Manufacturing

GM, short of sheetmetal, idles pickup output at Ind. plant

12:53 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Production at one of General Motors' three pickup plants has been idled because of an interruption in sheetmetal supplies, the company said today....
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Jaguar touts aluminum features on upcoming XE

12:35 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is touting the aluminum features on its upcoming Jaguar XE sedan, promising it will be the most fuel efficient vehicle in brand history....
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Mercedes-Benz violated Alabama workers' organizing rights, judge rules

4:52 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
An administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Mercedes-Benz violated the organizing rights of workers at its Alabama plant by not allowing the distribution of union literature in common areas during off-work hours....
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THE GM RECALL

GM sued over deaths, injuries linked to ignition switch

10:14 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
General Motors was hit Tuesday with a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 650 people allegedly injured or killed in accidents involving cars that have been recalled this year for faulty ignition switches....
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Chrysler sued over Jeep ignition-switch failures

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Chrysler was sued over allegedly faulty ignition switches in Jeeps, in a follow-up to more than 120 lawsuits General Motors faces over the same defect. Both automakers are accused of employing ignition switches that can be unexpectedly turned off, cutting power to brakes, steering and airbags and causing potentially deadly loss of control....
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Robotics suppliers post record business in North America

3:29 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Robotics suppliers, paced by automakers preparing for new-product launches, posted records for orders in North America during the second quarter and first half of the year, an industry trade group reported today....
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GM, Toyota plan to resume production in South Africa

4:07 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
GM and Toyota plan to resume production on Tuesday in South Africa and the nation's largest union agreed to end a four-week strike in the metals sector after accepting a wage increase offer from employers....
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Tesla, Panasonic reach agreement on U.S. battery plant, report says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Panasonic has reached a basic agreement with Tesla Motors to initially supply the electric automaker's proposed lithium-ion battery plant in the United States with machinery to make battery cells, the Nikkei said....
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THE GM RECALL

Akerson says GM's problems were worse than execs thought

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said the automaker's delayed ignition switch recall was indicative of a flawed corporate culture that was worse than he and other executives had originally recognized....
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Honda pushes dealers for buyers' signatures on airbag liability

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
"I understand that if this used car I'm buying is in a crash, the airbag could kill me." That's the gist of a document that American Honda Motor Co. wants its dealers to require buyers of certain 2001-11 used Honda and Acura vehicles to sign....
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Ford EcoBoost V-6 makes V-8 power

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s latest EcoBoost engine -- a compact, lightweight 2.7-liter V-6 -- will be the smallest engine available in a full-sized pickup when it debuts this fall in the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. But it generates V-8 levels of power: 325 hp and 375 pounds-feet of torque....
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Mike Alexander, legendary custom-car builder, dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Mike Alexander, half of a Detroit-area brother duo who became famous for their custom cars, died July 18. He was 80....
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Jaguar Land Rover taps ex-military to combat skills shortage

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover has created a training course to attract former military personnel amid a shortage of skilled workers in Britain. Ford and Bentley are also competing for talent with trainee programs as the U.K.'s expanding auto industry devises new ways to draw workers to manufacturing....
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Nissan expands U.S. recall of cars with defective Takata airbags

2:45 pm U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Nissan is expanding by 226,326 vehicles a U.S. recall of older models equipped with defective airbags made by Takata, Nissan said in an amended filing posted Saturday by U.S. safety regulators....
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Mitsubishi retools flagship Japan plant before hybrid push

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Mitsubishi is overhauling its flagship assembly plant in Japan to slash production costs and boost capacity as it readies for increased output of plug-in hybrid vehicles. The renovations at Mitsubishi's Okazaki plant in central Japan aim to cut the cost of body assembly 30 percent....
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Fisker's Chinese owner plans 2nd model after Karma output resumes

5:51 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
The Chinese owner of Fisker Automotive hopes to launch a second model that would join the $100,000 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid in three years, according to the company’s chairman....
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South African union said to reject wage deal to end strike, resume car output

9:49 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
South Africa's biggest union will probably reject the latest pay offer from employers to end a three-week strike that has idled light-vehicle output and other manufacturing because of a clause related to workplace bargaining, a union official said....
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Mazda expands U.S. recall of cars with faulty Takata airbags

12:51 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
Mazda will broaden a recall of cars sold in the United States because an airbag inflator, supplied by Japanese supplier Takata, could rupture and seriously injure occupants....
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Gentex Q2 net income grows 47 percent

3:19 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Automotive mirror supplier Gentex reported $76.7 million in net income with total revenue of $338.4 million for the second quarter....
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GM may put Brazil workers on paid leave

9:21 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
GM wants to put nearly a fifth of its workers at a factory in Brazil on paid leave, an auto workers union says, amid falling output in Latin America's largest economy....
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UK car output boosted by new models in first half

July 24, 2014 10:41 CET
UK car production grew by 4 percent in the first six months thanks to new models, but the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warned that further growth must be backed by bolstering the UK's parts supply chain....
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THE GM RECALL

GM recalls 717,950 vehicles, pushing year's recall tally to 60

2:07 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
General Motors is recalling another 717,950 vehicles in the United States, mostly 2010-12 model year cars and crossovers, lifting its total for the year to a record 60 safety campaigns covering around 29 million vehicles globally....
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Brakes supplier Brembo to build new U.S. plant

July 23, 2014 12:05 CET
Italian brakes manufacturer Brembo will build a new foundry in Michigan to expand its manufacturing capability in the United States, betting on the continued strength of the country's automotive sector....
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Chrysler recalls older Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees for ignition switch

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the “on” position, causing a stall and possible loss of power to the airbags. Engineers are still developing a fix, and the company says it is initiating a recall “out of an abundance of caution.”...
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Kia in talks to open $1.5 billion Mexico assembly plant, report says

6:52 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Kia is in talks with Mexico to open a new auto assembly plant worth at least $1.5 billion, officials from Nuevo Leon's state government told Reuters. The factory, which sources say will have an annual capacity of some 300,000 cars, would be built on the northeastern fringe of the city of Monterrey....
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