Manufacturing

FCA transmission fix focuses on snap ring

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

The software in over half of the troubled 9-speed automatic transmissions has been reflashed in Jeep Cherokees and Chrysler 200s, though complaints continue to grow. Some Cherokees have already been bought back by the automaker....
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Tesla unveils batteries for homes, businesses

6:26 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company's mission to provide pollution-free energy....
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Nissan Versa carpet probe expanded by NHTSA

11:25 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

NHTSA is expanding an investigation of 360,000 Nissan Versa sedans and Versa Note hatchbacks to include the 2015 models. Carpet trim paneling may interfere with drivers' ability to brake and may cause inadvertent acceleration, NHTSA said....
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Honda, Takata sued over fatality in Malaysia

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

The father of a pregnant woman killed by shrapnel from an airbag that deployed during an auto accident in Malaysia sued Takata and Honda in the US....
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American Axle profits rise; non-GM sales grow

8:53 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings reported improved first-quarter earnings thanks to strong North American truck and SUV sales....
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GM Canada to cut about 1,000 jobs at Oshawa plant

1:50 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

GM will eliminate one shift at its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant in November, the company said today, cutting about 1,000 jobs as it makes production changes that were announced in 2012....
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Aluminum castings supplier Sakthi plans $31.9 million expansion in Detroit

1:09 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Aluminum castings supplier Sakthi Automotive Group USA is planning a $31.9 million expansion of its plant in Detroit....
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GM to spend $5.4 billion on U.S. plant upgrades over 3 years

10:30 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

GM will invest $5.4 billion in upgrades to its U.S. manufacturing plants over the next three years, creating 650 new jobs. GM detailed only $783 million of the spending, including $520 million for new tooling and equipment at its Delta Township assembly plant in Lansing, Mich....
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GM to invest billions of dollars in U.S. plants, report says

4:16 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

General Motors on Thursday will unveil multibillion-dollar, multiyear investments in several US manufacturing plants in a move to boost production and vehicle quality, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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Francois Michelin dies at age 88

9:24 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Francois Michelin, who headed the French tire giant that bears his family name for 47 years, died Wednesday at age 88....
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GM cuts Venezuela workforce by 13%; Ford halts output

6:15 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

The Venezuelan division of GM has laid off 13 percent of its workforce and Ford's local plant has halted operations as a shortage of hard currency has left the companies unable to acquire parts, a union leader said on Tuesday....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The knock on higher octane

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Higher octane fuel may be necessary to meet future fuel economy standards. Automakers want it but can’t publicly call for it. Refiners don’t want to make it. Adding more ethanol brings a slew of new problems....
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Senate bill would reward workers for reporting safety concerns to regulators

5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The U.S. Senate is nearing approval of a bipartisan bill that would give financial incentives to employees at automakers and suppliers who report safety defect concerns to regulators....
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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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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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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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