Manufacturing

Honda relies on turbo Civic to lift fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The next-generation Honda Civic's base powerplant will be a downsized turbocharged engine as the automaker tries to boost fuel economy. The turbo engine will help Honda Motor Co. meet stricter emissions standards and deliver fun-to-drive performance that sets the Civic apart, global r&d head Yoshiharu Yamamoto said....
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Takata says tests show airbag failures occur in older vehicles in hot regions

3:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Takata said today that its ongoing tests of recalled airbag inflators have supported the company's view that failures are most likely to occur in older vehicles in hot, humid regions....
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NXP to buy Freescale in $11.8 billion deal for automotive microchips

2:29 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV said today it will pay $11.8 billion to acquire Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor. NXP has succeeded where other European chipmakers have struggled by focusing on products for the auto industry and mobile payments....
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FCA recalls 2,211 Hellcats after fuel leak discovered

10:29 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Fiat Chrysler is recalling its brand-new, top-end 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats after a dealer discovered a fuel leak on a car being delivered from the factory. The recall affects 2,211 vehicles....
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ElringKlinger may cancel EV contract

March 2, 2015 15:14 CET
German supplier ElringKlinger says it may terminate a contract to supply a major customer with components for electric cars to halt continued losses at its E-Mobility business....
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HANS GREIMEL

Could Toyota Mirai's hot demand and 2-year backlog undermine its success?

6:57 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Would you buy a car if you had to wait two years for delivery? That's what Toyota is asking its customers to do with its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle....
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Airbag-safety vet leads hunt for Takata clues

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
David Kelly, the former federal auto safety regulator chosen to coordinate automakers' investigation into Takata airbag explosions, is no stranger to the issue of airbags endangering lives they're designed to save....
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Hyundai recalls more than 200,000 Elantras over steering problem

8:14 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
Hyundai is recalling 204,768 Elantras because of a power steering defect that might cause the cars to suddenly revert to manual steering, the company said in a report filed with federal safety regulators....
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Auto safety advocate's work on airbags goes back to 1996

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
David Kelly, the former acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was hired this week to oversee the 10-automaker consortium searching for the root cause behind Takata airbag explosions. But this isn't the first time that Kelly has had to deal with airbags endangering lives they're designed to save....
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Nissan expects to reach 10% U.S. share goal ahead of schedule

9:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz outlined a four-prong capacity expansion plan that could power Nissan to its 10 percent U.S. market share goal ahead of schedule. He also said he targets increased North American operating profit margin of at least 8 percent, thanks to an influx of high-margin nameplates such as the Murano crossover and Maxima sedan....
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GM cuts capacity, jobs in Indonesia, where Japanese dominate

7:32 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
General Motors is to stop making cars in Indonesia, a battleground for global automakers in emerging Southeast Asia, closing an assembly plant, axing some 500 jobs and shifting its branding focus to SUVs....
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GM cutting production at 2 plants as car inventory mounts, sources say

11:12 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
General Motors is trimming production at two of its car plants amid mounting dealer inventories, an effort to reduce stocks of the Chevrolet Sonic and Camaro, Buick Regal and other models....
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U.S. orders Takata to preserve airbag inflators for federal probe

4:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
A federal safety regulator on Wednesday ordered troubled Japanese supplier Takata to preserve all airbag inflators removed through a recall process as evidence for a federal investigation and private litigation cases....
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Toyota says union pay demand 'impossible' because costs would jump

6:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Toyota rebuffed the largest wage increase proposal from its union since 1998, saying the raise would lift costs by about $168 million....
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Toyota's most high-tech car gets ultra low-tech birth

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Toyota celebrated the launch of its high-tech Mirai fuel cell vehicle today from its noticeably low-tech production line. And President Akio Toyoda chose today as the celebration date for a reason. It's the five-year anniversary of when Toyoda was hauled before a congressional panel to answer questions about his company's unintended acceleration recalls....
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Continental increases microcontroller output in China

Feb. 24, 2015 12:45 CET
Continental says it has launched production of transmission control units on a second line at its plant in Tianjin, China. The German supplier's transmission division entered China in 1998. Aside from its factory in Tianjin, the unit has an r&d center in Shanghai....
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GKN sees more growth this year after 2014 profits rise 4%

Feb. 24, 2015 11:12 CET
UK supplier GKN reported a 4 percent rise in annual profit last year and said it expected to grow again in 2015, helped by the continued strong demand for car parts....
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American Axle Q4, full-year revenues jump on non-GM business

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
American Axle reported leaps in revenue for the fourth quarter and the year. The powertrain components supplier had lower net income for the quarter but growth for the year....
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Is clock ticking on replacement inflators?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Now that Honda has recalled more than 14 million vehicles to fix defective Takata airbag inflators, CEO Takanobu Ito says he is prepared for a difficult possibility: If the replacements also go bad someday, they would need to be replaced too....
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KEITH CRAIN

Now everyone wants to build cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Much like Preston Tucker, John DeLorean and Malcolm Bricklin, there are lots of people with lots of money interested in becoming automakers. Elon Musk notwithstanding, the number of success stories in this business is fairly limited. The trail of those who failed as automakers is a long one....
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Robot orders surge as vehicle output climbs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
In a bid to keep pace with rising production, automakers and suppliers are ordering record numbers of robots. Last year, companies ordered 17,678 automotive robots in North America, up 45 percent from 2013, said the Robotic Industries Association. Manufacturers are hustling to boost output now that annual North American light-vehicle production is topping 17 million units....
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Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015
The next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The minivan also will be slightly taller and wider than the current version. The revelations come from spy photographers and supplier documents posted online....
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Tentative deal in U.S. port dispute spells relief for Honda, rivals

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015
A group of shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union reached a tentative labor deal after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted Japanese automakers in the United States, primarily Honda....
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Honda to cut N.A. output by another 5,000 cars amid port delays

6:41 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Honda will continue to reduce production at plants in Indiana and Ontario next week because of part shortages amid labor disputes at West Coast ports. Honda said it expected output loss at the factories next week to be around 5,000 cars....
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NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day for failing to 'fully cooperate' in airbag probe

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today slapped Takata with a $14,000-per-day fine for failing to "fully cooperate" with the agency's investigation into exploding airbag inflators made by the supplier that have been linked to at least six deaths. NHTSA also warned Takata that it will refer the situation to the Department of Justice if it fails to remedy the situation....
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