Manufacturing

House panel sets hearing on Takata recalls

3:19 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

A House of Representatives panel has called a June 2 hearing to probe the Takata airbag recalls that last week mushroomed to cover 34 million vehicles....
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Supplier EFI Automotive opens N.A. headquarters in Alabama

5:05 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

French supplier EFI Automotive opened its first North American headquarters, in Elkmont, Ala., after spending $2.5 million to expand the site of its plant there....
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Auto industry's $23 billion investment in Mexico may face snarls at ports

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Carmakers from Nissan to Mazda are churning out record numbers of vehicles in Mexico destined for consumers abroad, but some executives are worried that the factory hum will slow in coming years as exports get bogged down by congestion at the nation's ports....
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GM unveils $1.2 billion investment plan for Indiana pickup plant

1:15 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

GM will invest $1.2 billion to improve the Indiana plant where it makes full-size pickups. The investment, part of the $5.4 billion that GM said last month it will spend on its US operations over the next three years, will include a new paint shop and an expanded body shop....
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Daimler, Baidu team up in connected-car venture

May 26, 2015 12:24 CET

Daimler will team up with web services company Baidu to make software available in its Mercedes cars sold in China. Services will include a feature that allows users to access content such as music and Internet services from smartphones via their dashboards....
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Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says

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

The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the costs of the body switch would have outweighed the benefits....
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Ford makes over another icon by going aluminum

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

The F-150 isn't the only Ford Motor Co. icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you'll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval....
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Software issues hold back some Renegades

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

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here?...
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GM wrings more pickups out of busy plant

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

GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant is trimming lunch breaks and hiring extra weekend staff to fill surprisingly strong demand for its midsize pickups and commercial vans....
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EDITORIAL

Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

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

Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. finally to admit that its recalled airbags are defective and has set a July 2 public hearing to investigate Fiat Chrysler's performance in a series of 20 recalls....
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Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

The April announcement that Toyota will move Corolla production from Canada to a new Mexican plant has rejuvenated a unionizing campaign aimed at the automaker. Unifor is hoping to drum up support for a vote by the end of the year to determine if factories in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, will become Toyota's first unionized plants in North America....
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Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study....
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Wal-Mart revamps auto-care centers

2:40 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Wal-Mart's auto centers, the car-maintenance areas attached to many of its stores, are getting a service overhaul. To improve the experience and entice more customers, the company is dedicating staffing and training programs to the department....
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Hyundai to boost output of Tucson SUV

2:01 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Hyundai said today it would boost output of its Tucson SUV by adding production at a South Korean assembly line that currently makes sedans in order to meet demand from markets including the United States....
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GM to invest $439 million in paint shop expansion at Corvette plant

6:34 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $439 million in its Chevrolet Corvette plant in Kentucky as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on U.S. factory upgrades....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall

11:54 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged on Tuesday that parts contained in nearly 34 million U.S. vehicles were defective....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Fixing Takata fiasco must become top priority

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

The Takata airbag crisis continues to mushroom into the largest safety recall disaster in auto industry history. That's no small feat just a year after the General Motors ignition switch scandal. This is the auto industry at its absolute worst -- both in Japan and in the U.S....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Can Takata survive historic U.S. airbag recall?

6:53 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Automakers have largely stood behind airbag component maker Takata, taking the hit to their own reputations from a series of recalls related to the Japanese company's products that began in 2008. That loyalty is about to be put to the test....
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Consumers overwhelm NHTSA website

7:29 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible....
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Timeline of Takata airbag recalls

7:05 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata....
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Autoliv is ready to increase capacity after Takata expands recall

May 20, 2015 11:10 CET

Swedish supplier Autoliv said it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators....
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Takata recall poses dilemma for U.S. backing untested fix

6:48 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata's latest recall leaves U.S. regulators with a dilemma: swap defective airbags with parts that may be no safer than the original ones, or shoulder automakers with replacing 34 million vehicles....
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Takata changed design of its airbags in 2008, report says

6:32 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Troubled airbag supplier Takata began changing the safety devices in 2008 to reduce the risk that humidity would cause them to deploy abnormally, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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More replacement airbag production planned, Takata says

1:25 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata said it plans to boost production of parts needed to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators that could spray vehicle occupants with metal shards....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing

1:49 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Embattled airbag supplier Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators ruptured in the company's testing since September. The ruptures occurred in ballistic tests of more than 30,000 airbag inflators Takata retrieved from recalled vehicles....
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