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Henderson County officials may be close to securing construction of another automotive car parts plant. County manager Steve Wyatt said the international company could make their final decision in the next several weeks. Wyatt said if the company comes, it would bring a significant amount of job opportunities for auto…

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016
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•VOLKSWAGEN AG, SAIC MOTOR CORPORATION LIMITED and ŠKODA AUTO sign Memorandum of Understanding during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Czech Republic •Agreement covers 5-year investment plan amounting around EUR 2 billion for expansion of ŠKODA’s model range •Investment priorities include new models in addition to alternative…

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Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda has produced the one millionth third-generation Octavia at its main factory in Mlada Boleslav, informed the company in an official statement. Since the model was introduced in 1996, the Czech carmaker has produced five million Octavias in total. The Octavia hatch and estate are available with…

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Top Czech carmaker Skoda Auto, a unit of Germany's Volkswagen, and the Shanghai-based SAIC Motor Corporation plan to invest two billion euros ($2.3 billion) in China over five years, an agreement signed Wednesday said. The deal was inked during a landmark visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Czech…

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With scores of new cars released each year, it can be tough to navigate the automotive landscape. That’s why the World Car Awards, administered by a Toronto-based non-profit and voted upon by 73 jurors worldwide (myself included), drives them all and decides upon the best of the pack. Here’s a…

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Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) anticipates the possibility of further capacity shifts from other Daimler production plants to its East London plant in the future. Arno van der Merwe, the chief executive and executive director of manufacturing at MBSA, said this could give Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicles an even more meaningful part…

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A six-figure SUV is a no-brainer for any luxury automaker. Mercedes-Benz and Range Rover, for example, have proven that demand exists for ultra-luxury SUVs and there is much money to be made from selling them. BMW doesn’t yet have a six-figure SUV (the X5 M starts at just under $100,000),…

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General Motors Co plans to cut sales to U.S. rental car fleets by 80,000 to 90,000 vehicles this year without surrendering significant market share, the head of the automaker's North American operations told Reuters on Tuesday. GM sold about 449,000 vehicles to U.S. rental car companies in 2014. It cut…

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016
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Some time ago, Mahindra had released a new platform of Blazo heavy duty trucks, to the strong approval of the Indian market. The company is now planning to capitalise on the conducive atmosphere by having the vehicles exported abroad as well. At present, the brand has its eye on Africa,…

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The new $1.3 billion Cadillac factory on the outskirts of Shanghai is a shrine to modern manufacturing, the kind of facility that automakers all over the world dream of building but can seldom afford. Hundreds of robots bend, arch and twist to assemble the body of Cadillac’s new flagship CT6.…