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FILE - In this March 15, 2020, photograph, the company logo stands outside a Nissan dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide, Thursday, April 2,  to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The vehicles have air bags with volatile ammonium nitrate that can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Nissan recalls over 250K vehicles to replace Takata air bags

Apr. 2, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The vehicles have air bags with volatile ammonium nitrate that can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. But they have a moisture-absorbing...

Toyota, China's BYD announced electric car venture

Apr. 2, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Toyota Motor Co. and Chinese electric automaker BYD Co. announced a partnership Thursday to develop battery-powered vehicles, adding to a flurry of industry tie-ups to share soaring development costs. Automakers are spending billions of dollars to create low-cost models that appeal to...

Melinda Slowinski poses for a photo in her 2013 Mercedes E 350 convertible parked in the driveway of her home in Haslett, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Of all the automakers that are recalling dangerous Takata air bag inflators like the one in Slowinski's car, Mercedes is the laggard when it comes to getting the airbag repairs done. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Mercedes has worst Takata air bag recall completion rate

Apr. 1, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Of all the automakers that are recalling dangerous Takata air bag inflators, Mercedes is the laggard when it comes to getting repairs done. The German automaker ranks last of 16 companies tracked by the U.S. government, finishing repairs in 40.1% of its recalled vehicles. All other companies...

FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, attendees take a close look at cars from BYD at the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai. China’s auto sales plunged 81.7% in February, 2020,  from a year ago after Beijing shut down much of the economy to fight a virus outbreak, adding to problems for an industry that already was struggling with shrinking demand. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Automakers dodged parts shortage, but virus poses new threat

Mar. 16, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — When the coronavirus cut off the flow of parts from China in early January, most global automakers were ready: Anticipating such a crisis, they had prepared to tap other suppliers and to conserve parts that they had stored. Now, they face fast-moving new threats that seem beyond their...

This photo provided by General Motors shows GM's all-new modular platform and battery system, Ultium,  at the Design Dome on the GM Tech Center campus in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  GM rolled out plans for 13 new electric vehicles during the next five years as it trying to refashion itself as a futuristic company with technology to compete against Tesla. The company on Wednesday touted an exclusive new battery technology that could propel some of the vehicles as far as 400 miles (644 kilometers) on a single charge.  (Steve Fecht/General Motors via AP)

GM shows 13 electric vehicles as it tries to run with Tesla

Mar. 4, 2020 1:51 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors, trying to refashion itself as a futuristic company with technology to compete against Tesla, rolled out plans Wednesday for 13 new electric vehicles during the next five years. The company touted an exclusive new battery technology that could propel some of the vehicles as...

In this undated photo provided by Dana Incorporated, Jim Kamsickas, Chairman and CEO of Dana Incorporated poses for a photo. Kamsickas spoke with The Associated Press about when electric vehicles will transport us all, how he’s managing the change, the impact of the coronavirus, and the controversy over government fuel economy standards. (Bruce Works/Photo Works, Inc. via AP)

Insider Q&A: Dana Inc. CEO on electric vehicles, coronavirus

Mar. 1, 2020 1:01 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — At auto parts maker Dana Inc., CEO Jim Kamsickas is like everyone else in the business, trying to manage competing needs for spending on electric vehicles of the future while keeping business associated with the internal combustion engine. So far the Toledo, Ohio-based company has taken...

In this Jan. 27, 2020 photo snow blowers are lined up at a Home Depot store location in Boston. On Thursday, Feb. 27, the Commerce Department releases its January report on durable goods. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

US orders for durable goods slip 0.2% in January

Feb. 27, 2020 8:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods dipped in January, pulled down by decreased demand for cars, auto parts and military aircraft. The Commerce Department said Thursday that orders for durable goods slipped 0.2% last month after climbing 2.9% in December. Excluding...

In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers assemble Audi A6 L cars at a workshop of FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd. in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province.Factories that make the world's smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China's economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal. (Zhang Nan/Xinhua via AP, File)

China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak

Feb. 25, 2020 10:54 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Factories that make the world’s smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China’s economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal. ...

GM gets tax break for new plant next to factory it closed

Feb. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EST

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — General Motors Co. will receive a tax break to build a new electric battery cell factory in Ohio next to the site of a much larger assembly plant it shut down last year. Village leaders in Lordstown approved a 75% tax abatement that will extend over 15 years and allow the company to...

Michigan facility to close after promised $22M in investment

Feb. 14, 2020 1:00 PM EST

CAPAC, Mich. (AP) — A company that makes automobile parts plans to shut down a plant in Michigan next year, after promising to invest $22 million into a new facility that would have provided 260 jobs. Keihin North America announced the decision in a news release. The company said it has not been able to...