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Cadillac Unveils CT5 Sedan

General Motors Co.’s Cadillac unit has released images of its upcoming CT5 midsize sedan ahead of the car’s public unveiling at next month’s New York auto show.

Production

Ford Relaunching F-150 Production after Supplier Fire

Ford Motor Co. expects to resume production of its F-Series pickup trucks, the company’s top selling and most profitable line, on Friday after a supplier plant fire idled output a week ago.

Production

UPDATE: Impact of Supplier Plant Fire Spreads Across U.S. Carmakers

Last week’s fire at a Michigan supplier of light-weight metal component is disrupting production for at least five carmakers in the U.S.

Chassix Chairman Newsted Dies

Richard Newsted, chairman of Southfield, Mich.-based supplier Chassix Holdings Inc., died last Thursday in Las Vegas at age 58, Automotive News reports.

Materials & Lightweighting

McLaren Supercar Ups Carbon Fiber Content and Tech Features

McLaren Automotive Ltd. has standardized a host of features and added new options for its 2016 model 650S supercar.

Dura CEO Joins Visteon in Finance Post

Visteon Corp. has named Jeffrey Stafeil as executive vice president and CFO, effective Friday.

Range Rover Evoque MT’s Awarded SUV of the Year

Motor Trend has named Land Rover's all-new Range Rover Evoque as its 2012 Sport Utility of the Year, describing the vehicle as "very transformational" to the brand.

Judge OKs New Healthcare Trust for Supplier Retirees

A U.S. bankruptcy judge has approved a new Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Assn., (VEBA) a healthcare trust for more than 10,000 retirees of auto suppliers that abandoned their pension plans during bankruptcy, The Detroit News reports.

Ford to Sell One of its Last Remaining Ex-Visteon Units

Ford Motor Co. says its Automotive Components Holdings LLC unit has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Milan, Mich.-based blow-molded fuel tank business for an undisclosed price to Inergy Automotive Systems.

Meridian Abandons Pension Plans

The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp., the U.S. federal pension insurer, has assumed responsibility for two underfunded pension plans with $31 million of obligations to the employees and retirees of bankrupt supplier Meridian Automotive Systems Inc.

Plastics

Automotive Observations: Acknowledging Innovation

The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Div. announced the winners of its 31st annual Most Innovative Use of Plastics Awards.

Plastics

The Inside Story

Looking Beyond the ExteriorWhile the exterior of the Pontiac Aztek has engendered the use of adjectives by automotive journalists and consumers alike in a way not seen or heard since the days of the Edsel, the interior of the vehicle has actually garnered some praise for its utility (even though Pontiac doesn’t call the Aztek a “sport utility vehicle,” but, rather, a “sport recreation vehicle”).Part of the inside story of the vehicle is the use of two engineering thermo-plastics—a polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) resin and an ABS resin from Bayer Corp.’s Plastic Div. (Pittsburgh, PA), Bayblend and Lustran, respectively—for the instrument panel (IP) and the knee bolsters.