Manufacturing

VW worker killed by robot in Germany

July 2, 2015 11:39 CET

Volkswagen said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel. The 21-year-old worker was setting up the robot on an electric motor assembly line when it grabbed him and forced him against a metal plate....
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Newer Audi, BMW, Subaru models use lots of oil, Consumer Reports survey finds

3:10 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Newer models from Audi, BMW and Subaru are burning a lot of oil between routine oil changes, according to a consumer survey from Consumer Reports....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs....
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Spanish supplier Ficosa opens third China plant

June 30, 2015 11:32 CET

Spanish supplier Ficosa has opened its third Chinese plant in the city of Shenyang to supply automakers in the north of the country, including BMW....
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BMW, Toyota agree to platform on shared sports car

8:50 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

BMW AG and Toyota Motor Corp. are moving ahead on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings of major components for the model....
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Dodge to build more Hellcat engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler plans to substantially increase production of the popular 707-hp Hellcat engines. Tim Kuniskis, head of the Dodge and SRT brands, said the additional V-8 engines will help Dodge catch up to a "huge flood" of orders for Hellcat-powered versions of the Challenger and Charger....
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Chasing Jetta, Chevy equips Cruze with a new turbodiesel

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Chevrolet isn't just sticking with a diesel offering on the next-generation Cruze - it's talking tough about challenging Volkswagen for passenger-car diesel leadership in the U.S....
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EDITORIAL

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. Improving NHTSA will take work, but the basics are simple....
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Honda restates earnings after airbag recall costs increase

6:29 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Honda restated its financial results for the fiscal year ended in March, to account for additional costs to cover an expanded recall of cars equipped with Takata airbags....
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Takata cuts CEO's pay in wake of airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada earned less than 100 million yen ($810,373) in the business year ended in March, or less than half of the 206 million yen ($1.67 million) he took home in the previous year, a regulatory filing showed today....
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Continental begins construction of brake factory in China

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Continental began construction of a factory in Chongqing in southwest China to supply brakes to automakers operating in the area....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident....
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Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back more than a decade. Takada, 49, bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting today....
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Subaru recalls 72,000 vehicles in U.S. for possible brake failure

8:56 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Subaru is recalling 72,000 newer-model vehicles in the U.S. because the automatic pre-collision braking part of the driver-assist system could fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to documents posted online by federal safety regulators....
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GM readies wireless downloads of new features

12:11 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development says. Under the new electrical architecture, called "Global B," much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile internet, or cloud....
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Renault says new motor will cut EV losses

June 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault's losses on EV sales will be reduced after the automaker introduced a version of its Zoe electric car powered by a motor built in-house, a company executive said. The new motor and its optimized battery increase the Zoe's range to 240km (149 miles)....
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German cartel office fines suppliers 75 million euros for price fixing

June 24, 2015 10:48 CET

Germany's cartel office has imposed about 75 million euros ($84.12 million) of fines on five automotive suppliers for price fixing....
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VW supplier Gestamp to expand stamping line in Tenn. for new SUV

10:30 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Gestamp Automocion, a Spanish supplier to Volkswagen AG, said it plans to expand its stamping plant in Chattanooga to produce body panels for VW's new midsize SUV....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: 'Multiphysics': Engineering's new frontier

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

The creation process that was once fairly simple -- design blueprints to prototypes to testing to validation to production -- now is often extremely complex, involving engineers from several disciplines who must think in areas outside of their training....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Removing the fear when passing a big rig

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Samsung has created a system that could take the guesswork out of passing large trucks that one cannot see around....
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NHTSA, blasted in audit, vows to reform early-warning system

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will tighten its early-warning reporting requirements by next June as part of sweeping changes it has agreed to make following a blistering audit by the U.S. Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General....
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GM slates 'all-new vehicle program' for Orion

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

General Motors said it is investing $245 million in a suburban Detroit assembly plant and adding 300 jobs for an "all-new vehicle program."...
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Visteon affirms software shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Now that Sachin Lawande has been named CEO of Visteon Corp., effective next week, his to-do list can be boiled down to one word: software. When Visteon was spun off from Ford Motor Co. 15 years ago, the company was a traditional metal-bending conglomerate. Now, Visteon specializes in cockpit electronics....
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Tesla's gigafactory buzz takes root in Reno

8:36 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Tesla's $5 billion “gigafactory” may be the best thing to happen to northern Nevada since the silver rush of the 1850s and the gaming boom a century later. The company's decision to build the facility in an industrial park east of town is giving the self-proclaimed “Biggest Little City in the World” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to diversify the economy and transcend Reno's image as a downmarket Las Vegas....
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EDITORIAL

Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety....
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