Automotive

Ford's Turkish unit halts output as labor dispute resumes

May 26, 2015 08:56 CET

The Turkish unit of Ford suspended operations at one of its plants after a week-long labor dispute flared up again....
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Auto industry's $23 billion investment in Mexico may face snarls at ports

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Carmakers from Nissan to Mazda are churning out record numbers of vehicles in Mexico destined for consumers abroad, but some executives are worried that the factory hum will slow in coming years as exports get bogged down by congestion at the nation’s ports....
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Lamborghini set to announce Italian production for new SUV, report says

May 25, 2015 19:24 CET

Lamborghini is set to announce Wednesday that it will build a new SUV in Italy, sources said. The carmaker has said it has the potential to sell 3,000 SUVs a year, more than doubling the size of the brand....
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Renault offers concessions to workers in bid to end Turkish strike

May 25, 2015 11:08 CET

Oyak Renault, the Turkish arm of the French carmaker, has offered concessions including a cash lump sum to striking workers if they return to work. Turkey's automotive sector has been hit by wider labor unrest that has also affected Ford and Fiat units in the country....
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Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the costs of the body switch would have outweighed the benefits....
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Ford makes over another icon by going aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The F-150 isn't the only Ford Motor Co. icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you'll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval....
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GABE NELSON

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human drivers, but unquestionably safe....
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Software issues hold back some Renegades

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here?...
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GM wrings more pickups out of busy plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant is trimming lunch breaks and hiring extra weekend staff to fill surprisingly strong demand for its midsize pickups and commercial vans....
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JLR aiming high with SVO unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover hopes to match its German competition with a specially badged line of performance and luxury variants....
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Will Nissan's big gamble on Maxima pay off?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Nissan was leaning toward killing the Maxima sedan as the industry recovered from the recession and turned to smaller models. Instead, Nissan went the other way to create the eighth-generation 2016 Maxima....
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Lessons from a self-driving instructor

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, was on the team that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a Pentagon-sponsored competition and one of the first significant projects involving self-driving vehicles in urban environments. He has been intricately involved in development of the cars ever since....
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EDITORIAL

Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. finally to admit that its recalled airbags are defective and has set a July 2 public hearing to investigate Fiat Chrysler's performance in a series of 20 recalls....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lear: 'Facts speak for themselves'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Recently, you may have seen some allegations in the media by the UAW about unfair labor practices or unsafe working conditions at Lear. Those allegations are untrue....
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European automakers criticize new tests to weed out 'dirty diesels'

May 24, 2015 06:01 CET

European automakers voiced concern over an upcoming regulation that will require diesel car emissions to be tested under "real world" conditions....
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Now, Nissan will build up products, tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2015

Wrapping up several years of opening factories, Nissan will now channel investment into new products and technologies, including electrified drivetrains, fuel cells, autonomous drive systems and connected cars, says CEO Carlos Ghosn....
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Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

The April announcement that Toyota will move Corolla production from Canada to a new Mexican plant has rejuvenated a unionizing campaign aimed at the automaker. Unifor is hoping to drum up support for a vote by the end of the year to determine if factories in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, will become Toyota's first unionized plants in North America....
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SIGNAL STRENGTH

Regulators, automakers, entrepreneurs push to break through the V2V roadblock

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, which allows vehicles to signal their locations to one another and possibly avert collisions, is starting to look like the auto industry's version of a Catch-22....
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Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 seen in Detroit

11:15 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

A 2016 preproduction Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 showed up Saturday at a Cars And Coffee event in suburban Detroit....
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GM promotes former Opel engineer to Asian tech center chief

May 23, 2015 06:01 CET

General Motors named former Opel engineer Tobias Suenner as president of its technical center in Shanghai. Suenner moves to the role from his current job as GM's chief engineer for compact cars....
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Daimler, Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging

4:43 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

Daimler formed a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables....
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Honda Pilot seeks a smoother landing

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

Honda's redesigned 2016 Pilot is a chance for a major course correction after the previous generation's design and timing set it off in the wrong direction....
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Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plants

May 22, 2015 10:31 CET

Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. But production at Renault's local plant remained disrupted and the automaker has said it might review investment in the market....
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Jaguar Land Rover close to deciding on eastern European plant, report says

May 22, 2015 21:33 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is close to deciding on a new plant in eastern Europe that likely will build its next Defender SUV, reports said....
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Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new models

May 22, 2015 15:10 CET

Daimler plans to invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, Germany, in preparation to build two new models....
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