automotive

Science and Technology
2:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Ann Arbor emerging as global leader in connected vehicle technology

Connected cars can talk wirelessly with each other and with other parts of the traffic system to adjust to road conditions and avoid accidents.
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If you were a fan of the 1980’s TV show “Knight Rider,” you’ll remember actor David Hasselhoff riding around in a modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that could talk, fly and even scan other vehicles. It was cutting edge TV sci-fi at the time, but so-called “smart cars” are not that far away (minus the flying, of course).

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Mustang celebrates 50 years of pony car evolution

More than 8 million Ford Mustangs have been sold since April 1964.
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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.

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Politics & Government
12:39 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Congress probes GM recall effort

GM's new CEO Mary Barra was included in Fortune's list of the Most Powerful Women in Business in 2013. Today, she will be giving a testimony before a Senate Panel about GM ignition switch failures.
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General Motors 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 Toyota for that company’s problems related to sudden accelerations, dealing with the ignition switch problem could become very costly to the automaker.

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Politics & Government
1:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

GM under scrutiny after botched recall

CEO Mary Barra wants GM to be a company that is more transparent and reactive to consumers.
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General Motors officials continue efforts to navigate the fallout from its delayed recall of 1.6-million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The flaw, which has been linked to 31 crashes and 12 deaths, has been traced to vehicles made as long ago as 2001.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Assessing fallout from UAW defeat in Tennessee

The Volkswagen Passat is manufactured in the Tennessee factory.
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Last week, workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted down a proposal to join the United Auto Workers 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Chief engineer: Lansing Grand River a good fit for Camaro

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Our coverage of the North American International Auto Show 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 Camaro to Lansing from the plant in Oshawa, Ontario.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:01 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Global markets key for Cadillac's success

The Cadillac ATS Coupe will roll off a Lansing assembly line later this year.
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International sales are crucial to Cadillac’s success. Two popular Cadillac 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Green cars take backseat at NAIAS

The Tesla Model S electric car boasts zero tailpipe emissions.
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The 2014 North American International Auto Show is not the greenest, according to journalist and author Jim Motavallo, 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".

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Chevy adds smaller pickup option

The Chevrolet Colorado
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The North American Truck of the Year,  the Chevy Silverado, isn’t the only pickup attracting attention at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Chevy’s midsize Colorado is also all-new for 2014.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:10 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Auto industry eyes shifting transportation priorities

Some millenials are putting off the decision to buy a car.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:47 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

General Motors unveils the new Cadillac CTS design

The new Cadillac CTS is expected to be more effectively competitive again other makes and models such as Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series.
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At the New York International Auto Show this week, the Cadillac division of General Motors 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.

Dave Leone, executive chief Engineer at Cadillac, joins Current State  from the auto show in New York to discuss the new CTS.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Hundreds Of Vehicles Displayed At 2013 Detroit Auto Show

The Lansing-built Cadillac ATS was named North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The North American International Auto Show returns to Detroit's Cobo Center with a Charity Preview tonight. The show opens to the public tomorrow.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

GM To Hire 3,000 Workers From Hewlett-Packard

WKAR File Photo

General Motors will hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard as the carmaker moves more computer functions in-house.

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NewsRoom
3:36 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Feds Pledge Help for Post-Automotive Redevelopment

Twisted piles of debris now stand where General Motors once built cars along West Saginaw in Lansing. Local officials are working with the Obama Administration to revitalize this property and several others like it.
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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.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Automakers May Have Dodged Resin Shortage Threat

WKAR file photo

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.

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NewsRoom
3:42 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Task Force to Create Strategies for Former Auto Plant Redevelopment

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. 

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