Manufacturing

GM Ramping Up Small Car Production With World Wide Model
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»

2009 Pontiac G8
Crossing Fingers For The Pontiac G8

Pontiac G8 fans--and we know there are a few of you--keep pitching those pennies down the wishing well: the G8 isn't dead yet. Yes, the Pontiac brand is still being phased out. And yes, GM's CEO Fritz Henderson has said flat-out that the Pontiac G8 GXP edition is a goner. However, General Motors'...Read More»

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GM Sells Saturn; Penske Becomes A Virtual Automaker

General Motors has been shopping Saturn to potential buyers for months, and rumors recently began circulating that the company had found one in Penske Automotive Group. In a win-win-win for GM, Saturn, and Saturn fans, those rumors have now come true. Penske will purchase the soon-to-be-orphaned...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Viva
2011 Chevrolet Viva: Aveo Successor Takes On Fiesta

The replacement for the Chevrolet Aveo could be the new compact car GM CEO Fritz Henderson acknowledged in future plans as GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning. That new car may be called the Viva, according to a report from Motor Trend. GM's Henderson said in this morning's press...Read More»

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The Dubious File: Opel Wants New Wartburgs!

If you think the great juggling act between Chrysler, Fiat, and General Motors has gotten out of hand, wait until you read the latest from Opel, GM's European arm. One report from Ward's Auto suggests that Opel is looking for a bargain-basement brand to take on the likes of the Dacia Logan and...Read More»

2007 Buick Riviera Concept (China)
GM Driving Toward Chinese-Made Cars For America

GM says it will be building more cars abroad after it completes its reorganization, inside or outside of Chapter 11. Automotive News, following on this morning's press conference in which GM CEO Fritz Henderson said the automaker was more likely to file for bankruptcy than not, reports that the...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G8
GM Cuts Pontiac and 21,000 Jobs

GM has announced it will cut 21,000 jobs and Pontiac will be shut down next year, as the company tries to avert a bankruptcy proceeding by the end of May. The new plan for GM's restructuring will result in a company of 40,000 hourly employees and four North American brands--including Chevrolet...Read More»

2007 Audi Cross Coupe Concept
2012 Audi Q3 Confirmed

The 2012 Audi Q3 sport-ute is on the way--and it's making a nest in Martorell, Spain. Audi announced this morning that the Q3 would be built at Martorell, and would enter production in 2011. The VWAG brand will invest $388 million in the factory to upgrade it for assembly of the new vehicle, and...Read More»

2009 Toyota Camry
Toyota Execs Root For GM Sales Recovery

Speaking of GM's horrendous sales numbers, Toyota senior managing director Yasuhiko Ichihashi said: "We don't see it as an opportunity." He stated very clearly that he and his company want GM to return to health and profitability as soon as possible. Toyota shares parts suppliers with General...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150
Ford And Chevy Unite For Joint Duramax Diesel Project

Proving that the threat of bankruptcy proceedings makes for the unlikeliest of bedfellows, we found out from folks at PickupTrucks.com that the Blue Oval and the Bow Tie are getting together to make a diesel love-child. Yup, the 4.5-liter Baby Duramax that site Chevrolet Reports recently reported...Read More»

2008 Ford Explorer America Concept
Car-Based 2011 Ford Explorer Rumored For Chicago Assembly

It's looking like the 2011 Ford Explorer will be produced at the same Chicago factory that assembles the Ford Taurus X. This has fueled speculation that the next-gen Explorer will abandon the current vehicle's truck chassis in favor of a lighter car-based architecture. Ford has indeed confirmed...Read More»

Tesla Model S unveiling
Tesla Model S Electric Sedan Unveiled Today In LA Rocket Factory

Tesla motors has talked and teased its all-electric Model S sedan to death. But today at noon, Pacific Time, the official unveil goes down in Los Angeles. Location: "a high-security rocket factory." The perfect locale, it would seem, for the eccentric visionary Elon Musk to do his song and dance...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450
Mercedes To Expand GL-, R-, and M-Class Alabama Factory

Inexplicably, Mercedes-Benz looks to be preparing an expansion of its Vance, Ala. factory that currently produces its M-, GL-, and R-Class vehicles. Mercedes posted a steep 20 percent decline in auto sales in February compared with its performance that month one year ago; the market as a whole has...Read More»

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Jaguar Leaps To First In J.D. Power Rankings; Buick Ties Jag

The British marque Jaguar, once infamous for being in the shop more than on the road, has risen to the unlikely spot of first place in a J.D. Power vehicle dependability ranking. GM's Buick division tied Jaguar, rising from a sixth place finish in 2008. Jaguar was rated 10th in 2008. J.D. Powers'...Read More»

2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Ford Celebrates Production Of 100,000th Hybrid SUV

Further proving that Ford is the one domestic carmaker that understands the brave new world of automaking, today its Kansas City assembly plant spit out their 100,000th hybrid SUV in five years of production. The plant produces the 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrid small SUVs. The 2009...Read More»

Daniel Simon concept for Cosmic Motors
Link Love From The Car Connection: Spacecar Concepts, Active Wheel Gets Real, And Hot Robot Action

Like a highly trained ninja or some straight-to-video Disney crapfest, Monday snuck up on us again. How does this happen? Space racing -- Daniel Simon has cranked out designs for Bugatti and Lamborghini, but it's the sci-fi concepts he's conceived for his Cosmic Motors brand that really get us...Read More»

2007 TH!NK
TH!NK Thinks 112-Mile Range, 62 mph Max Will Resonate in U.S.

Sister site All Cars Electric today announced that Norwegian automaker TH!NK, purveyor of the TH!NK city electric car, is planning an aggressive move into the U.S. market. Recently the company nearly went bankrupt, but nonetheless they've sold many of their two-seat all-electrics throughout Europe...Read More»

Carbon Motors E7
Ultimate Cop Car Manufacturing RFP Sent To GA, IN, MI, NC, & SC

We told you about the strange, cool, and rather unbelievable Carbon Motors E7 police cruiser last fall: aluminum spaceframe, 50/50 weight distribution, four-wheel independent suspension, 420 lb-ft biodiesel-burning turbodiesel six, and a claimed 250,000-mile service life. The company is now in the...Read More»

Volkswagen New Mid-size Sedan
Germans Have Arrived in Chattanooga

A delegation of the big wigs from Germany, a delegation of Lower Saxony including the former Minister of Economics, Labor and Transport, Walter Hirche, have dropped in to take a quick peek at the progress made so far at the new Volkswagen factory going up in Tennessee.  That's a pretty high-brow...Read More»

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