Auto News for Aug. 28

Mustang production

Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant has started production of the 2015 Mustang that will hit showrooms this fall. The car will also be sold in more than 120 countries.

Mazda has announced that Duran Duran will headline the unveiling of the 2016 MX-5 Miata during an event to be held in Monterey, California on September 3. You can watch the much anticipated unveiling on Mazda’s YouTube channel starting at 6 PM Pacific Time. Mazda noted that Duran Duran and the Miata both made their world debuts in the 1980s. But, of course, only cars can be redesigned.

I strongly recommend Phil Berg’s excellent column in this morning’s Detroit News regarding beeps, buzzers, and flashing lights that have infested new cars. Here’s a handy link to a fine bit of writing.

GM and the United Auto Workers Union have announced the next-generation Cadillac SRX will be produced at the Spring Hill, Tennessee plant. The vehicle is currently manufactured in Mexico but as part of recent labor talks, GM agreed to move production of a vehicle to the states. The move is expected to create or retain roughly 1,800 jobs.

Kia is going the other way, announcing it will invest more than $1-billion to construct its first assembly plant in Mexico. It will open in 2016 and be capable to cranking out 300,000 vehicles annually.



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