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    Report: Are America's railroads snubbing car shipments?
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    Building a car, delivering it to a dealer and then selling to a consumer represents an enormous and elaborate process that relies on the seamless and often invisible work of many parts. The use of railways represents a huge part of that process, but according to a new report from Automotive News, ...

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    Report: Jaguar Land Rover in talks for Southern US factory
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    Jaguar Land Rover is getting serious about global expansion, and that means it can't only build its vehicles in the UK anymore. The British automaker is cutting the ribbon at its new plant in China tomorrow, marking the opening of its first factory outside the UK. In 2016, it will open another ...

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    Official: First new Land Rover Discovery Sport rolls off assembly line
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    When Land Rover revealed the new Discovery Sport at the Paris Motor Show, it didn't just present a new model; it kicked off a whole new era for the British purveyor of sport-utility vehicles. And that new era has officially started now with the production of the very first model you see ...

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    Official: Audi inaugurates new R8 production line at Neckarsulm
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    Of all the factories which the Volkswagen Group operates around the world, the Audi plant in Neckarsulm may not be the very largest, but it is among the most diversified. That's where Audi builds versions of the A4, A5, A6, A8 and Q7 lines. It's also been home to the R8, but now the German ...

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    U-Turn: Weekly Recap: Will 'smaller is smarter' strategy work for 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon?
    Plus: Ferrari Celebrates 60; Ariel Upgrades The Atom; And The Abarth Factory Opens Its Doors Virtually 1413644280

    "For this customer, smaller is smarter. " – Rich Latek. The pickup truck segment has never been more competitive in the United States, and General Motors is betting a "smaller is smarter" strategy will help lure new buyers into its fold with the additions of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado ...

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    Official: Volvo to add 1,300 jobs, ramp up production in Sweden
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    The expansion of the factory is part of an $11-billion investment Volvo's Chinese owners, Geely, are making. Volvo Cars is adding 1,300 new jobs and ramping up production at its factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, in response to increased consumer demand for its vehicles. The jobs will support a ...

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    Official: Fiat opens doors at Abarth factory on Google Street View
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    Google Street View has emerged as a great tool for checking out locations along your driving route, and even scoping out places you don't have a chance to go yourself. And that includes some great automotive installations. The online tool has taken us inside museums, race tracks and factories ...

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    Official: Lotus rolls out factory delivery program for Elise, Exige and Evora
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    "We are delighted to open our doors to customers so that they can collect their new car from us direct." – Jean-Marc Gales Buying a Lotus sports car now comes with an added perk – you get a peek behind the curtain at the famous factory in Hethel, England. It's the centerpiece of ...

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    Report: Researchers halfway to cutting carbon fiber costs by 90%
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    Carbon fiber has been utilized for decades to build racecars, as a means to cut weight while maintaining strength. But until recently, the space-age material has been largely absent from the street on anything but supercars because of the expense to use it. Recently, BMW signaled a major shift in ...

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    Official: Ford adds 850 jobs to build 2015 F-150
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    Pickup trucks tend not to advance at quite the same pace as the rest of the industry. That's what makes the new Ford F-150 so remarkable, jettisoning its old steel construction in favor of aluminum. It's a game changer that Ford is betting big on, and in anticipation of surging demand, the Blue ...

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    Report: UAW publishes 'Scab Report' in TN, worker retribution feared
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    A Tennessee UAW local has released a list singling out "scab" workers, raising concerns that union employees would seek retribution against non-union employees. UAW Local 1853 published the so-called "Scab Report" on some 40 employees at General Motors' Spring Hill, TN factory. Tennessee is a ...

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    U-Turn: Weekly Recap: Aluminum spurs controversy for Ford, Chrysler
    Plus: Viper Sales Surge, BMW Poaches Ferrari Exec, And Fuel Economy Reaches An All-Time High 1413039600

    Automakers are increasingly turning to aluminum as a way to cut weight and improve fuel economy. Aluminum was a flammable topic this week, and its use in the 2015 Ford F-150 and potential use in the future Jeep Wrangler ignited controversy. In both cases, it came down to money. Ford stock ...

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    Followup: Chrysler mum on Toledo Wrangler production after meeting Ohio leaders
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    "Fiat Chrysler remains committed to producing vehicles in Toledo and anticipates employment to remain at current levels." The future of the iconic Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, OH, remains uncertain after a meeting Thursday between Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Ohio government ...

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    Report: Court extends Saab reorganization bid until end of November
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    Saab parent company National Electric Vehicle Sweden refuses to go down without a fight. After a recent trip to court, the company is emerging with an extension on its reorganization until November 29. According to Europe Online Magazine, there's also an appointed committee of creditors and union ...

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    Followup: Toledo gets proactive in fight to keep Jeep Wrangler
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    Let's make this very plain – the city of Toledo, OH loves its Jeeps. It loves them so fervently that the very rumor of the Jeep Wrangler moving out of its traditional home prompted the city's mayor, D. Michael Collins, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich to hold a weekend conference call with ...

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    Report: GM Tech Center named national landmark
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    With a massive number of recalled vehicles and several trips to Capitol Hill, the news out of General Motors hasn't been entirely rosy this year. But the company has been bestowed with one big reason to smile: The GM Warren Tech Center has been chosen by the US Department of the Interior and ...

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    Report: Jeep Wrangler's shift to aluminum could see production leave Toledo
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    The Jeep Wrangler may be a timeless design, but sooner or later, time will run out and Chrysler will have to replace it with a newer model more friendly towards the earth it's designed to traverse. That will, it seems, mean a shift to aluminum construction (whether just for the body or for the ...

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    Report: GM, Isuzu shacking up on global midsize pickup development
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    General Motors and Isuzu might not be financial partners anymore, but it would seem that all those years working together still leaves a strong bond between them to work on new vehicles. Their latest collaboration is co-developing a next-generation midsize pickup to launch at a still-unannounced ...

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    U-Turn: Weekly Recap: Ram doubles down on diesels
    Plus: Ducati Scrambler Reborn; Hellcat, Mustang Fetch Top Dollars For Charity; And More Details On The Jaguar XE 1412434920

    Chrysler now expects about 20 percent of Ram 1500s will be sold with the EcoDiesel engine for the 2015 model year. Chrysler is ramping up production of the EcoDiesel engine for the Ram 1500, as consumer demand has far outstripped availability. Chrysler now expects about 20 percent of Ram ...

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    Official: XL Sport was 200-millionth VW produced
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    Volkswagen Group is one of the largest automakers on Earth, operating 106 factories in 27 countries and building everything from motorcycles to commercial vehicles. However, it saved something very special to celebrate its latest production milestone. During VW's preview night ahead of the 2014 ...

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