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    Video: How GM is 3D laser-scanning its plants and using Google Glass
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    There is much, much more that goes into building an automotive factory than simply screwing the structure together, tossing a bunch of robots and employees in and supplying it with raw materials. There is a huge amount of planning that governs how the factory will be laid out, where the various ...

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    Report: Asian automakers still reluctant to use more aluminum
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    There's a logical progression of technology in the auto industry. We've seen it with things like carbon-ceramic brakes, which use to be the sole domain of six-figure sports cars, where they often cost as much as an entry level Toyota Corolla. Now, you can get them on a BMW M3 (they're still ...

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    Official: Caterham bids farewell to the Superlight R500
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    There are many things you could say about the Caterham Seven. It's ugly as a demon from hell, first of all, and it's based on a design so old it makes the Porsche 911 and Jeep Wrangler look like new technology. But it's also fast. Damn fast. When Caterham introduced the Superlight R500 over six ...

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    Report: Fisker's new owner working out Karma's 250 'bugs' before introducing second model
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    Fisker may be down, but it might not stay down forever. The company behind the Karma luxury hybrid shut down late last year and was purchased by Chinese OEM supplier Wanxiang Group, which intends to restart production. It just can't tell us when. Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Wanxgiang ...

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    Report: Deadly explosion rocks Chinese auto parts plant near Shanghai [w/video]
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    An explosion at an auto parts plant owned by Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co. near Shanghai has killed at least 68 people, with 187 more injured. The blast has been traced back to errant sparks in a wheel-hub polishing workshop that apparently ignited dust. There were a total of 264 people ...

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    Report: Tesla halts production to prep for Model X
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    That darling of the electric car world, Tesla, is idling production at its factory in Fremont, CA, for the first time in order to expand the factory in preparation for its future Model X crossover. The US$100-million renovation will add 25 robots and upgrades to the body shop and assembly line to ...

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    Report: Unifor may establish local union for Toyota's Canadian plants
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    Union tactics apparently translate across borders, as Canada's Unifor may take inspiration from the United Auto Workers' recent move at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, TN, and establish a local for the Toyota factories in Cambridge and Woodstock, ON. Unifor last attempted to organize the ...

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    Official: Last Volvo XC90 rolls off assembly line in Gothenburg
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    It was back in 1998 when Volvo set about developing its first SUV. The brief was to build a seven-seater that wasn't "too large", and several design proposals were considered. Three and a half years later Volvo revealed the XC90 at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show and the rest, as they say, is ...

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    Official: Williams opens new Advanced Engineering facility for road-car projects
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    Formula One facilities seem to have a habit of expanding into road-car factories and development centres. In Maranello, the Ferrari factory grew out of the Scuderia's operation. In Woking, the McLaren Production Centre sprung up alongside the existing McLaren Technology Centre that houses the F1 ...

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    Official: 2015 Acura TLX production gets underway
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    It's been three months since Acura unveiled the supposedly production-ready TLX sedan at the New York Auto Show, but dealers have yet to receive any units to sell. That's because, as we reported back in April, production of the TLX was pushed back. We're glad to report now, however, that ...

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