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Mazda to build new CX-7 at US plant?

Mazda in August revealed plans for a new plant to be constructed in the United States in partnership with Toyota. Due to be operational in 2021, the plant will build Corollas for Toyota and an SUV for Mazda. In an interview with Automotive News (subscription required), Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said the new SUV is being designed specifically for the U.S...

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Audi confirms 2 more electric SUVs

Audi on Tuesday confirmed plans for two new electric SUVs. The vehicles will be built at Audi's main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany from 2021. Audi made the confirmation during a meeting with employee representatives to discuss job security through 2025. Crucially, it helps to alleviate fears employees may have had about job cuts in an age of ongoing...

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GAC Motor to enter US market in 2019 with Trumpchi GS8 SUV

GAC Motor is shaping up to be the first major Chinese automaker to launch in the United States. The state-owned company, which operates the Gonow and Trumpchi brands, on Friday confirmed plans to enter the U.S. market by the end of 2019, The New York Times reports. The first model to arrive will be the Trumpchi GS8, although GAC is likely to introduce a new...

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BMW issues stop-sale order and recall on all i3 electric cars

BMW last week issued a stop-sale order and recall for every i3 in the United States, meaning from the 2014 model up to the present 2018 car. A total 30,542 cars are affected. The cause? It seems that in a recent round of testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that a limit was exceeded in one particular case. The limit...

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BMW to build battery lab

In yet another sign of the growing importance of electrification, BMW on Friday announced plans to establish a lab dedicated to the development of batteries. To be located in the automaker's hometown of Munich, Germany, the lab will open in early 2019 and develop technologies to be used across the portfolio of BMW Group brands. BMW isn't looking...

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Mahindra to build Roxor off-roader in Detroit

India's Mahindra, known as a manufacturer of tractors, trucks and SUVs, last week opened its first manufacturing plant in the United States. Located in Detroit, Michigan, the plant will initially manufacture an off-road vehicle called the Roxor Off-Road. The first examples are due in 2018 and are to be sold exclusively in India. However, sales in...

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Uber orders 24,000 Volvo XC90s for its self-driving fleet

Uber is in the race to develop a fully self-driving system to one day power a fleet of driverless taxis. To develop the system, Uber is using a fleet of Volvo XC90 SUVs fitted with all the necessary hardware required for self-driving capability, such as cameras and sensors. The vehicles also incorporate necessary safety and redundancy systems to handle...

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Polestar starts construction of plant in China

Polestar, formerly Volvo's in-house tuner, will forge ahead as a standalone brand within Volvo Cars Group. On Monday, the brand announced it broke ground on its first manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China. It will be the assembly plant for all future Polestar models. Volvo already has a plant in Chengdu and the new plant will follow typical Chinese...

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Self-driving Jaguar Land Rover prototypes take to public roads in UK

Self-driving prototypes from Jaguar Land Rover last week took to public roads in the automaker's home market for the first time. The test was part of the United Kingdom's Autodrive project, a government-backed 3-year initiative that involves testing of self-driving cars on the streets of Milton Keynes and Coventry. Previously, all testing was...

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Hyundai SUV onslaught will include diesel, electric and fuel cell models

Hyundai's been caught out by the consumer shift to SUVs and pickup trucks, and this is reflected in the automaker's sales which in the first half of the year are down nearly 11 percent compared to an overall market decline of only 2.9 percent. The picture is much bleaker when you focus solely on Hyundai's sedans. In response, Hyundai is...

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