Manufacturing

U.S. automakers leery of Pacific trade deal as talks near end

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

U.S. automakers typically back trade agreements that open markets for their products, yet they aren't cheering for a pact among 12 Pacific nations that's entering its final negotiations....
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Mitsubishi throws in towel on fading era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s decision last week to sell its only U.S. assembly plant illustrates an emerging new-world order in car production. Mitsubishi's Normal, Ill., plant was part of a wave of Asian-brand joint-venture auto plants in North America that opened in the 1980s and 1990s to do whatever was necessary to crack the all-important U.S. retail market....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Chasing profits, JCI jumps out of seats

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Johnson Controls' spinoff of its $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit, announced last week, underlines an uncomfortable truth for suppliers: Sometimes it's not enough to be No. 1. Seats don't generate the profits that they once did, and that's due to a new trend in purchasing....
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N.A. output rises 4.6% in June

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in June rose 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 1,608,369 units. It was the 47th consecutive month for production to exceed 1 million units....
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VW: No plans to cut China production

9:04 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Volkswagen has no plans to cut China output even amid slowing vehicle demand in the world's largest auto market, the company said Saturday in response to a media report....
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.7 million trucks for faulty airbags

11:04 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling about 1.7 million late model Ram trucks to replace airbags that may deploy inadvertently....
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FCA's anti-hacking recall marks industry milestone

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

Fiat Chrysler's recall of about 1.4 million cars and trucks equipped with radios that are vulnerable to hacking is the first formal safety campaign in response to a cybersecurity threat....
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Mitsubishi to end U.S. vehicle output, shutter factory by Nov. if there's no buyer

12:49 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Mitsubishi will shutter its only North American assembly plant by November if it can’t find a buyer for the factory, and will soon start shipping tooling back to Japan....
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Hot wheels: Blue-green, deep red, sparking gold on horizon

3:30 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Cars and trucks of the future will sport deep reds, sparkling golds, bright silvers, rich blues and deep blue-greens, trend spotters at supplier BASF's automotive coatings divisions predict....
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Chevrolet plans low-cost pedestrian avoidance on Malibu

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

GM is introducing a pedestrian-avoidance system on the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the latest example of active-safety features proliferating on mainstream vehicles. GM said Friday it will offer 22 active safety systems across its brands for the 2016 model year....
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Infiniti Q30 will be powered by Mercedes engines

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Infiniti's Q30 compact car will be powered by two gasoline Mercedes engines, likely the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter units used in the A-class compact car, a source said. The Q30 is based on Mercedes's MFA front-wheel-drive compact architecture that also underpins the A class....
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Mitsubishi to end U.S. vehicle output, report says

4:32 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Mitsubishi plans to quit building light vehicles in the U.S., according to Japan's Nikkei news service, which called the move part of a strategic shift to the growing Asian market. Mitsubishi declined to comment....
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Ford seeks to shake stigma of Detroit's most generous automaker

12:34 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Ford, beset by the highest U.S. labor costs in the industry, is seeking to use contract talks this summer with the UAW to ease the burden....
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Toyota delays decision to produce Lexus lineup in China

1:24 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Toyota likely will delay building Lexus models in China for at least a few years as growth in the country's auto market slows to a crawl and a weak yen makes it cheaper to ship cars from Japan....
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Zetsche says hacking concerns drive Mercedes bid for Nokia maps unit

July 23, 2015 12:17 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a desire to have better control over data security is one of the reasons Mercedes is part of a German car-making consortium bidding for Nokia's high-definition mapping business....
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FCA recalls 144,416 Dodge Journeys to secure engine cover

3:53 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling an estimated 144,416 Dodge Journey models in the U.S. to better secure their engine covers....
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Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV....
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Jeep hacking prompts FCA software update to enhance security

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Fiat Chrysler released a security patch after friendly hackers exposed a startling vulnerability in the company’s Uconnect infotainment system. The hackers were able to shut down a Jeep SUV while it was traveling on the highway....
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COMMENTARY

Tesla upends the car world with something big

11:15 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Tesla has rocked the world of high-performance automobiles with the introduction of its new “Ludicrous mode.” The internal-combustion engine business may never be the same....
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Fiat plans Abarth variant of 124 Spider

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

The upcoming Fiat 124 Spider, based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, will spawn a high-performance model, Alfredo Altavilla, COO of Fiat Chrysler’s Europe, Africa and Middle East region, told England’s Auto Express in an interview....
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Buick adds turbo, touring model, stop-start to 2016 Encore

5:45 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Buick will look to keep sales of the Encore small crossover hot with a new top trim level featuring a more powerful engine.The Encore Sport Touring model will go on sale this fall with a new 1.4-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine under the hood....
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FCA consent order would be ‘a strong outcome,’ NHTSA chief says

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind says the agency is talking with Fiat Chrysler about a settlement to a dispute over the automaker’s handling of recalls, but hasn’t yet reached an agreement....
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Private tracks best venue to test self-driving cars, key U.S. senator says

3:16 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Self-driving cars would be "better" tested on private test tracks than on public roads, said a U.S. senator who has authored several bills on advanced vehicle technologies, after Google disclosed injuries in its latest accident involving a prototype....
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A car that dropped in from the future

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

In the 1940s, a designer-engineer named Norman Timbs already was experimenting with aluminum and other materials, and was doing it beautifully....
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For Bosch, sensors make sense

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

To understand the future of the high-tech automobile, check out the $1.1 billion “clean plant” built here in 2010 by Robert Bosch GmbH. The plant produces pressure sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes that feed data to the computer chips that control a vehicle's engine, stability control system, air bags and other key functions....
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