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Machining

Canadian Union Won’t Give Up on Closed GM Plant

Canada’s Unifor union is hoping to somehow resurrect the Canadian assembly plant General Motors closed this week in Oshawa, Ont., after 112 years of operation.

Design

Nissan Design Founder Jerry Hirshberg Dies at 80

Jerry Hirshberg, the multi-talented founder of Nissan Design International in southern California, has died at age 80.

Regulations

Toyota Recalls Another 169,500 Takata Airbag Inflators

Next week Toyota Motor Corp. will begin calling back 169,500 cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. to replace airbag inflators whose propellant may explode in a crash.

Interiors & Electronics

Henry Payne Buys a Tesla Model 3

Did you ever think about buying a Tesla Model 3, the car that has garnered hundreds of thousands of reservations and hundreds of thousands of more words from people anticipating and then, eventually, driving the vehicle?

Propulsion

GM Propulsion Engineers Moving to Warren Tech Center

General Motors Co. plans to transfer about 3,000 workers at its Global Propulsion Systems center in Pontiac, Mich., to the company’s massive tech center in nearby Warren.

Business

GM Halts Renovations of Michigan Facilities

General Motors Co. has stopped work on renovations to its Warren, Mich., technical center and propulsion headquarters in Pontiac, Mich.

Propulsion

Chevy Develops eCOPO Camaro: The Fast and the Electric

The notion that electric vehicles were the sort of thing that well-meaning professors who wear tweed jackets with elbow patches drove in order to help save the environment was pretty much annihilated when Tesla added the Ludicrous+ mode to the Model S which propelled the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.

Design

Bob Lutz Live

Bob Lutz launched himself into the auto industry in 1963, and the ramifications of that have changed the auto industry as we know it today, even though Lutz’s last “official” position in the auto industry, vice chairman of General Motors, came to an end in 2010.

Electronics

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

Mitsubishi Motors was, for the past several years, at least in the U.S., rapidly rolling toward irrelevance in the market, producing cars and crossovers that had a tough time of even evoking a “meh” from those who were actually able to find them.

Propulsion

Caddy Crossover to Get “Tripower” Engine Tech

General Motors Co. will introduce its new Tripower engine system later this month in a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder mill for the Cadillac XT4 crossover vehicle in China.

Electronics

2018 Buick Regal GS AWD

For those who grew up driving sedans, or for those who would like an experience that is unlike what’s provided by things with a high H-point, the Buick Regal GS is an intriguing proposition.

Propulsion

GM Revives Tri Power Name on New Engine

General Motors Co. plans to apply its legendary Tri Power name on an engine for the first time in more than 50 years.

Design

T-Roc Cabrio: Will Past Be Prologue?

There are certain vehicles that, when brought up in conversation among those who are interested in the auto industry, generally evoke a cringe.

Interiors & Electronics

2018 Hyundai Sonata SEL

When I was growing up, my dad always bought sedans.

Business

Chevy Drops Sponsorship of Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise

General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand has ended its six-year run as the presenting sponsor of metro Detroit’s annual Woodward Dream Cruise classic car event, The Detroit News reports.

Production

GM Debuts Its Refurbished Birthplace

General Motors Co. has opened the plant where the company was created 109 years ago: the Durant-Dort Factory One in Flint, Mich.

Regulations

U.S. May Expand GM Headlight Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may order General Motors Co. to add another 312,000 vehicles to previous recalls in 2014 and 2015 involving 497,000 vehicles in the U.S. whose low-beam headlamps may suddenly fail.

Business

GM Will Recall Pontiac, Saturn Cars to Fix Airbags

General Motors Co. intends to recall 91,000 Pontiac and Saturn cars in the U.S. to fix a sensor that may prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying in a crash.

Propulsion

2017 GMC Acadia AWD SLT-1

It must strike some people as rather amusing that essentially every vehicle manufacturer in the known world—and probably also in parts unknown—is busy chasing the development of crossovers and sport utility vehicles.

Business

GM, Honda Form Fuel Cell Venture

General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. are forming a 50:50 joint venture to build fuel cell stacks for next-generation vehicles at GM’s plant in Brownstown Township, Mich.

Design

John Cafaro: Designing Chevys— for the World

“The only car that mattered to me as a kid was the Corvette,” John Cafaro once said. He has designed Corvettes and other Chevys. And now, with nearly 40 years at GM, he is helping transform Chevys of all types, shapes, powertrains and sizes.

GM, Poetry and Biodiversity

Some of you may recognize this passage from William Blake’s “Jerusalem”: And did the Countenance Divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills?

Business

Takata Agrees to Sell Interiors Business

Struggling airbag maker Takata Inc. has agreed to sell its Irvin Automotive interior component operations to the Piston Group for a reported 17 billion yen ($169 million). Pontiac, Mich.-based Irvin generates about $500 million in revenue annually by selling such items as seat trim and cargo shades.

Interiors & Electronics

Detroit Company May Buy Takata’s Interiors Unit

The Piston Group, a Detroit-area auto parts assembler, is in talks to buy Irvin Automotive Products Inc., an interior components supplier owned by troubled airbag supplier Takata Inc., sources tell Crain’s Detroit Business.