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Jan 26 Ford Motor Co said it is expanding its safety recall on vehicles that have Takata Corp's airbag inflators after Takata declared that those inflators were defective. The expanded recall includes all 2004-2006 Ford Rangers built in North America. Ford said a total of 391,394 Ford Rangers are now…

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An Israel-based manufacturer of aluminum parts for the automotive industry has announced plans to open its first North American production facility in eastern Indiana. Omen USA, a subsidiary of Omen Casting Group, says it plans to begin operations in Richmond by the end of this year and to create up…

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An auto supplier Tesla Motors Inc. sued in U.S. federal court, saying it misrepresented its capabilities to design an actuator for special doors, says its lived up to its agreement and had been prepared to launch high-volume production before the electric car company pulled its contract in May 2015. Tesla…

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Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told German weekly Welt am Sonntag that a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed. Several carmakers and silicon valley companies are working on developing a self-driving car. Google tested its…

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Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) development of software to cheat diesel-emissions tests was an open secret in its engine development department, Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said on Friday, citing results from VW's internal investigation. Many managers and staff dealing with emissions problems in the department knew of or were involved in developing the…

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An automotive parts supplier in Prattville will soon be hit with cutbacks. Fras-le North America Inc. issued federal WARN notices to 50 employees at its Prattville plant on Dec. 7., according to the Alabama Department of Commerce. The layoffs are effective Feb. 21. Fras-le is a Brazilian-owned manufacturer of linings…

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that automakers recalled 51.3 million vehicles in the United States last year, the second-highest ever, in 868 separate campaigns. NHTSA and automakers have come under harsh criticism on auto safety issues from Congress and others in the wake of General Motors'delayed…

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BMW Brilliance Automotive, a joint venture of BMW Group and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, has opened a new engine plant with a light metal foundry in Shenyang, China, the company announced in a press statement. The new location will produce the latest generation of the BMW TwinPower Turbo three and…

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Jaguar Land Rover has become UK's largest car maker, a dramatic turnaround in the fortunes of the luxury car brand since it was overtaken by Tata Motors over seven-years-ago. It beat long-time industry leader Nissan to second place, building 489,923 cars in the UK in 2015 compared to the Japanese…

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Nissan has announced plans to invest £26.5m in its production of electric vehicle batteries, safeguarding 300 jobs at its plant in Sunderland. In 2011, the company benefited from £189m of European funding to build the Leaf and the lithium-ion batteries. Since 2013, production of the Leaf has supported more than…