Manufacturing

GABE NELSON

Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market....
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AM General has big plans for MV-1 wheelchair vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

AM General earned a name for itself building vehicles for other people: the original Humvee for military customers and the Hummer H2 SUV for General Motors. Now, AM General is trying to make a reputation as an original equipment manufacturer in its own right, building and selling the Mobility Ventures MV-1 wheelchair accessible van....
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How Hummer maker, Mercedes came together

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Production of the Mercedes-Benz R class will begin on the line that once made Hummer H2s for General Motors, just a stone's throw from where AM General builds light tactical military vehicles for the U.S. and other governments. The Mercedes contract gives AM General a chance to reinvigorate contract manufacturing in the U.S....
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TRW details China plans, sale of unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

TRW, the safety components supplier being acquired by Germany's ZF, said it plans to open three plants in China this year and next. It also will sell its linkage and suspension business to Tokyo conglomerate THK, to help clear the way for ZF's purchase....
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SAE WORLD CONGRESS

Driverless cars and the big conundrum

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

If autonomous driving is Megatrend No. 1 in the global industry, the matter of how to handle the human interface may be Conundrum No. 1. It was a hot topic last week as auto executives debated the technology of driverless cars during SAE's annual world congress in Detroit, an event that attracted thousands of engineers....
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Bitter rivals at home, GM and Ford taking different roads abroad

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

General Motors and Ford, Detroit's two venerable rivals, usually compete toe-to-toe in everything they do. But in Russia, they are headed in radically different directions....
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Higher octane fuel could add mpg, SAE panel says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

In a world of higher octane gasoline -- in which 95 would replace 87 and become the new regular -- automakers could more easily and affordably meet stringent fuel economy standards as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions....
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Volvo will build new compacts in Belgium, CEO says

April 24, 2015 14:57 CET

Volvo will build a new family of compact cars on a common platform shared with parent Zhejiang Geely at its Belgian factory, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. The compacts may also be built in China, the CEO said....
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Supplier ThyssenKrupp plans to invest $869 million in N.A. by 2020

11:39 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to invest more than 800 million euros ($869 million) in North America by 2020 to take advantage of increased auto production....
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Lear Q1 net income, revenue up after Eagle Ottawa acquisition

11:25 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Seating and electronics supplier Lear acquired leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in the first quarter and said that net income during the period increased 20 percent and revenue jumped 3.7 percent from the year earlier....
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Haldex first-quarter profit rises 37%

April 24, 2015 11:10 CET

Swedish supplier Haldex said operating profit rose 37 percent in the first quarter to 115 million Swedish crowns (12.2 million euros) as the company repeated its forecast for markets to grow at a slower pace this year....
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GM profit rises, aided by North America

7:45 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

General Motors posted stout first-quarter profits from truck sales in North America, but trouble in Russia and Brazil and lingering fallout from last year's recall binge kept a lid on earnings. GM's operating income excluding onetime items -- the figure that GM says best reflects its core performance -- was $2.08 billion....
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Pricing pressure in U.S., China raises fears about future auto profits

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

The strength of the US and China economies has helped companies like General Motors offset weakness in others parts of the world, but growing pricing pressure in those lucrative markets could be a warning sign for future profits....
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Ford to cut 700 jobs at Mich. plant, hitting Tier 2 workers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Ford plans to cut 700 jobs and eliminate the third shift at its small-car assembly plant in suburban Detroit, in the company's first large-scale layoff of Tier 2 workers. The plant builds the Focus and C-Max, whose sales are down a combined 22 percent this year after falling 15 percent last year....
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Goodyear to spend $550 million on tire plant in Mexico, report says

10:54 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Goodyear Tire & Rubber is planning to spend $550 million on a new tire plant in Mexico, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest in a string of investment pledges in the country's booming auto sector....
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GM gets boost from smaller pickups, but doubters question for how long

10:29 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

General Motors' return to selling smaller pickups in the United States has resuscitated a moribund market segment, but new data highlights the risk that the automaker's new trucks are cannibalizing sales of higher-priced models....
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Hyundai may boost SUV capacity in U.S., China after Q1 profit dips

10:04 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

South Korea's Hyundai Motor may boost production of SUVs in the United States and China after reporting profits fell again, squeezed by the cost of promotions to bolster car sales and unfavorable foreign exchange trends....
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PSA's Tavares open to adding partners to Toyota JV

April 23, 2015 13:53 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is open to bringing in more partners to its existing collaboration with Toyota to share the cost of designing and manufacturing minicars, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said....
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TRW to sell suspension unit to THK for $400 million

6:46 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

TRW Automotive Holdings said it agreed to sell its linkage and suspension business to Tokyo conglomerate THK for $400 million....
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Tesla to unveil home and utility batteries April 30

6:51 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Tesla Motors Inc. will announce a home battery and a “very large” utility-scale battery on April 30, according to an e-mail sent to investors and analysts....
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Ford F-150 regular cab, SuperCab join SuperCrew with 5-star safety ratings

7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

The redesigned Ford F-150 pickup has earned the government's highest possible crash safety rating, answering worries that the truck's all-new aluminum body would compromise crashworthiness....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Why the auto industry should root for Tesla's battery play

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Tesla's plan to sell batteries for homes and businesses could create a new market for automakers' battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology....
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Auto safety technology trumps entertainment for consumers, J.D. Power study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released today....
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BMW will build fwd cars in China to attract middle class

April 21, 2015 10:11 CET

BMW will double the number of cars it builds in China to six as it adds models including the front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan in a bid to increase sales to middle class buyers who don't have chauffeurs....
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TRW plans to open 3 more plants in China

10:08 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

TRW Automotive, the safety components supplier being acquired by Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen, said it plans to open three plants in China this year and next....
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