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Nissan Expands Recall Prompted By Faulty Air Bag

July 26, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that Nissan North America Inc. is ... 

GM Proposing $37 Million Expansion of Plant

July 25, 2014 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is considering a $37 million expansion of a mid-Michigan plant that makes...

How to Collect the Right Data

July 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large...

Impala Investigation After Air Bag Complaints

July 25, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The petition alleges that the weight sensor in the passenger seat can malfunction and disable...

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Feds Probe Dodge Charger Alternator Complaints

July 25, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In one case a car stopped in traffic with smoke coming from the alternator, which generates electricity to recharge the battery and run other devices. Chrysler says it's cooperating in the probe. Investigations can lead to recalls but ... 

Engineering Update: Marines Begin Testing Robotic Mule

July 25, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and ...   

Photos of the Day: Volvo XC90 Has Two World Firsts

July 25, 2014 11:44 am | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

Volvo Cars’ all-new XC90 will take the company a significant step closer to its vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020. These innovations will form part of a suite of safety features that will make ...

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GM in China Recalls Cadillac, Camaro

July 25, 2014 12:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This is GM's third recall in China in 14 months. In December, the company and its main Chinese partner recalled 1.5 million vehicles to replace a fuel pump bracket. Now, they are recalling nearly 20,000 imported vehicles to replace defective ...

Man Sues GM Over Deadly Crash

July 24, 2014 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp., claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife. The Charleston Daily Mail reports ...   

Engineering Newswire 100: Darth Vader Car Built on a Corvette Chassis

July 24, 2014 11:36 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...               

$148 Million Metal Research Center Set for Detroit

July 23, 2014 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fall opening of the Detroit headquarters for a federally funded metals research program was announced Wednesday. The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to help move ...   

Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-Free Travel

July 23, 2014 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

'Ray' the robotic parking valet at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany lets travelers to avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot before heading to the check-in desk ...             

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GM Issues 6 More Safety Recalls

July 23, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles. The latest recalls cover almost 718,000 cars and trucks. The largest is for faulty seats in just over ...  

Ford Says New F-150 Can Compete with Rivals

July 23, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says its aluminum-sided F-150 pickup will hold its own against rivals despite its lighter weight. The company revealed details of the new truck Tuesday. The 2015 F-150 4x4 goes on sale this fall and is 732 pounds lighter than the ...

Chrysler Recalls Jeep SUVs for Ignition Switches

July 22, 2014 6:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler. Chrysler said Tuesday it is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could fall out of the ... 

Ford Names VP of Engineering as Lincoln's New President

July 22, 2014 5:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford's luxury Lincoln division is getting a new president. Kumar Galhotra, Ford's vice president of engineering, will become president of Lincoln on Sept. 1. Ford's global marketing chief, Jim Farley, led Lincoln for the last 18 months ...

Michigan Approves 9 Projects to Add 3,900 Jobs

July 22, 2014 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan's economic development arm has approved nine projects expected to bring about 3,900 jobs to the state. General Motors plans to create 1,750 jobs in Michigan by consolidating engineering jobs from elsewhere ...     

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Hotspot: Unmanned Submarine Sets Sail for Testing

July 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, a drone that locates disaster victims by locating their phones; BAE Systems unveils its Striker II HMD; an autonomous unmanned submarine sets sail for testing; and Jaguar's smart car...     

Transforming Classic VW Beetles into Electric Cars

July 21, 2014 1:54 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Zelectric is bringing vintage VW Bugs into the 21st century, turning the gas-fueled classics into modern day electric vehicles ...                   

NIST Develops Prototype Meter Test for Hydrogen Refueling Stations

July 21, 2014 1:10 pm | by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers ...   

Federal Judge Sends Key GM Case to Georgia Court

July 21, 2014 10:34 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge in Atlanta has sent an important wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors back to a Georgia court. Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. ruled Friday that a Cobb County judge should handle the case filed by the family of Brooke Melton ...

Subaru Sued Over Dangerous Auto Defect

July 21, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Subaru vehicle models have a defect that could lead to engine failure while they're being driven, a federal lawsuit says. The lawsuit alleges violations of the state's consumer fraud act, breach of express warranty and other violations ...

GM Delayed Recall in Another Ignition Switch Case

July 18, 2014 7:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, yet it failed to warn customers with a recall until last month, according to documents posted by federal safety regulators. The documents, released Friday, show yet again that the Detroit auto...

Kia Recalls Nearly 52K Vehicles

July 18, 2014 11:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia is recalling nearly 52,000 Soul small SUVs to fix a problem that can cause steering failure. The recall covers vehicles from the 2014 model year built from July 21, 2013, through Jan. 17, 2014. The Korean automaker says a ...   

Fuji Heavy to Recall Subaru Legacy Cars

July 18, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. said Thursday it is recalling 10,143 Subaru Legacy sedans with turbo-charged engines sold in Japan to fix a programming fault that could cause engine damage. In a report filed with the transport ...   

Land Rover's LR4 Updated for Fuel Efficiency

July 18, 2014 9:16 am | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

Land Rover's capable and rugged LR4 mid-size sport utility vehicle is more fuel efficient for 2014 and has refreshed exterior front styling and new standard features such as rearview camera. But thankfully, the upper-crust ambience of this ...

Senators Call on GM CEO to Fire Top Lawyer

July 17, 2014 1:17 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition ...

Chrysler Can Fix Recalled Jeeps Faster Than Expected

July 17, 2014 11:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler can fix recalled Jeep SUVs far faster than U.S. safety regulators have predicted, the automaker told the government Wednesday. The development could end a spat between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety ...  

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...                

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