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Canada Forms Aluminum Research Consortium

Canada’s National Research Council and a group of industry partners have formed the ALTec Industrial R&D Group to develop new aluminum products and processes for vehicle applications.

Historic Sinkhole ’Vette Rises to Former Glory

General Motors Co. has fully restored a historic 1992 Corvette the one-millionth 'Vette produced by the company and will return it to permanent display at the Corvette museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

Corvette Museum to Fill Sinkhole, Fix or Display Damaged Cars

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., has decided to fill in the massive sinkhole that swallowed eight historic cars in February.

Sinkhole Swallows 8 Cars from Corvette Museum

A 40-foot-wide sinkhole has consumed eight historic Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., Automotive News reports. photo: Automotive News The museum says the 30-foot-deep chasm opened up under the floor of the facility's Skydome area at about 5:40 a.m.

Production

Giant Sinkhole Swallows 8 Cars at Corvette Museum

A 40-foot-wide sinkhole gobbled up eight historic Corvettes this morning at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., Automotive News reports.

The World's Favorite Car Color: White, Again

For the third year running, white is the world's most popular new-car color, according to PPG Industries.

Conti, Federal-Mogul Each Win Two PACE Awards

Continental AG and Federal-Mogul Corp. each captured a pair of Automotive News PACE Awards Monday night for technologies deemed among the auto industry's most innovative.

DuPont: White Remains World’s Favorite Car Color

For the second consecutive year, global car buyers prefer white vehicles to any other color, according to the 60th annual Global Automotive Color Popularity Report from E.I.

White Remains the World's Favorite Car Color

Some 22% of new cars and light-duty trucks sold this year are painted white, which remains the world's most popular color, according to PPG Industries' annual color trend study.

White Is World’s Favorite Car Color, Again

Some 22% of new cars sold this year are painted white, which remains the world's most popular color, according to PPG Industries' annual color trend study.

World’s Favorite Car Color: White, Again

Some 22% of new cars sold this year are painted white, which remains the world's most popular color, according to PPG Industries' annual color trend study.

Aluminum

New Alliance Will Seek Mixed Aluminum-Plastic Applications

Groups that promote aluminum and plastic have formed an alliance to push for the mixed use of those materials to help cut vehicle mass.

Finishing

DuPont May Sell Auto Paint Business

DuPont Co. has hired Credit Suisse Group AG to look for potential buyers for its Performance Coatings division, according to Bloomberg News, which cites unnamed sources.

White Remains World’s Favorite Car Color

About 21% of all 2011 vehicles are white, making that color the world's most popular, according to PPG Industries' annual automotive color trend report.

Labor

Europe Considers Nanotech Standards

The European Union may soon set standards governing the research, development, production and handling of nanomaterials, Wards.com reports.

Finishing

BMW Marks U.S. Debut of New PPG Paint Process

PPG Industries Inc. says BMW AG's assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C., has begun using its new waterborne compact paint system.

Materials & Lightweighting

Creating the QarmaQ

More than your run-of-the-auto-show-circuit concept car, the Hyundai QarmaQ is a study in the potential deployment of advanced materials.

Lambda, Lambda, Lambda

“Would you rather live in the ascendancy of a civilization or during its decline?” —Arnold Poindexter, Revenge of the Nerds (1984).

Business

Hyundai's Billion-Dollar Commitment

"This new manufacturing facility reaffirms Hyundai's commitment toward investing in the U.S. economy, as well as its commitment toward U.S. consumers," said Mong-Koo Chung, chairman of Hyundai Automotive Group, on May 20 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Materials & Lightweighting

Advancing Materials: Clearly & (Almost) Invisibly Better

Here’s a look at some advanced materials—some which you can see through, others which are so small that you maynot see them at all. But in all cases, performance is improved.

New Approaches to Trim Treatment

Exterior trim manufacturer Decoma International has developed two new ways to keep the finishes on its trim parts looking factory fresh.

Production

Services Meet Solutions

"Solutions" are not only answers to problems, but in the case of PPG's Optima Solutions, the term can also relate to the array of paints and other chemicals that the firm handles. Optima Solutions's underlying principle is assuring that manufacturers achieve top performance in their paint-related operations.

Production

Fresh From The Paint Oven

PPG's Application Development Center has cooked up a number of new recipes for powder coating, from changing color on the fly to cutting drying time. The company hopes the new processes will drop more than over spray to the bottom line.

Design

DCX‘s PNGV Journey

Arguably, one of the primary reasons why Daimler bought Chrysler was because of the damned clever designers and engineers in Auburn Hills, people whose imaginations are running on all cylinders. . .