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    Report: North America's automakers ran at 97% of their production capacity last year
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    Wards Auto began tracking North American light-vehicle production capacity utilization in 2005, and last year produced the highest amount on record: 97.8 percent of available production was utilized, an improvement of 9.3 percent versus the year before. The number represents straight-time ...

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    Full Boat: Dormant ships being used as lots for unsold vehicles
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    Looking for a place to stash tens of thousands of unsold new vehicles, automakers are turning unused car carrier ships into floating parking holds. It's an unusual development, especially in a shipping industry that is used to having boats filled to capacity and running full steam across the seas. ...

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    BMW running at 100% capacity, simultaneously irritating suppliers
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    BMW's running full-bore as it strains to double its profit margin within the next five years. Across all 23 of the company's manufacturing locations, capacity is maxed out at 100-percent, and there's nary an extra Roundel badge to be had. As BMW pushes for a 10-percent profit margin, they're also ...

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    Lamborghini wants to sell 20% more cars without creating a third model
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    Lamborghini's pushing to ring up 3,000 sales per year, about 500 more than they currently move. Were they to drop a new Miura, revived LM002, or some other new model, they'd likely reach that target without any problem. Lambo Capo Rupert Stadler isn't in favor of spending the considerable ...

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    Care to dance? - Geely looking for partners
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    "We started off building and selling cheap cars, but now we are changing," says Geely Automobile Holdings Chairman Li Shufu at at Tokyo press conference. Geely is the purveyor of some of the most inexpensive cars in China, and now it's looking to sell in other markets. Citing Geely's great respect ...

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    Volvo says it won't be building in North America
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    There have been periodic rumors of a United States assembly plant for Volvo cars since at least the early 1980s. There was a North American construction arm of the Swedish carmaker, situated in Nova Scotia, but that plant has been shuttered for several years now. Volvo CEO Fredrik Arp has told ...

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    Cars making a comeback, Camry leading the way
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    Automotive News is reporting that the 2007 Toyota Camry could be the first car to break 450,000 sales in one year since the Chevy Impala did it back in 1978. That is, if Toyota's production capacity can meet the challenge. Currently there are reports of people following car carriers with Camrys ...

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    Japanese surpass GM in North American vehicle production
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    It’s official: Japanese automakers build more cars and trucks in North America than General Motors. The milestone has been expected for some time now, with manufacturers like Toyota and Honda churning out some 4.8 million vehicles in the region in 2005, and GM whittling away its totals to ...

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