The hardtop “is more than just a Mini with two additional doors,” BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer says. “It's a completely new Mini with a longer wheelbase, more space, more luggage volume, more functionality and flexibility and four doors.”
Improvements at the complex, which builds the Damas and Labo mini LCVs, the Chevrolet Spark minicar and electric vehicle, and 0.8L, 1.0L and 1.2L engines and transmissions, include a new body shop with enhanced robotic line technology.
Sergio Rocha asserts he’s been able to break through the perceived walls separating GM Korea management and labor thanks to the kinship he feels with workers on the assembly line, where he started his career as an hourly apprentice at age 14.
The lineup is anchored by the architecture of the new A3 sedan, which will be joined next year by an A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, high-performance S3 sedan and, in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline-electric hybrid.
The F-Type Coupe is based on the automaker’s C-X16 concept, introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. Built on an all-aluminum platform, the model also takes many of its cues from the Jaguar F-Type Convertible.
After garnering abundant media attention in 2008 when Warren Buffett purchased a 10% stake in the company for $230 million, BYD has drawn a steady flow of criticism after repeatedly failing to deliver electric cars to the U.S.
Together, the F-Type and Range Rover “make a powerful statement about our brands, as well as the vision and capabilities of Jaguar Land Rover as a company,” says Andy Goss, president-JLR North America.
The center’s original location in the Pasadena foothills seemed to work, but eventually the design team felt the need to tap into a greater level of creativity that comes with being on the cutting edge.
New-car orders exceeded remaining stock in November, when sales rose 22% from year-ago. As a result, the subsidiary plans to purchase 2,500 more vehicles from Japan that were built after the bankruptcy was announced.
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