Manufacturing

Can Linux speed in-car systems?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

Valeo boosts its N.A. r&d with hundreds of engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
French supplier Valeo SA is hiring hundreds of engineers in North America and is opening an office in Silicon Valley....
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THE RUSH TO ALUMINUM

Aluminum's per-vehicle use expected to rise 56% from 2012 to 2025

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The advent of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup has monopolized the aluminum vs. steel debate, and understandably so....
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Tire makers roll into South Carolina

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
South Carolina became the nation's leading tire producer in the fourth quarter last year with estimated daily output of 89,000 tires, edging Oklahoma's 88,000 units....
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Silverado, Sierra, Yukon Denali with V-8 to feature new 8-speed transmission

1:57 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
A new eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard on some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine, GM said today....
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Mitsubishi to recall some 2004-05 Lancer sedans in U.S. with defective Takata airbags

9:58 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors is recalling cars made with Takata Corp. airbags in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mitsubishi is one of nine automakers to say it will conduct a recall that includes those areas....
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VW goes local in India to lift sales

July 17, 2014 16:52 CET
VW will increase the amount of locally made parts in the cars it sells in India to help lift falling sales. Five years after entering India, VW has captured just 2.1 percent of the market because its cars are seen as relatively expensive....
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Mazda2 output begins in Japan

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
Mazda began manufacturing the next-generation Mazda2 subcompact in Japan today and unveiled the first pictures of the production model....
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BMW recalls 1.6 million 3-series cars to replace airbags

July 16, 2014 13:59 CET
BMW is recalling 1.6 million 3-series cars globally for a front-passenger airbag defect that has caused automakers including Toyota and Nissan to repair millions of vehicles....
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BMW to recall 1.6 million 1999-2006 3-series cars to replace Takata airbags

7:58 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
German automaker BMW said today it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front airbags made by Takata Corp. because the inflators could break apart during deployment and injure passengers....
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Toyota delays delivery of 23,000 vehicles covered by neighbor's tar, soot

7:18 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Toyota has to delay delivery of thousands of vehicles, including some 20,000 for export, because it has to clean up a mess left by a neighbor....
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Jaguar will debut XE sedan at London event

July 16, 2014 11:36 CET
Jaguar will unveil its new XE model ahead of the Paris auto show at a special event in London on Sept. 8. Sales of the mid-sized premium sedan, which is key to boosting the marque's low volume, will begin next year in Europe....
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Volkswagen plans $250 million investment in India

July 15, 2014 10:36 CET
Volkswagen plans to invest 15 billion rupees ($250 million) in India over the next five to six years. VW's market share in India fell in the last fiscal year to 2.1 percent from 2.4 percent....
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VW targets $6.8 billion in annual cuts to close profit gap with rivals

11:18 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to cut costs and boost productivity at the VW brand by $6.8 billion a year by 2017 to lift sagging profitability. Efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an internal presentation to company managers....
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Steel supplier Industrias missing out on Mexico's car boom

8:13 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Industrias, Mexico's biggest maker of specialized steel used in car engines, is missing out on a surge in automobile production as competitors' increased output has lowered prices....
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BMW open to sharing battery technology with rivals

July 15, 2014 09:52 CET
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the EV battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. Sharing the technology would reduce the cost of the battery cells -- the most expensive part of an electric vehicle....
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Toyota's massive engine overhaul

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Toyota, after long neglecting the internal combustion engine in favor of hybrids, is preparing a sweeping powertrain makeover. It is designing common parts to spread costs across large numbers of engines that will allow it to economically customize engines for specific vehicles with fuel injection, turbocharging and more....
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Honeywell merging turbocharger business into aerospace unit

12:35 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Honeywell is merging its transportation systems unit into its aerospace division to take advantage of similarities between the businesses....
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VW to build new crossover in U.S., add 2,000 jobs

8:15 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Volkswagen will assemble a new family-hauling crossover at its plant in Chattanooga and invest $900 million to expand the factory in a push to double U.S. sales of VW-brand vehicles by 2018....
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Toyota, Ford halt output in South Africa as strike spreads

7:49 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Toyota and Ford are suspending production at South African plants as a two-week strike in the manufacturing industry disrupts the supply of components....
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More buzz about plants in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Recently, we toted up all of the announced and speculated Mexican production capacity due in the next few years and got to 1.5 million units — a nifty 50 percent increase over the roughly 3 million units built in Mexico in 2013....
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Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid to get 400 hp

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Volvo has released powertrain figures on the redesigned XC90 mid-sized crossover due to be unveiled in Sweden in August and expected to go on sale in the United States in the first quarter....
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Bentley Mulsanne could gain performance variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
A more powerful version of the Bentley Mulsanne will debut in October at the Paris auto show, according to British car magazine Auto Express....
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Infiniti compact sedan to come from Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
An Infiniti compact sedan will be the first vehicle produced at Daimler and Renault-Nissan's new plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico....
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Auto repair conference to focus on next F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Starting at the end of this month, the 2015 aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 pickup will take center stage at the nation's biggest annual collision repair industry gathering in Detroit....
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