Manufacturing

Dodge drops 707-hp supercharged Hellcat engine into 2015 Charger SRT

10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Chrysler Group today unveiled its second car that will be powered by its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The four-door performance sedan will make its public debut at this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise near Detroit....
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GM will invest $174 million in Lansing stamping operation

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
General Motors is investing $174 million in a new stamping line at its Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich....
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Record rainfall in Michigan disrupts Detroit 3 operations

11:38 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Southeast Michigan experienced record rainfall Monday, causing closures or slowdowns at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler plants and tech centers throughout the area....
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Chrysler purchasing chief Kunselman to lead new safety office

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Chrysler tapped its head of purchasing, Scott Kunselman, to lead a new office that will oversee safety issues and regulatory compliance as scrutiny over the industry's safety record grows. Tom Finelli, 44, Chrysler's current director for global standardization, will assume responsibility for North American purchasing and supplier quality, effective immediately, Chrysler said today....
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YANG JIAN

Why China's NDRC has become country's antitrust watchdog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
China's NDRC used to be very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects. Now its is investigating global automakers for suspected monopolistic behavior. What prompted the change?...
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Daimler deepens its product ties with Aston Martin

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Daimler will supply Aston Martin with electric and electronic parts to extend a product alliance that started last year....
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Fire proves Super Dutys will be aluminum, spies say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
It's been a burning question: Will Super Duty versions of the redesigned Ford F-series pickup have aluminum bodies like the 2015 F-150? Some bloggers and a spy photographer think the inferno that destroyed a testing prototype in Death Valley in July answers the question....
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Toyota cuts the 'andon cord,' now pushes buttons

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Toyota is retiring the fabled "andon cord," the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond. In its place are yellow call buttons....
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YANG JIAN

China's new antitrust watchdog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
China has begun investigating global automakers for suspected monopolistic behavior....
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KEITH CRAIN

You ain't seen nothing yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
With car shows filling the calendar across the country, it's a good time to contemplate your favorite car from the 1960s or 1970s....
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EDITORIALS

Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Toyota is asking 400 North American suppliers to detail their disaster plans in an effort to minimize the harm and duration of future production shutdowns....
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Venezuelan auto industry in free fall amid economic woes

11:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
VALENCIA, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Though it is the middle of the work day, the Jeep assembly plant in the central Venezuelan city of Valencia is empty, the machinery still.
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GM idling Michigan plant 3 weeks to trim Cadillac ATS, CTS supplies

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
General Motors plans to idle the Michigan plant that produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS for three weeks amid a glut of inventory. The move comes as U.S. sales of the ATS and CTS sag, pushing inventories to unusually high levels....
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Brembo wins new Japanese motorcycle and first-time aviation contracts

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Italian brake specialist Brembo expects to conclude a supply contract with a fourth high-end Japanese motorbike manufacturer and is also expanding into the aviation sector....
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Unions force VW to ax consultants in clash over cost cuts, report says

Aug. 8, 2014 09:32 CET
VW's 5 billion euro ($6.68 billion) cost-savings plan was hit by a major setback after labor leaders forced management to ax McKinsey, the consultants working out the cuts, three sources with knowledge of the matter said....
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Hacking group wants to play nice with automakers

7:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
A group of well-known hackers and security professionals are trying to build better ties with the auto industry and to enlist their help in improving vehicle security, one of the hottest areas of cyber research....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Ford touts supplier innovations on Mustang, F-150

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Ford's purchasing chief is touting some of the innovations created with suppliers on the all-new Mustang sports car and F-150 pickup....
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China suspends work at hundreds of factories after deadly blast

8:50 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China has suspended work at more than 200 factories in an eastern province for safety checks as part of a nationwide review following an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people, government officials and state media said....
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Toyota queried by China regulator amid antitrust probe, report says

10:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China's National Development and Reform Commission, which is conducting an antitrust probe into the auto industry, has asked Toyota about its business practices, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. China's recent antitrust probes rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law to support domestic firms at the expense of foreign companies....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Magna points supply chain toward local sourcing

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Canadian automotive supplier Magna International sees local strategy and efficiency improvements as key cost-saving measures within its supply chain....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving cars will still need human help

10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving....
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Takata forecasts record $235 million loss on airbag recall

7:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Takata, the Japanese maker of faulty airbags causing millions of recalled vehicles this year, forecast a record annual loss on the callbacks....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Tough European CO2 targets will help keep region's fuel-efficiency lead

Aug. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe automakers are speeding up the introduction of alternative fuel powertrains in a bid to cut CO2 emissions ahead of tougher limits planned by the European Union....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Will Marchionne's profits grab come up empty?

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today seemed like a grizzly bear standing amid a stream of happily swimming salmon....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Toyota exec touts supply chain benefits of staff moves to Mich.

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Toyota’s plan to move supplier development and purchasing staffs to its technical center in Ann Arbor will improve suppliers relations, a top executive said today....
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