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Union ends strike after reaching agreement with Lear

HAMMOND | A tentative agreement has ended a strike at the Lear Corp. automotive seat factory in Hammond, a day after workers walked off the job.

September 14, 2014 11:00 pm
AUTOMOTIVE: Dealerships busy with recalls, looking to retain customers

AUTOMOTIVE: Dealerships busy with recalls, looking to retain customers

Auto sales have been pretty good as Chevrolet continues its run as the top-selling vehicle brand in Chicagoland, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
Southeast Lion obtains Ford Motor Co. grant

Southeast Lion obtains Ford Motor Co. grant

CHICAGO | Southeast Lion Patty Fisher and her Knowledge Hook-Up computer school received a $7,500 grant from the Ford Motor Co. on Aug. 5.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales up despite recalls

AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales up despite recalls

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.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am

Ford adding electric charging stations at its plants

Thousands of local Ford workers will soon be able to plug in electric or hybrid cars during their shifts, and drive home with a full charge.

April 05, 2014 4:10 pm
Steelmakers accelerating after 'slow start' in race for lighter vehicles

Steelmakers accelerating after 'slow start' in race for lighter vehicles

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.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Manufacturers looking forward to improving conditions

Manufacturers looking forward to improving conditions

If the economy were a poker table, Northwest Indiana would be all in for manufacturing.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New vehicle models let you check Twitter and online restaurant reviews

New vehicle models let you check Twitter and online restaurant reviews

Tap on a touchscreen, identify restaurants, find out what reviewers have to say and make a reservation through OpenTable - all while driving at 60 mph on the interstate and never lifting your eyes off the road.

February 15, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales hit their highest point since 2007 last year

AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales hit their highest point since 2007 last year

Automakers sold about 15.6 million cars last year, the highest number since 2007, when 16.1 million units were sold.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
Ford sells record number of Explorers while retaining sales crown

Ford sells record number of Explorers while retaining sales crown

The locally made Ford Explorer set a new sales record last year, as Ford retained its title as the best-selling vehicle brand in North America.

January 10, 2014 5:47 pm Photos

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Cars made here, but with a lot of foreign parts

Cars made here, but with a lot of foreign parts

Region residents might see the people who make Ford Explorers and Tauruses in the next pew at church, a few barstools over, or out shoveling their driveways.

January 03, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Steelmakers fighting to keep dominant grip on automotive market

Steelmakers fighting to keep dominant grip on automotive market

Steelmakers are designing new lightweight car parts so that car makers won't come up with designs that involve aluminum.

December 22, 2013 12:13 am Photos

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Hegewisch plant making a more fuel-efficient version of police cruiser

Hegewisch plant making a more fuel-efficient version of police cruiser

Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch is making a new fuel-efficient version of its popular Police Interceptor sedan for officers who are not likely to get into high-speed chases.

December 14, 2013 11:30 pm

Locally made vehicles post huge sales numbers last month

Locally made Ford vehicles posted huge sales gains last month despite fears that the government shutdown would spook car-buyers away from dealership lots.

November 04, 2013 4:00 pm
New plan to drive state's automotive strategy

New plan to drive state's automotive strategy

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.

November 02, 2013 6:00 am Photos

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Manufacturers more optimistic, likely to invest

Manufacturers more optimistic, likely to invest

Manufacturing has been rebounding in Indiana, and factory owners who had been skittish are again willing to spend toward the growth of their businesses, a new Indiana University report concludes.

October 24, 2013 7:00 pm Photos

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Company reports sales are 'Ford tough'

Company reports sales are 'Ford tough'

A growing number of consumers have driven a Ford lately, and robust sales have been paying off for shareholders, the company announced Thursday.

October 24, 2013 12:51 pm
AUTOMOTIVE: Pickup, car truck sales were hot until last few weeks

AUTOMOTIVE: Pickup, car truck sales were hot until last few weeks

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.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
Ford celebrates assembly line

Ford celebrates assembly line

CHICAGO | Back when a car was still more of a gee-whiz invention than a household staple, workers hand-built vehicles one at a time by moving down rows of sawhorses and installing parts at each station.

October 07, 2013 5:15 pm Video Photos

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New technology replacing the naked eye at Ford plant

New technology replacing the naked eye at Ford plant

Workers at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant have checked the quality of a vehicle's paint job basically the same way since the plant opened in 1924 - by eye.

September 13, 2013 6:24 pm
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