Manufacturing

NHTSA expands faulty airbag warning to 6.1 million vehicles

9:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
NHTSA expanded a warning late Tuesday about faulty airbags made by Japanese auto parts maker Takata to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States. The agency also corrected and expanded a list of vehicles included in an advisory on Monday. The crisis involving deadly airbags is shaking confidence in the ability of Toyota, Honda and other automakers to ensure the safety of millions of U.S. drivers....
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Auto industry forming consortium to fight hackers

10:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Automakers are forming a consortium to deter hackers who might try to breach a vehicle's security system -- an effort that has gotten the blessing of federal regulators....
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NHTSA website search function crashes as drivers look for airbag recalls

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
The website federal safety regulators are urging 4.7 million people to check to see if their cars have defective airbags couldn't be fully accessed today....
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Toyota ordered to pay $12.5 million to woman 'virtually decapitated' by seat belt

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
A California jury ordered Toyota to pay $12.5 million for being responsible for debilitating lap-only seat belt injuries in a 2010 crash....
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Viper plant to reopen in mid-November

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper....
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Takata, wrestling with airbag recall, sees shares take 23% plunge

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Takata shares plunged by a record in Tokyo trading after Toyota advised U.S. owners of its cars to seat passengers in the back amid reports of metal shrapnel being propelled from inside faulty airbags....
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Daimler eyes stake in motorcycle maker MV Agusta, report says

Oct. 21, 2014 10:39 CET
Daimler is said to be in talks to take a stake of up to 25 percent in Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta. Carmakers' interest in motorbike technology is growing as they introduce smaller engines aimed at meeting anti-pollution rules....
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'Aggressive' EV ambitions will boost aluminum demand in China

Oct. 21, 2014 12:02 CET
China's drive to build electric cars as a way to combat pollution and reduce energy dependence is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of the material to automakers....
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China's 'aggressive' EV ambitions to drive demand for aluminum

6:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
China's drive to build electric cars is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier to automakers of aluminum sheets....
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Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in U.S. over Takata airbags

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Toyota recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States today because of potentially defective front passenger airbag inflators from Japanese supplier Takata that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to federal safety regulators....
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Ford will invest 240 million euros in UK on cleaner diesels

Oct. 20, 2014 11:31 CET
Ford will invest a further 240 million euros (190 million pounds) in its factory in Dagenham, southern England, as part of a new diesel engine program. Ford will start producing low-carbon 2.0-liter diesels at the factory late next year....
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Getrag, Dongfeng form dual clutch transmissions JV in China

Oct. 20, 2014 10:54 CET
Germany's Getrag formed a joint venture with Dongfeng to develop and produce dual clutch transmissions in China. The joint venture will start manufacturing transmissions for compact cars in 2016 at a factory in Wuhan....
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Hyundai on a quest for capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Hyundai needs a new assembly plant to keep up with crossover demand, says U.S. boss Dave Zuchowski. Until then, Hyundai will likely get production from sibling brand Kia's factories in Mexico and Georgia....
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N.A. Sept. output rises 7 percent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
North America car and truck production in September rose 7 percent from the year-earlier month, to 1,524,207 vehicles. It marked a record 38th month in a row for production to top 1 million vehicles....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keep the Wrangler in Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Collectors take note: If you want a real Jeep Wrangler, better buy it now. The Wrangler is special, and it has a large following. The company should improve powertrain efficiency but otherwise leave it alone, and customers will continue to buy it....
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JCI-Yanfeng could be first domino

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
The major joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and China's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. has created momentum for further consolidation of the auto interiors business, says Beda Bolzenius, president of Johnson Controls' seating and interiors business....
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Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours....
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UAW, politicians will fight to keep Wrangler output in Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
UAW and political leaders plan to gather Monday in a community-wide effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production in its original home of Toledo, Ohio. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne this month said the next Wrangler may have be built off a unibody platform, changes that could mean the SUV would have to find a production site outside Toledo....
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Takata engineers struggled to maintain airbag quality, documents reveal

9:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
Manufacturing problems with Takata airbags go beyond what the supplier has disclosed to federal safety regulators about why the devices are at risk of exploding with dangerous force, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Wrangler’s Toledo decision may depend on keeping the money spigot flowing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
It’s been just over two weeks since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne casually revealed that he might have to move Jeep Wrangler production out of its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. Why? Because it might cost too much to shut down the plant long enough to convert it for the use of aluminum parts....
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IAC opens 2 plants in China

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
International Automotive Components, the interior auto parts supplier formed from other companies including Lear's interiors business and the assets of the bankrupt Collins & Aikman, opened two plants in Changshu, China, this week....
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Fourth U.S. traffic death linked to Takata airbags

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
A fourth traffic death in a Honda car has been linked to a defective airbag made by Japanese supplier Takata, according to a county medical examiner in Florida....
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Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata airbags

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A fatal accident near Los Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata airbag -- the third death in the United States linked to a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier, according to local officials and the automaker....
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Honda starts audit of injury, death reports to U.S. regulator

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Honda asked a third party to determine whether the automaker underreported fatality and injury claims to federal regulators in the United States who are investigating airbag failures with potentially deadly defects....
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Hitachi Automotive readies new autonomous driving technology

10:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Hitachi Automotive Systems is readying a suite of new autonomous driving technologies, including a no-hands self-parking function it plans to market in 2016. The systems, unveiled last week at the supplier’s proving ground in northern Japan, entail precrash braking, advanced adaptive cruise control and vehicle stability control for electric vehicles....
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