Manufacturing

Ford Profitable By 2011; Launches New Facility In China
Ford Profitable By 2011; Launches New Facility In China

Despite the general unpleasantness that's plagued the auto industry for over a year, Ford is doing comparatively well these days. In fact, given the gradually rebounding global economy and Ford's new strategic alliances in Asia, CEO Alan Mulally feels fairly optimistic about the next two years...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf R
Midsize Volkswagen Will Be The First Designed For Americans

In an interview with the New York Times, Volkswagen's head designer, Klaus Bischoff, has indicated that Volkswagen plans to create vehicles targeted squarely at American preferences and tastes in the near future. More importantly, he believes that doing so will benefit VW's bottom line: "Designing...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHYBRID lithium-ion battery pack
Study: Lithium Fears Unfounded, Plenty To Meet EV Demand

There's been growing concern in the green car community about EVs and their reliance on lithium batteries -- specifically that there's not enough lithium on Planet Earth to go around. Thankfully, analysts over at Gerson Lehrman Groups have put those fears to rest (for now). According to their data...Read More»

2009 Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Mulling Purchase Of U.S. Assembly Facility

There's been much discussion about Indian manufacturer Mahindra and its plans to launch vehicles in the U.S. next year. Of particular interest to those in the industry: how and where Mahindra trucks (and later, SUVs) will be built. Pravin Shah, the company's executive vice president of...Read More»

NUMMI plant in Fremont, California
Toyota To Wrap Up NUMMI Production By March 2010

Ever since General Motors announced plans to pull out of the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California, its partner in that venture -- Toyota -- has been evaluating what to do with its own operations there. There's been much speculation as to whether Toyota would continue production on a limited basis...Read More»

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Ford Focuses On The Focus To Meet Clunker Trade-In Boom

The Ford Focus has been extremely popular with Cash-for-Clunkers buyers. With an MSRP starting just above $15,000 and an EPA-rated fuel economy of 24/33 mpg -- not to mention the new luster of attractiveness Ford has acquired in light of its refusal to accept bailout dough -- the Focus is...Read More»

Akio Toyoda
Toyota Drops Goal Of Achieving 15% Global Market Share

In 2002, Toyota president Fujio Cho set a lofty goal for the company: 15% of the global auto market. The timeline for achieving that goal? Shortly after 2010. However, the Tokyo-based automaker's new president (and scion of the Toyoda family), Akio Toyoda, has set aside that objective, instead...Read More»

DOE battery grant recipients
Obama And The DOE Award $2.4 Billion In Battery Grants

Yesterday, President Obama announced $2.4 billion in technology grants to car companies, battery makers, universities, and research facilities across the U.S. During his speech in Elkhart, Indiana, the president stressed the importance of battery development as a way of reviving America's...Read More»

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Nissan Relies On Subsidies For EV Profitability; Releases First EV Teaser

Nissan has garnered a lot of headlines in the past few months -- largely because of its buzz-worthy EV project. You might recall that Nissan recently received a $1.6 billion loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, which the company will use to ready its factory in Smyrna, Tennessee for production...Read More»

NUMMI plant in Fremont, California
NUMMI Heading To Orphanage After Toyota/GM Breakup

Just three days after we reported that Toyota Motor America chairman Yoshimi Inaba was exploring a variety of cost-saving measures for the company's U.S. unit comes word that Toyota's important NUMMI plant is likely set for closure. The factory (full name: "New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.") is...Read More»

Rio in Brazil
GM Investing $1 Billion In Brazil For New Cars, Expanded Facilities

Hot on the heels of Volkswagen's announced investment of $1 billion to expand its facility in Puebla, Mexico comes news that General Motors is  investing just over $1 billion significantly further south, in Brazil. The funds will be spent between now and the close of 2012, and will be used...Read More»

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Volkswagen Invests South Of The Border

Volkswagen has set a lofty goal of tripling VW and Audi sales in the U.S. by calendar year 2018. To help meet that objective, the company began construction of a new factory facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee in May. Now comes word that the company is also investing a whopping $1 billion to expand...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Spark
Did Obama Pick The New GM's New Small-Car Plant?

General Motors is building new small cars in the United States--a boon for the plant in Lake Orion Township, Michigan, that was chosen last week to retool for the new range of subcompacts that will be added to GM's lineup in about two years. Did GM choose Michigan over other plants in Tennessee and...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Vibe w/1SA
D-I-V-O-R-C-E: GM Calls it Quits with Toyota, NUMMI

General Motors is washing its hands of the joint venture it operates with Toyota in California--the NUMMI plant in Fremont, Calif., where the companies teamed to build the Pontiac Vibe, and where Toyota builds the Tacoma pickup and Corolla sedan. We've been telling you for months that GM probably...Read More»

Nissan EV-02 prototype at speed
Nissan EV Electric Car To Launch at Frankfurt or Tokyo

Nissan may have the most aggressive plans of any major automaker to produce fully electric cars. The company has said it expects to sell up to 100,000 EVs globally by 2012, using lithium-ion cells from its joint venture with electronics powerhouse NEC Corp. While Nissan provided us with a first...Read More»

2009 Hummer H2
HUMMER Update: Chinese Derision, Cajun Au Revoirs and A Big Tennessee Howdy?

The drama at HUMMER rages on this week--if anyone still cares about the unloved brand that GM's sawing off its corporate family tree and adopting out to the Chinese. (What would Madonna say?) The details of today's moves start in Louisiana, home of the HUMMER H3--apparently, not for long. The local...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Ford, Nissan, Tesla Receive Energy Department Funds. Chrysler, GM? Not So Much

Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Company, and Tesla Motors appear to be the big winners in a recent round of funding sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The money comes via a new, $25 billion loan program designed to boost the production of fuel-efficient vehicles; approximately $10 billion...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Vibe w/1SA
Pontiac Dies in August With the 2010 Vibe; What Will NUMMI Do Next?

General Motors is shutting down the Pontiac brand--and now, it's confirmed the final Pontiac will be built in August 2009. GM said in a press release today that it would build the last Pontiac Vibe in about two months, bringing the history of the 90-year-old brand to a close. The Vibe is listed by...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
GM Ramping Up Small Car Production With World Wide Model

  Decades after GM wouldn't listen to Edward Deming (the father of the Toyota Way, the Japanese manufacturer's secret production sauce), General Motor's Gary Cowger, GM's group VP for global manufacturing and labor relations, is on the PR train talking about the company's vision for new production...Read More»

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