Manufacturing

Takata tightens screws on suppliers as airbag crisis mounts, report says

8:05 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Takata has begun enforcing tighter quality controls on a group of parts suppliers as the auto safety equipment maker boosts production to replace millions of air bags recalled for a potentially deadly defect, people familiar with the situation told Reuters....
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Audi Q7 slims down for 2015

1:48 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Audi is shrinking the Q7 SUV. By reducing the size slightly and constructing the body with a mixture of high-strength steel and aluminum, the three-row SUV drops 716 pounds....
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Renault-Nissan Alliance shuffles purchasing team

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi, 58, to executive vice president of the two companies' joint purchasing operation....
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Mazda expands airbag inflator recall

11:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Mazda said it will replace driver-side Takata airbag inflators in some 330,000 vehicles in the United States, expanding an earlier effort limited to regions with high humidity....
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Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh....
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NICK GIBBS

Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van....
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Ford-Getrag JV names new COO

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss....
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GM to double Mexico production capacity, invest $3.6 billion in plants

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $3.6 billion in Mexico to double its production capacity at its plants around the country, officials said today....
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Takata patent history shows decades spent seeking safer airbags

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Airbag patents show researchers probed ways to make the devices more durable and the explosive propellant inside them more stable for decades before Takata products designed to save lives started killing people....
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White House rolls out tire safety, efficiency program with NASCAR

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
The White House rolled out a new program aimed at getting American consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes....
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Honda planning worldwide recall for Takata airbags, Ito says

5:53 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Honda President Takanobu Ito said his company is planning to launch a worldwide investigative airbag recall, just days after extending a similar callback in the United States. Ito also expressed frustration with the response of Japanese airbag supplier Takata, but said Honda will offer support if Takata tips into financial difficulties....
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Mazda recall of Takata airbags to be expanded nationwide

7:41 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Mazda will soon expand a recall of vehicles in the U.S. involving potentially defective airbags from Takata, the automaker said today....
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Minority supplier council names former retail executive as new leader

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council has hired Michelle Sourie Robinson as its new CEO. She will succeed Louis Green in the nonprofit's top post, starting January 5....
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RICHARD TRUETT

You can call it a crossover, but I know a hatchback when I see one

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Small utility vehicles -- or maybe small vehicles with a lot of utility -- are starting to look like The Next Big Thing. And so automakers are tattooing what are basically hatchbacks with the crossover label. Will buyers be fooled?...
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UAW will propose works council at VW after partial recognition

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The UAW said it will propose a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and continue its push for collective bargaining for members there following the company’s recognition that the union represents at least 45 percent of plant workers....
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Chrysler poised to invest $266M to expand 8-speed transmission production

11:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to invest $266 million into its massive Kokomo Transmission complex in Indiana to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission. On Monday night, elected officials in Kokomo unanimously approved a request by Chrysler for a 10-year tax abatement for the project, local media reported....
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Jaguar recalls 7,079 F-Type sports cars in U.S. for airbag wiring

9:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 7,079 Jaguar F-Type sports cars in the U.S. because potential incorrect wiring could lead to the front-passenger airbag not activating, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators....
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U.S. judge stalls Takata class action as jurisdiction gets decided

6:43 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Consumers can't immediately pursue a lawsuit against Takata and multiple carmakers claiming loss of vehicle value tied to airbag recalls while awaiting a decision that would combine more than 50 cases before one judge....
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Toyota overhauls supply chain to aid r&d efforts

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Toyota is overhauling its Toyota Group supplier network to better support its next generation product platform and develop advanced active safety technologies....
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UAW gains partial recognition at VW plant in Tenn.

7:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
The UAW gained a partial and unconventional recognition from Volkswagen AG after proving to the company that it represents at least 45 percent of workers at the company's plant in Tennessee, the union and a company spokesman said Monday....
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Chrysler Pentastar V-6s to get turbos and direct injection, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Chrysler Group is improving its Pentastar family of V-6s, adding direct injection, turbocharging and other technology to enable smaller displacement engines to power its vehicles....
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Takata brass waits in the bunker as airbag crisis grows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Takata promoted Swiss-born Stefan Stocker to president last year to inject global thinking and openness into the insular, family-dominated Japanese supplier. But the company has been anything but transparent in its response to the worldwide uproar over exploding airbag inflators....
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DAVE BARKHOLZ

Little by little, UAW taking hold at VW Chattanooga

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
The UAW is well on its way to representing the majority of the 1,500 hourly workers at VW Chattanooga despite the best efforts of right-to-work advocates and Tennessee politicians to keep the union out....
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Skills gap imperils small-town auto suppliers

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Auto suppliers such as Continental Structural Plastics have gravitated to small towns. But as labor needs transition from low-cost, low-skilled workers to an educated, highly skilled labor force, auto companies are struggling to persuade this new type of employee to live and work in towns devoid of big-city amenities....
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The ultimate marketing vehicle?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
The center stack is already a hub for entertainment and navigation, but what if it could help you get half off a turkey sandwich at a deli that's just around the corner? For automakers and their technology partners, it's an appetizing thought....
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