New factory investments? Now?

Falling sales, rising incentives and mounting vehicle inventories — is this really the right time for automakers to invest heavily in new U.S. production capacity? Whatever, several manufacturers have decided to seize the moment.


Panamera wagon orders please Porsche execs

The U.S. order book for the redesigned Porsche Panamera includes a strong 10 percent take rate for the Sport Turismo wagon coming early next year.

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