Manufacturing

Volkswagen will invest $340 million in South Africa

Aug. 27, 2015 15:52 CET

Volkswagen is investing more than $340 million in South Africa for new products and infrastructure. Automakers in the country, which also include Toyota, BMW and Mercedes, are stepping up exports as the local market shrinks....
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Toyota poised to restart production at China plant

10:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work today at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin. Workers at two lines in the Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area were expected to return today and start preparation to begin production on Friday, Toyota said in an e-mailed statement....
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Ten automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ten of the world's biggest automakers were sued today by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from millions of vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions....
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Acura, Mercedes, Mazda get top rating in IIHS collision prevention tests

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Acura, Mercedes and Mazda made an impressive showing in the most recent IIHS testing of vehicles with front collision prevention technology. More than a dozen of the 19 vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned a “superior” rating -- the highest rating offered in this test....
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Toyota poised to restart production at China plant shut in blast

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work Thursday at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin....
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Honda to unwrap retooled 2016 Civic sedan on Sept. 16

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Honda says the 10th generation of the venerable Civic compact sedan will be introduced Sept. 16 in simultaneous events in both Detroit and Los Angeles....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Why UAW VEBA could be model for contract talks between union, Detroit 3

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams recently said an independent health care cooperative might be formed to negotiate health care services contracts jointly with the UAW trust. The resulting clout of up to 1.7 million former and current autoworkers, and hundreds of thousands of other dependents, could reduce or slow health care costs for all, Williams said....
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Jeep Grand Cherokee being probed by NHTSA for rollaway risk

11:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

An estimated 408,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are the subject of a preliminary NHTSA investigation after drivers complained that newer models rolled away after being put in park....
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Jeep hacker leaves Twitter

7:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter after three years on the job, a person familiar with the matter said....
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Toyota tests potential alternatives to Takata airbag inflators

Aug. 25, 2015 10:54 CET

Toyota said it is testing airbag inflators made by Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to potentially lethal parts supplied by Takata. Toyota said it wanted to ensure the parts were compatible with its vehicles....
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3-D printing accelerates Honda Pilot development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Automakers are again taking a run at accelerating the new-car development cycle, this time with an assist from 3D printing. The latest example comes from Honda, whose just-launched 2016 Pilot is the product of a new computer-driven development process in which the automaker was able to eliminate the production of hand-built prototypes....
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Mazda turbo to do double duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mazda has engineered a potent turbocharged version of its 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine to power the redesigned CX-9 crossover that goes on sale in early 2016, according to two sources familiar with Mazda's product plan....
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GM suspends 800 job cuts in Brazil, ending strike

9:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Workers at a General Motors plant in Brazil ended a two-week strike on Monday after the company agreed to suspend nearly 800 job cuts, buying time in an industry where idle assembly lines have roiled labor tensions....
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Toyota extends halt in Tianjin operations through Wednesday

6:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Toyota said its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain shut at least through Wednesday due to safety concerns as fires continue to break out at the site of last week's deadly chemical explosions....
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PLANT LIFE - PART 3

The Missouri job shop behind Toyota's makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2015

Toyota's New Global Architecture strategy is launching at Bodine, the old Missouri casting company Toyota bought 25 years ago....
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GM, Ford use 'veiled threat' of imports to gain leverage with UAW

7:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

GM and Ford are contemplating building cars with lower-paid workers in Mexico and China, a strategy that would improve their hand in contract talks as the UAW seeks higher pay. The automakers and union are in their final weeks of talks to replace four-year contracts that end Sept. 14....
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2008 Honda Accords probed by NHTSA for airbags that may fail to deploy

10:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

NHTSA opened an investigation into 348,000 Honda Accords for a flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash....
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GM recalls Impalas for airbags flaw involving infant seats

12:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

General Motors is recalling 8,989 Impalas for passenger-side airbags that can fail to turn off if an infant seat is in the front seat....
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Toyota may buy replacement airbag inflators from three Takata rivals

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota, recalling about 12 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata airbags, said it may tap three additional suppliers to boost supply of the components. The automaker said today it is considering using inflators from Autoliv, Daicel and Nippon Kayaku for replacement airbags....
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2016 Honda Pilot nabs Top Safety Pick+ rating

3:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Honda’s redesigned 2016 Pilot was awarded the top rating in five crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well as the highest distinction for its performance when equipped with front collision-prevention technology....
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U.S. senators urge recall of all autos with Takata airbags

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

After reports this week of a ruptured Takata airbag in a Volkswagen vehicle, two U.S. senators today called on Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's airbags. U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey said their move was prompted by an incident in June, in which a Takata airbag inflator in a 2015 VW Tiguan ruptured after a collision...
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Renault-Nissan will cut jobs, production in India

Aug. 20, 2015 12:32 CET

Renault-Nissan plans to cut several hundred jobs in India and reduce production at its plant near Chennai. The move is in reaction to slowing sales caused by the slow pace of new product launches and growing competition from rivals such as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai....
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Toyota said to seek supplier price cuts

Aug. 20, 2015 11:38 CET

Toyota plans to ask suppliers to cut prices for the first time in about a year in an effort to boost competitiveness, Nikkei reported. A recent drop in raw material prices has increased suppliers' ability to cut prices, the paper said....
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GM extends Oshawa assembly line operations until 2017

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

GM will keep an Oshawa, Ontario, assembly line operating until 2017, the company's Canadian unit said today, extending the life of a line that has been repeatedly scheduled for closure over the last decade....
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GM expands headlight recall to 180,504 more vehicles

11:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

General Motors is expanding a recall of Buicks and Pontiacs with defective low-beam headlights to include 180,504 more vehicles, the automaker said today....
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