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    Report: Global automakers to shutter Russian plants?
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    For an automaker to manufacture locally, two elements need to be in effect: for one, the market needs to be large enough to justify it, and for another, importing has to be too expensive to make it worthwhile. Many automakers have found both those elements in place in Russia, but may not for very ...

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    Nissan: We lose money on each Leaf replacement battery
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    Nissan has been playing its cards pretty close to its chest when it comes to the production costs for Leaf battery packs. The company recently put a price on replacement batteries for customers at $5,500 plus the requirement to return the old battery. If the decommissioned battery is worth $1,000 ...

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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: Long winter means most automakers won't curb summer shutdown
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    A lot more happened during this latest brutal winter than days of snow and Netflix binges. Automotive sales took a battering. After all, going out car shopping when it's eleventy-billion degrees below zero isn't a good time. Because of this Old Man Winter-induced sales slump, inventories are ...

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    Video: Wacky video shows Volkswagen putting the man into manufacturing
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    The Volkswagen Golf is one of Europe's preeminent vehicles. It's regularly one of the top sellers, and the latest, seventh generation appears to be one of the best ever. It was even named the 2013 World Car of the Year. So how do you sell a car that everyone knows about with over 30 million ...

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    Report: China's BYD electric bus factory comes online in California
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    Electric bus production has finally begun in California. Chinese electric automaker BYD recently completed its first two vehicles at its new factory in Lancaster, CA. They will be joining the fleet of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Los Angles County. According to Bloomberg, the BYD ...

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    Report: Ford cuts 950 Russian jobs on weak demand
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    The Russian auto market, in decline for the past year and further hit by the declining value of the ruble and recent sanctions over its annexation of Crimea, has forced Ford to cut jobs and shifts at two of its joint venture plants there. Around 700 of the 2,700 total workers who build the ...

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    Report: Toyota temporarily idles pair of Indian plants due to labor unrest
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    The Detroit News reported today that Toyota will restart production at two Indian plants, following a shutdown on Monday. Factory labor, management and police in Asia engage in the kind of violent altercations that we're not used to, having almost entirely walked away from the overtly brutal ...

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    Official: Honda marks 20 million vehicles made in the USA
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    Japanese automakers manufacturing in the United States is nothing new. But it was in November of 1982 when the first Honda Accord rolled off the assembly line in Marysville, OH. It was the first Japanese vehicle assembled in the US, and in the nearly 32 years since, Honda has made 10 million ...

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    Report: Auto sector employment now higher than pre-recession levels
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    The US economy has come a long way since the mid-to-late 2000s, when the daily news was more depressing than the Detroit Lions' playoff hopes. Need proof of that? A recent report from The Detroit News says it all - auto employment has hit a five-year high, and the sector now employs more people ...

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    Report: World auto sales to hit 100M by 2018?
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    Good news is on the horizon for global automakers as a confluence of factors could lead the number of cars sold globally to surge from the current estimate of 82 million for 2013 to over 100 million by 2018, according to a recent report from The Detroit Free Press. What's interesting, though, is ...

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    Report: GM announces $1.3B in US plant upgrades
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    Ford isn't the only American automaker making a big investment in its manufacturing business. Fresh and free of its US government loans, General Motors has announced that it will be investing almost $1.3 billion in upgrades for five of its US-based manufacturing plants. The investment will see ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi boss says US operations may break even next year
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    Mitsubishi has lost money in its North America operations every year since 2007, but in an interview at this week's Tokyo Motor Show, company president Osamu Masuko said, "If things keep going well, it might be the case that we break even this year," Automotive News reports. A little context: ...

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    Report: US auto production expected to hit 14-year high in 4Q
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    Despite having fewer manufacturing plants than 1999, when US auto production reached an all-time fourth-quarter high of 4.28-million units, US factories are expected to make 4.02-million light vehicles in the period from October to December, Wards Auto reports. It would mark the best fourth ...

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    Report: Are VW execs pushing workers to unionize in Chattanooga? [UPDATE]
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    United Auto Workers has been pushing to unionize Volkswagen's Chattanooga, TN plant, and Volkswagen seems to be open to the idea - the two parties already have discussed an employee "works council" for the factory, which would require UAW organization - but the automaker says it will only ...

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    Report: Jeep idles second shift it hired a month ago for 2014 Cherokee
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    In an unusual move, Chrysler is idling its recently hired second shift of 2014 Jeep Cherokee builders because, Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said in a statement, it already has built the "critical number of vehicles we need to stock dealerships once containment is released," Automotive News ...

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    Report: Mazda struggles to meet demand on rising sales
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    For Mazda there's good and not-so-good news on the heels of strong US sales in 2012: demand is high - especially for the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 - but supply is low, TheDetroitBureau.com reports. That's partly because all Mazda production happens in Japan, since it ended its alliance with Ford ...

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    Report: Daimler and Nissan to build luxury cars at new plant in Mexico
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    A few years back, when Daimler was looking for a partner to spread the cost of development of small cars, it agreed to collaborate with Nissan on future products, such as vehicle platforms and drivetrains. The latest development in the collaboration concerns the assembly of small luxury cars for ...

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    Report: How new car shortages may impact your buying experience
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    If you want further proof that the auto industry is bouncing back, look no further than the empty lots and forecourts of your local dealership. According to a story by The Wall Street Journal, continued high demand for mainstream cars is overtaxing automakers' ability to produce enough models. ...

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    Read This: What a strike in Korea could mean for US Hyundai and Kia buyers
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    A prolonged factory strike at Hyundai-Kia factories in South Korea could mean that US dealership inventory of certain vehicles, such as the South Korea-built Hyundai Accent and Kia Soul, could dry up in the coming months, depending on the length of the strike, reports Cars.com's blog, Kicking ...

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