Manufacturing

Tesla's gigafactory buzz takes root in Reno

8:36 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Tesla's $5 billion “gigafactory” may be the best thing to happen to northern Nevada since the silver rush of the 1850s and the gaming boom a century later. The company's decision to build the facility in an industrial park east of town is giving the self-proclaimed “Biggest Little City in the World” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to diversify the economy and transcend Reno's image as a downmarket Las Vegas....
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EDITORIAL

Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety....
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JESSE SNYDER

'Car guy' passion is universal

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

I have always been impressed at how the auto industry is full of people with passion. I don't mean folks who like their jobs. I mean individuals who adore cars, who absolutely love what they do. And the car biz is full of people who think beyond the task at hand....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Electronic gremlins may keep old cars off the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Advanced electronics have transformed every aspect of today's automobile. They are cleaner, faster, safer, more efficient and more capable. But here's the downside: As light vehicles age, repairs could get more difficult and expensive -- especially as high-quality electronic replacement parts become harder to obtain....
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Alfa Romeo readies unveiling of key Giulia midsize sedan

June 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Alfa Romeo's new Giulia midsize sedan, which will be unveiled Wednesday, is crucial to the struggling brand's revival. The Giulia will sit on Alfa's new rear-wheel/all-wheel-drive Giorgio platform and offer high-performance engines, including a Maserati-derived V-6....
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VW supplier Gestamp to open U.S. facility, report says

3:05 pm U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Spanish auto supplier Gestamp is planning to open a new pressing facility to supply Volkswagen's production in Tennessee, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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China's Wanxiang plans to build Fisker Karma in S. Calif.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Fisker Automotive and Technology Group plans to revive production of the Fisker hybrid sports car in a new plant to be built in Southern California....
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U.S. audit finds NHTSA hobbled by systemic, staff shortcomings

7:30 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

NHTSA is beset with longstanding, systemic operating problems that have undermined the agency's ability to adequately police auto safety for years, an audit of the agency shows. The report, by the Department of Transportation's inspector general, also found the agency failed for more than a decade to uncover the GM ignition switch defect, which is now linked to more than 100 deaths....
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PSA will open Morocco plant to cut costs, lift emerging market sales

June 19, 2015 15:14 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen unveiled plans to build a Moroccan factory as the carmaker seeks to boost sales in Africa and reduce its reliance on Europe following a brush with bankruptcy. The Morocco-built models are likely to replace the Peugeot 301 and Citroen C-Elysee sedans produced in Spain....
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Honda confirms 8th fatality from exploded Takata airbag

6:34 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Honda confirmed an eighth fatal victim of a ruptured Takata airbag inflator after completing the investigation of a September crash in Los Angeles....
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Alfa's new sport sedan to get Ferrari V-6 power, report says

10:07 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

The new Alfa Romeo sport sedan, which is set to be introduced next week in Italy, is expected to feature a Ferrari-derived V-6 engine under the hood, according to a report....
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Porsche buys Kuka machine tool unit to enhance lightweight production

June 19, 2015 17:24 CET

Porsche has bought the machine tool unit of industrial robot maker Kuka to enhance production of sports cars amid a growing use of lightweight materials. The transaction may cost Porsche between 10 million euros ($11.34 million) and 25 million euros....
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Toyota torques up turbodiesel lineup for trucks

10:26 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Toyota is stepping up a global upgrade of high-efficiency powerplants through the end of this year with the deployment of two new turbodiesel engines....
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Toyota appeals $327 million tax bill in Thailand

7:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Toyota said its Thailand subsidiary is appealing a Thai government order to pay additional taxes that the Nikkei business daily said would total more than 11 billion baht ($327 million)....
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Fiat Chrysler recall failings detailed by regulators, report says

7:44 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

U.S. auto safety regulators have "tentatively concluded" that FCA did not adequately remedy safety defects in a timely manner, notify car owners of recalls or keep federal officials informed about ongoing issues, according to an official document seen by Reuters on Wednesday....
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Few vehicles offer easy child restraint installation, IIHS says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

Only three vehicles for the 2015 model year, out of more than 100, feature easy-to-use child restraint installation hardware, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said today....
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Steelmaker ArcelorMittal shifts strategy in response to Ford's use of aluminum

7:08 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

When Ford confirmed last year it would build its most popular pickup using aluminum, the automaker's steel supplier was caught flat-footed. Now ArcelorMittal, the top worldwide supplier of steel for autos, has built a two-pronged response to try to head off defections by other customers....
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Eberspaecher fined 68 million euros over parking-heater cartel

June 17, 2015 12:44 CET

The European Commission has fined Germany's Eberspaecher Group 68 million euros ($76.6 million) after finding Eberspaecher and fellow supplier Webasto had fixed prices of heating systems in cars and trucks....
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GM uses old Volt batteries to power office building

3:06 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

General Motors said it is using old batteries from its first-generation Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car for secondary purposes including powering an office building....
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Audi engine chief leaving amid EV push, pressure from Mercedes

2:25 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Audi's engine development chief is leaving the company just as the luxury brand is pushing into electric vehicles and faces growing competition from its German peer Mercedes-Benz....
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Audi's engine chief quits, adding pressure amid rising competition from Mercedes

June 16, 2015 19:03 CET

Audi's engine development chief, Stefan Knirsch, is leaving the company just as the brand is pushing into electric cars and faces growing competition from rival Mercedes....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The dark side of electronics

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

As automobiles age and the quality of replacement parts for the electronics diminish, repairs become difficult, frustrating and expensive....
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Honda recalls 1.39 million vehicles for passenger airbag flaw

5:31 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

American Honda said it will recall about 1.39 million vehicles with faulty passenger-side airbags made by Takata....
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GM returns to medium-duty truck market, partners with Isuzu

6:58 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

General Motors is returning to the medium-duty commercial truck business in the U.S. next year after a seven-year hiatus, a move that GM believes will lead to more sales of pickups, vans and other trucks to fleet buyers....
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UAW begins talks with U.S. automakers in July

2:03 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

The UAW, seeking to close the pay gap between veteran and newer workers, will begin formal negotiations with the biggest U.S. automakers next month, union Vice President Jimmy Settles told reporters today....
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