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BMW’s Spartanburg Operation Again Captures Export Crown

BMW Manufacturing in February said it exported a record 287, 700 BMW X models from its Spartanburg plant in 2016, with about 86...

Talking to Parents a Good First Step in Training Auto Technicians

The first and often most difficult job when it comes to training technicians for automotive manufacturing isn’t the math or science, it’s convincing...

A One-armed Robot Tries to Steal the Show

A one-armed, doe-eyed robot named Sawyer drew crowds of admirers recently in the exhibition hall at the Southern Automotive Conference in Biloxi. The high-performance...

A Busy 2017 Sure to Hold Risks and Rewards

While the prospect of President Donald Trump initially sent Wall Street tumbling on Nov. 8 and put a collective chill on the U.S. automotive...

BMW Grows to 8, 800 Jobs in Spartanburg

BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, will start 2017 with a new chief executive officer and continued work toward a...

Mercedes X-Class Out There, Just Beyond the Horizon

In the South, when you park at a movie theater, restaurant or shopping mall, you’ll sometimes exit your vehicle and be...

Toyota Wins ‘Most American-Made’ Crown Again

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky this summer celebrated its Camry, the best-selling car in America for 14 consecutive years, being crowned again as...

Volkswagen Preps for New Mid-sized SUV

While Volkswagen’s new Chattanooga-made midsize SUV won’t be revealed until this fall, there were still plenty of signs of the activity connected to...

Volvo Creates Land Rush in South Carolina

With daily progress being made toward the completion of Volvo Car USA’s new plant in Berkeley County, South Carolina, attention now turns...

Uber Seeks to Connect with South’s Football Fanatics

SEC football fans heading to stadiums this fall in Tuscaloosa, Knoxville, Oxford and beyond may have the option of dialing up Uber...

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Toyota makes personnel moves in Alabama

Toyota Motor North America announced May 20 that a new executive will be heading its Huntsville engine plant.David Finch, a 28-year veteran of the...

Family Affair

It happened nearly 100 years ago.That is when August Pausch, a technician, and Hans Rausch, a businessman, in 1920 founded a small manufacturing firm...

Automotive Advanced Technology Summit

Auto manufacturing technology is speeding ahead so quickly that it risks leaving some in the industry lagging behind, according to speakers at the Automotive...

Quality Still Comes First at RMF

A company that plated parts for textile looms was a perfect fit for South Carolina in 1961, so it was no surprise that Roy...

Logistics: Move ‘Em Out

This spring, on the parking lot of the long-defunct Century Plaza Mall in Birmingham, Alabama, stand rows and rows of new Mercedes-Benz vehicles.The cars,...