One of the biggest thing that strikes you about the Detroit Industry Murals are the sheer number of bodies—pushing, pulling, turning, bodies everywhere. A modern version of the Detroit Industry Murals would include no bodies, of course, just a lot of robots. But wait! All may not be lost.
The last Holden car is expected to roll out of General Motors’ assembly plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, on Oct. 20, during a ceremony for employees. But an image that surfaced ahead of that appears to show the car in the process of being built. The car will be the last commercial car ever built in Australia.
In the United States, automation is feared because it could result in job losses. In car manufacturing plants in China, robots are also becoming more and more prevalent. But because the demand for cars is currently so high there, the automation isn’t seen as a threat but more as a supplement.
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has big plans for its Jeep brand. (Still.) But after announcements about new factories and models, there seems to be some confusion about the Wagoneer, and whether or not it’s “Grand.” The answer is, yes, there is a plan for a new Jeep Grand Wagoneer. And a Wagoneer.
The next generation of the Ram 1500 half-ton pickup truck is expected to come out in early 2018, but apparently the company’s planning to continue selling the truck’s current design alongside the new one into 2019.
This 2016 Ford F-150 XLT got dropped off at a dealership like every other, except it inexplicably had one sweet upgrade– the high-performance driver’s seat from a Raptor. Gift from the truck gods or somebody’s wacky off-the-menu order?
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump continued to voice his concern and disdain for Ford’s movement of its small car production from the United States to Mexico shortly into Monday night’s debate. The automaker took to Twitter to defend itself.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is charged with applying science and engineering for the U.S. Department Of Energy. That work includes transportation research, and as of last month, making the biggest-ever 3-D printed thing.
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.