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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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    Report: Hindustan Ambassador production ceases after 56 years
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    The automotive industry moves at a pretty brisk pace. Old models are replaced by new ones, and new ones are replaced by even newer ones. But things don't always move so quickly in developing countries. In Brazil, for example, Volkswagen continued to produce the old Kombi van for 56 years with ...

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    Official: Nissan adds 500 jobs in Mississippi for Murano production [w/video]
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    Nissan is bolstering its workforce at its Canton, MS factory, adding 500 workers for this fall's production kickoff of the heavily redesigned Murano crossover. "The addition of Murano to our portfolio, coupled with the continued growth and success of the Canton plant, will move us even closer to ...

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    Official: Toyota mints 10-millionth vehicle in Kentucky
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    In 26 years, from 1988 up to now, the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky plant in Georgetown has built ten million vehicles - nearly enough for every citizen of Seoul, Korea or the nation of Hungary. The first car to roll off the line back when the claymation California Raisins were singing old ...

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    Official: Brembo breaks out $115M Michigan plant expansion
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    Brembo has announced a major, $115-million investment in its Homer, MI factory (don't feel bad if you have no idea where Homer is, your author, a life-long Michigander, had to look it up on a map). The plant is about a 70-mile drive from Brembo's North American research and development ...

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    Report: 2015 Honda Fit delayed until June for quality checks
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    If you are looking forward to the launch of the 2015 Honda Fit and can't wait to buy one, we have some bad news. Honda is holding off on sales a little longer to make sure everything is just right. The brand's latest subcompact was originally scheduled to start arriving at dealers this spring, ...

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    Report: National Electric Vehicle stops Saab 9-3 production amidst financing woes
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    It seems that quirky, Swedish automaker Saab might be on life support yet again. Its owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, has announced that it's reducing its workforce and temporarily halting production of the 9-3 due to financial problems. NEVS was only building six cars a day, anyway. The ...

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