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Takata must rev up airbag replacement effort, NHTSA warns

9:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
U.S. auto safety officials on Friday told Takata to work harder to meet demand for replacement parts for airbags that could prove defective in millions of U.S. cars....
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American Axle Q3 profits rise as non-GM business grows

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Powertrain components supplier American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, which has been ramping up its non-General Motors business in recent years, today reported strong gains in third-quarter net income and revenues....
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Daimler to buy 25% of Italian motorbike maker MV Agusta

Oct. 31, 2014 16:04 CET
Daimler will buy a 25 percent stake in Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta as part of a long-term cooperation that gives the German car and truck maker access to lightweight three-cylinder engines....
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Takata airbag recalls should include newer cars, watchdog says

8:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
A watchdog group has asked federal regulators to broaden a defect investigation of Takata airbags to include more vehicles and to see whether replacements used in recalled vehicles are safe....
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Honda, Takata sued in California for airbag-related recalls

8:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Honda and airbag supplier Takata were sued by a driver seeking damages on behalf of the owners of 5 million Honda and Acura models recalled so far in the United States to replace potentially unsafe airbags....
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Audi recall no threat to Continental's financial guidance, CEO says

7:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Supplier Continental AG said a fault with airbags installed at Audi could cost a double-digit million euro amount to fix, a sum which the German automotive supplier could absorb without revising its earnings guidance....
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Takata taps rivals to help build replacement inflators

6:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Takata, under pressure from federal regulators, has asked rival suppliers if they can help produce replacement inflators for the company's airbag customers....
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Ram chief says consumers aren't clamoring for aluminum pickup

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Bob Hegbloom, chief of the Ram brand, isn't buying the buzz that the lightweight aluminum body of the upcoming 2015 F-150 pickup will give Ford a significant advantage....
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NHTSA orders Takata to produce documents related to airbag probe

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Federal safety regulators today ordered Japanese supplier Takata to provide documents and answer questions under oath related to the government's ongoing probe of potentially defective Takata airbags in millions of vehicles....
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Jaguar Land Rover opens $750 million engine plant

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover moved another step closer today to gaining greater control of its destiny with the opening of its $750 million engine plant near Wolverhampton in the U.K....
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Airbag investigators focus on metal shards sprayed at crashes

6:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
More details are emerging about accidents involving Takata airbags -- and the horrific injuries and subsequent lawsuits that resulted from them. Takata, which accounts for about a quarter of all airbag inflators produced globally, is finding it far more difficult to silence safety questions....
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Chrysler recalls 33,443 light trucks in U.S. for tire pressure issues

9:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group said that it was recalling 33,443 light trucks in two separate campaigns to prevent false warnings from the tire pressure monitor systems....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why the stick shift's days may be numbered

9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Two cars I have test driven recently finally convinced me the good old-fashioned manual transmission will soon be dead....
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GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers said today....
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Takata knew of airbag defects as early as 2001, lawsuits allege

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Takata knew at least as early as 2001 of manufacturing defects that could lead its airbags to explode, U.S. drivers claimed in lawsuits....
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More airbag recalls could test automakers' Takata ties

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Japan's Takata, whose potentially defective car airbags have been linked to four deaths in the United States, is unlikely to be dumped by its automaker customers given the cost and disruption of such a move -- for now....
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Auto industry uses 3-D printing heavily in product development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Companies as old as Ford and as new as Local Motors have embraced 3-D printing, a technology that promises faster development, lower costs and a reduction in mechanical failures....
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Thumbs-up for 3-D at BMW plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
BMW AG has found a unique way that 3-D printing could help some assembly workers at a plant in Germany do their jobs....
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Next-generation Wrangler will get an aluminum body

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
It’s looking more and more like the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will have an aluminum body, keep its body-on-frame construction and remain built in Toledo, Ohio. That means Chrysler will likely produce more Wranglers for U.S. dealers and for export....
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'No other supplier other than Takata has used this ammonium nitrate'

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
The emerging crisis over airbags traces back to a little-known Japanese company that for over 20 years has supplied the safety devices to automakers including Toyota, Honda and GM....
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Takata to form quality control committeee; CEO apologizes for airbag crisis

6:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Takata said it will form a global quality control committee in response to an auto-safety crisis created by flaws in its airbags. The company's CEO also issued an apology....
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Toyota drops resistance to 3-shift plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. is rethinking its longtime resistance to three-shift factories as it seeks to build more vehicles amid a self-imposed freeze on building more plants....
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Takata warnings intensify

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Takata has wrestled with airbag defects for several years, but the issue drew increased attention in the spring and gained urgency last week, after tests showed a higher risk of failure than previously believed....
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Viper plant to reopen next month

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper. The car's September sales jumped after a $15,000 price cut. The Viper plant in Detroit has worked just 10 days since April 14 and has been idled since July 3....
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KEITH CRAIN

The recall process must change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
We have had two cases involving defective parts so bad that one potential solution has been for owners to park their cars. That is indeed a drastic remedy. We have to figure out a better way of handling recalls....
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