Automakers

Toyota to move Highlander production to Indiana

June 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Toyota began manufacturing the Highlander SUVs in November 2000 and has been making between 1,000 to 9,000 gasoline vehicles a month. In April, it produced about 1,900 units.
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City hosting U.S.-China vehicle summit

May 24, 2010
Event will bring together a delegation of Chinese automakers and Indiana manufacturers to explore business opportunities relating to hybrid and electric vehicles.
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Old General Motors sites could receive $800M for clean up

May 18, 2010
Associated Press
The proposed sites include the Indianapolis Stamping plant on the west side and the former GM Delco Plant 5 in Kokomo.
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Chrysler plans to spend $300M retooling Kokomo plants

May 11, 2010
Investment in transmission and casting plants, however, hinges on city's ability to offer tax abatement.
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Subaru adding production at Lafayette plant

May 4, 2010
Japanese automaker has boosted employment by 200 since August to meet demand for its Outback and Legacy models.
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Sale of GM plant could come as soon as June

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
UAW official says General Motors and prospective buyer are working on a "real aggressive" schedule to have the acquisition completed by the end of June.
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Chrysler's old assets in bankruptcy can be liquidated, court rules

April 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Investors who had challenged the bankruptcy sale, including the Indiana State Police Pension Trust, had argued that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner violated the Constitution by using TARP money to finance the sale, and had their arguments overruled in the appeals court.
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Carbon Motors' prototype cop car is crammed with technology

April 17, 2010
Norm Heikens
Carbon_WatchVideoThe specialized vehicle can read license plates, sniff for weapons of mass destruction and see people and animals in the dark.
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BMW, Carbon Motors ink $1.35B supply contract

March 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
BMW has won a contract from Indiana-based Carbon Motors Corp. worth more than $1.35 billion to supply engines for U.S. police cars.
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GM to reinstate 600 dealerships slated to be cut

March 5, 2010
Associated Press
GM executives said Friday that about 600 dealerships out of the 1,100 seeking to stay with GM will receive letters giving them the option to remain with the automaker.
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Indianapolis to demonstate plug-in electric vehicles

February 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Green watch
                           video iconCity will be among first to conduct demonstration of several plug-in electric vehicles prior to their market launch next year.
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Columbia City plant to close, nixing 135 workers

February 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Fort Wayne Foundry Corp. will shutter the auto parts factory for the second time in a year, as its jobs head to Mexico, according to a union official.
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Toyota's new lobbyist strategy: factory workers

February 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
Facing intense scrutiny from the federal government, Toyota is trying a salt-of-the-earth offensive, paying for a group of its U.S. employees to talk with lawmakers. At least one is from Toyota's plant in Princeton, Ind.
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Governors ask Congress to go easy on Toyota

February 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and three other governors of states with Toyota plants are calling on Congress to be fair to the automaker in hearings concerning safety recalls.
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Analyst: Recalled Toyotas likely won't face long-term resale hit

January 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Recalled Toyotas have been yanked from used-vehicle auction blocks, but resale values should be protected if Toyota handles the recall with "transparency," according to a local analyst.
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Toyota workers will stay on job at Indiana plants

January 27, 2010
Associated Press
No immediate layoffs are planned at the two Indiana factories that build Toyota models included in the company's production halt as it looks to fix sticking gas pedals.
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Toyota suspending production at two Indiana plants

January 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Toyota is halting production at six North American car-assembly plants—including Indiana facilities in Princeton and Lafayette—beginning the week of Feb. 1 to fix gas pedals that could stick and cause acceleration without warning.
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Hancock County to consider battery plant proposal

January 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Hancock County officials will consider a request by lithium battery maker EnerDel to set up operations in a business park near Indianapolis.
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Former Visteon plant lined up for Carbon Motors

December 14, 2009
Atlanta-based Carbon Motors is a step closer to producing its high-tech police cars in Connersville after a bankruptcy judge authorized auto-parts maker Visteon Corp. to sell a closed plant to the city for $500.
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State lands $4 million grant to aid autoworkers

November 18, 2009
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Indiana Department of Workforce Development a $4 million grant on Wednesday to help autoworkers transition into alternate careers.
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Electric car maker plans Indiana manufacturing plant

November 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Norwegian electric car maker Think Global will locate its U.S. manufacturing facility in Indiana, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing information from a major investor in the company.
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GM to draw government funds for Delphi costs, source says

October 28, 2009
Associated Press
General Motors Co. will announce later this week that it will draw from its government funding to pay the cost of buying a chunk of troubled parts supplier Delphi Corp., a person briefed on the company's finances said Wednesday.
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Renewable-energy firm eyeing Tipton County plant

September 28, 2009
A renewable-energy firm is considering manufacturing solar panels in an empty Tipton County plant where transmissions were to be built for Chrysler automobiles, according to the Kokomo Tribune.
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Region's expertise in hybrid cars goes beyond high-profile players

September 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Bright Automotive and EnerDel are well known for their development of components for hybrid cars, but the region has several other players poised to be big players in the sector. In fact, few realize that North America’s largest producer of electric motors for hybrid vehicles is based northeast of Indianapolis, in Pendleton.
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Carbon Motors chooses Connersville

July 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Carbon Motors this morning officially selected Connersville for its proposed headquarters and manufacturing operations.
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