Manufacturing

Nissan may pull the plug on some battery-plant production, buy from LG Chem

7:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Nissan may begin purchasing electric-vehicle batteries from LG Chem as it opens procurement to external suppliers in addition to its own manufacturing with NEC Corp., CEO Carlos Ghosn said today....
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UAW deal with Lear would shed two-tier wages at Ind. plant

10:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The agreement that ended a one-day strike at a Lear seat plant supplying Ford in Chicago would get rid of a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran colleagues, a union official said....
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END OF FENDER BENDERS

Experts see a world free of crashes, not drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A parade of new mainstream models equipped with advanced safety technologies that take control of the vehicle in certain instances will soon be in showrooms. But the goal of a car that makes its own way, sans driver, remains distant and uncertain....
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Mercedes boosts CLA capacity, U.S. allocation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has increased production capacity for its year-old CLA entry-level sedan, aiming to alleviate tight supplies that have limited sales. The U.S. will get additional CLAs, but Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes' parent Daimler AG, said he couldn't give specific numbers....
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Jaguar XE gets lots of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The new Jaguar XE compact sedan will be the highest volume aluminum-body car on the market when it arrives in the U.S. in 2016. Jaguar says 75 percent of the car's components are aluminum....
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Delphi's O'Neal to step down

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Rodney O'Neal, who led Delphi Automotive out of bankruptcy by slashing costs and reducing product lines to 33 from 131 during seven years as CEO, will stop down in March....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

Why Google cars? The software, stupid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Does Google really want to become an automaker, or does it have some other goal for its driverless cars?...
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Q&A

Grupo Antolin's goal: 'World's largest interiors supplier'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Grupo Antolin -- already global No. 1 for vehicle headliners -- wants to become the world's largest supplier of automotive interiors. To get there Grupo Antolin, which estimates it is a top 10 interiors supplier now, will have to pass giants such as Magna International, Faurecia and Johnson Controls....
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N.A. robot sales poised for record

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A bumper crop of North American vehicle launches this year has triggered what is shaping up as a record wave of robot purchases by automakers and suppliers....
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Ford seating supplier Lear struck by UAW in Indiana

10:44 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
Workers at a Lear plant in Indiana that makes seats for Ford went on strike Saturday, according to Chicago media reports. The plant in Hammond, Ind., employs 760 and supplies seats for Ford's Explorer and Taurus cars...
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ZF set to sell stake in steering venture to Bosch to smooth TRW takeover, report says

Sept. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is nearing a sale of its steering business as part of its proposed acquisition of TRW Automotive to resolve expected antitrust issues, a German newspaper reported....
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Tesla's $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct sales

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno....
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European chamber urges China to ease aftermarket rules

Sept. 12, 2014 14:03 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China has urged the nation's government to allow more competition for vehicle aftermarket service as it says current regulations are the "key driver" of the monopoly situation that has led to state probes within the auto industry....
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GM issues 2 recalls, stop-sale orders for 2015 Corvettes

8:58 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
General Motors is issuing two more recalls, both on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, according to stop-delivery orders sent to dealers today. The recalls, GM's first in more than a month, bring its total number for the year to 67....
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Toyota recalling 130,000 Tundras for airbag issue

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Toyota recalling 130,000 2014 Tundra pickup trucks in the United States to correct a problem with side airbags, the automaker's sales arm said today....
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Toyota scouting Mexico for assembly plant, reports say

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Toyota, the last of the world's major automakers without a full assembly plant in Mexico, is scouting the country for possible factory sites, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said....
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Tesla tax breaks to be debated by Nevada lawmakers

6:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Nevada lawmakers convened a special legislative session in Carson City today to consider a package of tax breaks estimated at up to $1.3 billion aimed at cementing a deal with Tesla Motors for a $5 billion battery plant....
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Federal-Mogul agrees to buy TRW engine valve unit for $385 million

9:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Federal-Mogul said today it agreed to acquire the engine valve business from TRW Automotive Holdings for $385 million in cash. TRW's engine valve unit generated revenue of $610 million last year and employs 5,400 people in 12 countries....
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JAMES B. TREECE

How Jim Harbour and David Power improved the U.S. auto industry

6:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Jim Harbour, who died Saturday at age 86, was one of two men who dramatically improved the American auto industry at a time when Detroit was deeply in denial about how far short of world class it was....
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FORD'S RISKY REDO

Getting the new F-150 up and running won't be easy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
By converting its best-selling F-150 pickup from a steel body to aluminum, Ford is replacing the tried-and-true spot-welding process with a far more complex technique that uses a combination of rivets and industrial adhesives. These are scary times at Ford Motor Co....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Grupo Antolin aims to be the world's No. 1 interiors supplier

Sept. 8, 2014 06:15 CET
Grupo Antolin wants to become the world's largest supplier of automotive interiors, passing rivals such as Magna International, Faurecia and Johnson Controls. The Spain-based supplier is already global No. 1 for vehicle headliners....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Gigafactory: Tesla's key to meeting cost, range targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
The ceremony last week announcing Tesla's decision to build its lithium ion battery "gigafactory" in Nevada was filled with phrases such as "as many as" and "as much as."...
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Maserati's secret: Chrysler makes its engine blocks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
During the summer, workers at Chrysler Group's Trenton Engine Complex in suburban Detroit with no fanfare have been machining aluminum 3.0-liter V-6 engine blocks under the supervision of Ferrari engineers. The blocks are being shipped to Italy, where they will be installed into Maserati's flagship Quattroporte and its new, hot-selling entry-level sedan, the Ghibli....
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Toyota to add active safety tech to entire U.S. lineup by 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Toyota Division plans to adopt accident-avoidance features throughout its U.S. lineup by 2017, said Bill Fay, Toyota Division's general manager....
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KEITH CRAIN

New F-150 could be a game changer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
This fall, Ford will start building an F-150 pickup with an all-aluminum body. Beyond a steel frame, the whole body is aluminum. It's a massive undertaking. What does this mean? Anyone who expects only subtle changes in future cars and trucks should get out of the way....
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