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Engineering Newswire 114: Flying Car Transforms in Seconds

October 30, 2014 3:19 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we are learning that rocket science is actually pretty hard, flying, terrified, in a windowless plane, bringing new life to FrankenEyes … and flying a car ...          

Government Pushes Airbag Maker on Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety...

GM to Invest $63M in MI Car Plant

October 30, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is investing $63 million in a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are...

Ford Recalls 205K SUVs for Fuel Tank Leak

October 30, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks...

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'Reverse Engineering' Materials for More Efficient Heating & Cooling

October 29, 2014 9:58 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

If you've ever gone for a spin in a luxury car and felt your back being warmed or cooled by a seat-based climate control system, then you've likely experienced the benefits of a class of materials called thermoelectrics. Thermoelectric materials ...

Chrysler Recalls Over 566,000 Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. The recalls bring the newly merged company's total ...

Line Camera Makes Magnetic Field Lines Visible in 3D & Real Time

October 29, 2014 8:54 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Fraunhofer scientists have developed a high-resolution magnetic line camera to measure magnetic fields in real time. Field lines in magnetic systems such as generators or motors, which are invisible to the human eye, can be ...   

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VW Recalls 270,000 Cars in China to Fix Airbags

October 29, 2014 6:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen and a Chinese partner are recalling 270,000 cars in China to repair a software problem that might prevent air bags from activating properly, the government said Wednesday. The recall by FAW-Volkswagen Automotive applies to ... 

AutoNation Halts Sales of Cars in Air Bag Recalls

October 28, 2014 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the nation's biggest car dealership chain says it won't sell used cars being recalled for exploding air bags due to conflicting advice from automakers and lack of direction from the government. The recalls are giving the ...  

Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gas for Solar Power

October 28, 2014 11:30 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number of drivers in the U.S. are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power ...

Recall Madness Explodes with Defective Air Bags

October 28, 2014 9:44 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Defective parts are creating bad press and hurting the bottom line for the auto industry, so car companies are being more diligent in announcing recalls. It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring ...

Higher Octane Gas Could Save Fuel, Money

October 28, 2014 9:06 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT New Office | News | Comments

If the majority of light-duty vehicles in the United States ran on higher-octane gasoline, the automotive industry as a whole would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons per year, saving up to $6 billion in ...   

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GM to Move Production of Volt Part to U.S.

October 28, 2014 12:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is moving production of a critical component in the Chevrolet Volt from Mexico to Michigan. GM CEO Mary Barra is expected to announce the plan later Tuesday in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. The automaker will build ...

Mazda Roadster in Guinness World Records

October 27, 2014 4:39 pm | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

Driving the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster is like letting loose of heavy burdens. The smartly styled, 13-foot-long two-seater is so efficient in design, there's not a lot of room to carry extra baggage. The car, itself, weighs less than ...

Toyota Tops Consumer Reports Reliability Rankings

October 27, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota continues its winning streak atop Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings. The company's Toyota and Lexus brands top the survey, and its Scion brand is in the top ten. A Toyota brand has now led the rankings for ...   

Toyota at Top in Global Vehicle Sales Over VW, GM

October 27, 2014 10:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, Monday reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year ...

Canada Loses Bid to Make Ford Engines to Mexico

October 27, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada has lost to Mexico in a bid to build engines for Ford Motor Co. Canada wanted 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter engine production for the Ford Fiesta go to Ford's Windsor Engine or Essex Engine plants, which are both ...     

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The SUV Goes from All-American to Global Star

October 27, 2014 10:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Once a hulking symbol of American excess, sport utility vehicles are quickly becoming the world's favorite way to get around. It's a surprising rebirth for a vehicle that was the subject of obituaries when gas prices spiked in 2008. Automakers won ...

U.S. Official: Auto Safety Agency Under Review

October 27, 2014 10:00 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Transportation officials are reviewing the "safety culture" of the U.S. agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been criticized by lawmakers and ...

Cisco Collaborates with Smart Cities Council to Assess Leaders on Smart City Progress in NA

October 24, 2014 3:48 pm | by Cisco | News | Comments

A new report published by Cisco and the Smart Cities Council polled city leaders in North America on ways to help cities accelerate their smart city initiatives. Released yesterday at the Internet of Things World Forum, the survey ...  

POP & Avdel Join Forces

October 24, 2014 3:33 pm | by STANLEY Engineered Fastening | News | Comments

STANLEY Engineered Fastening, a Stanley Black & Decker company, has announced that it is joining two of the most famous brands in blind fastening, POP and Avdel, into a single entity. The new brand, which will be known as POP Avdel from this ...

Ford Profit Falls in 3rd Quarter on Truck Costs

October 24, 2014 11:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits. Ford's net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due ...

Discovery of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 24, 2014 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there. Honda spokeswoman Anita Sipes confirms the production shutdown after the substance was discovered Thursday ...   

Tablets & Cars Drive AT&T Wireless Gains, Not Phones

October 23, 2014 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from cheaper non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The nation's second-largest wireless carrier is facing pricing pressure from ...

First Natural Gas GM Pickups With 5.3 L Engines Announced

October 23, 2014 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nat G CNG Solutions announced today that it has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors' 5.3 liter direct injection engine. The 2015 model vehicles were purchased by local Houston company NewTex Plumbing and ...

About Hyundai's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

October 23, 2014 10:34 am | by IET | Videos | Comments

Whilst at the 2014 GreenFleet Arrive 'N' Drive event at Rockingham Raceway, UK we caught up with Robin Hayles of Hyundai where he spoke about the Hyundai ix35 ...              

Government Pleas for Car Owners to Fix Recalled Air Bags

October 23, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million car owners whose air bag inflators have been recalled to get them repaired. The air bags, especially in areas along the coast with ...  

First Driverless Vehicles for Public Launched

October 22, 2014 11:02 am | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

Fancy a stroll in the Chinese and Japanese Gardens? Why not up the ante, book a ride online and take a driverless buggy ride through the gardens? Making this a reality are researchers and engineers from the ...      

Government Ups Air Bag Warning

October 22, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday put out ...

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