A $900 million expansion, raising cumulative investment at the facility to nearly $6 billion, will boost capacity once again to 350,000 units in 2015. And with it will be the addition of the new X4 reportedly due out in early 2014....More
For the third consecutive year in 2012, BMW’s Spartanburg plant led the U.S. auto industry in exports. The year’s total rose to $7.4 billion as an estimated 211,000 X3, X5, and X6 CUVs were shipped to 130 countries.
VW assembled the previous-generation Octavia at its own Russian plant in Kaluga but contracted with GAZ for output of its successor, as the German auto maker is adding Skoda Rapid production in Kaluga....More
Parts maker Autodom closes two plants in a high-stakes gambit to force car companies to pay more for parts, while GM Holden says today it is cutting about 170 jobs due to falling demand for its locally built cars....More
Production is starting with the Granta’s least-expensive Standard model, followed in September by the costlier Normal. Output of two aging rear-wheel-drive models is to be phased out later in the year....More
The Arlington complex currently serves as the sole source of GM’s large SUVs after the auto maker idled its Janesville, WI, plant as part of it manufacturing-capacity reduction following its 2009 bankruptcy....More
BMW and Ford each have two stout turbo-6s in the hunt this year, while Infiniti has one. All five are smooth, extremely refined, reasonably fuel-efficient and dishing up loads of horsepower and torque....More
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.