Posts Tagged ‘automobile industry’

French company buying Johnson Controls plant

MADISON COUNTY — French auto supplier Faurecia is buying Johnson Controls’ plant in Madison County that manufactures complete seating for Nissan’s assembly plant in nearby Canton. Nissan spokesman Steve Parrett tells The Clarion-Ledger that Johnson Controls notified the company that the deal would close sometime this spring. Details of the transaction have not been made […] [...]

Towns want to get closer to Toyota plant

SHERMAN and BLUE SPRINGS — Two northeast Mississippi towns are hoping to expand their city limits to make the most of their proximity to Toyota. Officials with the towns of Sherman and Blue Springs tell WTVA-TV in Tupelo that they are taking steps to secure separate parcels of land near the Toyota plant. Sherman Mayor […] [...]

Toyota pairing housing business with green cars

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is pairing its little known housing business with its expertise in green cars to sell computer systems that link homes, utilities and vehicles to reduce energy use. The world’s biggest automaker said today the launch of its home smart grid system in Japan will coincide with its plug-in hybrid cars going […] [...]

Government begins probe of BMW’s Mini Cooper

by Published: September 29,2010

Tags: automobile industry, manufacturing, product safety

WASHINGTON — The government opened an investigation yesterday into potential power steering problems in Mini Coopers built by German automaker BMW AG. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its web site that it had received 54 complaints about the loss of power steering in Mini Coopers from the 2004-2005 model years. When the […] [...]

GM recalling Cadillacs due to faulty glove compartments

by Published: September 21,2010

Tags: automobile industry, product recall, product safety

WASHINGTON — General Motors said yesterday it was recalling more than 20,000 Cadillac CTS and CTS-V vehicles to replace a glove compartment box that could lead to leg injuries in a crash. GM says the recall involves nearly 5,000 all-wheel drive 2009 Cadillac CTS and CTS-V models, and more than 15,000 vehicles from the 2010 […] [...]

VW brings in former GM, Ford executive

NEW YORK — Volkswagen has named a former GM and Ford executive to lead its ambitious plans in the U.S., where it aims to triple sales in the next decade and run a car plant for first time since the late 1980s. Volkswagen AG announced yesterday that Jonathan Browning, 51, will become CEO of Volkswagen […] [...]

Kia names new top exec following recall

SEOUL, South Korea — Kia Motors promoted the chief of its overseas operations to the company’s top executive job after his predecessor resigned following a global recall of more than 100,000 vehicles due to defective wiring. The new boss, Lee Hyoung-keun, will retain his current responsibilities while also overseeing domestic business, global corporate planning and […] [...]

MDES receives 10,000th Toyota job application

by Published: September 3,2010

Tags: automobile industry, employment, jobs, manufacturing

BLUE SPRINGS — Days after opening its online system to Toyota job seekers, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) has accepted the 10,000th application. More than 8,700 Mississippians have applied. Applications have poured in from 80 counties across the state and from 36 states across the country, according to the MDES. “The high number […] [...]

Ford continues push into Asian markets

MUMBAI, India — Ford Motor Co. is furthering its push into Asia, announcing plans for eight new vehicle models in India and a $350-million investment with partner Mazda Motor Corp. in their pickup truck plant in Thailand. The Dearborn, MI based automaker says Asia will account for 70 percent of the company’s global growth in […] [...]

Officials investigating Toyota engines

by Published: August 24,2010

Tags: automobile industry, manufacturing, product safety

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has beefed up its investigation into Toyota’s Corolla and Matrix vehicles because of a possible engine defect that might cause them to stall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement that it was raising its preliminary evaluation to a more serious scrutiny called an engineering analysis to […] [...]

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