Toyota plans to unveil an all-new Tundra full-sized pickup at the Chicago Auto Show next month. The redesigned, third-generation Tundra is expected to go on sale this spring and will become the third revamped big pickup planned by automakers for the 2014 model year.
Elio Motors this month revealed plans to reopen the former GM plant in Shreveport, La., where it will pay 1,500 workers 50 percent more than new hires at GM earn to build $6,800, three-wheeled vehicles that get 84 mpg.
Chrysler Group has eliminated a shift of production at its Dundee Engine plant on the line that builds 1.4-liter engines, including the turbocharged version, for the Fiat 500 subcompact and some variations of the Dodge Dart.
Volkswagen says it is planning additional weekend production to meet demand for the latest version of its best-selling Golf which went on sale at the end of last year. Orders for the seventh-generation model have exceeded 100,000 cars, the company said.
Volkswagen plans to invest 785 million euros ($1 billion) over the next 5 years in a plant in northern Spain that builds the subcompact Polo model. VW is the third carmaker in recent months to boost investment in the recession-hit country.
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