Manufacturing

GM Investing $1 Billion In Brazil For New Cars, Expanded Facilities
GM Investing $1 Billion In Brazil For New Cars, Expanded Facilities

Hot on the heels of Volkswagen's announced investment of $1 billion to expand its facility in Puebla, Mexico comes news that General Motors isĀ  investing just over $1 billion significantly further south, in Brazil. The funds will be spent between now and the close of 2012, and will be used...Read More»

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Volkswagen Invests South Of The Border

Volkswagen has set a lofty goal of tripling VW and Audi sales in the U.S. by calendar year 2018. To help meet that objective, the company began construction of a new factory facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee in May. Now comes word that the company is also investing a whopping $1 billion to expand...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Spark
Did Obama Pick The New GM's New Small-Car Plant?

General Motors is building new small cars in the United States--a boon for the plant in Lake Orion Township, Michigan, that was chosen last week to retool for the new range of subcompacts that will be added to GM's lineup in about two years. Did GM choose Michigan over other plants in Tennessee and...Read More»

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D-I-V-O-R-C-E: GM Calls it Quits with Toyota, NUMMI

General Motors is washing its hands of the joint venture it operates with Toyota in California--the NUMMI plant in Fremont, Calif., where the companies teamed to build the Pontiac Vibe, and where Toyota builds the Tacoma pickup and Corolla sedan. We've been telling you for months that GM probably...Read More»

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Nissan EV Electric Car To Launch at Frankfurt or Tokyo

Nissan may have the most aggressive plans of any major automaker to produce fully electric cars. The company has said it expects to sell up to 100,000 EVs globally by 2012, using lithium-ion cells from its joint venture with electronics powerhouse NEC Corp. While Nissan provided us with a first...Read More»

2009 Hummer H2
HUMMER Update: Chinese Derision, Cajun Au Revoirs and A Big Tennessee Howdy?

The drama at HUMMER rages on this week--if anyone still cares about the unloved brand that GM's sawing off its corporate family tree and adopting out to the Chinese. (What would Madonna say?) The details of today's moves start in Louisiana, home of the HUMMER H3--apparently, not for long. The local...Read More»

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Ford, Nissan, Tesla Receive Energy Department Funds. Chrysler, GM? Not So Much

Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Company, and Tesla Motors appear to be the big winners in a recent round of funding sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The money comes via a new, $25 billion loan program designed to boost the production of fuel-efficient vehicles; approximately $10 billion...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G8
Crossing Fingers For The Pontiac G8

Pontiac G8 fans--and we know there are a few of you--keep pitching those pennies down the wishing well: the G8 isn't dead yet. Yes, the Pontiac brand is still being phased out. And yes, GM's CEO Fritz Henderson has said flat-out that the Pontiac G8 GXP edition is a goner. However, General Motors'...Read More»

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GM Sells Saturn; Penske Becomes A Virtual Automaker

General Motors has been shopping Saturn to potential buyers for months, and rumors recently began circulating that the company had found one in Penske Automotive Group. In a win-win-win for GM, Saturn, and Saturn fans, those rumors have now come true. Penske will purchase the soon-to-be-orphaned...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Viva
2011 Chevrolet Viva: Aveo Successor Takes On Fiesta

The replacement for the Chevrolet Aveo could be the new compact car GM CEO Fritz Henderson acknowledged in future plans as GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning. That new car may be called the Viva, according to a report from Motor Trend. GM's Henderson said in this morning's press...Read More»

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The Dubious File: Opel Wants New Wartburgs!

If you think the great juggling act between Chrysler, Fiat, and General Motors has gotten out of hand, wait until you read the latest from Opel, GM's European arm. One report from Ward's Auto suggests that Opel is looking for a bargain-basement brand to take on the likes of the Dacia Logan and...Read More»

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GM Driving Toward Chinese-Made Cars For America

GM says it will be building more cars abroad after it completes its reorganization, inside or outside of Chapter 11. Automotive News, following on this morning's press conference in which GM CEO Fritz Henderson said the automaker was more likely to file for bankruptcy than not, reports that the...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G8
GM Cuts Pontiac and 21,000 Jobs

GM has announced it will cut 21,000 jobs and Pontiac will be shut down next year, as the company tries to avert a bankruptcy proceeding by the end of May. The new plan for GM's restructuring will result in a company of 40,000 hourly employees and four North American brands--including Chevrolet...Read More»

2007 Audi Cross Coupe Concept
2012 Audi Q3 Confirmed

The 2012 Audi Q3 sport-ute is on the way--and it's making a nest in Martorell, Spain. Audi announced this morning that the Q3 would be built at Martorell, and would enter production in 2011. The VWAG brand will invest $388 million in the factory to upgrade it for assembly of the new vehicle, and...Read More»

Daniel Simon concept for Cosmic Motors
Link Love From The Car Connection: Spacecar Concepts, Active Wheel Gets Real, And Hot Robot Action

Like a highly trained ninja or some straight-to-video Disney crapfest, Monday snuck up on us again. How does this happen? Space racing -- Daniel Simon has cranked out designs for Bugatti and Lamborghini, but it's the sci-fi concepts he's conceived for his Cosmic Motors brand that really get us...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Production Show Car
GM Viability Plan: Spin Off Saab, Saturn, and HUMMER

General Motors has released the viability plan it expects to win more bailout loans from Congress--another $16.6 billion, to keep it operating until it can begin repaying the loans in 2012. Like the earlier filing by Chrysler, GM's plan involves trimming down in the number of models it sells, and...Read More»

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Ford: UAW Deal Means No Federal Loans

Ford says a late-breaking deal with the United Auto Workers (UAW) means it will not have to depend on government loans to stay solvent in 2009. The company, in a press release just issued, says that a tentative deal will modify the Ford-UAW labor deal that took effect in 2007. The terms of the new...Read More»

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Friday The 13th Update: Toyota Makes More Cuts

As if this week weren't gnarly enough, Toyota announced yesterday that it's making more cuts at its North American facilities. The company had already instituted a hiring freeze and eliminated overtime, along with other loss-prevention measures, but apparently that wasn't enough. So now Toyota is...Read More»

Nissan and Chrysler partnership in peril
Nissan And Chrysler Need Some Time Apart

Friday the 13th has struck again--and this time, the victims aren't just moviegoers. It looks like there's trouble in paradise for Nissan and Chrysler. Remember how we told you last week thatĀ  Nissan was going through some changes? That the company was shaking things up at its U.S. plants and...Read More»

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