Toyota Global Production to Top 10 Million in 2013

Toyota is expected to reach a production milestone this year by producing over 10 million vehicles.

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Republican Senators Question Fisker Government Loan

As we head towards a presidential election, green vehicle subsidies are proving a political hot topic. One of the latest, concerns Fisker Automotive’s $529 U.S. Government loan to help it move forward with vehicle development and production.

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21-Week Idle Scheduled for GM Truck Plants

According to Chris Lee, a spokesman for General Motors, the automaker is planning a 21-week suspension at its assembly plants that build full-size trucks and SUVs, namely Fort Wayne Indiana, Flint, Michigan,  Arlington, Texas and Silao, Mexico.

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Canada's Auto Sector Losing Ground To Mexico

Things have been changing for a few years already, and the future is not looking good for Canada.  Thanks to their lower labor rates and production costs, more and more car companies are looking to move their operations down to Mexico.

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VW Brazil Builds Its 1.5 Millionth Bus

As in the iconic VW Type 2, which was built in Germany from 1950 until 1979, when it was replaced the larger, angular T3/T25 (known as the Vanagon in our neck of the woods).

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Volvo Plans To Add 10,000 Jobs By 2020

Volvo‘s Chief Executive, Stefan Jacoby, has said that the company plans to add some 10,000 additional employees to the workforce in the next decade; currently Volvo employs some 25,000 people worldwide.

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GM Aiming For 10,000 Chevrolet Volt Sales Target In 2011

When the much ballyhooed Chevrolet Volt was launched last year, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson made a commitment to sell 10,000 units for 2011.

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America Ranks Far Behind on List of Top Car Producing Nations

Along with things like baseball and celebrities, America is known for its cars. It might surprise you to learn then that in a newly compiled list of the top auto-producing nations, the U.S. of A. doesn’t place very highly. In fact, according to the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association of a total 58,478,810 cars produced last year the U.S. ranks just 7th, responsible for assembling some 1.2 million cars.

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Canadian Union Voices Concerns Amid New UAW Contract

In perhaps a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul, head of the Canadian Auto Worker’s Union, Ken Lewenza  has expressed some concern over a tentative new agreement south of the border between the UAW and General Motors.

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Honda and Toyota: Getting Back on Track

This year hasn’t been the kindest to Japanese automakers Honda and Toyota. The devastation wrought by March’s earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, resulted in severe disruptions to their supply chains, causing dealer inventories to run low and other automakers to gain ground in sales.

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GM Cuts Truck Production to Clear Backlog

General Motors has announced that it will be idling it’s Flint, Michigan and Fort Wayne, Indiana assembly plants in an effort to clear out  it’s current high inventory of full-size pickups.

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Aston Martin To Move Rapide Production From Austria To The UK

Prestige automaker Aston Martin has confirmed that it will be moving production of it’s four-door super sedan, the Rapide from the Magna Steyr facilities in Graz, Austria, to Gaydon, Warwickshire, in the United Kingdom.

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Despite A Slow May, Auto Sales Expected To Reach Highest Level Since 2008

Given what many see as slow economic recovering, unstable fuel prices and supply problems from Japan, it probably isn’t surprising that May’s auto sales were rather soft.

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Honda to Resume Japan Production on April 11

Honda Motor Company; which has been one of the hardest hit of all Japanese automakers in the wake of the massive earthquake in the home islands, has announced that Japanese production will resume on April 11.

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Last Mercury Grand Marquis Rolls Off the Line

It’s official, the very last Mercury has now left the building. On Tuesday, January 4th at 8:00 am, said vehicle, a 2011 Grand Marquis, finally rolled off the line at the St. Thomas plant, which has been building these body-on-frame behemoths for 25 years.

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