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Volvo Expanding U.S. Plant To Build XC90

Volvo Cars has formally confirmed reports that it is doubling its investment into a new South Carolina assembly plant. The Chinese-owned Swedish automaker is investing an additional $1.1 billion into the facility to produce the next-generation XC90 crossover at the plant.  Along with the additional investment, the company says it is increasing the number of new jobs by an additional…

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Subaru Teases Sedan Concept For Tokyo Motor Show

Subaru will be leveraging next month's Tokyo Motor Show has the venue of choice for a new sedan concept. The company will preview its future lineup with what it calls a sporty sedan using the Viziv Performance Concept name.  The naming convention comes as no surprise. Intended as a combination of "innovation" and "vision," Viziv has been a badge utilized…

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Suzuki Shows Kei Off-Roading Future with e-Survivor Concept

Even with an all-new Jimny right around the corner, Suzuki is perhaps looking towards the future of the model with the alternative powered e-Survivor Concept. Though it might be hard to remember now, Suzuki has had proper pint sized off-roader models (and still does elsewhere). The e-Survivor previews how the company plans to match this capability with their Kei-sized latter…

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Daimler AG Investing $1 Billion In Alabama Plant

Daimler AG has announced plans for a $1 billion expansion at its assembly plant outside Tuscaloosa, Ala. The expansion will add capacity at the plant to produce future electric SUVs, including the production of the batteries that will power them.  The Wall Street Journal first reported the news this morning, which Daimler AG confirmed through a spokeswoman, who also stated the…

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Ford Idling Five North American Assembly Plants

Ford Motor Company has announced plans to idle five of its North American assembly plants over the next 10 weeks. The downtime is expected to help the company reduce inventory levels in the U.S. of slow-selling models, meaning most of the impacted vehicles are cars.  According to Reuters, Ford will idle two plants in Mexico and three in the U.S. The…

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Report: Volvo Doubling U.S. Plant Expansion

New reporting suggests Volvo is doubling the size of its planned U.S. assembly plant before construction is even finished. The company is adding a second assembly line to the plan as part of an additional $1 billion investment, suggesting the company is bullish about its prospects for sales growth in North America. Citing unnamed sources familiar with Volvo's plans, local…

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Next Dodge Challenger, Charger To Use Maserati Platform

It's challenging to keep up with Fiat-Chrysler's future product plans. The latest change of course appears to be with the replacement Dodge Challenger and Charger--the "LX" cars, which are reportedly going to use the Maserati Ghibli. Automotive News future product report is the first to report the plans of spawning new Dodges from the Maserati platform in 2021. Until this…

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Opinion: I'm Now Optimistic About Automotive Electrification

We all know the automotive industry is on the cusp of seismic change. It seems almost daily another automaker announces plans to electrify its entire lineup, or a nation state announces plans to ultimately ban combustion engines from vehicles in some various form. As an enthusiast, the news is often disappointing; bellwether signs of impending doom, it seems. However, my…

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