Heavy snowfall and bone-chilling cold hampered auto sales in January and February, but sales are still strong, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.
Ford has replaced steel with aluminum in the body of the top-selling F-150, and now General Motors is looking to follow suit by putting more of the lighter and costlier metal in its own pickups.
Automakers sold about 15.6 million cars last year, the highest number since 2007, when 16.1 million units were sold.
Local staffing and recruitment firm Staff Source is conducting an open house to fill positions for Hammond-based auto parts supplier Contract Services Group.
The Indiana Automotive Council has drafted a three-year strategic plan that's aimed at making the state's auto manufacturers and suppliers more globally competitive, in order to spark more jobs and investment.
Auto dealers had been enjoying the highest sales since 2007 until the government shutdown paralyzed many consumers with uncertainty, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group.
Stringent fuel-efficiency standards have pitted steel against rival metals in a race to make cars, trucks and SUVs lighter.
The news that Indiana is now second in the nation in terms of automotive gross domestic product is reason to cheer.
Soft demand and overcapacity issues have been nagging the steel industry, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.
The auto industry has been having a pretty good year, and has been been boosted by a surge in pickup truck sales, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group.
When one door opens, another door opens, it is said. In ArcelorMittal's case, when one door was in danger of closing, the company designed a new door.
After years of research and hundreds of designs, ArcelorMittal has developed a new ultra lightweight car door that's expected to improve fuel efficiency.
Innovation technology? Yes! Rust belt industry? No!
A Hammond automobile parts supplier plans to add a third working shift as a result of Ford Motor Co.'s plans to do the same at its Chicago Assembly Plant.
Many of today's trends in the automotive industry are a result of listening to consumers' demands.
Automakers employ different marketing strategies to entice customers at the Chicago Auto Show.
HAMMOND | A Hammond staffing and recruitment firm is hosting a series of open houses to help recruit candidates to fill more than 100 jobs for a local automotive industry supplier.
Higher post-recession operating levels in the automotive industry has helped Lear Corp.'s manufacturing plant meet employment projections. "Right now, we're basically going full-steam," a union leader said about the production activity.
HAMMOND | Higher post-recession operating levels in the automotive industry has helped Lear Corp.'s seat manufacturing plant meet employment projections set last year.
After Valparaiso resident David Garfin finished whipping a white plug-in hybrid sedan around curves in Northfield, Ill., he wondered what took so long.
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