Manufacturing

Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

July 22, 2014 13:16 CET
Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness

5:34 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
I’ll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit....
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Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers....
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Russia's Severstal sells U.S. steel plants to AK Steel, Steel Dynamics

8:48 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Russia's Severstal said it agreed to sell its two steel plants in the United States for $2.3 billion, withdrawing from the market at a time of rising tension between Russia and the West and turning its focus to its domestic business....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

American Axle's push to diversify drives growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
CEO David Dauch continues his father's quest to diversify American Axle & Manufacturing Inc....
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Why refresh Expedition? For Texans, Saudis

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The Ford Expedition, the last full-sized, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV in Ford's lineup, is getting a new look, a new engine and a load of new technology for the 2015 model year....
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More power to the redesigned Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week finally answered the two questions Mustang fans have wondered about all year: weight and power....
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KEITH CRAIN

No end in sight to GM mess

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Last week brought more revelations about General Motors and the infamous ignition switch, and there was more grueling testimony, from executives at GM and Delphi....
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Can Linux speed in-car systems?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

Valeo boosts its N.A. r&d with hundreds of engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
French supplier Valeo SA is hiring hundreds of engineers in North America and is opening an office in Silicon Valley....
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THE RUSH TO ALUMINUM

Aluminum's per-vehicle use expected to rise 56% from 2012 to 2025

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The advent of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup has monopolized the aluminum vs. steel debate, and understandably so....
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Tire makers roll into South Carolina

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
South Carolina became the nation's leading tire producer in the fourth quarter last year with estimated daily output of 89,000 tires, edging Oklahoma's 88,000 units....
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Silverado, Sierra, Yukon Denali with V-8 to feature new 8-speed transmission

1:57 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
A new eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard on some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine, GM said today....
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Mitsubishi to recall some 2004-05 Lancer sedans in U.S. with defective Takata airbags

9:58 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors is recalling cars made with Takata Corp. airbags in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mitsubishi is one of nine automakers to say it will conduct a recall that includes those areas....
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VW goes local in India to lift sales

July 17, 2014 16:52 CET
VW will increase the amount of locally made parts in the cars it sells in India to help lift falling sales. Five years after entering India, VW has captured just 2.1 percent of the market because its cars are seen as relatively expensive....
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Mazda2 output begins in Japan

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
Mazda began manufacturing the next-generation Mazda2 subcompact in Japan today and unveiled the first pictures of the production model....
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BMW recalls 1.6 million 3-series cars to replace airbags

July 16, 2014 13:59 CET
BMW is recalling 1.6 million 3-series cars globally for a front-passenger airbag defect that has caused automakers including Toyota and Nissan to repair millions of vehicles....
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BMW to recall 1.6 million 1999-2006 3-series cars to replace Takata airbags

7:58 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
German automaker BMW said today it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front airbags made by Takata Corp. because the inflators could break apart during deployment and injure passengers....
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Toyota delays delivery of 23,000 vehicles covered by neighbor's tar, soot

7:18 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Toyota has to delay delivery of thousands of vehicles, including some 20,000 for export, because it has to clean up a mess left by a neighbor....
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Jaguar will debut XE sedan at London event

July 16, 2014 11:36 CET
Jaguar will unveil its new XE model ahead of the Paris auto show at a special event in London on Sept. 8. Sales of the mid-sized premium sedan, which is key to boosting the marque's low volume, will begin next year in Europe....
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Volkswagen plans $250 million investment in India

July 15, 2014 10:36 CET
Volkswagen plans to invest 15 billion rupees ($250 million) in India over the next five to six years. VW's market share in India fell in the last fiscal year to 2.1 percent from 2.4 percent....
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VW targets $6.8 billion in annual cuts to close profit gap with rivals

11:18 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to cut costs and boost productivity at the VW brand by $6.8 billion a year by 2017 to lift sagging profitability. Efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an internal presentation to company managers....
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Steel supplier Industrias missing out on Mexico's car boom

8:13 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Industrias, Mexico's biggest maker of specialized steel used in car engines, is missing out on a surge in automobile production as competitors' increased output has lowered prices....
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BMW open to sharing battery technology with rivals

July 15, 2014 09:52 CET
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the EV battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. Sharing the technology would reduce the cost of the battery cells -- the most expensive part of an electric vehicle....
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Toyota's massive engine overhaul

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Toyota, after long neglecting the internal combustion engine in favor of hybrids, is preparing a sweeping powertrain makeover. It is designing common parts to spread costs across large numbers of engines that will allow it to economically customize engines for specific vehicles with fuel injection, turbocharging and more....
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