automotive http://wkar.org en Mustang celebrates 50 years of pony car evolution http://wkar.org/post/mustang-celebrates-50-years-pony-car-evolution <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#333333;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Fifty years ago today, America’s historic journey with the automobile took an adventurous detour. On April 17, 1964, Detroit’s Ford Motor company unveiled the Mustang at the New York World’s Fair, trading stamps not included. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:58:10 +0000 Current State 52314 at http://wkar.org Mustang celebrates 50 years of pony car evolution Congress probes GM recall effort http://wkar.org/post/congress-probes-gm-recall-effort <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><a href="http://www.gm.com/">General Motors</a> has recalled 2.6-million vehicles for ignition switch failures, failures that are linked to at least 13 deaths. Considering the recent $1.2 billion dollar penalty levied against <a href="http://www.toyota.com/?srchid=sem|google|Brand|Brand_Toyota|Brand_Exact|Existing|Brand_Home">Toyota</a> for that company’s problems related to sudden accelerations, dealing with the ignition switch problem could become very costly to the automaker.</span> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:39:39 +0000 Current State 51575 at http://wkar.org Congress probes GM recall effort GM under scrutiny after botched recall http://wkar.org/post/gm-under-scrutiny-after-botched-recall <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">General Motors officials continue efforts to navigate the fallout from its delayed recall of 1.6-million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The flaw, which has been linked to 31 crashes and 12 deaths, has been traced to vehicles made as long ago as 2001. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:53:12 +0000 Current State 50939 at http://wkar.org GM under scrutiny after botched recall Assessing fallout from UAW defeat in Tennessee http://wkar.org/post/assessing-fallout-uaw-defeat-tennessee <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, workers at a </span><a href="http://www.vw.com/en.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Volkswagen</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted down a proposal to join the </span><a href="http://www.uaw.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">United Auto Workers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> union. The UAW had expected to win that vote, and the rejection is seen as a blow to efforts to expand membership by unionizing plants in the south.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:46:46 +0000 Current State 49573 at http://wkar.org Assessing fallout from UAW defeat in Tennessee Chief engineer: Lansing Grand River a good fit for Camaro http://wkar.org/post/chief-engineer-lansing-grand-river-good-fit-camaro <p></p><p></p><p>Our coverage of the <a href="http://naias.com/">North American International Auto Show</a> in Detroit continues today with a look at the good news the people at the General Motors Grand River Assembly Plant got last year: GM will move production of the <a href="http://www.chevrolet.com/camaro-sport-coupe.html">Camaro</a> to Lansing from the plant in Oshawa, Ontario. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:00:27 +0000 Current State 48320 at http://wkar.org Chief engineer: Lansing Grand River a good fit for Camaro Global markets key for Cadillac's success http://wkar.org/post/global-markets-key-cadillacs-success <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>International sales are crucial to Cadillac’s success. Two popular <a href="http://www.cadillac.com/">Cadillac </a>models are built in Lansing at the Grand River Assembly Plant. The ATS won the North American Car of the Year Award last year, and the CTS was a finalist for the award this year. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:01:32 +0000 Current State 48275 at http://wkar.org Global markets key for Cadillac's success Green cars take backseat at NAIAS http://wkar.org/post/green-cars-take-backseat-naias <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The 2014 North American International Auto Show is not the <a href="http://www.cartalk.com/content/chevys-detroit-balance-green-cars-and-620-horsepower-vettes">greenest</a>, according to journalist and author <a href="http://www.cartalk.com/content/jim-motavalli">Jim Motavallo</a>, who focuses on environmental issues and transportation. He’s a contributor to the New York Times, NPR’s Car Talk, the Mother Nature Network and author of the book "High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry".</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:04:10 +0000 Current State 48227 at http://wkar.org Green cars take backseat at NAIAS Chevy adds smaller pickup option http://wkar.org/post/chevy-adds-smaller-pickup-option <p></p><p></p><p>The North American Truck of the Year,&nbsp; the Chevy Silverado, isn’t the only pickup attracting attention at this year’s <a href="http://naias.com/">North American International Auto Show</a> in Detroit. Chevy’s midsize <a href="https://www.chevrolet.com/2015-colorado-small-truck.html">Colorado</a> is also all-new for 2014. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:01:42 +0000 Current State 48228 at http://wkar.org Chevy adds smaller pickup option Auto industry eyes shifting transportation priorities http://wkar.org/post/auto-industry-eyes-shifting-transportation-priorities <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Michigan’s surging auto industry is front and center this week at the Detroit Auto Show, but young Americans may be a shrinking part of the hoopla. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:10:41 +0000 Current State 48188 at http://wkar.org Auto industry eyes shifting transportation priorities General Motors unveils the new Cadillac CTS design http://wkar.org/post/general-motors-unveils-new-cadillac-cts-design <p></p><p></p><p>At the <a href="http://www.autoshowny.com/">New York International Auto Show</a> this week, the <a href="http://www.gm.com/brand_landing_pages/cadillac.html">Cadillac division of General Motors</a> is announcing details of what will be new with the 2014 CTS, built in Lansing at the GM Grand River Assembly Plant.The third-generation CTS will roll off the assembly line later this year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dave Leone, executive chief Engineer at Cadillac, j</span>oins <em>Current State</em> &nbsp;from the auto show in New York to discuss the new CTS.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:47:43 +0000 Current State 33358 at http://wkar.org General Motors unveils the new Cadillac CTS design Hundreds Of Vehicles Displayed At 2013 Detroit Auto Show http://wkar.org/post/hundreds-vehicles-displayed-2013-detroit-auto-show <p>The <a href="http://www.naias.com/home.aspx">North American International Auto Show</a> returns to Detroit's Cobo Center with a Charity Preview tonight. The show opens to the public tomorrow. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 29683 at http://wkar.org Hundreds Of Vehicles Displayed At 2013 Detroit Auto Show GM To Hire 3,000 Workers From Hewlett-Packard http://wkar.org/post/gm-hire-3000-workers-hewlett-packard <p>General Motors will hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard as the carmaker moves more computer functions in-house.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 22:20:20 +0000 The Associated Press 25622 at http://wkar.org GM To Hire 3,000 Workers From Hewlett-Packard Feds Pledge Help for Post-Automotive Redevelopment http://wkar.org/post/feds-pledge-help-post-automotive-redevelopment <p>Federal officials are watching mid-Michigan’s efforts to revitalize its former General Motors assembly sites. The Obama Administration is poised to offer its help.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 19:36:19 +0000 Kevin Lavery 21464 at http://wkar.org Feds Pledge Help for Post-Automotive Redevelopment Automakers May Have Dodged Resin Shortage Threat http://wkar.org/post/automakers-may-have-dodged-resin-shortage-threat <p>The auto industry may have steered its way around another crisis. Ford says that it doesn't expect a resin shortage to disrupt production at any of its factories.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:25:08 +0000 The Associated Press 16471 at http://wkar.org Automakers May Have Dodged Resin Shortage Threat Task Force to Create Strategies for Former Auto Plant Redevelopment http://wkar.org/post/task-force-create-strategies-former-auto-plant-redevelopment <p>A new task force will devise strategies for bringing more automotive manufacturing to the Lansing area, and redeveloping former General Motors properties that have been idle for years.&nbsp; Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:42:49 +0000 Kevin Lavery 14116 at http://wkar.org Task Force to Create Strategies for Former Auto Plant Redevelopment