Manufacturing

Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says

7:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters....
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Ford tells U.S. dealers to stop selling some C-Max, Focus models

11:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Ford told its dealers in the United States to stop test-driving and selling C-Max and Focus models produced during a week this month because of potential problems with the steering gear assembly, a notice sent to dealers on Wednesday shows....
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Novelis: Aluminum sales to automakers will nearly triple on new emissions, mpg rules

8:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of aluminum sheeting to carmakers, expects sales to customers including Audi and Ford to rise almost three-fold as new emissions rules restrict the use of steel....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Conti exec says automated driving requires tight ties with many partners

Aug. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Continental executive Helmut Matschi says automated driving will emerge gradually in the next decade. He also believes that to be successful, suppliers will need to collaborate more than ever with non-automotive companies....
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Police arrest 3 plant officials tied to deadly blast at China parts factory

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Chinese police have arrested three people in connection with an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people in China's worst industrial accident in a year, state media reported....
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LG Chem says it has battery order from Audi for plug-in hybrid cars

Aug. 20, 2014 15:16 CET
LG Chem says it will supply batteries for Audi's growing lineup of plug-in hybrids. Audi began European sales of its first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, in June and plans to add at least three more plug-in hybrids....
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2015 Corvette will get 29 mpg highway, GM says

8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
An 8-speed automatic transmission debuting in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette boosts fuel economy by 3.5 percent over the six-speed it replaces and gives the General Motors long-running sports car an EPA highway rating of 29 mpg, its highest rating ever....
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THE GM RECALL

GM expands website for owners of recalled vehicles

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
General Motors' website for owners of its vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches has been expanded to include all 20 models involved, the automaker said....
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A123 hires former JCI executive as chief technology officer

7:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
A123 Systems hired former Johnson Controls executive Patrick Hurley as its new chief technology officer....
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U.S. details plans for car-to-car safety communications

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
After more than a decade of research into car-to-car communications, federal auto safety regulators took a step forward today by unveiling their plan for requiring cars to have wireless gear that will enable them to warn drivers of danger....
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Toyota makes stronger showing in J.D. Power seat quality study

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Toyota made sizable gains in a JD Power seat quality study, with six of the 21 vehicles recognized for superior seating, two more than last year. Ford's C-Max also had a strikingly lower instance of seat-related problems than any other car in the study....
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Suppliers see money in software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Harman International, a top producer of speakers and other in-car audio equipment, plans to ease out of hardware so it can concentrate on software as its core automotive product....
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China finds Mercedes guilty of price fixing, report says

Aug. 18, 2014 10:53 CET
Mercedes has been found guilty of manipulating prices for aftersales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Foreign automakers have been under scrutiny in China amid reports by state media that they are overcharging consumers....
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Sensata to buy pressure-sensor maker Schrader in $1 billion deal

7:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Sensata Technologies Holding NV plans to buy Schrader International Inc. from Madison Dearborn Partners LLC for an enterprise value of $1 billion to expand in sensors that warn against low tire pressure....
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Ford unveils a seamless plan for 2015 F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups....
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Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little time to win the trust of wary suppliers....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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Novelis beefs up recycling of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Novelis Inc. is putting its new automotive aluminum recycling line through final testing to reuse scrap from customer Ford Motor Co....
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Self-driving tech will make Volvos even safer, r&d boss says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
As self-driving cars become increasingly important, Volvo has unveiled an ambitious plan to position itself at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology....
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UAW says union membership near majority at VW Tennessee plant

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
The UAW, which lost a controversial organizing vote in February at VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, has nearly enough members in its newly formed local for the automaker to recognize it as exclusive bargaining agent for the plant, a top union official said....
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Jobs growth slows at Japanese auto plants in U.S.

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
Japanese automakers and their suppliers added jobs in the United States at a slower pace in 2013 than in 2012, as they continued to expand in Mexico and elsewhere to reduce the impact of currency fluctuations....
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ZF talks for TRW said to hinge on Bosch JV exit

Aug. 15, 2014 10:25 CET
ZF's ambitions to takeover TRW and become the world's No. 2 supplier are being held up by negotiations to exit a steering-systems joint venture with Robert Bosch, according to people familiar with the matter....
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Auto-paint supplier seeks $1 billion from IPO, report says

11:20 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Axalta Coating Systems, DuPont's former auto-paint unit, is working with Citigroup and Goldman Sachs on an initial public stock offering with hopes of raising $1 billion, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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Ford demonstrates Magna's seamless rear window on new F-150

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Ford today demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups....
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Dodge drops 707-hp supercharged Hellcat engine into 2015 Charger SRT

10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Chrysler Group today unveiled its second car that will be powered by its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The four-door performance sedan will make its public debut at this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise near Detroit....
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