Automotive

Ford shortens summer shutdowns to meet consumer demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Ford today said it plans to shorten the summer shutdown period to just one week at 16 North American plants, including all six assembly plants that build highly profitable pickups and crossovers....
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New car, truck loans reach longest term on record

12:31 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The average length of loans for new and used vehicles in the U.S. in the first quarter hit record highs, and nearly 30 percent of new-vehicle loans have pay-back periods longer than six years, Experian Automotive says....
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A123 to double lithium-ion battery capacity

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

A123 Systems LLC plans to double the manufacturing capacity at its three lithium-ion battery plants in a $200 million investment....
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GM plans $119M upgrade of components plant

11:44 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $119 million to add new tools and equipment at its components plant in Grand Rapids, Mich., as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on its U.S. operations....
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GABE NELSON

Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for June

June 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Europe's stronger-than-expected sales rebound is unlikely to provide an equally large boost to profits....
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Sweden's hot spot for winter testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automakers flock to the remote town of Arjeplog, Sweden, in the winter for cold-weather testing. The attractions are frozen lakes and reliably brutal winter weather....
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Frame shortage slows F-150 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official....
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Stored Jeeps, Fiats to head to dealers this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The "software issue" that led FCA US to park hundreds of Jeep Renegades and, later, scores of Fiat 500X subcompact crossovers at a test track here involved only the identification numbers of the vehicles, said a source with direct knowledge of the issue....
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Carmakers asked by House about plans to handle cyberthreats

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

U.S. lawmakers want to know how the auto industry plans to tackle cybersecurity threats as new vehicles become increasingly connected to the Internet....
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Key Safety will ramp up airbag inflator production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December....
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How can automakers add value to dashboard?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automakers are lining up to offer Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, but the halo effect that automakers are seeking from aligning with two of the world's coolest brand names could be fleeting and undermine the investments they've made in their own embedded infotainment systems....
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Lamborghini sets SUV in motion

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Last week, Lambo announced it will produce a new SUV at its Sant'Agata Bolognese plant in Italy, for launch in 2018....
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GM returns Camaro output to U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors' $175 million investment in new tooling and equipment for its Grand River plant in Lansing, Mich., helps pave the way for U.S. production of the Chevrolet Camaro for the first time since 1992....
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How to say 'Hyundai'? Close enough

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

If a Sonata driver asks Android Auto for directions to a Hyundai dealership, the female voice will answer with a sound that makes Hyundai executives cringe: “HEE'-yuhn-day.”...
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No EV talk no problem at all

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The annual Vienna Motor Symposium always attracts big thinkers and lots of provocative talk, and this year was no exception. We sat down with Fritz Indra, former head of powertrain development at General Motors and Audi and now an adviser to AVL List, the Austrian engineering powerhouse. He is no great fan of electric vehicles....
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Ford will let rivals use its EV tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is joining Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. in a strategy of letting competitors use patented technology in order to accelerate development of electric-drive vehicles. Ford will open up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology. Unlike Tesla and Toyota, it will license its patents for a fee, the company said....
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Jatco CEO seeks global transmission title

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Jatco's new president aims to propel his company past Japanese rival Aisin AW to become the world's largest supplier of automatic transmissions by 2020, by rapidly broadening its customer base beyond Nissan....
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JESSE SNYDER

A tale of 2 production booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe....
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EDITORIAL

Contract talks: Put health care on the table?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Health care costs pose a stumbling block in upcoming labor contract talks between the UAW and the Detroit 3....
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Camaro gets a 4-cylinder, but GM's not sure it will be a hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

For the first time in three decades, Chevrolet's Camaro is getting a four-cylinder engine, and General Motors officials have no idea how it will sell....
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VW's next W-12 unites direct injection, turbo

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Volkswagen's next-generation W12 engine will combine direct-injection technology and turbocharging, a VW powertrain executive says....
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Designers aim at China's new generation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2015

The brash design of Nissan's designed-for-China Lannia sedan, which even its chief engineer admits probably wouldn't fly elsewhere, represents a bid to win the coveted 20-something segment that soon could account for half the Chinese market....
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Automakers race to meet sizzling demand for performance vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2015

Despite ever-tightening emissions laws and fuel economy requirements, sales of high-performance models in the U.S. have outpaced global growth since the teeth of the recession in 2009....
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BMW partner will build X4 in Russia from U.S. kits

May 31, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add production of the X4 SUV in Russia with local partner Avtotor using kits shipped from the automaker's U.S. plant. BMW and rival Mercedes-Benz are keen on Russian production despite the market's downturn to avoid import tariffs....
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