Manufacturing

RETHINKING AIRBAGS

New airbag devices cushion crash impacts by deploying outside vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2016

Auto parts suppliers makers are developing a new generation airbags that cushion the impact of a crash by deploying on the outside of a vehicle. Such devices have already appeared in Europe and are mainly aimed at protecting pedestrians in a crash. It represents a clean-sheet approach to an older safety technology that until now has been used inside vehicles....
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American Axle Q4 net income rises, shares surge

8:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

American Axle & Manufacturing today reported record sales in 2015 after a strong fourth quarter thanks to record North American light vehicle sales....
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Mazda launches CX-9 production in Japan

6:22 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Mazda has started production of it the redesigned CX-9 three-row crossover, a vehicle that plays a pivotal roll in the brand's strategy to expand sales....
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Panasonic starts China battery venture, develops new welding tech

11:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Panasonic, the Japanese electronics giant revamping itself as an automotive supplier, has taken two more steps in that direction by establishing a new battery venture in China and developing a new technology for laser welding....
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Tower posts lower adjusted Q4 earnings as it gears up for major new business

11:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Tower, which makes heavy metal components and assemblies for cars and trucks, reported lower fourth-quarter adjusted earnings due to ramp-up costs stemming from a major new business that is supposed to spur earnings growth later this year....
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Google's self-driving car project expands hiring, posts manufacturing jobs

Feb. 12, 2016 11:14 CET

Google's self-driving car project is advertising jobs on its website with a special focus on manufacturing expertise. The company is looking for engineers, as well as managers to lead operations, materials and marketing....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Even grease is too heavy for today's leaner vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

The extent that automakers are going to make vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient knows no bounds. Even greases are at risk of being replaced....
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Daimler will invest $2.94 billion on cleaner diesels

Feb. 11, 2016 15:21 CET

Daimler will spend $2.94 billion by 2019 on developing next-generation diesel engines to help the automaker to meet new pollution-measuring standards....
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Camaro 1LE performance version will offer V-6

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track-ready performance model that debuts this week at the Chicago Auto Show will for the first time be offered with a V-6 engine under the hood....
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Subaru recalls 77,000 Tribecas for hood latch defect

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Subaru is recalling 77,000 Tribeca SUVs from the 2006-14 model years in the U.S. for a defect that could cause the hood to unexpectedly open while driving....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: I agree with NHTSA: E-shifters stink, but they're not defective

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

I have something in common with the fine folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: I don't like e-shifters, either. But let's be clear. This isn't an alleged defect....
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VW, Audi, BMW recall 1.7 million U.S. cars with Takata airbags

8:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 850,000 vehicles due to potentially faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata -- the company at the center of a long-running global safety crisis. BMW added another 840,000 vehicles to the recall....
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GM mobilizes to build more small pickups

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

General Motors will increase production of the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup, which has been in tight supply since its debut 18 months ago, a company executive said today....
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Tenneco adjusted earnings rise 23% in Q4, shares rise

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Tenneco's fourth-quarter adjusted earnings rose 23 percent to $80 million as the the supplier of emission-control systems and ride-control components today reported higher revenue generated from light vehicle production in North America, Europe and China....
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GM recalling 473,000 SUVs, pickups in N.A. for brake pedal problems

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

General Motors said it is recalling 473,000 pickups and SUVs in North America because brake pedals could fail due to a faulty nut....
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Tesla shares dogged by falling gas prices, output concerns

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Tesla shares fell to a two-year low amid concerns that cheap gasoline is stifling demand for electric cars as well as whether the company can efficiently produce enough of its new crossover....
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Ford plans to double Mexico vehicle production, report says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Ford plans to double vehicle production capacity in Mexico as the automaker focuses its U.S. assembly plants on more profitable pickups and utility vehicles, according to a report published Sunday....
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Mexico auto production, exports rise in Jan. despite sharp drops at VW

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Auto production in Mexico rose 0.4 percent in January 2016 compared with the same month last year, while exports were up 4.1 percent, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said today....
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Emissions lies haunt VW as automaker faces tougher U.S. Justice Department

Feb. 8, 2016 14:18 CET

VW's emissions-cheating software has not directly been responsible for any deaths, yet the U.S. Justice Department may treat it more harshly than General Motors and Toyota, two automakers whose vehicles have killed people....
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Dual-sourcing dilemma hits Japan again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Toyota is suspending production at all assembly lines in Japan because of an explosion at a steel plant. The six-day shutdown raises questions as to whether Toyota learned, as it claimed after Japan's 2011 earthquake, the value of dual sourcing all components....
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Texas dealer tunes into aftermarket audio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Huffines Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram Lewisville in suburban Dallas last year took a shot at selling specialized aftermarket audio accessories and has amped up profits as a result....
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BMW's laser headlights showcase Osram's mass-market goals

Feb. 6, 2016 06:15 CET

German supplier Osram is equipping BMW 7-series sedans with laser headlight modules, marking a move to the mass-market for the technology, which is already available on BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid suprcar and Audi's R8 LMX sports car....
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UAW was unprepared for social media influence on talks, Williams says

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union took away several lessons from its rocky 2015 negotiations with Detroit automakers -- chief among them being the influence of social media on members....
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Toyota recycling program gives second life to parts

12:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

One automaker’s junk is becoming one of its treasures. Toyota Motor Sales, along with Boles Parts Supply, takes bumper covers and recycles them in the form of shredding....
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Takata posts quarterly profit gain as airbag recalls mount

6:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

Takata reported quarterly profit rose from a year earlier, as it seeks to convince automakers including Honda to continue to support it through expanding recalls....
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