Manufacturing

Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model....
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Takata exec warns about ability to fix deadly airbag flaw

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
An executive from Japan's Takata told lawmakers on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough....
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Retired Ford exec Mascarenas joins ON Semiconductor's board

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Retired Ford chief technical officer Paul Mascarenas has joined ON Semiconductor's board of directors. Mascarenas, 53, also joined the semiconductor supplier’s science and technology committee, the company said Thursday....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Tech giants Apple and Google have generated a lot of hype over the past 12 months over their plans to tightly integrate their smartphones and app technology with in-car infotainment systems....
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THE GM RECALL

GM sued by Arizona on claims it hid safety defects

6:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Arizona filed a lawsuit against General Motors, claiming the carmaker put the public at risk by concealing safety defects to avoid the cost of recalls. Arizona was seeking an estimated $3 billion from GM, the New York Times reported....
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REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT

Takata airbag plant in Mexico with troubled past at center of probe

9:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Takata's plant in Ciudad Frontera, Mexico, has been confirmed as the source of defective airbags made in 2001 and 2002 and again around 2012, Reuters reported today, citing information from recall records, automakers and regulators. In 2006, the factory blew up -- driving home for workers and residents the volatility and risk of the explosive compound at the core of Takata's airbags....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Ghosn sets the record straight on price-fixing conspiracy

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
In our package of stories on supplier price-fixing published Monday, one report said Carlos Ghosn inadvertently created the bid-rigging tradition. It was an intriguing scenario. But Carlos Ghosn begs to differ....
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UK car production likely to miss full-year target on weak overseas demand

Nov. 20, 2014 12:09 CET
UK car production is unlikely to hit a full-year goal of 1.59 million as demand from key western European markets and Russia continues to fall, the SMMT industry association said....
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Airbag angst preceded U.S. demand for nationwide Takata recall

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Consumer worries about the safety of their airbags played a key role in why federal regulators now are demanding that carmakers recall cars with Takata airbags nationwide -- even at the potential risk of endangering drivers who most urgently need replacements....
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BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany

7:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Takata plans to shift production of BMW airbag inflators from Mexico to Germany, BMW said on Wednesday in a filing with federal safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant....
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Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors....
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Ford, GM business seen buoying Takata as U.S. probes airbags

6:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Carmakers continue to support Takata even as the Japanese supplier suffers widening scrutiny by United States regulators over airbags blamed for at least five deaths. Ford, Honda and GM have worked with Takata on new car features over so many years that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to quickly move to alternative supplier....
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Toyota's Lentz says more replacement inflators coming next month

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Toyota, seeking to speed up progress on a recall begun in 2013, is anticipating a greater supply of inflators for Takata airbags being replaced in millions of cars....
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GM pickup production forecast bumped up by 6% for 2015

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
IHS Automotive raised its 2015 production forecast for General Motors' full-sized pickups by 6 percent over previous estimates -- betting that tamer gasoline prices will juice demand for GM's biggest money-maker and help blunt the threat from Ford’s new aluminum-bodied truck....
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Ford recalls 65,000 Fusion models on ignition key issues

9:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Ford said today it is recalling about 65,000 Fusion sedans in North America because the key can be removed from the ignition even if the car is not in the "park" position 30 minutes after the ignition is off, the company said....
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Honda owners can request new airbags even if their cars weren't recalled

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
After recalling millions of vehicles over potentially life-threatening Takata airbag inflators, Honda said it will replace airbags, as appropriate, for concerned customers who were not subject to the recall....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler....
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As China's luxury car wave slows, foreign automakers seek domestic foothold

Nov. 18, 2014 11:18 CET
Daimler will present its new ultraluxury Mercedes-Maybach subbrand at this week's Guangzhou auto show, even as analysts warn the end is approaching for China's 10-year high-end car sales boom....
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Semiconductor demand spurs merger activity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Spurred by fast-growing markets for infotainment and collision avoidance, semiconductor suppliers are bulking up with a wave of mergers....
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LIGHT IN ACTION

In smart headlight, 1 LED emits beams that can be controlled

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
A German consortium is developing a "smart headlight" that would require just one LED bulb instead of the array of 25 LEDs required for an Audi A8-style high beam. The consortium led by Osram Opto Semiconductors has developed a single LED light source that can emit 256 pixels -- each a separate beam of light that can be individually controlled....
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GM grants another month for victim filings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
General Motors said late Sunday it agreed to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation by another month to January 31....
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Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango output goes grayscale for a few months

5:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Plans to upgrade a paint shop at a Chrysler Group factory in Detroit will leave the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango colorblind for a couple months. The automaker informed dealers it is suspending orders of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango in any color other than black, white, silver or gray until at least February....
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Harold Coker, founder of antique tire maker Coker Tire, dies at 84

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire in Chattanooga, which produces tires for antique vehicles, died Sunday. He was 84....
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EDITORIAL

Takata must supply answers, replacement parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
It's time for Takata to open up about airbags it manufactured that have prompted recalls of about 11 million vehicles in the United States since 2008....
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TRW investment to help Takata replace defective airbags would be short-term, ZF CEO says

Nov. 17, 2014 10:49 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is ready to invest more through TRW Automotive in airbag inflator output to meet replacement demand following the recall of defective airbags made by Takata. The investment would not be a strategic shift to win market share, ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said....
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