Manufacturing

Takata's airbag crisis may spur automaker shift to Autoliv, Daicel

Oct. 24, 2014 11:49 CET
The defect in Takata Corp. airbags that has led to millions of recalls and has been linked to four deaths in Honda cars opens the supplier to risk of losing business to rivals including Autoliv and Daicel....
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Audi will recall 850,000 A4s globally over airbag problems

Oct. 23, 2014 15:42 CET
Audi will recall 850,000 A4s worldwide due to an airbag problem that could prevent front airbags from deploying. Audi said its faulty airbags are not made by Takata, which is at the center of a growing number of recalls....
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Wrangler will remain body-on-frame, sources say

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won't switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned. As a result, the popular off-roader will likely remain built in Toledo, Ohio, where city and union officials have been fighting for weeks to keep the Wrangler in its historical home....
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Autoliv lowers sales outlook but says Takata woes are helping its business

Oct. 23, 2014 16:55 CET
Autoliv posted a surprise fall in third quarter earnings and lowered its outlook for 2014 sales growth while saying it has seen positive effects on its business in the wake of recent issues with Japanese parts maker Takata's air bags....
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Mazda may appeal $10 million accident verdict in Ala.

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Mazda said it is considering an appeal of an Alabama jury order to pay $9.9 million to the victims of a 2010 crash that resulted in a fuel-fed fire, injuring the driver and killing the only passenger....
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Toyota claims 'healthy' supply of replacement airbags

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Toyota has a “healthy” supply of replacement parts that should allow dealers to move forward with repairs required by the widening recall of airbags made by supplier Takata, said Bob Carter, senior vice president of the automaker’s U.S. sales unit....
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NHTSA apologizes as scrutiny in airbag case grows

10:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top official, facing heightened scrutiny over the agency’s handling of a deadly airbag defect, apologized late Wednesday for publishing inaccurate information this week in the agency’s warnings about the defect and for technical glitches that made its online recall search tool largely inaccessible....
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Toyota says potential Mexico plant still far from approval

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Toyota, the last major carmaker without a high-volume assembly plant in Mexico, said the group assessing whether to build a factory there is far from getting clearance from top management....
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Gentex reports 30% surge in Q3 net income

1:46 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Gentex, which makes a variety of automotive mirrors, cameras and electronic components, said today that its third quarter net income surged 30 percent from a year earlier, with total revenue jumping 22 percent....
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GM will warn some Saab, Pontiac owners not to allow front passengers

Oct. 22, 2014 12:47 CET
General Motors will warn some owners of Saab 9-2X and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks in the U.S. not to allow front-seat passengers until defective air bags are replaced as part of a wider recall that involves 6.1 million cars....
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EU says Honeywell, DuPont car refrigerant deal may be illegal

Oct. 22, 2014 10:51 CET
The EU says auto supplier Honeywell's joint venture with chemicals company DuPont to produce an air conditioning refrigerant for cars may be anti-competitive as the deal may have blocked rivals keen to participate in the chemical's development....
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Toyota executive backs Takata’s handling of airbag crisis

6:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
A top Toyota executive offered support for how airbag maker Takata is handling a safety crisis affecting millions of vehicles, days after expanding its own recalls for the second time in four months....
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NHTSA expands faulty airbag warning to 7.8 million vehicles

9:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Auto safety regulators, for the second time late Tuesday, expanded their warning to owners of vehicles recalled for defective Takata airbags, urging them to get the airbags replaced. But the federal website created to help consumers to verify whether their vehicle has been recalled was unavailable for most of the day, and was still down as of mid-morning Wednesday....
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Auto industry forming consortium to fight hackers

10:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Automakers are forming a consortium to deter hackers who might try to breach a vehicle's security system -- an effort that has gotten the blessing of federal regulators....
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NHTSA website search function crashes as drivers look for airbag recalls

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
The website federal safety regulators are urging 4.7 million people to check to see if their cars have defective airbags couldn't be fully accessed today....
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Toyota ordered to pay $12.5 million to woman 'virtually decapitated' by seat belt

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
A California jury ordered Toyota to pay $12.5 million for being responsible for debilitating lap-only seat belt injuries in a 2010 crash....
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Viper plant to reopen in mid-November

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper....
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Takata, wrestling with airbag recall, sees shares take 23% plunge

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Takata shares plunged by a record in Tokyo trading after Toyota advised U.S. owners of its cars to seat passengers in the back amid reports of metal shrapnel being propelled from inside faulty airbags....
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Daimler eyes stake in motorcycle maker MV Agusta, report says

Oct. 21, 2014 10:39 CET
Daimler is said to be in talks to take a stake of up to 25 percent in Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta. Carmakers' interest in motorbike technology is growing as they introduce smaller engines aimed at meeting anti-pollution rules....
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'Aggressive' EV ambitions will boost aluminum demand in China

Oct. 21, 2014 12:02 CET
China's drive to build electric cars as a way to combat pollution and reduce energy dependence is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of the material to automakers....
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China's 'aggressive' EV ambitions to drive demand for aluminum

6:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
China's drive to build electric cars is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier to automakers of aluminum sheets....
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Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours....
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Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in U.S. over Takata airbags

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Toyota recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States today because of potentially defective front passenger airbag inflators from Japanese supplier Takata that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to federal safety regulators....
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Ford will invest 240 million euros in UK on cleaner diesels

Oct. 20, 2014 11:31 CET
Ford will invest a further 240 million euros (190 million pounds) in its factory in Dagenham, southern England, as part of a new diesel engine program. Ford will start producing low-carbon 2.0-liter diesels at the factory late next year....
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Getrag, Dongfeng form dual clutch transmissions JV in China

Oct. 20, 2014 10:54 CET
Germany's Getrag formed a joint venture with Dongfeng to develop and produce dual clutch transmissions in China. The joint venture will start manufacturing transmissions for compact cars in 2016 at a factory in Wuhan....
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