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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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    Report: Maserati ramping up production of Ghibli, Quattroporte
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    While Porsche may be relatively new to the four-door game, Maserati has been building the Quattroporte with few interruptions since 1963. But like its rival from Stuttgart, the Trident marque is rapidly shifting from a sports car company primarily to a manufacturer of high-end family ...

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    Official: Pagani sends 40% of Huayras to North America [w/video]
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    As big as the North American market is, it's hard for a small-scale European automaker to make it over here. The cost of pursuing certification both in Europe and in North America is just too high for a small outfit to absorb. That's why Pagani, for example, never brought the Zonda to North ...

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    Report: Infiniti Q50 2.0-litre engines built in North America are for Euro-only cars
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    Back in March, Infiniti announced that it would be adding a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder to its Q50 line for European and Chinese buyers. Now, we know where that engine will be built. Nissan's Decherd, TN facility will receive the USD$319-million investment, which will see a separate, ...

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    Report: Tesla 'Model E' to likely get steel construction, sane price tag
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    Tesla may have made major inroads with its Model S, and it's poised to enter new territory when it finally starts selling its Model X, an iconoclastic gullwing crossover. Neither of those may be as important as the model thereafter, which is expected to be its make-or-break sedan. It won't be ...

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