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De Tomaso Dead in the Water, no New Pantera Coming

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As much as it would have been fantastic to see the mighty De Tomaso Pantera resurrected, it seems the dream that graced our news section last February is falling to shambles. Continue Reading...

Green Factories In VW’s Future Plans

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While most car companies are just trying hard to produce low-emissions vehicles, Volkswagen is looking to make even their factories green. Or is that blue! VW calls all their efficient models BlueMotion, and is taking the same approach to their factories. Their “Think Blue Factory” is an initiative they have launched to make all their… Continue Reading...

BMW Lays Groundwork For Expansion Plans

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BMW is pushing forward in the face of what many economists are fervently discussing in the business world: the possible collapse of the euro. Such a catastrophic event is unlikely, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer told Automotive News. He reaffirmed that strong belief in another interview saying “I don’t even want to imagine that at all, and I don’t believe… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Cruze Production Halted, Unnamed Supplier To Blame

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General Motors halted production of their popular Cruze sedan yesterday after a supplier issue hampered production. Chevrolet says they plan to resume production as soon as possible, though they declined to disclose what the issue was. Production officially stopped around 1 p.m. EST according to a spokesperson for the Lordstown, Ohio, factory where the Cruze… Continue Reading...

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...

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...

Toyota And Honda Plan To Hire 5,000 Workers As Japan’s Industry Recovers

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Toyota and Honda plan to hire as many as 5,000 temporary workers in Japan for the first time in more than a year as the automotive industry recovers from the March 11 earthquake. Toyota will be hiring between 3,000 and 4,000 temporary workers from mid-July as the company plans to increase production in October. This… Continue Reading...

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

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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...
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