DETROIT—Working with robotics manufacturer FANUC, networking giant Cisco, and hardware maker Rockwell Automation, GM has installed a “mother brain” at its Lake Orion assembly plant. The system accepts data flowing to and from robots, conveyors, temperature sensors and other devices and sends that information to a cloud network. That enables plant managers and supplier technicians to monitor assembly technology and prevent mishaps.
HUMBLE, TX—It’s back to the future—and back into production—for the DeLorean. The sleek sports car, immortalized in the “Back to the Future” movies, is going to start rolling out of an assembly plant here next year after a 34-year break, the DeLorean Motor Co. announced Wednesday.
DETROIT—Convinced that the American auto market has fundamentally changed, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is prepared to stake much of its future on the success of its Jeeps and Ram pickups. The company outlined a strategy that calls for sweeping changes to its North American production footprint, including a plan to walk away from building small and midsize sedans to free up capacity that can be used to make more sport utility vehicles and trucks.