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Plus: Notes On Takata, Mazda, And Motorcycle Fatalities

We recap the week's event's with a focus on the Chevy Corvette factory expansion. Plus, other news and notes from the industry.

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General Motors is investing $439 million into the factory in Bowling Green, KY, that builds the Chevrolet Corvette to build a new, more efficient paint shop there.

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Sergio Marchionne says that the next Jeep Wrangler is not fully aluminum, which might keep production in Toledo, OH. Also, the company is working with NHTSA to fully comply with the agency's requests for the upcoming public hearing.

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Aston Martin is nearing a decision on building a plant to handle production of the DBX crossover, and Alabama is reportedly the most logical choice.

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That Battery Plant Is Really, Really Big. It's Also Quite Large.

A new video shows the new Tesla Gigafactory from the air, and gives a sense of just how big this battery plant is going to be.

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Wanxiang Hosts American Students

Malaysian government-linked companies to lease Tesla Model S. Wanxiang is hosting students in China to visit technology sites and learn Mandarin. The building where Chevrolet Spark EV motors are made has been LEED certified.

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EV Maker Will Hire Estimated 6,500 For Massive Facility

Tesla starts hiring for engineering, facility management positions for Gigafactory near Reno.

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Plus: Notes On Volvo, The Ford GT, And Top Gear.

We curate the week's events with a focus on the growing Toyota-Mazda partnership. Plus other news and notes from the industry.

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Plant That Once Sat Idle Will Ramp Up

LG Chem holds job fair to double workforce at electric vehicle battery factory in Michigan.

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Smith, FDG Form Joint Venture For Commercial EVs In US

Pennsylvania is extending its Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program. Smith Electric Vehicles and FDG Electric Vehicles have formed a joint venture to build commercial EVs for US fleets. Zero Motorcycles will match the $1 million grant awarded from the California Energy Commission for R&D and assembly at its Santa Cruz headquarters.

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To Win In China, You Must Be Big In The United States

Volvo is building a plant in South Carolina as part of its drive to become a global automaker, instead of a European niche brand. Here's what it means.

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Four FCA US assembly plants, all of the engine factories, and many transmission-building sites are staying open all summer to keep up with demand. Usually there would be a two-week summer shutdown during the year.

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Massive expansion plan for the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, MI, includes new facilities for design, and R&D, plus 2,600 new jobs in addition to the 19,000 who already work there.

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Volvo has selected a site in Berkeley County near Charleston, SC, as the location for its first US assembly plant, set to begin local production in 2018.

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Lamborghini is reportedly being offered as much as 100 million euros ($112 million) by the Italian government to hire 300 new workers to build the Urus crossover in Italy.

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Reports say a worker was crushed in a press at the water treatment facility at Fiat Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit early this morning.

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GM is marking its 500 millionth vehicle by announcing a $174-million upgrade to its Fairfax Assembly factory in Kansas and giving a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu to a wounded veteran.

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Architecture giant Gensler won the tender from among a dozen firms to design the new Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters in Atlanta, set to open its doors to a thousand employees in 2018.

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New Taxis Are Due By The End Of 2017

The London Taxi Company is getting a major investment from its owner Geely. At a new factory in the UK, the company will build a plug-in hybrid cab to go on sale in 2017.

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Timing Of Next-Gen PHEV Prius Uncertain

Toyota announces that the Prius plug-in hybrid will cease production in June 2015. With the standard Prius delayed, it isn't clear when the second-gen PHV will arrive.

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Aston Martin has just obtained over $300 million for production of a DBX Concept-based crossover, courtesy of a stock issuance to its key investors.

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