Manufacturing

Toyota's big leap to aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota is set to become the next big automaker to begin making the expensive shift from steel to aluminum for parts like hoods and liftgates. Look for them on upcoming versions of the Lexus RX 350 crossover and Toyota Camry....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 21, Feinberg says

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report today from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part....
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Delphi agrees to acquire on-glass connection products supplier

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Delphi Automotive said it agreed to acquire Antaya Technologies, a Rhode Island company that supplies wire harnesses and other technologies that connect with automotive glass....
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Nissan and Dongfeng form JV for Infiniti in China

Sept. 22, 2014 12:27 CET
Nissan has formed a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor in China dedicated to producing premium Infiniti vehicles. Nissan and Dongfeng each will control 50 percent of the JV, which will start by making the Q50L and QX50....
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Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico....
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Arcelor: We can do what aluminum can

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit the new fuel economy targets mandated for 2025: You don't have to make vehicles out of aluminum to do it....
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UAW local ratifies Lear contract ending 2-tier wages

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014
UAW-represented employees at a Lear seat plant in Indiana ratified a new contract today ending a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran colleagues....
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THE GM RECALL

GM recalls Cadillacs, Impalas; Chrysler to fix Jeeps, Dodges

9:26 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
General Motors is recalling some Cadillac and Impala cars while Chrysler Group called back some Jeep and Dodge SUVs, according to government reports....
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LEARNING CURVE

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople....
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A 3D-printed car is close to reality -- if Local Motors has its way

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Imagine a car, as functional and drivable as any other, coming off a three-dimensional printer and assembled in a matter of days....
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Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015

6:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year. GM declined to name the car, saying only that it would be slotted above the CTS midsize sedan and XTS large sedan....
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Alabama steel plant's new owners pledge more supply

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
North American auto plants soon should see an improved and greater supply of the high-strength steels needed to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy, thanks to a change in ownership earlier this year of an advanced steel-finishing plant near Mobile, Ala....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15

11:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
It's rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. But that's what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and revealed that the big truck would be available only with V-8 engines....
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Mercedes opts for cloud-computing setup to protect data from hackers

Sept. 18, 2014 13:22 CET
Mercedes is using a cloud-computing setup to protect data generated by vehicles as the industry moves toward driverless cars. Automakers are looking for ways to stop hackers from gaining information or even hijacking vehicles by remote control....
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Lear contract first step in eliminating two-tier wages, Canadian union chief says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
The head of Canada's largest auto worker union said a tentative UAW contract ending two-tier pay disparity at a Lear seat plant in Indiana was the first step in eliminating the practice at Detroit 3 plants in the United States....
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Toyota to boost Mexico truck plant capacity by 41%

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
As Toyota ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 percent to feed demand for trucks....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Scrap Nissan's Leaf battery plant? Hardly

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
News broke this week that Nissan and Renault are debating the future of their electric-vehicle battery technology sourcing. Frankly, it would be bigger news if the two automaker partners weren't debating it....
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Guardian automotive glass units to be acquired by Japanese supplier

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Japan's Central Glass Company has agreed to purchase the outstanding shares of two automotive units of Guardian Industries, a longtime Detroit area automotive glass supplier with roots dating to the 1930s....
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Steelmaker says it can put pickups on a diet

6:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit tougher fuel economy targets that come into effect in 2025: You don't have to make trucks out of aluminum to do it....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The word “strike” has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear plant in Indiana that makes seats for Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. Workers were back on the job a day later....
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GM adding 3rd shift to Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon plant in Missouri

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
GM will add a third production shift at a Missouri assembly plant where its new midsize pickups and commercial vans are made. GM last week started output of the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon at the factory after a two-year hiatus for the trucks....
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Penske expands engines, power business in Australia, Pacific

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Penske Automotive Group today said it is buying a company that distributes diesel and gasoline engines and power systems in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific markets....
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Hyundai plans to build 2 more factories in China, not 1, reports say

7:17 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Hyundai Motor Co. plans to build two factories in China instead of one, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters today....
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ZF says TRW takeover creates supplier ready for self-driving age

Sept. 16, 2014 14:19 CET
ZF wants to purchase TRW to create a global supplier ready for an age of self-driving cars. "The major motivation for this transaction is technology driven, in the field of electromobility and ... autonomous driving," ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said....
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Toyota pauses on Mexico expansion to review growth strategy, report says

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Toyota is reconsidering a move to open a new compact car assembly plant in Mexico after company President Akio Toyoda told planners searching for a site to pause and review its rationale, executives familiar with the matter said....
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