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Ford Americas Chief: Manufacturing Hubs Will Lead to Discoveries

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/14/2015

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, aimed to speeding development of advanced manufacturing, is a “positive,” the head of Ford Motor Co.’s Americas unit said today. “I think discoveries will happen,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said at a press conference at the Automotive News World Congress. Full Article

Detroit Auto Show Keeps the Pedal to the Metal



Editors James D. Sawyer and Bill Koenig

1/14/2015

Much like the first day of previews at the Detroit Auto Show (aka NAIAS2015) the vehicles that were shown to the media on the final day of previews were also heavily weighted (but only figuratively) toward performance cars and pickups. But along with the large doses of high-protein performance there was a healthy helping of greens.Infiniti kicked things off by introducing a fresh iteration of its Q60 coupe, which will go on sale in 2016. Full Article

Ford to Join With Dow Chemical, DOE in Lightweighting Project



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/12/2015

Ford Motor Co. said today it’s joining with Dow Chemical Co. and the US Department of Energy in a program to develop lower-cost automotive carbon fiber.The announcement was part of Ford’s press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Few details about the program were provided. Full Article

Tesla CEO: Battery Plant Will Succeed, More Vehicle Factories Likely



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/14/2015

Tesla Motors Inc.’s planned “gigafactory” in Nevada will succeed in cutting the cost of making batteries and the maker of electric cars is likely to add more vehicle-assembly plants in the long run, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said in Detroit on Jan. 13.Musk was asked at the Automotive News World Congress whether the battery operation will reduce battery prices by 30%. Full Article

Low Oil Prices Challenge US Manufacturers



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

1/12/2015

A few years back, the US Energy Information Administration predicted that the US would achieve energy self-sufficiency in two decades. Thanks largely to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the US was fast on its way to becoming the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons. If only that game-changing prediction came with a playbook. Full Article

Honda Steps Up Use of Advanced Materials in Acura NSX



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/12/2015

Honda Motor Co.’s Acura division said it’s stepping up use of advanced materials in its NSX supercar that goes on sale later this year.The previous NSX, which was discontinued in 2005, made extensive use of aluminum. That will continue with the new NSX, which will also have high-strength steel and carbon fiber. Full Article

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