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Toyota Says It’s Improving Fuel Efficiency, Factories

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/30/2015

Toyota Motor Corp. says it’s increasing the fuel efficiency of its vehicles and improving its factory operations.“Toyota has increased the overall fuel efficiency of its powertrains” by about 25% and “overall power output” by more than 15% the company said in a March 26 update about its Global Vision plan..With factories, Toyota said its plants are running at more than 90%, up from 70% in 2009, when a major recession cut demand for new cars and trucks. Toyota said it’s moving to “simple and slim” production lines, including smaller paint booth “and switch to compact equipment.” Full Article

SABIC Uses 3D Printing for Prototype Truck Roof Fairing



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/26/2015

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. used 3D printing to produce a prototype truck roof fairing designed to reduce fuel consumption and improve vehicle aerodynamics. SABIC said the roof fairing can reduce a heavy-duty truck’s annual fuel consumption by 3% annually. The company is displaying the 3D printed thermoplastic prototype at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, today through March 28.               Full Article

Grede Investing to Support Commercial Vehicle Growth



Press Release - Grede Holdings LLC

Louisville, Kentucky – March 25, 2015 – Grede Holdings LLC plans to invest more than $20 million over the next three years in its Biscoe, NC, facility to support the growth of its commercial vehicle business. The investment will be used for three new molding machines and handling systems, heat treating, an environmentally friendly immersion coating system, machining and the addition of 26,000 ft2 of manufacturing floor space. Full Article

Ford to Formally Begin Aluminum F-150 Output at Second Plant



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/12/2015

Ford Motor Co. formally will begin production of its aluminum F-150 pickup at a second plant on Friday, the company said on a conference call today.“Job one” of the revamped pickup is scheduled at the automaker’s Missouri plant near Kansas City.  Production of 2014 aluminum F-150 began last year at a factory near Ford’s Dearborn, MI, headquarters. Full Article

Volkswagen de Mexico to Produce the New Three-Row Tiguan



Press Release - Volkswagen

3/9/2015

Volkswagen de México’s announced today that a three-row version of the Tiguan will be produced at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. The car will be launched to the markets in 2017. The company will invest $1 billion for the expansion and modernization of its production facilities at the Puebla plant, as well as tooling to produce auto parts at suppliers. Full Article

Ex-Apple, Tesla Executive Urges ‘Disruptive’ Thinking



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/5/2015

A former executive of Apple Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc., in a motivational speech, urged manufacturers to engage in “disruptive” thinking.“What can you give them (customers) that others won’t or can’t?” George Blankenship, the former executive, said at the MFG Meeting in Orlando. “What can you do that would be unexpected?” Full Article

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