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    Report: Toyota retires robots in favor of humans to improve automaking process
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    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 ...

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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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    Report: Developer sues Tesla over aborted New Mexico Model S plant
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    New Mexico may be The Land of Enchantment, but at least one developer from the state is less than charmed with Tesla Motors. The electric-vehicle maker has been sued by Rio Real Estate Investment Opportunities for what the developer says was an agreed-upon deal for Tesla to produce its Model S ...

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    Report: Chrysler adding jobs at Toledo Jeep plant to boost Wrangler production
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    New car sales have been on the upswing, and few vehicles have experienced more success than the Jeep Wrangler. The iconic off-roader set an all-time May sales record with 14,454 units sold, and its total sales are up 34 percent on the year. That's good news for Chrysler, and it could lead to ...

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    Report: Audi to decide on North American plant on Wednesday?
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    Automotive News reports Audi may make a decision on where the automaker plans to build a North American facility as soon as Wednesday of this week. The Volkswagen supervisory board is already scheduled to meet on April 18, and an unnamed source claims the new plant is on the agenda for ...

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    Report: Toyota to ramp up Canadian production of RAV4
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    Sales of the RAV4 are down five percent so far in 2012, but that won't stop Toyota from increasing North American production. Automotive News reports that Toyota will spend $80 million to retool its Woodstock, Ontario plant to increase production from 150,000 crossovers per year to 200,000. The ...

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    Official: BMW highlights factory tour experience in Munich
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    Like other European automakers, BMW is keen to welcome visitors at its headquarters in Munich, and you don't even have to buy a car to see it. The Bavarian automaker's principal visitors center is BMW Welt, a dynamic attraction that has welcomed some two million visitors every year since opening ...

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    Report: UAW targeting VW and Mercedes for U.S. organizing drive
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    The United Autoworkers Union is struggling – and it is the first to admit it. With its membership dwindling after three decades of workforce cuts by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, the union has pinned its future on organizing one of the transplants. Efforts to convince workers at ...

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    Report: Reuse of decomissioned U.S. auto plants on the rise
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    The Detroit Free Press reports that, of the 267 automotive plants that have closed in the U.S. since 1979, 128 have reopened with a new purpose. Astonishingly enough, 40 percent of those reopened sites were purchased between 2008 and 2010 as General Motors and Chrysler underwent restructuring, ...

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    Report: North American Honda plants will resume normal output next month
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    Honda has experienced a very challenging 2011. The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the flooding in Thailand have conspired to badly damage Honda's ability to build vehicles here in North America. That should change soon, though, as Automotive News reports that North American Honda ...

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    Official: Porsche gears up for Cajun production with Leipzig expansion
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    Back in 1999, Porsche settled on the location for a new factory in Leipzig, Germany. It opened its doors in 2002 with production of the Cayenne, and further expanded in 2009 to gear up for the Panamera. As of November, 2011, the assembly plant has built some 420,000 vehicles, but that's just the ...

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    Report: Fiat to develop 'Baby Jeep' in Italy, keep Compass/Patriot replacement in U.S.
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    The Fiat/Chrysler relationship has yet to spawn any post-marital offspring, but that will soon change. Automotive News reports that one of those vehicles could come in the size and shape of a "baby" Jeep that will be sold in Europe. The B-segment Jeep, which we told you about back in August, ...

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    Video: How to build a Ferrari 458 Italia's body frame
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    As far as autoworker jobs go, putting together a Ferrari has got to be one of the plum gigs. The company is consistently rated as one of the best places to work in Europe, but if the pleasant atmosphere and long espresso breaks weren't enough, you get to go home at the end of the day knowing that ...

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    Official: Audi Q3 production begins in Spain
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    It wasn't that long ago that Audi had no SUVs in its lineup – aside from the A6 Allroad Quattro – despite being known for its all-wheel-drive vehicles. But that's all changed, just as it has for BMW and Porsche. The Q7 was followed by the Q5, and now the Q3 has started production as ...

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    Saab establishing new chassis factory with ZF in Sweden
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    Component suppliers form a huge part of the automotive industry, and few are as big – or as old – as ZF. The German consortium dates back nearly a century, and today has some 123 factories in 27 countries. Make that 124 in 28, now, as the company has announced plans for a new facility ...

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    Report: Toyota idling two U.S. factories in wake of sales shortfall
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    The recall of over eight million vehicles has Toyota in the crosshairs of the world media, and all that negative attention is predictably hurting the Japanese automaker's U.S. sales. A report from Breitbart claims that Toyota is stopping production at its Georgetown, Kentucky Camry and Avalon ...

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    REPORT: Volkswagen confirms Karmann purchase, plans to build new car at factory in 2011
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    Volkswagen AG has announced it will be establishing a new manufacturing unit in Osnabrueck, located in VW's home state of Lower Saxony, Germany. Interestingly enough, VW will be purchasing the land, equipment, and machinery formerly owned by Karmann -- the coachbuilder and convertible roof ...

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    FYI: UAW releases list of 2010 cars and trucks made in union shops
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    There's "Buy American!" and then there's "Buy Union!" If you're among the most serious about keeping your red-white-and-blue money in the U.S. of A North America and organized labor is close to your ticker, then you'll want to check out this list put together by the United Auto Workers. It lists ...

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    REPORT: VW chooses Mexican plant for new compact sedan
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    Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 Special Edition - Click above for hi-res image gallery
    Adding a vote of confidence to Mexico's struggling auto industry, Volkswagen has announced that it will begin assembly of a new compact car (working title "New Compact Sedan") in the country next year. The German automaker ...

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    Police and protestors clash at future site of Tata Nano plant
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Tata Nano Raze 1,000-acres of farmland to build an automobile factory, and somebody is going to protest. Even in India. The automaker is Tata, and the protesters numbered at least 1,000 strong as they went head-to-head against police in eastern India ...

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