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Ford to build an 8-speed transmission in Michigan

Ford will build an eight-speed front-wheel-drive transmission, downsized from a planned nine-speed, at a Michigan plant.


Lexus patient with fixed-price program

A year into the Lexus Plus no-haggle pricing program, the expected waves of dealers joining are only ripples. But brand executives say a slow and steady pace has its benefits.


Longer summer shutdowns loom for factories as sales slow

Manufacturers used to shut plants for a week or two in July for maintenance and to keep inventories in check. This summer, widespread closures may be back.

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