With banks as steep as 51 degrees, the Montlhéry track in France is the ultimate playground for driving enthusiasts. Rally racer and stunt driver Ken Block gets behind the wheel of a souped-up, turbo-charged Ford Fiesta, capable of launching from 0 to 60mph in 1.9 seconds, to show us the joys of defying physics.
DETROIT (AP) — A big cut in research and development spending while General Motors was in bankruptcy protection set the company's new product plans back by about a year, its top executive told reporters Tuesday. Chairman and CEO Daniel Akerson said GM is working to accelerate vehicle plans that were postponed when R&D spending was cut to $5 billion per year as the company was trying to save money during its 2009 stay in bankruptcy protection.
A Volvo electric C30 is shown after being crashed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) The Audi exhibit is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) The floor of the North American International Auto Show is shown in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday that production of its 2012 NV commercial van will begin Jan. 19 at its expanded plant in Canton, Mississippi, marking its first venture into the U.S. commercial vehicle market. The NV offering will be aimed at commercial van customers through a network of about 240 Nissan commercial dealers, with sales set to begin in the spring.
WASHINGTON (AP) — China's currency is substantially undervalued and Beijing is moving too slowly to fulfill its promise to let it rise, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Wednesday. Geithner said it's in China's own interests to accelerate the pace of currency reform. He said the undervalued yuan is increasing the risk of inflation that will harm Chinese growth.
MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) — Dana Holding Corp. said Wednesday it will pay $25 million as part of a settlement with a subsidiary of the automaker Toyota Motor Corp. for warranty claims related to frames produced by Dana's former structural products business. Dana plans to take a fourth-quarter charge as a result.
BOSTON (AP) — A solar panel manufacturer that benefited from $58 million in state aid to open a factory at a former Massachusetts military base is closing the plant and laying off 800 workers. Evergreen Solar Inc. announced Tuesday it is shutting down the Devens plant by the end of the 2011 first quarter.
DETROIT (AP) — The sunny yellow Ford C-Max minivan that greets visitors at this year's Detroit auto show says it all. After taking a pounding during the recession, the U.S. auto industry is full of optimism, and a strong mix of new products will greet buyers as they return to dealerships. "Looking around at what's at the show, we've never been happier," said Mike Jackson, the CEO of AutoNation Inc.
The Transformer Dolly, from Tiiger (Mt. Juliet, TN), is a high yield strength steel system that allows for the safe and easy handling of a pole-mounted transformer. The compact design allows it to be used in small spaces, but it can accommodate various sizes. To use, position the Hook Brackets with the chain to accommodate for transformer size, and then push the dolly forward to allow the brackets to attach to the transformer.
The Hard Surface Disinfecting Wipes from Spartan (Maumee, OH) are now available in two fragrances: lemon and fresh scent. The durable wipes are ready-to-use in portable dispensers of 125 wipes, and eliminate the spraying of potentially harmful chemicals into the air, reduce respiratory problems, and stop over-spray on sensitive equipment.
JLG Industries (McConnellsburg, PA) has announced that it is installing steel hoods on several of its engine-powered boom lifts, beginning with the 600S, 800S, and 800A models. The hoods will reduce the cost of ownership and provide improved long-term value, according to the company. They can help provide additional protection from weld sprawls and other damaging elements, which adds to the new low cost of ownership, and helps keep maintenance costs down.
ATLANTA Drive Systems, Inc. (Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany) has developed a new class of precision gear racks that use a carburized case-hardening process to increase the strength of the rack, including the tooth flanks and root, which maximizes power density, stiffness, and performance. Because of the increased power density, a small rack size can be used, according to the company.
Peter Borden, AMTDA President November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $318.18 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 17.
It is time to begrudgingly accept that we live (and work) in a world of haves and have-nots, and there’s a growing difference between the two groups. One cannot help but wonder why General Motors CEO Dan Akerson didn’t think twice — or perhaps even once — before he opened his mouth and started speaking.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Intel Corp.'s decision to pay Nvidia Corp. $1.5 billion for the right to its patents highlights the seismic shifts the semiconductor industry is undergoing. The licensing deal announced Monday comes as both companies are adapting to the new rules of the consumer electronics world, as mobile devices are changing the way chips are made.
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says it will add more than 7,000 workers in the U.S. over the next two years, including 750 engineers with expertise in batteries and other advanced technology, as it begins producing several new vehicles. The company plans to hire 4,000 manufacturing workers this year.
Toyota's biggest problem: Aging lineup DETROIT (AP) — It would be easy to think Toyota's biggest problem is its damaged reputation caused by sudden acceleration recalls, millions in government fines and massive lawsuits and settlements. But what's hurting the company most is an aging lineup of boring cars.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc. forced out its CEO Dirk Meyer in a surprise twist of fate for a technologist who inherited the chip maker when it was in tatters and won fans on Wall Street for steering it through a wrenching turnaround. AMD is a heavyweight in the computer industry as the world's No.
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler will try to refinance its government loans this year as it prepares for an initial public stock offering, and the reduced expense could let the company post a net profit for the first time since it left bankruptcy protection in 2009, CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday. Marchionne told reporters Monday at the Detroit auto show that the automaker, which lost $453 million in the first three quarters of last year, will need to post two quarterly net profits before it returns to the stock market as a publicly traded company.
DETROIT (AP) — Touring the Detroit auto show Monday, House Democrats praised the U.S. auto industry for rebounding from the depths of bankruptcy and despair and credited an unpopular bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. Getting behind the wheels of shiny new cars, lawmakers who helped GM and Chrysler secure billions of dollars in federal aid said the companies were on the comeback after government-led bankruptcies in late 2008 and 2009.