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Total Converting French Refinery To Make Biodiesel

Meet Tesla's assembly robots named after X-Men characters. Carlos Ghosn says China needs to ramp up EV incentives before Nissan will introduce more. Total will convert French petroleum refinery to make biodiesel.

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US-Spec Miata Production Now Underway

Production of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is now underway for the US. The company is also spilling the beans on the standard features for all of the trims and the full pricing.

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Lamborghini puts a greater emphasis on its own heritage with the Polo Storico division, charged with maintaining classic Lambos and archiving their history.

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Plant Tab May Hit $5 Billion When All Said And Done

Tesla has spent $62 million so far prepping its Gigafactory in Nevada.

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Ford announces plans to expand its engine plant to be the largest in Mexico, and build its first transmission facility south of the border, as part of a combined $2.5-billion investment.

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Ford and Dow Chemical will work together to speed up carbon-fiber research and manufacturing capabilities.

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Plus: Notes On A Big Buick, Old Land Rovers And Toyota's Expansion

We curate the week's events with a focus on Ford's latest design projects inspired by the GT supercar. Plus, we've got other news and notes from around the automotive world.

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Buick is doing its best to guarantee the new Cascada convertible is completely free of leaks in its fabric roof.

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Toyota announces plans to build a new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, at the cost of around $1 billion, set to begin building 200,000 Corollas per year starting in 2019.

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Nevada May Spend $10 Million To Educate Workers

Tesla is already boosting Reno-area minimum wages because of planned payment scale at Gigafactory, and the state of Nevada is talking about millions of dollars of worker investment.

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Hyundai is considering a factory in Mexico in the coming years once the company grows a little more in the country. The plant would likely be in the state of Nuevo Leon, near the forthcoming Kia plant.

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Plug-in Vehicle Premium Price Over Conventional Cars Shrinks

Lithium-ion battery costs fell 14 percent a year between 2007 and 2014, study says.

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Toledo, OH is doing all that it can to keep production of the Jeep Wrangler in its boundaries, but the biggest issue facing the plant may be insurmountable, no matter how desperately the city wants to keep the Wrangler local.

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According to a report from Automotive News, bodies for the Bentley Bentayga will be shipped from Bratislava to Crewe, England, where they will be finished into fully operational vehicles.

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Ford Recognized For Water Saving; Boston Proposes Emissions Ordinance

The EIA predicts production of 944,000 barrels of ethanol of per day for 2015. Boston's Diesel and Vehicular Emissions Ordinance would retrofit city cars to be cleaner. Ford is recognized for saving water in the Michigan Blue Economy report. Nissan has earned an Energy Star award for the fourth year in a row.

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Honda is moving production of the Accord Hybrid to Japan from Ohio. The gas-electric will join the Accord Plug-In at Sayama.

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GM Still Building First-Gen Volt, For Now

Before a longer-than-usual plant shutdown this summer to get ready for the next-gen Chevy Volt, GM is still building the first-gen model in Hamtramck.

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The quirky Honda Crosstour is officially dead. Honda is discontinuing the model with the 2016 model year.

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Russia's auto industry continues to suffer, thanks to rapid inflation due to plunging oil prices and western sanctions.

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Renault-Nissan and Mercedes-Benz will officially partner on the German brand's midsize pickup project. Nissan will allow Mercedes to re-engineer the underpinnings from the NP300 Navarra to create the German brand's own model.

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Volkswagen has approval to expand its growing Chattanooga, TN, factory by even more than the initial plan. The automaker is adding an additional 130,153 square feet to the current 538,000 square feet of construction.

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