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VW CEO Vows Progress on Costs After Leadership Struggle

May 5, 2015 9:56 am | by David McHugh, The Associated Press

Volkswagen's CEO said the company is tackling its problems in the wake of a leadership struggle and promised progress on lowering costs and raising profitability.


U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps to 6-Year High of $51.4 Billion

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit in March jumped to the highest level in more than six years as a small increase in exports was swamped by a flood of imports from autos to cellphones.


April’s Top-Selling Vehicles List

May 4, 2015 2:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Auto sales heated up in April as Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all reported U.S. gains. Here's a list of the top-selling cars. 


General Motors To Invest $174M In Kansas Plant

May 4, 2015 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to pay for new equipment and technology to produce the 2016 Malibu, company officials announced Monday.


Workers Call For UAW To Leave Alabama Plant

May 4, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Employees at an Alabama auto parts plant signed a petition calling for the departure of the United Auto Workers, the latest episode in a contentious union organizing fight.


U.S. Factory Orders Rise In March

May 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Orders to U.S. factories rose in March for the first time since last July, breaking a long stretch of weakness in manufacturing.


GM Cuts 2016 Volt Plug-In Hybrid Car Price

May 4, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is knocking nearly $1,200 off the price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car.


Dow Chemical To Trim Global Workforce

May 4, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press

Dow Chemical will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal announced earlier this year with Olin Corp.


U.S. Decides Not To Investigate Toyota Unwanted Acceleration

May 4, 2015 10:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

U.S. safety regulators have rejected a Rhode Island man's request for an investigation into low-speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars.


Dean Foods Combining Brands Under National Label

May 4, 2015 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Dean Foods will place all of its regional milk labels under one brand as part of a move to boost its business and tout the quality of its product.


Democrats Call For $12 Minimum Wage

May 1, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Democratic lawmakers will again seek an increase in the nation's minimum wage for the first time since 2009.


China Factory Activity Barely Growing

May 1, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy.


Small, Midsize SUVs Drive April U.S. Auto Sales Gains

May 1, 2015 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains.


Tesla Unveils Home, Business Battery Systems

May 1, 2015 1:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The company on the leading edge of electric car manufacturing this week officially entered the world of large-scale batteries for homes and businesses.


South Korean Company Settles Kevlar Trade Secrets Lawsuit

May 1, 2015 10:50 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

A South Korean company accused of stealing trade secrets involving Kevlar technology has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges and settled separate civil litigation filed by the DuPont Co., officials said Thursday.


Senators Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

May 1, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced legislation targeting so-called "patent trolls."


Ford Expands Door Latch Recall To Cover Nearly 546K Cars

May 1, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is expanding a recall of small and midsize cars to fix door latches that may not stay closed.


Technical Problem Could Curb Apple Watch Availability

May 1, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Problems with a component of the Apple Watch could exacerbate a shortage of the much-hyped wearable technology.


GM Canada To Cut Assembly Workforce By 1K This Year

May 1, 2015 10:38 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Canada says it will cut about 1,000 positions from its Oshawa manufacturing operations this year.


Report: North Dakota Again Leads Nation in Worker Fatality Rate

April 30, 2015 11:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A top labor union this week named North Dakota as the nation's most dangerous state for workers for the third consecutive year.



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