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GM continues down recall road, now citing Camaros

June 13, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from 2010 to 2014 because a driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position.
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GM ignition-defect recall delay investigated by Indiana

June 11, 2014
Bloomberg News
General Motors Co.’s delayed decision to recall almost 2.6 million cars for ignition-switch defects is being investigated by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, a spokeswoman for his office said.
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Heads roll at GM after investigation of defective switch

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker says 15 employees—many of them senior legal and engineering executives—have been forced out of the company for failing to disclose the defect linked to 13 deaths.
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Subaru starts building new SUV model in Lafayette

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
Factory workers gathered Monday to celebrate the first day of production on the 2015 model, which is among three Subaru vehicles built at the 3,600-worker plant.
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Government fines GM maximum $35M in safety case

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
It's the maximum penalty that the government can impose and the first time an automaker has been fined that much. But the amount is less than a day's revenue for the automaker.
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Chrysler hires 204 workers for new plant

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
At full capacity, the Tipton plant will be able to ship about 800,000 transmissions annually to assembly plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Sterling Heights, Mich., as well as Italy, Turkey, Brazil and China.
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UPDATE: Toyota to quit Camry production in Lafayette

May 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru cars, will stop making Camry cars in the U.S. for its largest shareholder, Toyota Motor Corp., in the second half of 2016. About 100,000 Camrys are made annually at the Indiana plant.
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Pickups, small SUVs lead April auto sales rebound

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. car buyers came out of hibernation in April to spend on pickup trucks and SUVs, fueling an auto sales rebound that analysts expect to last the rest of the year.
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Chrysler set to celebrate Indiana factory's opening

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
Chrysler expects to have up to 850 workers at the Tipton factory, with a goal of it producing 400,000 transmissions by year's end.
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Toyota, GM recalls push U.S. to near-record pace

April 10, 2014
Associated Press
So far this year, automakers have recalled about 9 million vehicles in the U.S. If that pace continues, the nation would break the record of 30.8 million recalled vehicles set in 2004.
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U.S. agrees to $1.2B settlement with Toyota

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it is the largest financial penalty of its kind ever imposed on an auto company.
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University Loft’s founder now building electric carsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The founder of University Loft Co., one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of college dorm room and military base furniture, is now venturing into the world of alternative transportation.
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Subaru continues Lafayette factory plans with far fewer jobs

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
Subaru is moving ahead with its plans for spending more than $400 million to expand and upgrade its Lafayette factory while significantly scaling back the expectations for new jobs.
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Allison Transmission finishes lackluster year with bang

February 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. kicked its fourth quarter into overdrive with a 70-percent increase in profit over the same quarter in 2012, the firm reported Thursday. But profit for the year was down significantly.
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Toyota world's top-selling car maker for second year

January 23, 2014
Associated Press
Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row, beating U.S. rival General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles in 2013.
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Toyota, Honda set North American production records

January 22, 2014
Bloomberg News
Toyota built 1.86 million cars and light trucks at U.S., Canadian and Mexican plants in 2013, while Tokyo-based Honda made 1.78 million autos in North America.
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GM to invest $1.3 billion in five factories

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana plant will get $29.2 million to make parts for 10-speed transmissions and for six-speed transmission components. The Bedford facility has about 600 workers.
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GM taps female CEO; ex-Cummins chief named chairman

December 10, 2013
Bloomberg News
General Motors Co. named Mary Barra to succeed Dan Akerson as chief executive officer, making her the first female CEO in the global automotive industry. Former Cummins Inc. CEO and chairman Tim Solso was named GM's chairman.
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Government sells remaining stake in General Motors

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on the General Motors bailout, but it says the alternative would have been far worse.
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Toyota begins production of 2014 SUV in Indiana

December 5, 2013
Associated Press
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. says because of the Highlander it has invested another $430 million into the automotive plant in Princeto. Toyota also plans to add 600 more jobs at the factory by the end of 2014.
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Book captures Madison County's automotive history

November 22, 2013
Associated Press
When America was making the transition from horse and buggies to the horseless carriage at the start of the 20th century, the city of Anderson was a part of the innovation that changed how the nation would travel forever.
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Loss of Camry production in state not certain, exec says

November 20, 2013
Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp.’s top North American executive said the carmaker hasn’t decided to end a production deal that supplies it with 100,000 Camry sedans annually from Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.’s U.S. Subaru plant in Lafayette.
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Tipton County won't stop work at Chrysler plant over permits

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
Three residents have appealed the Tipton County planning director's decision to extend without public notice the building permit originally given to Getrag, which stopped construction at the factory in 2008.
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Racing home: Fast-growing trade show returns to IndyRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The upcoming Performance Racing Industry Show—in its first year back in Indianapolis since 2004—is beating expectations for exhibitors, attendees and, most important, visitor spending.
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Honda marking fifth anniversary of Greensburg plant

October 9, 2013
Associated Press
The company's Greensburg facility turned out its first Honda Civic sedans on Oct. 9, 2008, with about 1,000 workers at the plant. Honda officials say the factory now has more than 2,000 employees.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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