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    Report: Toyota says U.S. plants may be hurt by Thai floods
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    Automotive News reports that Toyota may experience production delays tied to widespread flooding in Thailand. The Japanese automaker relies on certain Thai components, including audio systems, diodes and condensers that may see production shortages. Such shortages have already caused three ...

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    Land Rover delivers first Evoque to a horseback rider [w/video]
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    You might figure that horse riding enthusiasts would be diametrically opposed to SUV drivers, but you'd be wrong. At least in the case of Zara Phillips. The British equestrian competitor has been a Land Rover brand ambassador for several years now, and was lucky enough to snub Victoria Bekham ...

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    Report: Fiat to build Alfa Romeo SUV alongside Jeeps in America, build small car in Italy
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    The Detroit News is reporting that Fiat may move its planned Jeep and Alfa Romeo SUV production from Turin to the United States. That would leave the Italian plant open and available to produce a new future city car. According to an unnamed source close to the situation, the decision is based ...

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    Official: Saab says production will not resume August 9 as hoped
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    It looks like Saab isn't going to resume vehicle production on August 9 as it previously stated. Talks are currently continuing with the automaker's supplier base and the company's new partners to secure additional short-term funding. Apparently, Saab is still waiting on the delivery of some ...

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    Toyota says NA production to recover by September, earlier than expected
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    Toyota has announced that it expects its North American production to reach 100 percent capacity as early as September – far ahead of original post-quake estimates. So far, eight of the company's 12 models built in North America are back to 100 percent capacity, and total production is ...

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    Toyota drastically cuts North American production through May
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    Toyota will continue its three-days-a-week schedule at North American plants for the rest of April and May, due to continued parts shortages as a result of the March 11 Japan earthquake. Toyota's original production suspension halted lines on Mondays and Fridays from April 15 to April 25, but ...

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    Honda resuming production at Japanese plants
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    Honda has announced it will resume production at its Japanese plants effective April 11. Though the factories are ready to be up and running at full capacity again, Honda is keeping production levels at 50 percent due to a shaky parts supply. The company says production at its U.S. facilities ...

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    Saab production temporarily halted by unpaid suppliers *UPDATE
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    Yesterday, Saab was met with a slight production hiccup. The Swedish automaker's parent company Spyker Cars confirmed that production briefly ground to a halt at its Trolhättan assembly plant when a number of suppliers stopped the flow of parts due to non-payment of bills. Saab says it ...

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    Report: Toyota trimming global production goals for 2011
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    According to Reuters, Toyota has scaled back its production forecasts for 2011. Thanks to slowly improving sales in the U.S., the automaker has trimmed its plans for next year from eight million vehicles to 7.8 million – a drop of 200,000 units. If that's the case, 2011 will mark the third ...

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    Hyundai to be most American automaker by next year?
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    Which automaker do you think is the most "American"? Some might say Chevrolet, since they're the self-proclaimed Heartbeat of America. Others might say Ford since the Mustang is as iconic an American image as baseball and apple pie. What if we told you the answer might just be Hyundai? As of next ...

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    Lotus to euthanize Europa this year
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    Lotus Europa – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Given the recent launch of the more practical Evora, it shouldn't come as surprise that Lotus will be ceasing production of the ill-fated Europa later this year. According to our sources, European dealers have stopped taking orders for ...

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    Report: GM temporarily restarts Saturn Outlook, Hummer H3 production
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    Saturn Outlook – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Even though both the Saturn and Hummer brands are being phased out, General Motors has reportedly revived production of both the Outlook crossover and H3 SUV to meet consumer demands. Last month, GM assembled 1,037 Outlooks at its ...

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    Tesla to kill the Roadster in 2011, new version coming in 2013?
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    Tesla Roadster – Click above for high-res image gallery
    You read that right. Tesla Motors will stop building the Roadster in 2011. Wired's Autopia was digging through the papers filed by Tesla to the Securities and Exchange Commission for its IPO and came across with this nugget:
    "We do ...

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    Report: Toyota's gas pedal supplier woe spreads to Ford of China commercial vehicles
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    Taking every precaution, Ford Motor Co. has stopped production on its Chinese-made Transit Classic diesel models – a full-sized commercial vehicle with a throttle pedal manufactured by the same company behind the Toyota recall. According to Ford, the vehicles began production in December ...

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    Next-gen Ford Explorer will bring 1,200 new jobs to Chicago
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    2011 Ford Explorer Spy Shots - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In a bit of good news, always welcomed in today's battered automotive sector, Ford has announced it will add 1,200 jobs to the Chicago area when it moves production of the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer to its underutilized ...

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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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    REPORT: Saab dealers 'running out of cars'
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    2010 Saab 9-5 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    With new vehicle production at a trickle, and its dealer network slashed by a third, retailers of the Saab brand are finding inventory shrinking to drought levels. Some of the remaining dealers may even run out of new vehicles before ...

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    Geely looking for 1M units from Volvo, plans Chinese factory
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    Should Geely succeed in its bid to purchase Volvo, the Chinese automaker does not plan to spend any time playing in its new Swedish sandbox. Ford moved about 380,000 Volvos around the world last year; Geely wants to sell 2.5 times that amount within five years. How so? By injecting "two or three ...

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    REPORT: VW takes over #1 carmaker slot, sings "Wir sind die Meister, mein Freund"
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    It was a little more than a year ago when Volkswagen, because of Porsche's stock market finagling, briefly became the most valuable company in the world. This was just after it passed Ford for the number three slot in global sales. Now the big company that could – powered by the little car ...

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    REPORT: BAIC/Koenigsegg may produce Saab 9-5 in China
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    Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. (BAIC), announced as a minority partner in Koenigsegg's deal to purchase Saab from General Motors two months ago, plans to produce the Saab 9-5 on Chinese soil next year. The involvement of BAIC in the Saab transaction helps Koenigsegg close the deal and ...

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