IRVINE, CA – When Ford Motor Co. moved its North American Premier Automotive Group to California’s up-and-coming city of Irvine in 2000, people took to calling the community “Motor City West” and began forecasting the day Detroit would be dubbed “Irvine East.” While eight auto makers and a handful of firms that service the industry, such as Kelly Blue Book, have located here in some capacity, the Orange County community has a ways to go before anyone confuses it with Detroit. Irvine ...

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