Automotive

No EV talk no problem at all

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The annual Vienna Motor Symposium always attracts big thinkers and lots of provocative talk, and this year was no exception. We sat down with Fritz Indra, former head of powertrain development at General Motors and Audi and now an adviser to AVL List, the Austrian engineering powerhouse. He is no great fan of electric vehicles....
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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. in a strategy of letting competitors use patented technology in order to accelerate development of electric-drive vehicles. Ford will open up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology. Unlike Tesla and Toyota, it will license its patents for a fee, the company said....
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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 2020, by rapidly broadening its customer base beyond Nissan....
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JESSE SNYDER

A tale of 2 production booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe....
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EDITORIAL

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....
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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....
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Designers aim at China's new generation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2015

The brash design of Nissan's designed-for-China Lannia sedan, which even its chief product specialist admits probably wouldn't fly elsewhere, represents a bid to win the coveted 20-something segment that soon could account for half the Chinese market....
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Automakers race to meet sizzling demand for performance vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2015

Despite ever-tightening emissions laws and fuel economy requirements, sales of high-performance models in the U.S. have outpaced global growth since the teeth of the recession in 2009....
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BMW partner will build X4 in Russia from U.S. kits

May 31, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add production of the X4 SUV in Russia with local partner Avtotor using kits shipped from the automaker's U.S. plant. BMW and rival Mercedes-Benz are keen on Russian production despite the market's downturn to avoid import tariffs....
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2015 CROSSROADS

UAW's rich health care wears a bull's-eye

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2015

The UAW may be forced to compromise on the rich health care benefits paid its members to secure other gains in the upcoming Detroit 3 contract talks....
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Regulated France is fertile ground for car-sharing

May 30, 2015 06:15 CET

Drivy, a French firm that helps car owners rent out their vehicles, has bought a German rival in the latest sign that France is becoming a hub for the booming vehicle-sharing sector, with help rather than hindrance from the country's notorious red tape....
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California bends but doesn't yield on ZEVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2015

Jaguar, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo may be small, but California won't spare them from putting electrified vehicles on the market....
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Ford F-150 output pinched by frame shortage, workers say

11:55 am U.S. ET | May 29, 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 workers and a UAW official. They said Ford has canceled some planned overtime at the two plants that build the pickup and sent workers there home early multiple times in the past few months....
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Harman acquires Bang & Olufsen Automotive

4:13 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Harman Industrial Industries, a supplier of infotainment, audio and software services, said today it has completed the $156 million acquisition of Bang & Olufsen Automotive, a supplier of audio products to luxury automakers....
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American Axle may land tenants for Detroit site

2:15 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

American Axle & Manufacturing is in talks with prospective manufacturing tenants to be located at its former manufacturing grounds near the company's Detroit headquarters....
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Takata's U.S. deal will lead to faster airbag fixes, Foxx says

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

The legal order signed by troubled supplier Takata with federal regulators last week will speed the investigation to determine the reason airbags are exploding and injuring motorists, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said....
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Daimler chases Tesla in solar-powered batteries

12:24 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Daimler is chasing Tesla Motors in a push to sell batteries for storing energy generated in daylight hours from rooftop solar panels to homeowners and businesses....
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Automakers asked by House panel about cybersecurity policies

5:21 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

As in-car Wifi and smartphone integration becomes increasingly common, lawmakers want to know how automakers plan to prevent hackers from compromising safety by tapping in through a car's digital connection....
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Key Safety ramps up airbag inflator production

4:10 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems said today it will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December....
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Honda expands airbag recall in Japan

4:32 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly defective airbag inflators....
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BMW recalls vehicles with Takata airbags

May 28, 2015 21:31 CET

BMW is recalling 420,661 vehicles in the U.S. due to issues involving Takata airbags. The automaker is recalling 20 models to replace driver-side front airbag inflators....
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UK car output drops 3.8% in April on falling exports to China, Russia

May 28, 2015 11:03 CET

UK car production fell 3.8 percent in April as stronger demand at home failed to outweigh a fall in exports to China and Russia....
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Apple exec adds to chatter that tech company is working on a car

May 28, 2015 11:29 CET

Apple has increased speculation that it will use its massive cash reserves to work on a car after a senior company executive said a car would be the "ultimate mobile device" when asked about new products at a technology conference....
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Volvo inks plant deal with S.C.

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Volvo Cars of North America signed an agreement today with the state of South Carolina, where it will build its first U.S. factory....
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GM to invest $175M in Michigan plant to gear up for 2016 Camaro

9:30 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

General Motors said today that it will invest $175 million in new tooling and equipment to bring production of the Chevrolet Camaro to its assembly plant in Lansing, Mich....
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