automotive

Dr. Ray Boeman stands in front of IACMI's compression press.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University is a core partner with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, in Detroit. They work to make automobiles lighter, and opened their doors just last month. WKAR’s Katie Cook went to get a look at the facility and find out more about the work they do.

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Ford Motor Co. is cutting production at five North American assembly plants through the rest of this year as U.S. demand for new vehicles slips due to lower gas prices.

Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

Memorial Day promotions may have helped the auto industry reverse a four-month downward trend in U.S. auto sales in May.

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Ford is replacing CEO Mark Fields as it struggles to keep its traditional auto-manufacturing business running smoothly while remaking itself as a nimble, high-tech provider of new mobility services.

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Ford is cutting 1,400 jobs in North America and Asia Pacific this year in an effort to boost profits.

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A Michigan-based economist says the American car companies stand to benefit from President Trump’s decision to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement rather than terminate the deal.


Peter Whorf / wkar-msu

Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving automobiles they are building under an expanding partnership.

UM study shows why consumers ignore recalls

Apr 5, 2017
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A national survey conducted by the University of Michigan sheds light on why many consumers choose to ignore vehicle safety recalls.

Nearly 51 million vehicles, as well as 34 million vehicle-related pieces of equipment, were recalled in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Despite this, 20-percent of the owners continue to skip the fixes, the NHTSA reports.

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Ford Motor Company is investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan manufacturing facilities to strengthen its leadership in trucks and SUVs and support the company’s expansion to an auto and mobility company.

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Courtesy / General Motors

The automotive industry has been and remains one of the main anchors of business in Michigan.  WKAR's Jim Peck takes a look at what the future may hold.


Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

The United Auto Workers union is preparing an ad campaign that urges consumers to buy U.S.-made cars and trucks as it tries to tap into President Donald Trump's efforts to rebuild the country's manufacturing sector.

Bob McMahan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Kettering's new vehicle and mobility systems development proving ground will open in the spring.


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Auto makers look to past for concept car inspiration

Takata's defective air bags have made headlines in recent years.  Now, a plea deal has led to fines and more.

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General Motors is evaluating a year-old car-sharing program. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with executive director of urban mobility Peter Kosak about Maven.


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