Manufacturing

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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Ford considers CVTs as way to improve fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Ford is considering giving the continuously variable transmission another spin. "We've had some experience with CVTs and it wasn't all good," said Raj Nair, Ford's global product development chief, during a media event here. "They are getting better. And we are taking another look."...
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KEITH CRAIN

Takata just doesn't get it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Takata has become the poster child for how to mishandle recalls and customers. Company executives seem to be stonewalling their automaker customers, then stonewalling federal regulators and, finally, stonewalling Congress....
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EDITORIAL

Time to turn off threat and disable recalled airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Dealerships should prepare to turn off potentially explosive airbags. And the government should support that....
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Africa's Mobius hopes to kick start domestic output

Dec. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Led by British entrepreneur Joel Jackson, Mobius Motors aims to overcome the perception that Africa cannot produce a quality vehicle on its own. Mobius has launched an 8,552 euro car to meet the needs of rural Africans....
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Trust in Takata to solve crisis is dissolving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2014
Takata, the world's second-largest supplier of airbag inflators and a company once considered too big to fail, is rapidly losing control of the recall crisis....
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Shiloh expands aluminum output for southern automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2014
Shiloh Industries plans to open an auto parts plant in Tennessee this month to continue its expansion of North American aluminum-casting capacity....
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NHTSA criticizes Chrysler for limited expansion of recalls

5:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Chrysler Group's decision to limit an expansion of an earlier recall of vehicles with possibly defective passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata has put drivers at risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's top official said Friday....
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Autoliv 'ramping up for millions' in replacement airbag inflators, exec says

4:42 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
A senior Autoliv executive said the Swedish airbag supplier is preparing to expand annual inflator production capacity by millions of units to meet demand for replacements. “We are stepping up,” said Steve Fredin, group vice president of engineering and sales. “We are ramping up for millions” of additional units....
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VW buys stake in startup U.S. battery company, report says

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Volkswagen AG bought a stake in battery startup QuantumScape with the aim of developing technology that can more than triple the range of its electric cars, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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GM replacing keys on 2014-15 trucks to prevent ignition shutoff

1:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
GM is replacing ignition keys on its newest trucks because of a design problem that can cause the shift lever to bump the key and shut off the engine. GM said its investigators determined that the issue was not a safety defect because it occurs only when the driver has a foot on the brake and is shifting gears. Rather than a safety recall, GM issued a technical service bulletin to dealers on Nov. 6, instructing them to replace keys for customers who complain of a problem....
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Honda says 3 million more cars need airbag fix in U.S. recall

6:46 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Honda, the biggest customer of airbag maker Takata, said about 3 million more of its vehicles will need to be fixed in the United States after it widened a repair campaign to the entire country....
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