Auto Sector

Faulty air-bags cause 303 deaths in GM cars: watchdog group says

More than three hundred drivers and front-seat passengers died in accidents due to faulty air bags system in two models of General Motors (GM) that the auto giant recalled around a month back, a watchdog group said.

The Friedman Research Corp. reviewed the air bag failures in GM cars from model years 2003-2012, and found that a total of 303 people died after the air bags in their cars failed to deploy. Friedman Research Corp. was commissioned by consumer group Center for Auto Safety.

Ford shifts medium duty trucks’ production from Mexico to Avon Lake plant

American automobile giant Ford Motor Co. on Friday announced its new line of F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks that will roll out from the company's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, west of Cleveland.

Ford is shifting production of its medium duty trucks from Mexico to its Avon Lake plant as a result of its collective bargaining agreement made in 2011 with officials of Ohio Assembly Plant and United Auto Workers Union.

The auto giant is investing $168 million to shift production of the medium duty trucks from Mexico to the Avon Lake plant.

NAIAS has come a long way: says Bob Shuman

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has come a long way in the last 25 years, Chairman Bob Shuman said as the popular show closed on a high note on Sunday despite ruthless winter blues.

Braving blustery winter conditions and icy roads, a huge number of people visited the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit to feast their eyes on new cars on the final day of the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

Chevrolet bags awards for both car and truck categories

Luxury auto giant Chevrolet this year bagged awards for both categories in the prominent North American Car and Truck of the Year event.

While the 2014 Corvette Stingray sports car has been named as the North American Car of the Year, the 2014 Silverado 1500 pickup truck picked the award for in the truck/utility category.

It is for the first time in Chevrolet's history that the company has bagged awards for both categories. It is the second consecutive year when a vehicle from General Motors has bagged the award. Last year, the top honor was bagged by the
Cadillac ATS.

Volkswagen to invest $7 billion in North America in 5 years

Luxury car manufacturer Volkswagen AG has announced its decision to invest $7 billion in North America over a period of next five years, a move that basically aims at boosting the company's growth in the region.

Martin Winterkorn, chief executive officer of Volkswagen, announced that the company intended to use the money to set up a new manufacturing facility in the region. However, a location for the new facility has yet to be selected.

Tesla to provide revamped home charger wall adapters

Tesla Motors Inc. on Friday announced that it would provide owners of its electric cars with revamped home charger wall adapters with thermal fuses.

The manufacturer of electric cars announced the revamped home charger wall adapters after reports that some wall sockets melted or smoked during charging.

In December last year, the company released an over-the-air software update to addressed potential overheating of the socket. The company said that it believed that the update fully addressed the problem, and added that the new wall adapter was designed to provide additional protection.

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