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Nissan Shutting Down Plants in Japan for Two Weeks

Company violated quality check rules.

by on Oct.19, 2017

The newly introduced next-gen Nissan Leaf is one of the vehicles impacted by the company's plant shutdown in Japan.

Nissan is shutting down its six manufacturing plants in Japan for two weeks to address issues surrounding product quality levels after a recall and the Kobe Steel problems.

The Japanese automaker will revise final inspection procedures on its assembly lines to ensure they meet the transport ministry’s requirements, the company said. The moves will impact less than 10% of Nissan vehicles manufactured in Japan each month.

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The company admitted that uncertified technicians performed final checks for vehicles sold in Japan. The techs were used because some inspection steps had been transferred to other inspection lines, in violation of ministry rules, according to Reuters. (more…)

Mitsubishi Ready to Implement Three-Year Comeback Plan

Japanese maker looks to grow portfolio.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Mitsubishi is going to need more vehicles like Eclipse Cross concept to become reality in order to meet its three-year goals.

The resurrection of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. begins with a plan that calls for a 30% increase in sales during the next three years, coming in three major markets: China, the U.S. and Japan, its home market.

The recovery in Japan may be most difficult since the company was rocked by a mileage cheating scandal that ultimately led to the takeover by Nissan Motor Co. The new plan is the result of that new partnership.

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Getting to those markers will be tough, but an improved product portfolio will help and the company’s put in place some ambitious investment plans for its research and development as well as capital spending. (more…)

Ford Recalling 1.3M F-Series Trucks

Action is the second recall in less than a week for the automaker.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-Series trucks due to a problem with door latches.

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-Series trucks in North America to resolve a door-latch problem. The recall involves about 1.1 million pickups in the U.S., plus 222,408 in Canada and 21,090 in Mexico.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker is recalling certain 2015-17 Ford F-150 pickups and 2017 Super Duty trucks due to frozen door latches or damaged actuation cables that may prevent a door from opening or closing.

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“In affected vehicles, a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable may result in a door that will not open or will not close condition,” according to the maker. (more…)

GM, Cruise Get First Crack at NYC Autonomous Testing

They are the first to conduct Level 4 testing.

by on Oct.17, 2017

Cruise Automation introduced its third-gen automated vehicle. In addition to testing in San Francisco, they will also be part of the new New York City fleet.

General Motors and Cruise Automation continue their push for a leadership position in autonomous vehicle development, securing approval from the State of New York to begin Level 4 testing in the Empire State.

GM, which paid $1 billion for San Francisco-based Cruise in late 2016, will use a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolts to conduct the real-world testing in Manhattan — the first company to gain approval to do so.

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“Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save time and save lives, and we are proud to be working with GM and Cruise on the future of this exciting new technology,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.  (more…)

Daimler Recalling 1M Vehicles Worldwide

Action taken to fix airbags that deploy for no reason.

by on Oct.17, 2017

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is part of Daimler's recall of 1 million vehicles to fix an airbag problem.

Daimler AG is recalling more than 1 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles around the world to resolve a problem causing airbags to unexpectedly and unnecessarily deploy in the affected cars and sport-utility vehicles.

The company said 400,000 vehicles in Great Britain and “a few hundred thousand” in Germany were impacted as well, but it doesn’t have a complete total yet.

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The recall affects 495,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 76,000 in Canada, according to officials. No deaths or severe injuries, just “a handful of instances” of “minor abrasions or bruising” have been reported resulting from the unintentional deployments. (more…)

Secrets Are Out! 2018 Jeep Wrangler User Guide Leaked

Guide shed light on what to expect with new model.

by on Oct.16, 2017

The user's guide for the next-gen Jeep Wrangler was leaked by fan forum, revealing many details about the new model.

In today’s ever-shrinking, internet-based world, no secret goes unshared, especially when it’s the user’s guide for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, which has been leaked, and reveals the new 4x4’s equipment including push-button start and a power sliding top among others.

The new Wrangler, who’s goodies were revealed by a fan site called JL Wrangler Forum, is set to roll down Fiat Chrysler’s revamped assembly line in Toledo, Ohio, beginning next month. Perhaps the most identifiable Jeep on the planet, the Wrangler boasts off-roading fans as well as open-air mavens around the world.

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The go-anywhere ute used to be a bare-boned beast, but over the years, more and more convenience features crept into the truck. The push-button start and power top are new for this iteration, but other niceties will include keyless entry, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors and a backup camera, according to the newly — albeit unceremoniously — debuted user’s guide. (more…)

Trump Negotiators’ New Autos Proposal May Kill NAFTA Talks

Auto industry pleads for deal to be left alone.

by on Oct.13, 2017

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is optimistic the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be able complete a renegotiation of NAFTA before the end of the year.

Trump Administration officials may have just offered up the proposal that puts the final nail in the coffin of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement as the largest potential beneficiary of the plan, the automotive industry, begs for the deal to remain unchanged.

U.S. negotiators proposed more stringent content standards on vehicles, engines and other components that would be largely favorable to U.S. companies, immediately drawing backlash from Canadian and Mexican officials. President Trump has long advocated pulling out of the deal, including earlier this week.

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The administration believes vehicles must have more regional content to qualify for NAFTA tariff-free access, according to Reuters. Reportedly, Trump officials want to increase the North American content mandate to 85% from its current level of 62.5%, and 50% of content must be produced in the U.S. (more…)

GM Tells Unifor Equinox Going to Mexico if Strike Doesn’t End

Company laying off workers at other facilities due to strike.

by on Oct.12, 2017

Unifor President Jerry Dias speaks to striking workers at GM's Ingersoll, Ontario, plant.

The ongoing talks between General Motors and Unifor-represented workers at the company’s plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, may be heading south — literally.

The workers at the plant, which produces the hot-selling Chevy Equinox, walked off the line more than four weeks ago and GM is beginning to feel the pinch. GM negotiators told Unifor they had a Plan B in place if the plant’s workers didn’t return to work.

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“GM just told us today that they are going to ramp up production in Mexico,” Unifor President Jerry Dias told Reuters. “They have declared war on Canada.” (more…)

GM Shutting Down Poletown Plant for 2017 in November

GM's been aggressively matching personnel levels to vehicle demand.

by on Oct.12, 2017

GM is idling its Detroit-Hamtramck facility where it builds the Chevy Volt and three other vehicles.

General Motors plans to temporarily shut down its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant due to falling demand for the four vehicles built at the plant. The move idles more than 1,800 hourly and salaried employees.

Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, also known as the Poletown plant, builds the Chevy Impala, Chevy Volt, Cadillac CT6 and Buick LaCrosse.

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The plant will begin reducing production levels Oct. 20, culminating in the shutdown on Nov. 13, which will last through the end of 2017. It’s the second time this year GM’s been forced to cut personnel from the plant, letting more than 600 temporary employees go in late spring. (more…)

BMW Talking with Great Wall about EV Deal in China

German maker works with Brilliance in China.

by on Oct.11, 2017

BMW is looking to expand its presence in China to build EVs, potentially with Great Wall Motors.

BMW is the latest automaker looking to make inroads quickly into the electric vehicle market in China through a deal with a local partner: Great Wall Motors.

Actually the deal will be BMW’s second partnership in the country as it’s already working with Brilliance China Holdings in Shenyang. The new venture will be based in Changshu, according to Reuters. The plant will produce electric vehicles exclusively.

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“We are in discussions with Great Wall about setting up a joint venture to produce cars in Changshu,” said a BMW executive told Reuters. (more…)