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GM Cutting Third Shift At Crossover Plant

General Motors announced today it plans to layoff the third shift of production at its Spring Hill, Tenn. assembly plant. The downtime will begin on Nov. 27th, but thus far the company has declined to comment on how long the production cut will take place.  The Spring Hill plant currently produces the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia crossovers with 3,300…

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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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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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GM Plant Strike Causing Rippling Effects

General Motors has announced planned production reductions at several facilities to contend with an ongoing strike at its Chevrolet Equinox assembly plant. The strike, which started last Sunday, is beginning to cause ripple effects across the GM system now.  Specifically GM is reducing output at its St. Catharines Propulsion Plant, Spring Hill and Flint Engine Operations. Nearly all of the…

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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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Ram Recalls Nearly 500,000 Trucks

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has announced a voluntary recall impacting 494,000 Ram medium and heavy-duty pickup trucks. The recall is associated with the water pump, which could cause a fire under certain conditions. Specifically, FCA says the recall impacts 2013-2017 Ram Heavy Duty models equipped with the company's 6.7-liter turbo-diesel engine. In addition to Ram 2500 and 3500 models, the company's 3500,…

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