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    Report: China probing German automakers over spare parts
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    The Chinese market has proven to be a boon to German luxury automakers. However, the way that the companies have allegedly been controlling their supply of spare parts has begun to draw the ire of the nation's government. According to insiders speaking to Bloomberg, officials from the country's ...

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    Report: GM restricting Camaro Z/28 parts so you can't build yourself a clone
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    Chevrolet is apparently making it harder to experience even parts of its $75,000, track-biased Camaro Z/28. The entire 500-car production run for the 2014 model year is already either sold or at least reserved by dealers. And it will be months before assembly of the roughly 2,500-car, 2015 ...

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    Report: Costco adds discounted auto parts, accessories and service for members
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    Costco has been in the car business for years, offering a few vehicles to members at attractive rates. The warehouse chain also sells tires and discounted fuel. Now Costco wants to take its discounting model right to the dealer service bay. Automotive News reports that Costco has negotiated a ...

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    Official: Chrysler taking Mopar global, Shanghai and Dubai next
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    Mopar is spreading its parts support network into new global markets. Chrysler and Fiat have opened new parts distribution centers in Shanghai and Dubai at 16,000 and 18,000 square feet, respectively. The new warehouses will help support Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat brands around the world ...

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    GM suing supplier to keep Camaro production going
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    Every time GM turns a corner it seems to come face to face with another obstacle. The latest setback concerns supplier Cadence, LLC, which provides interior parts for the 2010 Camaro. Cadence declared bankruptcy in August, and is now in liquidation proceedings. To GM's chagrin, joining Cadence in ...

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    Jaguar and Land Rover could strike a deal with Daimler
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    The sale of Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata means that the two British marques will have to look elsewhere for the parts normally supplied by Ford. Following the news that Daimler could be a supplier to both automakers comes word from Dr. Z himself that a deal is a distinct possibility.Daimler holds ...

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    GM making sure Camaro accessories are ready
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    click the picture to view the videoGenuine GM Accessories are as obsessively tested as the rest of the car during the design and prototype stage. When the production tweaks are being given to the basic car, the Accessories wizards are in there too, mocking up and trying out different creative ways ...

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    Big Block Fever: First Anniversary 427 Big Block ZL-1 on the block at Barrett Jackson
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    Monster motors were the order of the day in the late 1960s, and GM's 427 was a part of that class. The drawback to a big-block's burly output was, and still is, the increased weight of the engine. While big blocks are a hoot for straight line shenanigans, a small block car is often a better ...

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    Mopar intros chrome grille for Jeep Wrangler
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    For Wrangler owners who believe that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that... chrome, Mopar has a delivery for you. The new chrome grille, only for the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, lets you front more of the shiny stuff in case you haven't been getting the kind of attention you deserve at ...

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    Cambridge engineers develop "talking" Fiat
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    Who would have thought that Pixar would turn out to be a prophet of the automotive industry? In creating its talking automobiles for the computer-animated film Cars, the Disney-associated studio might have done just that, as a group of engineering students in England have demonstrated. The team at ...

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    Subaru STI performance pack released, in Japan
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    Click the link above for a gallery of STI goodies.Those intrepid internet scavengers over at Carscoop came across what they originally believed was the next Impreza STI, but instead it turned out to be Subaru's sport parts and accessories. Most of the products are more geared towards visual ...

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    GM exec says weak U.S. dollar helping suppliers
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    According to Bo Anderson, General Motor's purchasing chief, the weakening dollar is actually going to help U.S. suppliers become more competitive in the economically flat world we live in. The combination of low-cost foreign rivals and the high prices commanded for raw materials have caused several ...

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    Are electronics making cars obsolete faster?
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    If just about any part breaks on your 1971 Volkswagen Beetle, you could probably get a replacement from a hundred different outlets. If the black box goes out on your 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII, your car becomes little more than a giant paperweight. With the profusion of different cars and the ...

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    Desktop fabricator takes DIY to a new level
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    We need one of these for when we finally get that Autoblog project car. It's called Fab@Home, and it's an open-source, desktop size fabrication rig; essentially a 3-dimesional printer. What the system allows you to do is fabricate complex parts with a simple, low cost rig. All you need are the ...

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    Eulogy for the Pacer - a memorial tribute to organ-donating AMCs
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    While it is perhaps not terribly far-fetched to think that there are folks who like the Pacer, this just seems like an unhealthy attachement. In the process of keeping his own very fine looking '76 alive, Curt Uhrin felt guilty about just stripping bits off those cars that gave their lives so that ...

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    Level Field Institute releases report on domestic content
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    The Level Field Institute - a group consisting of Big 3 retirees - has released a report detailing the impact of domestic and transplant automotive OEMs on the American auto parts industry, and it contains some interesting nuggets of information. Of the $225B in auto parts purchased from the US ...

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    Grade A, 100% All-American Car
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    According to the federal government, a vehicle with a 75-percent or more domestic parts rating is classified as a domestic vehicle. The web-based resource site Cars.com has compiled the 'American Made Index' that lists the top ten vehicles made in the U.S. according to where their parts came from, ...

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    Toyota to suppliers: don't sell to Hyundai
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    The Japanese island of Kyushu has become known as "Car Island" due to the influx of not only assembly plants, but also plants run by various car parts suppliers of the Japanese domestic manufacturers. In fact, 30 percent of all suppliers shacked up on Kyushu are affiliated with Toyota. Kyushu ...

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    Honda celebrates Ohio parts center groundbreaking
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    Shh, do you hear that? That's the sound of 110 jobs being created in Ohio thanks to Honda, which broke ground yesterday on a new domestic parts distribution center. The automaker is spending $89 million on the new place, which will be 530,000 square feet and also house a procurement office. ...

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    GM building "strike bank" in preparation for Delphi walk-out
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    Rick Wagoner, embattled head of General Motors, appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday morning news program, and confessed that GM is stockpiling parts and complete vehicles in an attempt to protect the automaker in case its spin-off supplier Delphi decides to strike. Indeed, this ...

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