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Toyota's Etios Sales Top 100,000 In India

May 25, 2012 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota said its cumulative sales of the Etios series surpassed 100,000 units in India, with the relatively low-priced vehicles gaining popularity in the major emerging market.


Weekly U.S. Unemployment Applications Dip To 370K

May 25, 2012 10:04 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits changed little last week, signaling modest job growth.


China Rules U.S. Clean Energy Support Improper

May 24, 2012 2:18 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's Commerce Ministry issued a ruling that U.S. government support for six renewable energy projects violated free-trade rules, the latest volley in a widening conflict over clean power.


RG Steel Idling MD, OH, WV Operations

May 24, 2012 2:15 pm | by Alex Dominguez, Associated Press

The struggling steelmaker announced idling operations Thursday as it warned employees of "a lot" of layoffs.


Feds Add 2012 Model To Chevy Cruze Fire Probe

May 24, 2012 2:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The NHTSA said last month it was investigating the 2011 Cruze because of two complaints of fires that engulfed and destroyed the cars.


Solar Plane Begins 1st Transcontinental Flight

May 24, 2012 2:12 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press

Pilot Andre Borschberg planned to take the jumbo jet-size Solar Impulse plane on its first leg to Madrid, Spain.


Dow Wins $2.16B In Kuwaiti Dispute

May 24, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Dow Chemical has been awarded $2.16B in damages by an international arbitration court over for a Kuwaiti joint venture that collapsed four years ago as the global recession took hold.


Trina Solar Posts Fiscal 1Q Loss

May 24, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Chinese solar module maker Trina Solar Ltd. on Wednesday reported a loss for its fiscal first quarter as prices for modules fell.


Nissan To Produce EVs In Spain

May 23, 2012 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Nissan said it will manufacture electric vehicles based on its NV200 commercial vehicle at a plant Spain from the business year starting April 2013.


Fitch Says It May Cut Eaton Rating On Cooper Deal

May 23, 2012 12:03 pm | by The Associated Press

Fitch said Eaton will take on around $5.1B in long-term debt as part of the acquisition, and it will assume $1.4B in outstanding debt held by Cooper.


First 787 Built In SC Ready For Test Flight

May 23, 2012 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press

The first Boeing 787 manufactured at the $750M assembly plant that opened last summer is scheduled to take to the air for a test flight. 


EU Appeals To China To Join Emissions Talks

May 23, 2012 11:58 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

In March, Airbus said Beijing was blocking orders by China's state-owned carriers for jets with a total list price of $12B in a challenge to the carbon charges.


Former Plant To Become Recreation Center

May 23, 2012 11:55 am | by The Associated Press

Plans are moving forward to transform a more than century-old manufacturing site near the Detroit River into an adventure and discovery center with rock climbing, archery, and other activities.

Suntech Power Loses Money In Its 1st Quarter

May 23, 2012 11:52 am | by The Associated Press

Suntech Power Holdings Co. lost money in its first quarter as shipments and prices for its solar panels fell.


Ford To Get Blue Oval Back After Second Upgrade

May 23, 2012 10:26 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Ford never stopped using its logo or factories, but posted them as collateral in 2006 in order to get a $23.5 billion loan and avoid bankruptcy.


Mazda, Fiat To Work Together On Convertible

May 23, 2012 10:25 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Mazda and Fiat are working together on manufacturing a roadster, although the automakers will come up with different, distinctly styled models.

CA Senate OKs Regulations For Self-Driving Car

May 23, 2012 10:23 am | by The Associated Press

State lawmakers are anticipating the day when self-driving vehicles navigate California's roads guided by radar and GPS systems instead of human hands on the steering wheel.


United Tech CEO Hints At Sale Of Fuel Cell Firm

May 23, 2012 10:20 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

CEO Louis Chenevert of the Hartford-based company told analysts that United Technologies is evaluating the future of UTC Power as it reviews its portfolio.


Hoku Lays Off 100 At Idaho Plant

May 23, 2012 10:18 am | by The Associated Press

Honolulu-based commercial solar power company Hoku Corp. says its subsidiary is laying off about 100 employees at an Idaho manufacturing plant.


Mass Layoffs Looming At HP

May 23, 2012 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard is expected to announce deep cuts in its workforce when the world's largest personal computer and printer maker is scheduled to release its latest quarterly results.



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