BMW Factory's New Fully-Electric Shop Truck Can Haul 36 Tons, Slowly

The BMW Group Plant in Munich, Germany will start using a Terberg Type YT202-EV to make daily trips to their nearby shipping hub, cutting 11.8 tons of annual carbon output. They say that's the equivalent of a BMW 320d "driving almost three times around the world." » 3/23/15 4:47pm 3/23/15 4:47pm

2015 Ford F-150's 'Cloth' Seats Are Actually Made From Recycled Bottles

A company called Unifi crushes, melts, and stretches recycled water bottles into a sewable fabric called "Repreve yarn." Ford's been using it in their vehicles since 2012, and they say they'll divert 9 million plastic bottles from landfills now that Repreve is the 2015 F-150's standard seat material. » 3/20/15 4:42pm 3/20/15 4:42pm

Retooled Kansas City Plant Will Start Building Way More 2015 Ford F-150s

Today the first work-whistle sounded on the redesigned Kansas City Assembly Plant's truck division. 900 new human and 500 new robot employees will be cranking out even more 2015 Ford F-150s, but their priority isn't another super-lux Platinum rig. » 3/16/15 12:15pm 3/16/15 12:15pm

Watch Ford's Massive Factory Renovation In Mesmerizing Fast-Motion

Building the 2015 Ford F-150 required a complete makeover of the company's massive Dearborn, Michigan truck assembly plant since the new truck's largely made of aluminum, and can't be put together the same was as its steel predecessors. » 11/11/14 7:46pm 11/11/14 7:46pm

Ram Is Committed To Making Small(ish) Diesel Trucks

Until the Duramax-powered Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon show up (supposedly 2016) the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the smallest diesel pickup you can buy in America, and it's also the most fuel-efficient. Ram is convinced this is What The People Want, and they're about to start building a whole bunch more of them. » 10/01/14 6:10pm 10/01/14 6:10pm

Toyota Is About To Start Building A Lot More Tacomas In Mexico

A third shift is being added to the factory that makes the 2014 Toyota Tacoma in Baja, Mexico. Toyota says they're doing it to free up space at their Texas facility to build more Tundras, I reckon they're sharpening swords for war with the Chevy Colorado. » 9/18/14 3:07pm 9/18/14 3:07pm

Dealers Want So Many 2015 Chevy Colorados That GM's Boosting Assembly

General Motors reports they've already had "nearly 30,000 orders" from dealers for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. To fill the expected continuous demand, they're increasing staff at the Wentzville, Missouri plant again by almost 30%. » 9/17/14 11:55am 9/17/14 11:55am

This 3D-Printed Car Will Be Drivable By The Weekend, For Sale Soon After

Local Motors, the crew who brought us the venerable off-road sports car we know and love as the Rally Fighter, are making the first full-sized drivable car from a 3D printer at this very moment. » 9/08/14 6:25pm 9/08/14 6:25pm

Are Boeing And Airbus Building Too Many Planes?

Aviation industry analysts have voiced concern that the recent swarm of wide-body aircraft offerings and orders for Boeing and Airbus have amounted to too much of a good thing. Could they be shooting themselves in the foot by giving airlines too many options? » 8/03/14 1:03pm 8/03/14 1:03pm

This Remanufactured Plane Aims To Make Aviation Less Expensive

A recurring theme has run throughout my time at EAA AirVenture this week — aviation is so expensive. I can't afford to fly. General aviation is by no means a cheap hobby or means of transportation, but Nextant Aerospace is aiming to defer that cost by selling remanufactured planes. » 8/01/14 4:27pm 8/01/14 4:27pm

Honeybees Help Airbus Build Environmentally-Friendly Planes

Airbus makes over half the world's single aisle and wide body aircraft - and honey. That's right, honey. What's the link, you ask? It's quite simple. » 8/01/14 2:59pm 8/01/14 2:59pm

A Record 1,210 Planes Were Ordered This Week At Farnborough

If there is a winner to be declared at an international air show, Airbus won this week's event at Farnborough. The manufacturer based in Toulouse, France racked up 496 aircraft orders, worth over $75 billion at list prices, against Boeing's $40 billion haul. » 7/18/14 12:17pm 7/18/14 12:17pm

Boeing And Lotus F1 Team Join Forces For Manufacturing Study

What happens when an aircraft builder partners with an automobile racing team, to study manufacturing technologies? It turns out the relationship is symbiotic. Boeing and Lotus are working together, studying additive manufacturing for use in building planes and cars. » 7/16/14 12:32pm 7/16/14 12:32pm

Chemical Explosion At GM Stamping Plant Kills 1, Injures Others

Fire departments and HAZMAT teams responded to a "chemical explosion involving chlorine" just before 2:00 this afternoon at GM's Marion Stamping Plant. One GM worker died and several others were injured in the incident. » 7/01/14 7:30pm 7/01/14 7:30pm

See How The 2015 Ford F-150 Is Built At A Whole New Level Of High Tech

With its unprecedented utilization of aluminum, the 2015 Ford F-150 will go through a manufacturing process Ford claims technologically surpasses anything they've ever done. One thing's for sure, those enormous rivet guns are insane. » 6/02/14 2:42pm 6/02/14 2:42pm

Jeep Cherokee, Renegade, And Compass Will (Probably) Be Built In China

We know Jeep plans to start building three SUVs in China, some by the end of next year. Chrysler remains tightlipped on exactly which models we'll see there, but based on statements from the people in charge it's a safe bet the Cherokee, Renegade, and Compass are destined for the Chinese market. » 4/29/14 10:22am 4/29/14 10:22am

Why GM Still 'Wouldn't Trade Places With Ram' On Truck Sales

Ram broke a precedent last month, outselling the Chevy Silverado for the first time since 1999. But the same GM spokesman who called out Ram for "buying market share" with killer deals dropped us a line to let us know why he isn't worried about Chrysler's recent victory. » 4/04/14 8:03pm 4/04/14 8:03pm

Ford V6 Trucks Outselling V8s Means Big Changes For Production

Retail registrations for half-ton pickups with V6 engines has grown more than 600% in the last three years. So far this year, more than 57% of Ford's truck sales have been six-bangers. It's enough to make them drop $500M into in their Ohio facility to churn 'em out even faster. » 3/28/14 5:28pm 3/28/14 5:28pm

Ford Bringing Commercial Truck Production Back To America

Ford is moving production of its F-65o and F-750 commercial trucks from Mexico to the United States when production commences on the bodystyle, slated for early 2015. Truck yeah, 'Murica! » 3/07/14 2:54pm 3/07/14 2:54pm

Will American-Made Trucks Be Mitsubishi's Return To Relevancy?

With the i-MiEV flopping on the deck like an asphyxiated fish and the demise of the Gallant and Eclipse leaving a gap in Mitsubishi's Normal, IL manufacturing facility, Mitsubishi may be looking to trucks to turn their fortunes around in the US. » 12/19/13 2:45pm 12/19/13 2:45pm