Great Britain became a part of the European Union in 1973. Despite almost leaving immediately, it’s been a member-country since. But today Brits are once again voting on whether or not to leave, and several automakers have made statements expressing their opinion on the political matter.
Following an explosion at one of its affiliate steel production plants, Toyota could have to put a halt on nearly half of its global production in February. If so, that means about 14,000 vehicles per day may not roll off the line.
Fledgling electric automaker Faraday Future, largely funded by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, has reportedly declared they’re setting up shop near Las Vegas, Nevada to the tune of a $1 billion facility. They hope to be cranking out cars by 2017.
The new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider has its engines made in Italy, then shipped all the way to Japan for final assembly. That’s a long and complicated production process, but surely it’s not the worst.
Remember the Fisker car company? Talented designer selling sleek electric cars for $100,000 each until a battery recall – among other things – bankrupted the outfit? Well the Chinese auto parts empire Wanxiang bought them last year, and reportedly just bought 555,670 square feet of California to resume production.
A worker was crushed to death in the wastewater treatment section of Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, according to local CBS affiliate WWJ. A company spokesperson confirmed the incident, though specific details of the incident are as of yet unclear.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/dealers-want-s…
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%.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.