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Ford Recalls 12,300 2015 F-150 Pickups

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 12,300 2015 Ford F-150 pickups for a shaft that may have been riveted improperly, while saying the action isn't related to their aluminum bodies. The upper I-shaft could separate, which may result in “the loss of steering control without warning, increasing the risk of a crash,” Ford said in a statement on its website. Full Article

GM Spending $1 Billion on Tech Center, Will Add 2600 Jobs

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


General Motors Co. said today it’s spending $1 billion to upgrade its technical center in Warren, MI, and that it will add 2600 salaried jobs. Full Article

Where is GM’s ‘Missing’ $4.6 Billion?

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


On April 30 General Motors announced that over the course of three years it will invest $5.4 billion in plant improvements. It detailed only three places, all in Michigan, where the money will be spent: Pontiac Metal Center will see a $124 million investment, Lansing Delta Township Assembly, $520 million, and Warren’s Pre-Production Operations facility, $139.5 million.
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New Manufacturing Technology To Create 2016 Honda Acura NSX

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Honda engineers gave new details about the next generation Acura NSX at SAE 2015 World Congress and Exhibition, held in downtown Detroit this week, and a host of new manufacturing technologies were necessary to make the car a reality.At least one of those technologies, ablation casting, will be used for the first time in the automotive market, when production begins on the car later this year at the new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, OH.  Full Article

Lightweighting: Ford to Develop Carbon Fiber for High-Volume Auto Manufacturing

Press Release - Ford Motor Co.


Ford and DowAksa have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to formally advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.The agreement, between Ford Motor Co., Ford Global Technologies and DowAksa —a 50/50 joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş—will combine DowAksa’s feedstock capacity, carbon fiber conversion and downstream intermediates production capabilities with Ford's expertise in design, engineering and high-volume manufacturing. Full Article

BMW i3 Most Dramatic Car Since Model T, Consultant Says

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


BMW AG’s i3 electric vehicle “is the most dramatically different car since the Model T,” a consultant said, describing the results of a teardown his firm did on the model. “If I were an executive, I would be thinking, ‘How am I going to compete with this?’” Sandy Munro, chief executive officer of Munro & Associates in Auburn Hills, MI, said in an interview on Tuesday. Full Article

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