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    Official: Land Rover to build Discovery Sport at new Brazilian factory
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    Looking forward to getting your mitts on a new Land Rover Discovery Sport? Well you should, because it promises to be a markedly better product than the Freelander/LR2 it replaces. Just don't assume it will necessarily be built in the UK, as just about every Land Rover has in the company's ...

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    Official: Jaguar opens new engine plant in the UK
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    The heads of Jaguar Land Rover are having a busy couple of weeks opening factories. Just days after inaugurating the company's first overseas plant in China, the automaker's new Engine Manufacturing Center in the UK is being inaugurated, as well. The plant near Wolverhampton, England, marks the ...

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    Official: GM expanding Lansing Lambda CUV plant
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    Considering that crossovers are a rapidly growing portion of the US auto market, it's not surprising to hear that General Motors is preparing to build even more of them. The company is investing $63 million to expand its Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant that builds Lambda platform CUVs like ...

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    Report: Jeep Wrangler likely to get aluminum body, will stay in Toledo
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    Perhaps more than any other vehicle currently for sale in the United States, the Jeep Wrangler is viewed by purist fans as a vehicle that simply must maintain the status quo. In this case, that means a body-on-frame design, solid axles, a relatively large engine sitting up front and a removable ...

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    Report: Citroen's offbeat C4 Cactus an early sales success, production boosted
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    It may not be everybody's prickly cup of tea, but Citroën has reportedly found enough buyers for its kinda strange-looking C4 Cactus that it has found it necessary to boost production at its assembly plant in Madrid, adding shifts on Saturday to help meet demand. With more markets, including ...

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    Official: Mazda2 production fires up in Mexico
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    Mazda has officially kicked off production of the next-generation Mazda2 at the company's new factory in Salamanca, Mexico. Alongside the auto assembly plant, operations have also commenced at the facility's engine machining factory. "With the start of production of the all-new Mazda2, ...

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    Report: Mercedes moving some Sprinter production to North America
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    If you look at the Sprinter and wonder how Mercedes-Benz can possibly compete against locally produced commercial vehicles with a model built in Germany and shipped over the Atlantic, you're not alone. In fact, in order to mitigate the tariffs (but at the cost of added logistical expense), ...

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    Official: Jaguar Land Rover opens first overseas factory in China
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    Anyone who's a car fan knows that Jaguar and Land Rover cars and trucks all come from the UK. And while we don't doubt that will remain true for the most part, it won't be an absolute truth for long, as the British automaker has just opened its first factory overseas. Its new plant in Changshu, ...

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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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