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  • American auto industry on verge of hiring spree

    American auto industry on verge of hiring spree

    by Tom Krisher, Associated Press — June 9  2013 The auto industry is about to go on a hiring spree as car makers and parts suppliers race to find engineers, technicians and factory workers to build the next generation of vehicles. The new employees will be part of a larger, busier workforce. From coast to coast, the industry is in top gear. Factories are operating at about 95% of capacity, and many are already running three shifts. As a result, [...]

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  • Innovative Interior Materials Can Cut Vehicle Weight, Experts Say

    Innovative Interior Materials Can Cut Vehicle Weight, Experts Say

    by Byron Pope WardsAuto May 22, 2013 DEARBORN, MI – Auto makers looking to take weight out of the vehicle to meet looming government-mandated fuel-economy regulations should look to new technological innovations in vehicle interiors, industry experts say at the 2013 WardsAuto Interiors Conference here. Utilizing new advanced materials is one way to shave weight, but it’s imperative that the new materials are as safe, durable and cost-efficient as the ones they replace, says Robert Eller, president of consultancy Robert [...]

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  • Detroit 3 research group targets next-gen hybrid, EV batteries

    Detroit 3 research group targets next-gen hybrid, EV batteries

    by Adam Rubenfire, Automotive News, May 15 2013 With the U.S. Department of Energy’s help, a research group managed by the Detroit 3 is launching a drive to speed development of next-generation battery technologies for hybrids and electric vehicles, the department said today. The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium will coordinate r&d and explore more efficient and cost-effective technologies for energy storage in vehicles. Read more

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  • Auto Makers Take Systems Approach to Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

    Auto Makers Take Systems Approach to Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

    by Byron Pope Wards Auto April 17, 2013 DETROIT ‚Äì Looming global regulations calling for increased fuel economy and reduced emissions have auto makers thinking outside the box in developing high-tech powertrain solutions. Long-term strategies differ to some degree, but auto makers and suppliers on hand for a panel discussion here all say they are approaching the challenge from a total-systems perspective. Read more…

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  • General Motors unveils its new electric motor in White Marsh

    General Motors unveils its new electric motor in White Marsh

    by Jamie Smith Hopkins The Baltimore Sun April 16, 2013 General Motors officially launched its new electric motor in White Marsh Tuesday, a milestone in U.S. manufacturing ‚ and a key part of the company’s bet that the electric-vehicle market is poised to grow. With production under way at the Baltimore County “eMotor” plant, GM says, the company is the first automaker to manufacture electric-drive motors domestically. Read more…

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  • GM, Ford team up on transmission development

    GM, Ford team up on transmission development

    by Melissa Burden and Karl Henkel, Detroit News April 15, 2013 Crosstown rivals General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. said today they have signed an agreement to jointly develop advanced nine-speed and 10-speed transmissions, a move that likely will save each company hundreds of millions of dollars and meet competitors’ offerings faster. “Ten-speeds put them ahead,” said Jim Hall, analyst at 2953 Analytics LLP, in a telephone interview. “People now are working on eights and nines. Tens are on [...]

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