Lamborghini Earthquake Shutdown Discussed

Lamborghini Earthquake Shutdown Discussed
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Production screeched to a halt for several Italian automakers including Lamborghini after earthquakes shook the country starting May 20. Finally, Lamborghini is offering insight to how its line was actually affected by the disaster. Continue Reading...

Ford Investing $446 Million In Brazil Plant For Production Of New Global Vehicle

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Ford Investing $446 Million In Brazil Plant For Production Of New Global Vehicle
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Ford announced that they are investing $446 million into their Sao Bernardo do Campo plant near Sao Paulo, Brazil towards the production of a new global vehicle. Unfortunately Ford didn’t announce any more details in regards to the new model, but it will likely be something geared toward’s Brazil’s emerging middle class. The Sao Benardo… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Cruze Plant To Be Idled For A Week

Chevrolet Cruze Plant To Be Idled For A Week
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With sales of the Chevrolet Cruze slowing down, General Motors will idle their Lordstown, Ohio plant to help bring supply levels of the Cruze down. Dealers currently have a 73-day supply of the Cruze, higher than the industry average. GM hopes that demand will catch up with supply by closing the plant for a week…. Continue Reading...

Mazda To Open Mexico Production Facility By 2014

Mazda To Open Mexico Production Facility By 2014
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As the European and U.S. suffer from an economy of alarming volatility, automakers are constantly seeking emerging markets to attain sustainable growth. Mazda, introducing its automobiles in Mexico only six years ago, have now established a new production facility, in joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation, in Salamanca, Mexico. According to Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi, “Since… Continue Reading...

Volvo C70 To End Production At Dedicated Plant

Volvo C70 To End Production At Dedicated Plant
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Volvo Cars plan to discontinue production of the Volvo C70 convertible at the Pininfarina Sverige AB plant of Uddevalla, Sweden, by 2013. Established as a joint venture between Italian design house Pininfarina and the Swedish Automaker since 2005, the plant is responsible of building only the C70 model and employs 600 workers for the task. Volvo… Continue Reading...

Fiat To Build Jeep Subcompact In Italy, Patriot And Compass Replacement In U.S.

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Fiat To Build Jeep Subcompact In Italy, Patriot And Compass Replacement In U.S.
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Jeep has scrapped plans to build a replacement for their Patriot and Compass SUVs in Italy, and will instead build a subcompact Jeep product in Italy that will also be badged as a Fiat in world markets. The car will replace the Fiat Sedici, which is itself based on the Suzuki SX4. Jeep will then… Continue Reading...

General Motors Scaling Back Full-Size Truck Production

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General Motors Scaling Back Full-Size Truck Production
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General Motors will idle its Fort Wayne, Indiana plant for one week in November to help bring pickup truck production in line with slowing demand. The plant will be idled for the week of November 7th, and no Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra pickups will be produced at that time. GM has reported a 108… Continue Reading...

Ford Panther Platform Production Ends Today

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Ford Panther Platform Production Ends Today
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Today, Ford Motor Company announced the official end of the Panther Platform, which has served as the underpinning of numerous Ford products, including the Ford Crown Victoria and the Lincoln Town Car, since 1979. Arguably one of the most successful products in automotive history, sales amongst fleet buyers for the Town Car remained strong and… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Makes Way For Three Models In Kazakhstan Assembly Deal

Chevrolet Makes Way For Three Models In Kazakhstan Assembly Deal
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Chevrolet cranks up its production capacity for the fourth quarter as the Azia Avto plant in Kazakhstan agrees to support the production of three new Chevy models. As the largest automaker in Kazakhstan, the Azia Avto plant is responsible for more than 87 percent of all passenger cars in the country. GM considers Kazakhstan and areas… Continue Reading...

Two Millionth MINI Built At Oxford Plant, PM David Cameron Attends

Two Millionth MINI Built At Oxford Plant, PM David Cameron Attends
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Today was a great day for MINI, as the two millionth Cooper rolled off the assembly line, ten years after the start of production. British Prime Minister David Cameron was even present at the Oxford plant to drive the car out of the factory. The MINI convertible was complete with special paintwork and extras. David Cameron declared… Continue Reading...

Mazda6 To Be Built In Japan

Mazda6 To Be Built In Japan
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Mazda will shift production of their mid-size Mazda6 from the current AutoAlliance International plant (a joint venture with former owner Ford) to Mazda’s facility in Hofu, Japan. “Currently, production of the Mazda6 [known as Atenza in Japan] exists in three locations,” said Takashi Yamanouchi, Representative Director and Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Mazda Motor… Continue Reading...

BMW To Invest $1.4 Billion In Chinese Operations

BMW To Invest $1.4 Billion In Chinese Operations
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BMW will expand its Chinese joint venture with local automaker Brilliance, in an effort to build 300,000 cars per year in China. BMW’s joint venture near Beijing currently builds the 3-Series and 5-Series, and will add the X1 crossover in 2012. Plans call for new factories dedicated to vehicle assembly, stamping and a paint shop…. Continue Reading...

Chrysler To Invest $843 Million In Transmission Plant, 9-Speed Automatic To Be Built

Chrysler To Invest $843 Million In Transmission Plant, 9-Speed Automatic To Be Built
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Chrysler announced an $843 million investment in its Indiana transmission plant as it prepares to build a 9-speed automatic transmission front front-drive vehicles. The announcement comes on the heels of General Motors announcement of a $2 billion infusion into a number of plants, including $200 million for upgrades to its Toledo, Ohio plant to build… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Builds First Customer Car At Tennessee Plant

Volkswagen Builds First Customer Car At Tennessee Plant
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Volkswagen‘s new Chattanooga, Tennessee plant built its first car destined for a customer Wednesday, a dark Blue Passat 2.5L equipped with an automatic transmission. The plant should reach full capacity in 2012, at which point it will produce 150,000 Passats annually. Volkswagen says that the plant will generate $12 billion in economic growth for the region,… Continue Reading...

General Motors To Spend $2 Billion On Factory Upgrades

General Motors To Spend $2 Billion On Factory Upgrades
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General Motors will invest $2 billion across 17 plants, as the company retools existing plants to build new products and hire more workers. GM confirmed that their Toledo, Ohio plant would receive $250 million in improvements and create 250 new jobs. CEO Dan Akerson didn’t announced which plants would be infused with new capital, but the Detroit-Hamtramck… Continue Reading...

Lotus Rejected By British Government In Quest For Funding, New Esprit May Be Built Outside UK

Lotus Rejected By British Government In Quest For Funding, New Esprit May Be Built Outside UK
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Lotus may build their next generation Esprit sports car outside of the United Kingdom after its request for a $50 million loan to build a new factory was rejected by an investment arm of the British government. The loan was intended for a new factory in the Norfolk area of Britain, which would employ 1200… Continue Reading...

General Motors To Idle SUV Plant Due To Parts Shortage

General Motors To Idle SUV Plant Due To Parts Shortage
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General Motors will idle their Arlington, Texas plant due to a parts shortage, although details were not given as to what the specific issue was. The factory builds vehicles like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade. A UAW representative told Automotive News that two 10-hour overtime shifts would be cancelled. So far, the standard 10-hour… Continue Reading...

Toyota Says It’s “Too Early To Predict” North American Plant Shutdowns

Toyota Says It’s “Too Early To Predict” North American Plant Shutdowns
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After a brief announcement on March 23rd stating that the natural disasters in Japan may affect North American production, Toyota has announced that it is still “too early to predict” whether plants in Canada and the United States, which build both Toyota and Lexus cars, will face shutdowns due to a shortage of parts from… Continue Reading...

Subaru To Cut Production Of Legacy, Outback, Tribeca Due To Parts Shortage

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Subaru To Cut Production Of Legacy, Outback, Tribeca Due To Parts Shortage
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A shortage of parts means that Subaru‘s Indiana plant will have its production cut in half through the end of the week, and the company will assess the situation on a day to day basis to examine whether a continuation is necessary. Each of the two shifts will have 4 hours cut from their length…. Continue Reading...

BMW Considering Factory In Brazil

BMW Considering Factory In Brazil
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BMW is considering an assembly plant in Latin America, specifically Brazil, but its exact plans remain up in the air. BMW currently builds motorcycles at a plant in Manaus, and is debating whether to expand its facility to include auto production, or starting an all new plant exclusively for cars. BMW would likely begin with… Continue Reading...
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