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Extended-Range Plug-In Maker Plans Return To Action

Newly renamed automaker ready to bring in more people for its Southern California factory.


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.


Jaguar Land Rover has settled on Slovakia as the preferred location for its next automotive assembly plant, and is now undertaking a feasibility study before committing to construction.


British Prime Minister David Cameron has publicly offered Aston Martin use of a military facility in Wales in order to handle assembly of the new DBX crossover within the UK instead of Alabama.


General Motors' engine component manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, MI, is set to receive $119 million out of the $5.4 billion the company is investing into its facilities.


The next stage in GM's $5.4-billion factory renovation initiative will see it upgrade the Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana that handles production of the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado.


Aston Martin is nearing a decision on building a plant to handle production of the DBX crossover, and Alabama is reportedly the most logical choice.


Volvo has selected a site in Berkeley County near Charleston, SC, as the location for its first US assembly plant, set to begin local production in 2018.


Jaguar Land Rover was said to be eying a new assembly plant in the Southern United States, but is now reportedly looking into production in Mexico instead.


A new plant in the southern United States is among the possibilities Aston Martin is considering for producing the DBX crossover concept.


Plant Tab May Hit $5 Billion When All Said And Done

Tesla has spent $62 million so far prepping its Gigafactory in Nevada.


Ford announces plans to expand its engine plant to be the largest in Mexico, and build its first transmission facility south of the border, as part of a combined $2.5-billion investment.


Toyota announces plans to build a new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, at the cost of around $1 billion, set to begin building 200,000 Corollas per year starting in 2019.


Mercedes-Benz is building a $500-million factory in Charleston, SC, to build the next-gen Sprinter domestically. Construction of the plant will begin in 2016, and it will cover 200 acres.


After half a century and some 14 million units built, Ford closes one of its largest plants, located in the Belgian city of Genk, with manufacturing of the Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy shifting to Valencia instead.


Michelin has been showing off its idea of combining the wheel and tire into a single component as far back as 2005. Dubbed the Tweel, the novel design replaced standard pneumatic tires and metal wheels with deforming spokes around a hub. While uses of the Tweel are still limited, the tech is about to get a big upgrade in production with Michelin opening a dedicated factory to build them in Piedmont, SC, on November 20.


Would a Bentley be a Bentley if it weren't manufactured in Great Britain? Would a Lamborghini be a Lamborghini if it were built outside of Italy? It may be hard to say either way, but we might find out sooner than later, because the latest word coming in from Europe is that the Volkswagen Group is considering expanding production for both these upscale brands outside their traditional homes.


It's official, folks: After initial reports last week indicated that Mercedes-Benz was preparing to begin assembly at the Nissan plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, the two parent companies have announced just that. Only instead of using the existing Nissan plant at the site (in operation since 1992), Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have announced a joint venture to build a new one alongside it.


Musk Says 160,000 Annual Sales Would Require New Plant; Company Might Sell 15,000 This Year

Tesla Motors is, as always, thinking big. The company already has a factory in California with a lot of empty space. But with Model S deliveries happening in Europe and a right-hand drive version just launched in the UK, CEO Elon Musk is already talking about building EVs in Europe. We did some math and let's just say we think any such facility is likely a long way off.


Mitsuru Kawai is overseeing a return to the old ways at Toyota factories throughout Japan. Having spent 50 years at the Japanese automaker, Kawai remembers when manual skills were prized at the company and "experienced masters used to be called gods, and they could make anything." Company CEO Akio Toyoda personally chose Kawai to develop programs to teach workers metalcraft such as how to forge a crankshaft from scratch, and 100 workstations that formerly housed machines have been set aside for


The Detroit News reported today that Toyota will restart production at two Indian plants, following a shutdown on Monday.

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