Manufacturing

Nissan Ends U.S. Production of Infiniti QX56, Nissan Quest, Nissan Titan
Nissan Ends U.S. Production of Infiniti QX56, Nissan Quest, Nissan Titan

Nissan's days of building cars for the common man may be over--at least in Mississippi. The company has said that it's shutting down production of the Infiniti QX56, Nissan Quest, and Nissan Titan at its Canton plant by the end of next calendar year. Rolling down the assembly line in 2011? Unnamed...Read More»

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The UAW: Help Or Hindrance?

In the past 24 hours, UAW president Ron Gettelfinger has been on a media offensive, and man, does he have a lot to get off his chest. Via articles in Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Bureau, and Automotive News [sub. required], he's said, among other things: No, the UAW will not...Read More»

Barack Obama
WWOD: What Would Obama Do?

It's no secret that G. W. Bush left Barack Obama holding the bag on several things, including the fate of the American auto industry. Perhaps most notably, Bush left the Big 3 with a bailout package that wasn't really to anyone's liking, full of stipulations--some vague, some not--and compliance...Read More»

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UAW Barred From GM's Strike Zone

December's Big 3 bailout agreement has finally been filed with the SEC, meaning that details are coming to light. A close read shows that the Bush administration really put the screws to the UAW, but whether the union is totally screwed remains to be seen. Included in the fine print--specifically...Read More»

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Pointing the Gettelfinger

  On Friday, UAW president Ron Gettelfinger paid a visit to the The Detroit News' op-ed page, and what he said there should come as no surprise to anyone. In a nutshell, he claimed: middle America actually supports the Big 3 bailout; the UAW isn't responsible for automaker woes; and the UAW is...Read More»

Wattman
Battery Makers Make The Charge

There are many different types of batteries on the market, but in the world of hybrid and electric cars, most automakers have set their sights on the Lithium-ion variety. Li-ions are easily rechargeable, they hold charges well, and they produce a nice amount of power for their size--all important...Read More»

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Right Turn: The UAW Moves In for the Kill

This morning's $13.4 billion giveaway to the UAW by the Bush Administration wasn't so much a rescue for Detroit, as it is a time-out in the Big Three bailout drama--and a way for the UAW to escape the right-sizing haircut it deserves. In the space of a day, the story's gone from a sitcom to an...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Toyota Prius: Mississippi Plant on Hold

Toyota is putting its new Mississippi manufacturing plant on indefinite hold, as it preps to introduce the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid that was to be built there. The Wall Street Journal says the decision--which had been rumored for months--will help the automaker get its North American production in...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Big Three Bailout: Southern Senators Immune to Irony

Like rain on your wedding day, irony has descended on the venerable institution known as the U.S. Senate. As everyone knows, the Detroit bailout legislation that passed handily in the House bottomed out in the Senate, and according to United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger, the bill's most...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta
Consumer Reports Rates Ford and Japanese Brands Highest

We reported earlier today about Ford Motor Company's solid reliability ratings in Consumer Reports' 2008 Annual Car Reliability Survey. Says Consumer Reports, "on average, Ford continues to build the most reliable American cars." But the comprehensive test also revealed that reliability of European...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150 Platinum
Ford Reliability: Bright Spot in Dismal Market

According to a report released this afternoon by Consumer Reports magazine, Ford Motor Co. continues its impressive quality climb despite a distressing sales decline. Its vehicles rated "average" or "better," with the exception of three truck models according to Detroit News. This is great news for...Read More»

2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid
Hasta La Vista Aspen, Durango?

Chrysler announced today that it will be closing its Newark, N.J., assembly plant that builds the slow-selling 2009 Dodge Durango and 2009 Chrysler Aspen large SUVs. Originally set to close at the end of 2009 as part of cost-cutting moves announced in early '07, market woes, a credit crunch, and...Read More»

Charles F. Kettering
Charles Kettering Is Alive and Well

Or the spirit of GM's genius engineer from the early 1900s, anyway, seems to be burning brightly in the R&D laboratories of General Motors. Automotive News explained that GM has now revealed more impressive technical details of its in-development 4.5-liter Duramax diesel V-8, to be installed in...Read More»

2009 Acura RL
Honda's Fukui Confirms V-8, Gives Vocal Support to U.S. Fed Loans

Long the automaker that has stuck resolutely to its frugal fours and sixes, Honda surprised some today by announcing the impending launch of a V-8 according to Automotive News. The upcoming engine, which CEO Takeo Fukui claimed is sorely needed under the hood of its flagship Acura RL sedan, is...Read More»

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MINI E First Lithium-Ion Electric Vehicle to Market

On Saturday, BMW Group announced it will be the first auto manufacturer to market with the vaunted lithium-ion battery technology. We knew that BMW was announcing an all-electric MINI at the L.A. Auto Show this November, but were unaware it would be powered by lithium-ion technology. Currently...Read More»

Car Fire
Microheat Cooked by GM Recall

Recently announcing that it would become ever tougher on underperforming suppliers, GM has not only banished Microheat as a supplier of heated windshield washer systems for its premium vehicles, but it has allegedly withheld payments since June and wants Microheat to pay between $ 20 and 25 million...Read More»

Interstate 22
An Era Begins, and Ends, on Interstate 22

While Detroit may be suffering epic pangs from its decade of overindulgence, it's not alone. The whole of the auto industry is facing the screeching halt to years of rapid expansion in capacity, and the era may finally be coming to a close in tiny Blue Springs, Mississippi, the home of Toyota's...Read More»

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More GM Plant Closings on December 23

Right on the heels of its October 4 announcement of an accelerated Moraine, Ohio, plant closing, an ailing General Motors announced that it will also cease production at its Janesville, Wisconsin, plant on the same day, December 23. Further, it announced closure of its Grand Rapids stamping plant...Read More»

Detroit Tiger Stadium
Buy American and Drive a Piece of Baseball History

Buy some American steel and you may just be purchasing a little bit of baseball history. More than 94 percent of Detroit's historic Tiger Stadium, reports CBS News, is being recycled in a move that will yield a profit estimated to be in the millions to the City of Detroit, which owns the stadium...Read More»

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