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Company That 3D-Prints Cars Examines Unusual Business Plan

Local Motors is best known for creating the world's first 3D-printed car. As the company prepares to sell those cars to the public for the first time, it's come up with an unusual proposition for potential customers.


Subaru will be returning to the three-row CUV game with an all-new, US-specific offering in 2018 that's larger than the old Tribeca CUV.


Volvo is headed to South Carolina, where it will build a factory capable of producing 100,000 vehicles, including the world's supply of S60s.


The Acura NSX has been delayed yet again, with blame being placed on the move to a twin-turbocharged version of Honda's V6.


Audi will increase production flexibility and customization using smart factories in what it's calling Production 4.0.


A shortage of frames for the new aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has hampered production and profits.


Toyota could be set to expand its manufacturing capacity with a pair of new factories in China and Mexico, allowing it to build 300K more vehicles each year.


Honda is shifting production of the European CR-V to Canada for the next model of the crossover. With newly open capacity at the automaker's plant in Swindon, England, the site is slated to become a global manufacturing hub for the future Civic five-door.


Volvo has announced plans to build a factory in the US for $500 million. A location is not yet officially disclosed, but production could begin as soon as 2018.


Demand for the Toyota Mirai is higher than the company says it anticipated, but the wait to get one in Japan reportedly sits at over two years. With Toyota's slow pace of production, the early success might hurt the sedan's prospects in the long run.


Toyota's New Video Series Takes Us Behind The Scenes

In a series of newly released videos and photos, Toyota is taking people behind the scenes at its Motomachi factory campus to show off the 13 people responsible for putting together the Mirai fuel cell vehicle.


Volkswagen plans to end Eos production completely at its plant in Portugal in May. European customers have until late March to make any final orders for the hardtop convertible.


Ford has given Canadian firm Multimatic the nod to build the carbon fiber body on the new Ford GT, "because they have specialized equipment for carbon fiber production and expertise in carbon fiber assembly." Multimatic Motorsports had worked on the Mustang FR500C race car and the current Boss 302R.


General Motors is drawing more Buick Encore production from factories in Mexico, Spain, and Korea for the US market due to the runaway sales success of the premium compact crossover.


An article in Seeking Alpha called "The Incredible Shrinking Tesla Disclosure" lays out the timelines and details to support one analyst's suspicion for why Tesla is removing hard numbers from its quarterly reports; namely, that Tesla doesn't want to show adverse developments in its business.


Mexico has built over three million cars in a year for the first time, and is a big part of the surge in North American auto production.


No music track, no dialogue, no voiceover, just ten minutes of a group of women and men in a very clean room in Zuffenhausen assembling the Porsche 918 Spyder.


This month, Audi said it will boost spending by two billion euros ($2.5B US) over the next five years, for a total outlay of 24 billion euros from 2014 to 2019. Something like 70 percent of those billions will be spent on new models, technology like "connectivity and lightweight construction," and factory expansion at its plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.


Jaguar will make the coming XE the first model it builds in China. Production is expected to start sometime next year at its factory in Changshu, a joint venture with Chery Automobile, that began building the Range Rover Evoque earlier this year and will also assemble the Land Rover Discovery Sport.


Subaru had plans to build the Crosstrek here in the US, but Reuters reports that the company has changed its mind and will build the little crossover Scooby in Japan, in the same Gunma Prefecture factory where the Impreza, BRZ and Levorg are built.


Chinese tech billionaire Jia Yueting is trying to get a license to build electric cars in China, and he thinks that they could be a revolution there. Even if Jia doesn't make it, other companies are getting ready to jump into China's emerging EV marketplace.

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