Automobile manufacturing

Employees gather as they have a break at the Honda car factory in Swindon, England, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. The Japanese carmaker Honda announced Tuesday that its Swindon car plant in western England, will close with the potential loss of some 3,500 jobs. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
February 19, 2019 - 10:30 am
LONDON (AP) — Japanese carmaker Honda plans to close its car factory in western England in 2021, a fresh blow to the British economy as it struggles with the uncertainty associated with leaving the European Union next month. The company announced the decision, which will imperil 3,500 jobs and...
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February 19, 2019 - 12:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales fell for an eighth month in January, extending a painful decline for the biggest global market. An industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, says purchases of sedans, SUVs and minivans fell 15 percent from a year earlier to just over 2...
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FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 file photo shows the Honda logo on a 2019 Honda Civic on display at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Britain’s Sky News says Honda is to close a car factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs. The broadcaster says the Japanese carmaker will announce Tuesday, Feb. 19 that the Swindon plant, where Honda makes its Civic model, will close in 2022. Honda said Monday that it could not comment “at this stage.” (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)
February 18, 2019 - 11:07 am
LONDON (AP) — Honda will close a car factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs, British media and a local lawmaker said Monday, in another blow to a British economy made jittery by Brexit. Sky News said the Japanese carmaker is to announce Tuesday that the Swindon plant will...
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February 16, 2019 - 10:11 am
CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Feb. 15 about a Department of Energy lithium-ion battery research and development project, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount that would be spent over three years and the name of Hans Eric Melin's company. The correct amount is $15 million, not $15...
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FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo, a pair of athletic shoes designed for the military are laced up at a New Balance factory in Norridgewock, Maine. On Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, the Federal Reserve reports on U.S. industrial production for January. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
February 15, 2019 - 10:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 0.6 percent in January, stemming in large part from an 8.8 percent plunge in the making of motor vehicles and auto parts. The Federal Reserve said Friday that that the manufacturing component of the index dropped 0.9 percent last month, reversing a...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2018 file photo photo Volkswagen cars are pictured during a final quality control at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Germany's economic growth has stagnated in the last three months of the year. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
February 15, 2019 - 8:50 am
MILAN (AP) — The European carmakers' association says new passenger car sales in the region dropped by 4.6 percent in January, weighed down by big declines in Spain and Italy. Despite the drop, the association said Friday that the 1.2 million cars sold last month in the European Union marked the...
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Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard waves upon arrival at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Senard, who recently replaced Carlos Ghosn, is expected to meet Renault's alliance partner Nissan's Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa for merging the two automakers under one holding company. (Akiko Matsushita/Kyodo News via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 5:51 am
PARIS (AP) — In its first results since the downfall of former chairman Carlos Ghosn, French carmaker Renault reported a 35 percent slump in profits last year and warned about the impact to business if Britain crashes out of the European Union next month without a deal. Renault said Thursday that...
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FILE- In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo the Lexus LS500 is displayed during the media preview of the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago. J.D. Power’s annual survey found that Lexus was the most dependable brand for the eighth-straight year. (AP photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
February 13, 2019 - 1:11 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Automobiles are getting more reliable, but J.D. Power's annual survey finds problems with battery failures, transmission shifting and voice recognition systems. The survey found that Lexus was the most dependable brand for the eighth-straight year, but some mass-market brands cracked...
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February 13, 2019 - 10:13 am
PARIS (AP) — France is planning to invest 700 million euros ($790 million) over the next five years to boost its production of battery cells for electric cars. Advisers to French President Emmanuel Macron said he is set to make the announcement Wednesday night at a dinner of international carmakers...
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In this May 12, 2016, photo, then Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Motonari Ohtsuru, the lawyer who had initially headed his defense, resigned as of Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Ghosn thanked his former legal team “for their tireless and diligent work and courage during the interrogation phase,” but said he wanted to hire a different lawyer for the trial. Ghosn said in a statement that he was determined to prove his innocence. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
February 13, 2019 - 9:40 am
PARIS (AP) — French car maker Renault won't pay former Chairman Carlos Ghosn millions of euros in compensation following his resignation. Renault said in a statement Wednesday its board unanimously decided to waive Ghosn's "non-compete commitment and, consequently, not to pay the corresponding...
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