North America

Donald Trump bashes Ford in Mich. speech

6:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to the home state of the auto industry and attacked Ford for building factories in Mexico. And the Michigan faithful in attendance sided with the outspoken mogul....
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Hyundai shows luxury aims with 'Vision G' coupe

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Hyundai has built its luxury-car lineup around sedans such as the Genesis and Equus. On Tuesday, by unveiling a slinky coupe concept with self-opening doors, Hyundai signaled that a coupe may be next on its agenda....
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Mercedes R class production launched at AM General

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

AM General today launched production of the Mercedes-Benz R class at its assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind. The agreement with Mercedes-Benz makes AM General the German automaker's first U.S.-based contracted manufacturer....
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Thai stamping supplier to expand in Michigan

11:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Thai Summit America will break ground later this month on a 44,000-square-foot expansion in Michigan. The North American subsidiary of Thailand-based Thai Summit Group announced earlier this year it would spend $52.5 million to expand its metal stamping operations....
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Ohio's future dealers learn to lobby, network

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Ohio Automobile Dealers Association's Next Gen Dealer Program helps budding dealers learn legislative issues, processes and network....
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Hear marketing execs on getting messages heard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

With a constantly changing marketing landscape, how are you ensuring that your message is on target, fluid and reaching new and diverse consumers? Three influential automotive marketing executives will discuss the topic at the Automotive News Marketing Seminar on Sept. 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis....
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Tesla alters first sales incentive after Va. cracks down

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Virginia regulators have taken issue with Tesla Motors' new Model S referral program, prompting the maker of luxury electric cars to change the program in that state....
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Ford hires second supplier to help with F-150 frame production

2:43 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Ford is bringing a second supplier of steel frames for the F-150 on board to ease a supply shortage that has slowed production for months, a person with knowledge of the matter told Automotive News. The new supplier is said to be Tower International, which already builds body structures for the F series and several other Ford models....
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AutoCanada Q2 net grows 5.4%, but same-store results decline

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

AutoCanada said its second-quarter net rose 5.4 percent to $13.5 million Canadian (US$10.9 million), as gains from newly acquired dealerships offset economic headwinds in western Canada's oil patch....
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Nexteer, TI Automotive plan new home offices in suburban Detroit

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015

Nexteer Automotive said it would locate its new headquarters north of Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich., by next summer. TI Automotive also said it would lease and build out a new facility in the Detroit suburb...
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VW plans big role for Chattanooga engineers

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Volkswagen's new U.S. engineering office will have critical responsibility when it is fully staffed and operational later in this decade. The office will create new models adapted to U.S. tastes, a key goal for the German automaker....
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Michigan governor markets state's automotive high-tech future

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has kicked off a new marketing campaign, entitled “We Run on Brainpower.” The goal is to remind engineers that Michigan is the place to go for jobs in automotive high tech innovation....
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Key vehicles generate K.C. supplier boom

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Eleven suppliers have opened plants in the Kansas City area since 2013, generating 1,800 jobs and $75 millioncq in new payroll. Kansas City's supplier community is booming because of a lucky convergence. A trio of big volume vehicles cranked up production in close order....
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ZF opens office in Mexico to find Tier 2 suppliers

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

When ZF North America wanted to find Tier 2 suppliers in Mexico to make parts for a transmission plant in Graycourt, S.C., the German transmission company decided it needed to get better acquainted with the local supplier community....
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Favorable tariffs, inexpensive labor boost Mexico

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

By 2018, light-vehicle production in Mexico is expected to approach 4.4 million units, up 26 percent from last year's output, according to a forecast by the Center for Automotive Research....
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Canada auto sales edge up in July; Ford and GM down

4:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Canadian auto sales rose 0.4 percent in July from a year earlier but some major automakers, including Ford and GM, saw sales decline....
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Steelmakers prep Ala. plant to battle aluminum

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A joint venture plant in Alabama, AM/NS Calvert, is preparing to produce the latest generation of ultra high-strength steel for the North American automobile industry....
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BLOG: Honda's formula for recruiting assembly workers

10:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Jeff Tomko was one of the speakers who got deleted from the Monday program by the chaos of the local power outage. That's too bad, because he would have been a good counter-point to some of the comments heard here about the difficulty of recruiting manufacturing workers....
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GM plans $877 million modernization for Michigan plant

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM plans to invest $877 million to modernize its assembly plant in Flint, Mich., one of its two U.S. full-size pickup factories. GM said the investment in its oldest North American plant will include a new body shop, which will be located close to a nearby metal center that supplies sheet metal for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups....
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N.A. output will hit new records to meet sales, export demands, forecaster says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

North American vehicle output will continue rising to new records over the next two years as non-Detroit 3 automakers localize more production, a chief industry forecaster says....
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Storm blitzes Traverse City, disrupts Management Briefing Seminars

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

A violent summer storm blitzed through Traverse City on Sunday, knocking out power to more than 10,000 homes and numerous businesses including the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, which is hosting the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars. The resort still was without electricity this afternoon. Generators provided limited power at the resort after the storm....
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OESA zeros in on Mexico, new-tech suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Tier 1 companies are struggling to build networks of Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers in Mexico because smaller vendors are reluctant to shoulder the financial risk, says Julie Fream, CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association....
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Seeking N.A. niche, China's Minth expands in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Minth Group, a maker of roof racks, hopes to gain a niche in North America. The company supplies the Detroit 3 along with Audi, BMW, Honda and Nissan, and it already has three plants in Mexico and one in Michigan....
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Management Briefing Seminars will resume this afternoon

10:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015

Organizers of the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars said they will hold afternoon sessions beginning today at 1 p.m. Morning sessions were canceled due to the lack of power at the Grand Traverse Resort....
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Pacific trade talks end without deal; vehicle tariffs, rules remain a hurdle

3:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

High-level negotiations in Hawaii on a trade agreement in the Pacific Rim wrapped up without a final deal as disagreements over vehicle tariffs and other rules trumped progress in other areas. The dialogue may resume within weeks....
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