLOG: Honda's formula for recruiting assembly workers

10:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Jeff Tomko was one of the speakers who got deleted from the Monday program by the chaos of the local power outage. That's too bad, because he would have been a good counter-point to some of the comments heard here about the difficulty of recruiting manufacturing workers....
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