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Ford to Build $760 Million Plant in China
Audi Picks Mexico Over U.S. for its Factory
Fuel-Efficiency Records Raise Questions
Opinion: GM Stuck as Political Football Until November Election
Search Begins for New Resin
Diesel Auto Sales Up 35% in First Quarter
American Truck Dealers (ATD) Move 2013 Convention and Expo to Orlando, Fla.
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Ford to Build $760 Million Plant in China

Factory will boost capacity to 1.2M vehicles a year
Ford Motor Co., in a bid to catch up with General Motors and Volkswagen AG in the world's largest auto market, said it will build a $760 million assembly plant in Hangzhou, China. The project will help Ford double its manufacturing capacity in the country to 1.2 million vehicles a year. Ford has not said what vehicles it will build when production begins in 2015.
Source: Automotive News

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Audi Picks Mexico Over U.S. for its Factory

After a bit of drama and what we're sure was a lot of lobbying, Audi has decided to build a factory in Mexico. It made the announcement [Wednesday.] Audi says it hasn't decided exactly where in Mexico to build its plant. It will make SUVs starting in 2016.
Source: USA Today

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Fuel-Efficiency Records Raise Questions

Congressman concerned ruling was 'predetermined'
The Obama administration focused on winning support of Detroit's Big Three automakers to double fuel-efficiency standards by 2025 before it sought approval of foreign automakers, new documents show. Emails obtained by The Detroit News also show federal regulators wanted to complete fuel-efficiency talks by June 30 — a month earlier than the actual deal — and that senior White House aide Ron Bloom directly conferred with Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally during last summer's talks.
Source: The Detroit News

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Opinion: GM Stuck as Political Football Until November Election
By Daniel Howes

If a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is the success of the auto bailouts, how come his Treasury Department is sitting on any plan to unload its remaining 26-percent stake in General Motors Co. and declare victory? That's what the GM guys working to take the "government" out of "Government Motors" would like to know — privately, of course.
Source: The Detroit News

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Search Begins for New Resin

Auto industry acts to stretch supplies, line up substitutes for scarce nylon-12
Global auto companies are moving to stretch supplies of nylon-12, a resin critical to manufacturing fuel lines and other components, as they look for longer-term solutions to a supply crunch that threatens vehicle production. Parts makers and auto makers are collaborating on quick steps to deal with short supplies of the resin, following an explosion last month at a German chemical plant which cut worldwide output of nylon-12 in half.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Diesel Auto Sales Up 35% in First Quarter

Sales of diesel passenger cars and trucks jumped 35 percent in the first three months of the year, but still account for less than 1 percent of all vehicles. "This 35 percent increase in clean diesel auto sales during the first quarter of 2012 is a continuation of the 27 percent sales jump in 2011," said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. Diesel cars are 20 to 40 more fuel efficient than gasoline versions.
Source: The Detroit News

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American Truck Dealers (ATD) Move 2013 Convention and Expo to Orlando, Fla.

Responding to an overwhelming number of positive comments from members in a post-convention survey, the leadership of the American Truck Dealers (ATD) has decided once again to hold its 2013 Convention and Expo in conjunction with the National Automobile Dealers Association’s (NADA) annual event in Orlando, Fla., next February. The two events will run simultaneously at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from Feb. 8-11, 2013. For more information, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.
Source: NADA Newsroom

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"So far, Ford's investments in China and across Asia represent its largest and most rapid global expansion in fifty years."

   
-- Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, referring to the automaker's plan to build a $760 million assembly plant in China, Automotive News, April 19


 

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