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BMW bet on S.C. plant pays off with export windfall

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
BMW's first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany has become a bona fide success after initial hiccups. The factory in Spartanburg, S.C., -- already the nation's biggest light-vehicle exporter -- is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and keep ahead of rivals Audi and Mercedes....
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Tesla cleared to open up to 5 stores in Pa. under new law

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signed a bill that will allow Tesla to operate up to five stores in the state....
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UAW creates union local for VW workers in Tennessee

8:32 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The UAW formed a union local to represent workers at VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, where it lost a bitter organizing vote earlier this year. Membership in Local 42 will be voluntary and the unit will not have power to bargain on behalf of all employees at the plant, UAW officials said today....
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Mexico projected to surpass Brazil as top Latin American vehicle producer

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Mexico is poised to overtake Brazil as the top Latin American automobile producer for the first time in more than a decade as surging exports to the U.S. spur factory openings and record output....
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Detroit 3 to shorten, eliminate summer break at some plants

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Summer vacation will be shortened or won't come at all for some Detroit 3 assembly plants in the United States as light truck and SUV sales continue to heat up....
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Subaru struggles to satisfy customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Subaru, flush with record profits and poised for a sixth straight year of record U.S. sales, may be a little too hot for the liking of Yasuyuki Yoshinaga. Getting dealers to invest in new service facilities is his top priority....
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Chrysler to sell small cars from Mitsubishi in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors will supply Chrysler with a Thailand-built compact sedan for sale in Mexico starting in November....
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'Made in Germany' loses more luster as BMW, Audi, M-B expand footprints

1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
“Made in Germany,” a hallmark of three of Europe's leading luxury automakers for years, is losing a little more of its exclusivity with BMW's decision to join rivals Audi and Mercedes and establish a manufacturing footprint in Mexico....
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Honda expands giant airbag recall to include California

9:36 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Honda expanded a U.S. regional recall of vehicles over potentially explosive airbags to include California after a complaint that said a driver was injured in an accident in the state....
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BMW to invest $1 billion in new plant in Mexico, employ 1,500 workers

1:40 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
BMW plans to spend $1 billion to build a plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, with capacity of about 150,000 units per year, the company said today. Start of production is planned for 2019, with a work force of about 1,500 employees, said Harald Krueger, BMW board member for production, in a statement. BMW did not disclose what models it will build at the plant....
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Tesla measure allowing 5 stores heads to Pa. governor's desk

4:20 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Tesla Motors, which has battled auto dealer groups over its direct sales of electric cars through company-owned stores, won another victory in Pennsylvania and a measure there allowing it to expand retail operations is headed for the governor's desk....
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VW denies rumors of planned takeover bid for U.S. truckmaker Paccar

July 3, 2014 11:33 CET
Volkswagen says it is not interested in bidding for U.S. truckmaker Paccar, rejecting comments made by Daimler's commercial vehicle chief Wolfgang Bernhard....
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Alliance drops suit over Florida warranty reimbursement law

5:40 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers asked a federal court to dismiss its six-year-old lawsuit over Florida legislation on warranty reimbursement....
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Canada sets June, first-half sales record; Ford tops Fiat Chrysler

3:49 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
Ford sold the most vehicles in Canada in June, trumping Fiat Chrysler, which has sold the most cars and trucks in the country so far this year....
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Bosch to invest 400 million euros in Mexico production, report says

July 2, 2014 16:31 CET
German supplier Robert Bosch is preparing to invest 400 million euros ($546 million) to build car parts in Mexico for a growing North American market, a German newspaper reported....
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GM says one worker killed, four hospitalized in metal plant explosion

4:58 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
General Motors said one person died and four people were hospitalized Tuesday after a chemical explosion at a factory near Fort Wayne, Ind....
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Under new law, Cuban dealers sell 50 cars in first 6 months of year

8:29 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
Cuban dealers sold 50 cars and four motorcycles in the first six months of the year under a new law that removed limits on auto purchases but came with prices so high few people could afford them....
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BMW's new Mexico plant will build up to 150,000 cars a year, report says

July 1, 2014 12:37 CET
A new BMW car plant in Mexico will build 150,000 vehicles annually, a source said. BMW said it will make an announcement in Mexico on Thursday, although the company did not confirm it will be about a new factory....
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BMW plans for Mexico factory to be unveiled Thursday, government official says

12:08 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
BMW AG's plans to build a new factory in Mexico will be revealed on Thursday, a government official said today. The Mexican official, speaking on condition of anonymity with Reuters, said details of the plans would be made in an announcement scheduled for July 3....
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Chrysler to sell Mitsubishi-supplied small cars in Mexico

10:28 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors will supply Chrysler with a Thailand-built compact sedan for sale in Mexico starting in November. The car will be based on the Mitsubishi Attrage, the sedan version of the Mirage hatchback sold in the United States. Mitsubishi will supply Chrysler over a five-year period....
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Cap on Tesla Pennsylvania stores closer

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Pennsylvania is halfway to placing a cap on the number of stores that Tesla Motors Inc. can open in the state, muting legislation that helped spark a confrontation between dealers and other automakers....
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Jaguar reconnects to sports-car roots

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2014
The F-Type two-door sports cars are allowing Jaguar to re-create its image and history as it prepares for a new compact sedan due in 2016, says the brand's North America vice president, Jeff Curry. He says the brand is marketing its sporting heritage "in a new modern context."...
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Fiat 500 Abarth with automatic transmission should broaden appeal, exec says

4:11 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The North American head of the Fiat brand said that adding an optional automatic transmission to its performance Fiat 500 Abarth would open up the sporty minicar to a much wider number of potential customers....
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Hitachi completes construction of largest plant at Georgia complex

4:08 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The U.S. unit of Japanese supplier Hitachi Automotive Systems completed construction of its third and largest plant at its Monroe, Ga., operations....
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Part of Corvette-swallowing sinkhole will be preserved, museum says

2:30 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The National Corvette Museum will preserve a piece of the 60-foot-wide hole that opened underneath the museum and sunk eight of its historical models in February, the museum’s board of directors decided....
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