Manufacturing

Steelmaker says it can put pickups on a diet

6:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit tougher fuel economy targets that come into effect in 2025: You don't have to make trucks out of aluminum to do it....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Scrap Nissan's Leaf battery plant? Hardly

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
News broke this week that Nissan and Renault are debating the future of their electric-vehicle battery technology sourcing. Frankly, it would be bigger news if the two automaker partners weren't debating it....
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Penske expands engines, power business in Australia, Pacific

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Penske Automotive Group today said it is buying a company that distributes diesel and gasoline engines and power systems in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific markets....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The word “strike” has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear plant in Indiana that makes seats for Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. Workers were back on the job a day later....
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GM adding 3rd shift to Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon plant in Missouri

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
GM will add a third production shift at a Missouri assembly plant where its new midsize pickups and commercial vans are made. GM last week started output of the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon at the factory after a two-year hiatus for the trucks....
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Hyundai plans to build 2 more factories in China, not 1, reports say

7:17 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Hyundai Motor Co. plans to build two factories in China instead of one, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters today....
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ZF says TRW takeover creates supplier ready for self-driving age

Sept. 16, 2014 14:19 CET
ZF wants to purchase TRW to create a global supplier ready for an age of self-driving cars. "The major motivation for this transaction is technology driven, in the field of electromobility and ... autonomous driving," ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said....
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Toyota pauses on Mexico expansion to review growth strategy, report says

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Toyota is reconsidering a move to open a new compact car assembly plant in Mexico after company President Akio Toyoda told planners searching for a site to pause and review its rationale, executives familiar with the matter said....
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Bosch benefits from ZF's bid to buy TRW

Sept. 16, 2014 12:45 CET
Robert Bosch is an unexpected beneficiary of ZF's plans to purchase TRW. Bosch is poised to take full control of a steering joint venture it co-founded with ZF that makes systems that are key to creating driverless cars....
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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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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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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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Sensor cuts self-driving car costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
You can't buy one yet, but the autonomous vehicle just got a little cheaper....
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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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