North America

China's Yanfeng plans $55 million Tennessee factory to supply VW

12:32 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, a Chinese supplier, will build a $55 million factory in Chattanooga to supply components to Volkswagen AG's nearby assembly plant....
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Michigan driverless car testing site opens Monday

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

The University of Michigan will officially open its new testing site for connected and driverless cars on Monday. The 32-acre testing grounds, called Mcity, are designed to simulate urban and suburban roads with a network of controlled intersections, traffic signals, streetlights, sidewalks, construction obstacles and more, the university said in a statement....
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Texas isn't open for Tesla sales, governor says

3:56 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that Tesla Motors shouldn't expect to open Lone Star state sales outlets any time soon....
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GM plans $1.4 billion expansion, retooling of Texas SUV plant

2:00 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $1.4 billion in its Arlington, Texas, plant to keep pace with brisk demand for its big SUVs. GM will reconfigure the factory, including the addition of a new paint shop, new body shop and retooled assembly areas....
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M-B dealers donate $100k for S.C. scholarship fund

3:27 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz Dealers of America board, along with a dealer in Charleston, S.C., is donating $100,000 to establish a scholarship fund for the families of the nine men and women killed in the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston last month....
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Ford to move production of Focus, C-Max from Michigan Assembly

2:35 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Ford today said its Michigan Assembly Plant will stop building the Focus and C-Max in 2018, in a sign that the automaker sees slow demand for small cars to continue in the foreseeable future....
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FCA to invest $166M in Mich. stamping plant

3:58 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is investing $166 million to install three new press lines at its stamping plant in suburban Detroit....
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Quality Metalcraft acquired by private equity firm

2:34 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Automotive metal components and assemblies supplier Quality Metalcraft was acquired last month by private equity firm The Watermill Group LLC....
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Google begins testing self-driving vehicles in Austin

9:20 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Google has begun testing its self-driving vehicles in Austin, Texas, expanding efforts to gather information on how the prototypes interact with traffic, road conditions and people....
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FTC remains vigilant on deceptive dealership ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

After two Las Vegas dealerships agreed last week to settle charges that they used deceptive advertising, the Federal Trade Commission said dealers can expect vigilant enforcement of dealers' practices to continue....
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Mexico auto production, exports rise in June

12:43 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mexico auto production rose 6.7 percent in June to 306,694 units versus the same month last year, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said....
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Average fuel economy drops to 25.4 mpg in June

11:23 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was down 0.1 mpg in June, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Halftime score for U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

What was hot and not-so-hot in the U.S. light-vehicle market through June...
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Honda to make English official language by 2020

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Former Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito famously said five years ago that it was “stupid” to make English the official work language of a Japanese company. Now that he’s left the building, however, Japan’s No. 3 carmaker is changing its tune....
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Truck, luxury car demand drive record June sales in Canada

1:38 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, according to data released on Thursday....
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Mexican supplier Nemak to launch $750 million IPO

11:38 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Nemak SAB's expected $750 million initial public stock offering today marks the first stock offering of a Mexican auto supplier since at least 2000....
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Lotus Evora to resume U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A scaled-down Lotus is preparing to leave the pits after sitting out the 2015 model year. The boutique British sports car maker says it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at year end....
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Toyota's own glass house

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Toyota last week unveiled architectural renderings of its new North American headquarters campus in Plano, Texas, which will house some 4,000 employees from divisions now scattered among operations in California, Kentucky and New York....
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GLE Coupe's goal: Style, not off-road use

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is targeting the GLE Coupe at style conscious buyers, not off-roaders. The Coupe won't be available with the Mercedes off-road package. It will be sold only as a high-performance model in the U.S....
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No seat unturned in flood-damage search

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Since torrential downpours hit Houston in late May, Bob Sluss has been extra vigilant about leaving no stone - or seat - unturned when appraising used vehicles. Sluss has seen a spike in trade-ins with water damage that was not disclosed by their owners....
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How Mexico could color UAW talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

When the UAW and Detroit automakers open contract talks next month, Mexico will be hovering over the proceedings and influence the outcome....
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Nissan's NYC taxi fleet plan upheld in state appeals court

4:41 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

New York City's $1 billion plan for a new line of yellow cabs made by Nissan was upheld by the state's highest court today. The court rejected a challenge from fleet operators to the “Taxi of Tomorrow” plan....
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REMEMBER THE TITANS

Nissan renames Nashville's NFL stadium

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Nissan North America has won naming rights for its hometown NFL stadium in Nashville where the Tennessee Titans play. The name “Nissan Stadium” will go above the field on a highly visible landmark in downtown Nashville, a region where Nissan employs more than 10,000 people....
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Toyota shows off renderings of new Texas headquarters

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota's North American arm took another step in its migration to Plano,Texas, today, unveiling architectural renderings of a headquarters campus that will house some 4,000 employees and consolidate divisions now scattered among sites in California, Kentucky and New York....
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Lotus Evora returns to U.S. at year's end; U.S. HQ moving to Mich.

2:17 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Lotus said today that it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at the end of the year in the U.S. The company also announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters from Georgia to Michigan....
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