Manufacturing

Brexit is causing big headaches for UK automakers
Brexit is causing big headaches for UK automakers

Last June, voters in the United Kingdom faced a very serious question: should the UK remain a member of the European Union as it had been since 1973, or should it back out of the political and economic alliance, going it alone? When all the votes had been counted, 51.9 percent had chosen the latter...Read More»

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Someone Tell Trump: America Is The New Mexico (To Canada, Anyway)

Last month, Donald Trump ruffled feathers at Ford when he claimed that the automaker was cutting American jobs by shifting production to Mexico. Now, something similar is happening in Canada -- only this time, the cheap-labor boogeyman isn't Mexico, it's the U.S. The problem in the Great White...Read More»

Rusted car, Strezlecki Track, Australia (via Wikimedia)
Australia's Auto Industry Is Dead: Could It Happen Here?

Today, Australia's auto industry was dealt a death blow. In a press release, Toyota Australia revealed "that it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017 and become a national sales and distribution company." Toyota Australia's president and CEO, Max Yasuda, and Toyota Motor...Read More»

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Toyota Ends Production In Australia: Auto Industry Down Under Is Officially Dead

Earlier today, Toyota announced that it would stop building cars in Australia in 2017. Toyota was the last major automaker with manufacturing facilities in the country, so its pull-out means that the auto industry in Australia is effectively dead. According to an official press release: "The...Read More»

2014 Jeep Cherokee
2014 Jeep Cherokee Delayed A Third Time Due To Transmission Problems

For more than a decade, Jeep fans have awaited the return of the long-lost Cherokee. Earlier this year, it seemed like they'd soon get their wish: Chrysler unveiled the 2014 Jeep Cherokee in March at the 2013 New York Auto Show, promising that the all-new crossover would arrive in showrooms in...Read More»

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The 10 States Most (And Least) Likely To Buy "American"

Americans have conflicting ideas about what makes a car truly "American". According to an AutoTrader survey released last year, "a vehicle that is made in the U.S. by a foreign automaker is more likely to be seen as 'American made' (57 percent) than one from a U.S. automaker that was built outside...Read More»

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After 88 Years, Ford Stops Making Cars In Australia

1925 was a pretty big year. It saw the birth of John DeLorean, Paul Newman, Johnny Carson, and Dick Van Dyke. F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925, and Adolf Hitler published Mein Kampf. And in Australia, Ford Motor Company began building Model Ts for eager drivers. Today, Ford...Read More»

2013 Lexus ES 350
For The First Time Ever, Toyota Brings Lexus Production To The U.S.

Yesterday, our colleagues at Motor Authority predicted that today's press event with Toyota president Akio Toyoda would include an announcement that the company is moving production of some Lexus vehicles to the U.S. Move over, Walter Mercado, because it appears that our team was right. At a press...Read More»

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Chrysler Inks Deal With Guangzhou To Produce Chinese Jeeps In China

Back in October, there was a lot of discussion about Chrysler and news that the company might begin producing Jeeps in China again. Some pundits screamed bloody murder, fearing that Chrysler's new Italian owner -- Fiat -- planned to shutter Jeep facilities in the U.S. and headquarter the...Read More»

2013 Honda Accords on the assembly line in Marysville, Ohio, where they've been built for 30 years
Honda Accord Hybrid, Nissan Murano To Be Built In U.S.

Years after some analysts proclaimed that U.S. manufacturing was dead as a doornail, we're seeing new life in the sector. Not only are tech companies like Apple doing more of their making here at home, but automakers are making the shift, too -- especially those from Japan. Yesterday, our...Read More»

2011 Honda Fit Sport
Hondas To Be As 'American' As Detroit Cars By 2015?

A few weeks ago, we wondered whether U.S. consumers found it more important to buy a car that's "made in America" or one that's made by an American company. The post generated some interesting discussion, with several readers pointing out -- quite rightly -- that in this day and age, it's become...Read More»

2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic
Jeep Liberty Officially Dies On August 16

We knew it was coming. We all knew that the Jeep Liberty was not long for this world. And now, Detroit News has told us when Jeep's parent company, Chrysler, is pulling the plug: next Thursday, August 16. The Liberty has had good run, managing to remain popular despite being part of a Jeep/Dodge...Read More»

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Is 'Made In America' More Important Than 'Made By U.S. Company'?

When you're looking for a new ride, which is more important: the company that makes the car or the country where it's made? Once upon a time, that question would've seemed absurd. Honda is a Japanese company, so its cars are made in Japan, right? But thanks to increasingly international...Read More»

2013 Nissan Altima Coupe
2013 Nissan Altima Coupe: It's Back, But For How Long?

The 2013 Nissan Altima sedan is new and improved, on many fronts. But what about the two-door Altima Coupe? Nissan says the other Altima isn't getting the same redo--it will carry over for the 2013 model year, and only as a single model. The two-door will be offered only as a 2.5 S four-cylinder...Read More»

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Auto Industry Puts A (Small) Dent In Unemployment

In Montgomery, Alabama, automaker Hyundai recently announced it was hiring 877 new workers. To fill those positions, over 20,000 prospective workers applied. Last summer, 18,000 people put in for jobs at Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky, plant, where the automaker will begin producing its Escape...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Ford Beefs Up Production By Cutting Down On Summer Break

The U.S. auto market is booming. As of April 30, automakers had sold more than 4.6 million vehicles -- a 10.3% increase over the previous year. Like many car companies, Ford is working overtime to keep pace with demand. Ford's sales are running nearly 5% above 2011, fueled largely by the...Read More»

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Would You Want Hello Kitty On Your Car--Forever?

The tribal tattoos and tramp stamps that were no-brainer decisions in college proved just that for some bearers in the years since. Will mass personalization on new cars leave fewer scars of regret? Could it hurt resale value? Some Toyota owners may find out. As explained on Boston.com, the...Read More»

2012 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion Finds A Home In Michigan

Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant, also know as AutoAlliance International, currently builds the Ford Mustang and the Mazda6 sedan. We previously reported that Mazda will no longer build the Mazda6 at this joint venture, and will build the Mazda6 in Japan, which leaves Flat Rock with quite a...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry XLE
Recycling Robots Reduces 2012 Toyota Camry Cost

When Toyota redesigned the 2012 Camry mid-size sedan, raising the price simply wasn’t an option. The new Camry would have to do battle against the Hyundai Sonata and the Ford Fusion, both of which have seen double-digit sales increases over the last year. Pricing the Camry beyond its...Read More»

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