August 31, 2014

Auto Briefs

4 automakers invest in plants; Honda upgrades Fit bumper


Toyota plans to expand production of its Highlander SUV. (Toyota)

4 automakers reveal big plant changes

A variety of automakers announced major moves and investments recently:

Ford has closed its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 plant for eight weeks to overhaul it for the production of the aluminum-bodied 2015 truck. The company expects to start building the production version in mid-October.

General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to its factory in Spring Hill, Tenn. The company will add production of some small gasoline engines to the complex. GM will invest $185 million in the former Saturn facility.

Kia plans to build its first assembly plant in Mexico, investing more than $1 billion in a facility in Pesqueria. The South Korean automaker didn't announce which models will be produced there.

Toyota will invest $100 million in its Princeton, Ind., plant to boost production of its Highlander SUV.
The Associated Press, Bloomberg News and staff reports

Early '15 Honda Fits can get new bumper
Owners of the first model of the 2015 Honda Fit are eligible for a free upgrade of a front bumper beam. After initial Fit testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Honda updated the beam design to elevate the car's rating in the small overlap frontal crash test. New vehicles have the redesign. Approximately 12,000 early-production Fits will be eligible for the product update.
The Sidney (Ohio) Daily News


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