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Battery suppliers face capacity crunch

Concerns are growing that battery suppliers such as LG Chem and Samsung won't be able to keep up as automakers promise dozens of new electric vehicles in the coming years.

UPDATED: 10/20/17 6:33 pm ET - adds detail
Ford stamping plant worker fatally shoots himself

A Ford employee shot and killed himself at the company's stamping plant in Woodhaven, Mich., on Friday.

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UPDATED: 10/20/17 9:38 am ET - adds details
Bentley to replace CEO, 3 board members in overhaul

Wolfgang Durheimer will step down as CEO of Bentley effective February 1 and be succeeded by Adrian Hallmark, former global strategy director at Jaguar Land Rover. Bentley's heads of engineering, sales and marketing, and human resources are also stepping down in a major overhaul.

Aston Martin moves beyond sports cars to Miami real estate

Aston Martin is pushing into U.S. real estate for the first time in an effort to establish a broader luxury brand. The automaker is building a 66-story apartment tower in downtown Miami that will feature 391 condominiums with prices ranging from $600,000 to $50 million.

Nissan's lax inspections started at least 20 years ago, report says

Nissan's inappropriate inspection practices have been going for at least 20 years, Japanese broadcaster NHK said. The report followed a decision by the automaker to suspend domestic vehicle production to address misconduct in its final inspection procedures, which has led to a recall of 1.2 million cars sold in Japan.

UPDATED: 10/20/17 10:01 am ET - adds details
Death of Australian car output leaves chasm

GM closed its Holden factory in Australia on Friday, ending more than a century of car manufacturing in the country. Hundreds of workers will be left jobless, just weeks after Toyota shut a plant in neighboring Victoria state, where Ford closed two sites last year.

UPDATED: 10/19/17 10:21 am ET - adds details
Nissan suspends Japanese output for 2 weeks; exports to continue

Nissan is suspending domestic production of vehicles for the Japanese market for at least two weeks to address misconduct in its inspection procedures that led to a major recall. Nissan will continue to produce vehicles for export.

UPDATED: 10/19/17 11:48 am ET - adds Toyota response
Illinois scratched from Toyota-Mazda factory sweepstakes

A lack of shovel-ready sites in Illinois and the state's failure to adopt a right-to-work law have helped to sideline the state's bid to land a $1.3 billion assembly plant planned by Toyota and Mazda, a top economic development official says.

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