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    Report: Tesla 'Model E' to likely get steel construction, sane price tag
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    Tesla may have made major inroads with its Model S, and it's poised to enter new territory when it finally starts selling its Model X, an iconoclastic gullwing crossover. Neither of those may be as important as the model thereafter, which is expected to be its make-or-break sedan. It won't be ...

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    Report: Worker killed in GM plant explosion, four others injured
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    A chemical explosion rocked General Motors' Marion, IN stamping factory yesterday afternoon, killing one worker. Four other workers required trips to the hospital, although their injuries are not life-threatening. "We're still determining the cause of the explosion," General Motors spokesperson ...

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    Study: Fewest vehicles ever found eligible for Most American survey
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    Once again, the most American car on the market is from an American brand. The Ford F-150 retained its number one spot in Cars.com's annual survey of the most American vehicles, trumping the Toyota Camry, which remains at number two. Ford taking the top spot is small consolation, though, as the ...

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    Confirmed: Infiniti's Palmer announces QX30 small crossover production
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    The name of the game these days in the luxury marketplace is premium compacts. BMW has the 1 Series and 2 Series, Mercedes the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA, Audi has the A1 and A3, even Lexus has the CT 200h. Among the last to get in on the action is Infiniti, but that's all about to ...

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    Official: Volvo fires up S60 and V60 Polestar production
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    We were pretty smitten with the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models during our First Drive in Sweden a few months ago. We especially loved the way that its Öhlins adjustable dampers offered a perfect balance between suppleness and sporty handling. Now, the rest of the world will finally be ...

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    Official: Mercedes and Infiniti confirm joint production in Mexico [w/video]
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    It's official, folks: After initial reports last week indicated that Mercedes-Benz was preparing to begin assembly at the Nissan plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, the two parent companies have announced just that. Only instead of using the existing Nissan plant at the site (in operation since ...

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    Report: Mercedes to build CLA at Nissan plant in Mexico [w/poll]
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    Volkswagen may have paved the way for American customers to get used to the idea of German cars produced in Mexico, but it won't be the only one for long. BMW is said to be considering production of the 1 Series, 3 Series and Mini south of the border, Audi is working on its own factory in San ...

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    Report: Asian automakers still reluctant to use more aluminum
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    There's a logical progression of technology in the auto industry. We've seen it with things like carbon-ceramic brakes, which use to be the sole domain of six-figure sports cars, where they often cost as much as an entry level Toyota Corolla. Now, you can get them on a BMW M3 (they're still ...

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    Video: Mercedes' Alabama plant gets Happy with start of new C-Class production
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    Mercedes-Benz first announced plans start building the C-Class at its Alabama factory back in 2009. It's taken a few years to get everything ready, but the first one finally rolled off the line on Wednesday. The milestone gave workers there enough reasons to be happy that they just couldn't help ...

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    Report: Mahindra eying stake in Saab owner NEVS?
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    It's ironic that Saab's current vehicle architecture is called the Phoenix platform, because like the mythological bird, the company keeps returning from the ashes. That's right, the embattled Swedish automaker isn't completely dead yet. Again. Actually, it may be facing yet another buyout, and ...

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    Report: GM phasing out light-duty 1500-series vans
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    In the market for a fullsize van but don't need a heavy-duty model? You're in the minority, and you're also out of luck. That's because there are barely any more fullsize vans on the market with gross vehicle weight rating of less than 8,500 pounds, the threshold that separates light- and ...

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    Report: SSC Tuatara factory gets 276-mph green-light in Washington state
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    It looks like American supercar builder SSC is finally getting ready to start construction of its new factory in West Richland, WA. Planning for the facility to build the Tuatara (pictured above) goes back to at least 2011, but, according to the local Tri-City Herald, a delay in funding is the ...

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    Official: Tesla launches Model S in UK, says Euro factory could be upcoming [w/video]
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    With the first UK deliveries of the 49,900-pound (about $84,000 at today's rates) Tesla Model S completed, it's time for the company to get back to business. For CEO Elon Musk that means discussing a long-anticipated rumor – a dedicated European production facility to build the luxurious ...

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    Report: US-built Infiniti Q50 engines to go into Euro-only cars
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    Back in March, Infiniti announced that it would be adding a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder to its Q50 line for European and Chinese buyers. Now, we know where that engine will be built. Nissan's Decherd, TN facility will receive the $319-million investment, which will see a separate, ...

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    Report: Maserati ramping up production of Ghibli, Quattroporte
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    While Porsche may be relatively new to the four-door game, Maserati has been building the Quattroporte with few interruptions since 1963. But like its rival from Stuttgart, the Trident marque is rapidly shifting from a sports car company primarily to a manufacturer of high-end family ...

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    Report: Toyota to start production of hydrogen vehicles in December
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    Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be in showrooms sooner than planned, the Japan Times reporting that production will commence in mid-December with the sedan following "by the end of this year." No reason was given for the new timeline; Toyota has been saying all along that we'd see it in ...

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    Report: Kia decides on Mexico plant location for small car assembly
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    Mexico has long been a hot spot for auto manufacturing, but the country's fortunes have been boosted lately, with Honda, Mazda and Nissan recently adding factories there, and BMW is said to be poised to join them soon. Now, new reports indicate that Kia might start building south of the border to ...

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    Rumormill: WRX Concept styling may transfer to production Impreza, next WRX
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    Remember the original concept that previewed the latest generation Subaru WRX? If not, then just look above for a gallery of photos following its debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show. We loved it, and thus, were sort of disappointed when we first saw the less-aggressive production model. It's ...

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    Report: VW could triple current SUV lineup, key CUV may be delayed
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    Crossovers are one of the dominant global vehicle segments of the moment, and Volkswagen is realizing that to grow sales as quickly as it wants, the business needs more of them in the lineup. However, the US might miss out on some of this CUV bonanza because the company is still waffling over ...

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    Report: UAW convention reignites talk of organizing VW Chattanooga plant
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    Well that didn't last long. It appears that the struggle by the United Auto Workers to unionize the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, TN, is far from over, despite dropping its appeal of the failed vote to the National Labor Relations Board. This time it may even have renewed support coming from ...

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