Manufacturing

Toyota supplier celebrates Nobel Prize winners

7:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
A Toyota-affiliated supplier is applauding two of its researchers as winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics....
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BMW-backed researchers close in on cheaper carbon fiber

11:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Large-scale manufacturing of cars made with lightweight carbon fiber is moving closer to reality as costs start to fall, according to a materials-development group that has BMW as a partner....
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Mercedes-Benz rewarded with EPA credits for adopting start-stop

8:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will get extra credit on U.S. fuel economy standards for putting start-stop systems in its luxury cars -- but not as much as the automaker had hoped....
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Chrysler names Harlow to replace Pino atop NAFTA manufacturing

11:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Chrysler Group has dispatched its Italian-born head of North American manufacturing, Mauro Pino, to Latin America and replaced him with its head of powertrain manufacturing....
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Voice controls, electronic assistants can overwhelm drivers, AAA research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Systems such as Apple's Siri electronic assistant, which automakers started installing in vehicles in 2013, may be as mentally taxing as the buttons and knobs they replace, research released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests....
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THE GM RECALL

GM recalls 7,601 Chevrolet Caprice police cars

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
General Motors is recalling 7,601 Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles from the 2011-13 model years for a problem with the gear shifter that could allow the car to roll away while in park....
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Q&A

F-150 chief engineer: Redesign 'sets us up for the next 15 years'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
With the redesigned F-150 pickup, Ford is out to prove conventional wisdom that only bigger and heavier can deliver more power and capability. Automotive News sat down with Pete Reyes, chief engineer of the 2015 pickup, the first mass market truck with a body made of lightweight aluminum alloys, or what Ford likes to call “military grade.”...
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Toyota supplier Denso considers Japan expansion as yen weakens

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Denso is giving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a reason to believe his weak yen policy will eventually boost investment by manufacturers. The supplier, an affiliate of Toyota and the automaker's biggest supplier, said it’s considering expanding production in Japan....
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Chrysler recalls cargo vans due to inadvertent airbag deployments

8:22 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Chrysler is recalling about 22,100 small cargo vans because of inadvertent side airbag deployments, the company and federal safety regulators said today....
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Shiloh acquires stamping firm Radar Industries for $58 million

7:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Ohio's Shiloh Industries has acquired metal stamping supplier Radar Industries for nearly $58 million....
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After 4 Fit Hybrid recalls, Honda adds another r&d gate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Burned by four recalls of its redesigned Fit Hybrid in just nine months, Honda Motor Co. is overhauling its r&d process to intercept problems better....
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Infiniti plans family of smaller, more powerful engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
PARIS — Infiniti is developing a family of aluminum engines that will begin hitting the market within two years, promising more horsepower for its higher end cars....
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Steel boosters step on Ford's football turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
A series of radio commercials broadcast this season in Michigan and Ohio during Detroit Lions football games exhorts shoppers to make sure they get a steel body on their new car, pickup or SUV....
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F-150: Nimble, comfy, but 700 pounds lighter?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Ford let auto writers, dealers and consumers test drive the redesigned 2015 F-150, with an aluminum body, in Texas ahead of its arrival late this year....
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Mexico auto output, exports rise in September

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Mexican auto production and exports rose in September compared with the same month last year, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said on Monday....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

AvtoVAZ rebound key to Ghosn's grand plan for Renault-Nissan

Oct. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's plan to make the alliance one of the top three global automakers by 2016 could be derailed if Russia's largest automaker, AvtoVAZ, fails to recover from the country's latest market collapse....
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MIKE COLIAS

Small engines could power a big GM change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Not long ago, the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in U.S. showrooms. Times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards....
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Wrangler shock wave hits Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, dropped a bomb at the Paris auto show last week, and it landed 4,000 miles west on Toledo, Ohio....
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Airbag flaw snags GM pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The high-profile launch of General Motors' new midsize pickup trucks hit an early snag last week as GM told dealers to halt deliveries because of a pending safety recall to fix an airbag wiring defect....
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Ram to produce more diesel-powered pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Chrysler says it will produce more light-duty, diesel-powered Ram pickups to meet strong demand. The company said the optional diesel engine will account for 20 percent of the Ram 1500 pickup's annual production, an estimated 70,000 vehicles, up from 10 percent today....
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BEST PRACTICES

Maine store's free tires bring customers back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Stanley Subaru gives its new-vehicle buyers a benefit it calls "Tires for Life."...
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Japanese automakers idle domestic plants as typhoon strikes

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Toyota halted production on Monday morning at 12 plants in central Japan due to a typhoon that hit the region....
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Ford F-150 comes loaded with high-tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Ford is bringing technology into the 2015 F-150 pickup more commonly associated with luxury cars. The list of new features is so long, it might seem bewildering to customers. Ford says it has taken out or applied for about 100 patents on the redesigned truck....
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Tesla battery factory near Reno is bet Nevada will see new gold rush

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2014
Tesla's plans for a giant, advanced battery factory in a dry, desolate desert are raising hopes old Nevada, symbolized by adult entertainment like gambling and prostitution, will meet a new Nevada, where high-tech manufacturing and distribution businesses built on an immense scale can restore some of the state's fabled wealth....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Wrangler is so engrained in its DNA, the city should be spelled Toledo, OIIIIIIIO

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
My hometown completely freaked out Thursday. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne disclosed the next-generation Jeep Wrangler might have to be manufactured somewhere else other than in its historic home in Toledo....
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