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Australia's Auto Industry Is Dead: Could It Happen Here?
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»

2013 Cadillac ATS sedan begins production at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant
For The First Time In A Decade, Auto Production Tops 16 Million Vehicles

Before 2008, before the international economic meltdown, auto companies weren't known for being efficient. Sibling brands overlapped, cannibalizing sales. Production was fragmented, with little thought given to manufacturing vehicles for multiple markets with the greatest of ease. Cars and trucks...Read More»

Australia's coat of arms
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»

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
So, Is Jeep Really Moving To China, Or What?

Update: See below Last week, Bloomberg News ran a story with this headline: "Fiat Says Jeep Output May Return to China as Demand Rises". There are three ways you could look at that. 1. You could cock your head to the side like Nipper the RCA dog and wonder what the heck it means. 2. You could...Read More»

2011 Toyota Corolla
Toyota Bringing Much Of Its Production Home -- To America

The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March, 2011 wreaked havoc on Japan, killing thousands of citizens and bringing much of the country to a standstill. Automakers like Toyota were beginning to get back up to speed later that year, when flooding in Thailand put more crimps in the production line...Read More»

2013 Subaru BRZ
Toyota, Honda & Others Boost Output To Meet Cash-For-Clunkers Demand

Many eager auto shoppers in Japan have been stymied by inventory shortages, but according to the Wall Street Journal, the wait for new wheels may be coming to an end. The Journal reports that most Japanese companies are ramping up output, with significantly more cars rolling off the lines over the...Read More»

2011 Acura TL
Honda Cuts U.S., Canadian Output By Up To 50% Due To Parts Shortages In Japan

The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan on March 11 has affected millions of Japanese citizens, their families, and businesses. The country's auto industry was hard-hit -- both directly and indirectly -- and most Japanese automakers halted operations to grieve for lost workers...Read More»

2011 Honda Element
Honda Announces End Of Element Production With 2011 Model

After a nearly 10-year run, the Honda Element is dead, its quirky, boxy thunder stolen by the more conventional CR-V. Honda today announced its plans to cease Element production after the 2011 model year. In total 325,000 units of the Element sold over its tenure, though of late sales figures have...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze (Courtesy: GM)
October Auto Sales Looking Bullish, But Real Recovery Still Distant

For much of this year, automakers overall have become smarter about controlling inventories and slowing production to match still-tepid demand at dealerships. But it looks like some assembly plants are (or will be) roaring back to capacity for a while: A number of new 2011 models, such as the...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
GM Increases Production Of 2011 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain

Despite what can rightly be called the worst auto market in decades, there are a few signs that long-downtrodden parts of the industry are rebounding. Take GM, for instance: It's actually increasing production of a couple of its strong-selling crossover models, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox and 2010...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Beware Car Dealers Price Gouging Chevrolet Volt

Car buyers have always had to watch out for car dealers who excessively mark-up the price of new models in the late summer/fall when a new model year rolls around. In this age of Internet sales where pricing cars at invoice is becoming the norm, dealers look forward to the roll out of new models as...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Toyota Moves Forward With Mississippi Plant: Are The Recession And Recalls Over?

Toyota has revived plans to develop a manufacturing facility near Tupelo, Mississippi. An official announcement is expected later today. According to an inside source, Toyota will resume work on the plant and begin producing vehicles there in the second half of 2011. However, the facility won't be...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Build A 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Online

The much anticipated 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is showing up at select dealerships across the U.S. in small numbers as production ramps up. The one thing prospective buyers are missing is the online configuration tool on Jeep's website. Or are they? Well, as previously reported, Jeep's website has...Read More»

2008 HUMMER H3 4WD 4-door SUV Alpha Front Exterior View
It's Really Over: Last HUMMER H3 Rolls Off Louisiana Line

It's really, finally over. Yesterday, the very last HUMMER H3 rolled off the production line in Shreveport, Louisiana, part of a special order for rental-car company Avis. After a lengthy and ultimately failed effort to sell the quintessential maker of sport-utility vehicles to a Chinese company...Read More»

2009 Nissan Quest 4-door S Angular Front Exterior View
Nissan: No 2010 Quest Minivan in the Plan

Large SUVs and minivans have fallen on the hardest of times in the industry's late downturn, and casualties of the recession mount daily. Nissan today confirmed in an email to TheCarConnection that it would be bringing U.S. production of the Quest minivan to an end later this year, and will not...Read More»

2010 Buick Lucerne 4-door Sedan CXL Angular Front Exterior View
GM Most Likely To End Production of Buick Lucerne in 2010; New Model for 2012?

        With so many websites trying to predict the future at GM, many have come to conclude GM has no plans to continue the current Lucerne beyond 2010. The Lucuern has been on the market since 2005, and while it was a good product at its launch, it has become stale next to the new Lacrosse...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Si Coupe
Honda Poised To Pass Chrysler In Sales, Become Number 4 In U.S.

It's no longer just Toyota that's running with the Big Three in terms of sales. Over the past month, Honda has quietly passed Chrysler as the number-four automaker in the U.S. market. That places American Honda after Toyota Motor Sales and the new General Motors Company in U.S. sales. The change in...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Production Moving To Alabama

Here at TCC, we've seen some interesting production news over the past few months -- for example, Ford intends to make the U.S. its export base, and Honda will export the American-made 2010 Civic . (Honda might also move Fit production stateside.) Now, Daimler has announced plans to beef up its...Read More»

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