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Chrysler to Begin Replacing Takata Airbag Inflators in U.S. in Dec.
GM Trims Workforce, Production as Inventories Bulge
Last Chance to Register for NADA Webinar: 'Drive Profits Using LEDs to Light Your Dealership!'
As Ford F-150 Output Starts, Fields Says Dealers Will Be Fully Stocked by Q2
Corvette Museum Sinkhole to be Filled
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Chrysler to Begin Replacing Takata Airbag Inflators in U.S. in Dec.

Chrysler Group will begin replacing potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata Corp in more than 371,000 U.S. vehicles in early December, according to documents filed by the automaker with U.S. safety regulators. The Chrysler vehicles, from model years 2003-2007, are among an estimated 4.2 million involved in a series of regional recalls in high-humidity regions announced in June by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Source: Reuters

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GM Trims Workforce, Production as Inventories Bulge

Gas prices dings demand for smaller cars; cuts cadillac amid sales stumbles

General Motors Co. said on Tuesday it would reduce production and lay off 510 workers at two Michigan assembly plants to trim inventories of slower-selling vehicles even as auto sales generally remain red hot. The biggest hit will be at the auto maker's Lansing plant. About 350 people there will be temporarily idled and production cut to one shift from two, a GM spokeswoman said. The plant makes the Cadillac ATS and CTS luxury sedans, both struggling to keep pace with German rivals. An additional 160 workers will be trimmed through layoffs and attrition at the auto maker's Lake Orion, Mich., plant, which produces Buick Verano and Chevrolet Sonic small cars. With gasoline prices down about 20% from July, demand for smaller and ultra efficient automobiles have sagged. Layoffs at both plants are effective in January, GM said.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Last Chance to Register for NADA Webinar: 'Drive Profits Using LEDs to Light Your Dealership!'

NADA University Online will host the webinar "Drive Profits Using LEDs to Light Your Dealership!" today, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. ET. The free webinar will discuss how many dealerships have embraced LED technologies for benefits such as energy and maintenance savings. Participants will learn how LED can benefit their dealerships.  

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As Ford F-150 Output Starts, Fields Says Dealers Will Be Fully Stocked by Q2

Ford Motor Co. launched production of its first volume aluminum-body vehicle [Tuesday] --- the 2015 F-150 pickup -- and CEO Mark Fields said dealers should be fully stocked with F-150s sometime in the second quarter. Ford took 10 weeks this fall to install new equipment -- including 500 robots -- in its Dearborn, Mich., truck plant. The new F-150 requires different assembly techniques from its predecessor, including riveting, adhesive bonding and laser welds. The industry has been watching as Ford undertook its bold experiment with aluminum. Customers have been watching, too.
Source: Automotive News
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Corvette Museum Sinkhole to be Filled

A Kentucky museum devoted to Corvettes is ready to put a car-swallowing sinkhole in its rearview mirror. Workers arrived Monday at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green to start plugging the hole that consumed eight prized sports cars in February. The sight of crumpled cars toppled like toys in the gaping pit turned into an Internet sensation. It also became a popular attraction. People gawking at the hole revved up attendance and revenue at the museum, an hour north of Nashville, Tennessee. The museum cashed in by selling sinkhole-themed T-shirts, videos, postcards, and jars filled with sinkhole dirt and tiny pieces of car parts.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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