Automotive

VW suffers production woes adjusting to MQB platform, report says

July 29, 2014 16:38 CET
Volkswagen's move to add extra German production shifts for the Golf, which the company has attributed to strong demand, is also due to problems adjusting to its new MQB platform, company sources said....
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Daimler reaches labor deal on overhauling Mercedes' German sales network

July 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has reached a labor agreement that will allow it to sell some Mercedes dealerships in Germany as part of a wider plan to overhaul its sales network in the market....
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Mercedes-Benz violated Alabama workers' organizing rights, judge rules

4:52 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
An administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Mercedes-Benz violated the organizing rights of workers at its Alabama plant by not allowing the distribution of union literature in common areas during off-work hours....
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Ford switching employees to iPhones from BlackBerries

1:27 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Ford is deploying iPhones for corporate use to employees worldwide, scoring a win for Apple as it seeks to lure more corporate customers....
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THE GM RECALL

GM sued over deaths, injuries linked to ignition switch

10:14 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
General Motors was hit Tuesday with a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 650 people allegedly injured or killed in accidents involving cars that have been recalled this year for faulty ignition switches....
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Chrysler sued over Jeep ignition-switch failures

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Chrysler was sued over allegedly faulty ignition switches in Jeeps, in a follow-up to more than 120 lawsuits General Motors faces over the same defect. Both automakers are accused of employing ignition switches that can be unexpectedly turned off, cutting power to brakes, steering and airbags and causing potentially deadly loss of control....
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Robotics suppliers post record business in North America

3:29 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Robotics suppliers, paced by automakers preparing for new-product launches, posted records for orders in North America during the second quarter and first half of the year, an industry trade group reported today....
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GKN confident as auto-unit growth offsets currency hit

July 29, 2014 13:50 CET
GKN says it is confident regarding the rest of 2014 after first-half profit at its car parts supply division rose 6 percent, helping to offset the effects of a currency hit....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Skoda bets on sporty design to boost Fabia sales

July 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Skoda has given its Fabia subcompact a more dynamic, sharper and sportier design. The latest-generation Fabia will debut at the Paris auto show in October....
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Global product expert in Lincoln driver's seat

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford CEO Mark Fields, in his first major personnel move since taking over, announced Kumar Galhotra's appointment last week among several changes in Ford's product development organization....
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Many drivers are ready for autonomous cars, survey says

5:02 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
A significant percentage of drivers are ready for their cars to do the driving for them. In a study conducted in June by Insurance.com, 32 percent of the 2,000 licensed drivers surveyed said they would not continue to drive themselves once a self-driving car became available....
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GM, Toyota plan to resume production in South Africa

4:07 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
GM and Toyota plan to resume production on Tuesday in South Africa and the nation's largest union agreed to end a four-week strike in the metals sector after accepting a wage increase offer from employers....
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Tesla, Panasonic reach agreement on U.S. battery plant, report says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Panasonic has reached a basic agreement with Tesla Motors to initially supply the electric automaker's proposed lithium-ion battery plant in the United States with machinery to make battery cells, the Nikkei said....
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2015 Cadillac ATS offers wireless charging dock

2:41 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors will offer wireless charging for smartphones for the first time in the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe when they are launched this fall....
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THE GM RECALL

Akerson says GM's problems were worse than execs thought

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said the automaker's delayed ignition switch recall was indicative of a flawed corporate culture that was worse than he and other executives had originally recognized....
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Performance push from Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Toyota, Honda and Nissan -- and their upscale offshoots -- are out to change the "reliable but unexciting" impression with several high-performance halo cars....
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GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal, averting strike

6:30 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors' South Korean unit reached a tentative wage deal with its labor union today, averting a potential strike at one of its key Asian production bases....
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Honda pushes dealers for buyers' signatures on airbag liability

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
"I understand that if this used car I'm buying is in a crash, the airbag could kill me." That's the gist of a document that American Honda Motor Co. wants its dealers to require buyers of certain 2001-11 used Honda and Acura vehicles to sign....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Road to mythical 54.5 mpg not likely to change

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Automakers have proved effective at wringing efficiencies out of internal combustion drivetrains, along with weight reduction and aerodynamics....
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Hot hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Honda Motor Co. engineers are trying to figure out why an Acura NSX undergoing high-speed testing at Germany's Nurburgring last week caught fire and burned to the ground....
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Buick's Envision

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Buick last week previewed the Envision crossover, center, a vehicle developed specifically for China, though sources say a U.S. version will be ready in the second half of 2015 as a '16 model....
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Ford EcoBoost V-6 makes V-8 power

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s latest EcoBoost engine -- a compact, lightweight 2.7-liter V-6 -- will be the smallest engine available in a full-sized pickup when it debuts this fall in the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. But it generates V-8 levels of power: 325 hp and 375 pounds-feet of torque....
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Nissan vows to keep it quirky after cutting Cube

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
After dropping two polarizing nameplates for 2015 -- the Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet -- Nissan pledges to add an "iconic" design to keep its lineup quirky....
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VW plans Apple-like model updates

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple Inc. to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its vehicles....
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Self-driving tech attracts ZF to TRW

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Self-driving cars are years away, but their lure is prompting ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a German supplier of transmissions and other mainstream products, to consider buying TRW Automotive, said ZF's finance chief....
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