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Ford trying to make car parts from tequila waste
Ford trying to make car parts from tequila waste
Ford Motor Company is teaming up with Jose Cuervo to explore the use of the tequila producer's agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to employ in Ford vehicles.
2 top Tesla manufacturing execs to leave as biggest challenge looms
2 top Tesla manufacturing execs to leave as biggest challenge looms
Two top manufacturing executives are leaving Tesla Motors, including the global head of production, at a time when the electric-car company is preparing to launch its most important car: the mass-production Model 3. Greg Reichow, Tesla's vice president...
Toyota in talks to buy robotics divisions from Alphabet
Toyota in talks to buy robotics divisions from Alphabet
Toyota Motor Corp is in talks to buy two robotics divisions from Google parent Alphabet Inc, the Nikkei reported on Wednesday. The Japanese automaker is discussing an acquisition of Alphabet's Boston Dynamics — known for the Cheetah, which is ...
Energy, auto sectors raise red flags over Ontario climate plan
Energy, auto sectors raise red flags over Ontario climate plan
Ontario's energy and auto industries say they were surprised by the province's ambitious plan to slash greenhouse gases, warning that it will drive up home heating costs by as much as $3,000 for homeowners, and that auto makers will not pro...
Cost squeeze helps VW brand back to profit after diesel debacle
Cost squeeze helps VW brand back to profit after diesel debacle
Volkswagen's mass-market VW brand returned to profit in the first quarter, in a sign deep cost cutting is starting to revive the business at the heart of the German carmaker's emissions test cheating scandal.
Mitsubishi Heavy to keep car stake amid fuel-testing crisis
Mitsubishi Heavy to keep car stake amid fuel-testing crisis
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, currently the biggest shareholder in Mitsubishi Motors, will hold onto its stake in the automaker that Carlos Ghosn is seeking to turn around following a fuel-economy test scandal.
Germany to subsidize electric cars to nudge country's automakers into market
Germany to subsidize electric cars to nudge country's automakers into market
Germany's auto industry risks being overtaken by foreign competitors unless it receives greater domestic support, the country's economy minister said Wednesday, announcing a 1 billion euro (US$1.13 billion) plan to subsidize electric cars t...
Toyota, suppliers rethink manufacturing
Toyota, suppliers rethink manufacturing
Never known for radical changes, Toyota Motor Corp. is about to make a radical change. And it is relying heavily on its suppliers to figure out how.
Automakers, tech companies decide to make deals, not war
Automakers, tech companies decide to make deals, not war
A flurry of deals between big automakers and ride hailing and transportation startups is rewriting the playbook in the contest to control the future of personal transportation. Automakers now recognize they may turn ride-hailing services and car sharin...
Takata booking over $156 million in additional loss for air bag recalls
Takata booking over $156 million in additional loss for air bag recalls
Japan's Takata Corp is booking an additional special loss of 16.6 billion yen ($156-million U.S.) for the year that ended in March due to mounting recall costs for its potentially lethal air bags. The company also said it expects to book a loss...
iCar: Steve Jobs' dream of an Apple car turning into reality?
iCar: Steve Jobs' dream of an Apple car turning into reality?
There have been rumors galore about Apple's secret mission: creating an electric iCar that rivals Tesla. Every move Apple makes is scrutinized closely and taken as more evidence that the secret Apple car is indeed in the making. The rumors and the spec...
Sodecia buys 40 acres in east-end industrial park, next to soon-to-open tech research centre
Sodecia buys 40 acres in east-end industrial park, next to soon-to-open tech research centre
A London parts maker plans to grow into a massive new plant, adding production and, industry observers say, likely jobs to the city's booming auto sector. Sodecia has bought 40 acres of land in an east-end industrial park, with plans for a new plan...
Sensing competitive threat, automakers embrace 'mobility' ventures
Sensing competitive threat, automakers embrace 'mobility' ventures
Automakers are facing multiple threats to their business from nimble tech firms like Apple and Uber. In response, carmakers are reinventing themselves as "mobility" companies that can accommodate all the different ways people get around.
Uber seeks more automaker partnerships, won't build cars
Uber seeks more automaker partnerships, won't build cars
The automotive industry is in the early stage of a major transition, brought about by disruptive forces such as autonomous technology and increased urbanization.
Auto parts molder, moldmaker getting Ontario gov't funding
Auto parts molder, moldmaker getting Ontario gov't funding
The Ontario provincial government is investing a total of more than $2 million in an automotive plastics parts maker and a moldmaker in the Windsor-Essex region as part of its Southwestern Ontario Development Fund. Lakeside Plastics is receiving &#...
FCA to end U.S. car production by next March
FCA to end U.S. car production by next March
Fiat Chrysler will end production of the Dodge Dart compact and Chrysler 200 mid-size sedans in the U.S. by the end of the first quarter of 2017 to convert plants assembling those cars over to build more profitable Ram and Jeep vehicles, CEO Sergio Mar...
Here come the hydrogen stations
Here come the hydrogen stations
True Zero, of Irvine, Calif., is the consumer-facing brand of hydrogen filling stations owned by FirstElement Fuel, a startup headed by former GM and Hyundai marketing guru Joel Ewanick. And it's at the center of an effort by automakers and regulat...
Ford is testing a surprising material to make auto parts
Ford is testing a surprising material to make auto parts
Ford Motor Co. has been integrating auto parts made with natural materials in its vehicles for years, and now it's turning its attention to using a product nobody wants: carbon dioxide. Ford announced last week that it will begin developing foams b...