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2019 Was a Record Production Year for BMW in South Carolina

BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina plant remains the factory with the highest production numbers for the brand, the company said this week. "This confirms the...

BMW of North America Announces Executive Changes

BMW of North America today announced changes to its executive leadership team, naming  Adam McNeill vice president engineering and Adam Sykes as vice president...

Spotlight: On wheels and built in the South

For many years now, the Southern U.S. has been the fastest growing region in the country for the automotive industry. Besides the number suppliers...

All about Cars and Economic Development

Hollie Pegg stays on the go. As the assistant director of Asian and automotive business strategies for the Alabama Department of Commerce she’s constantly in...

Academic research paves a safer road

There is a test track at Barber Vintage Motorsports and Museum in Birmingham Alabama, set apart from the public areas of the sprawling complex. At...

Executive Q&A: Toyota’s Jeneen Horton on giving back

Jeneen Horton is a fixture at automotive conferences, representing Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama as its manager for Environmental and Facilities Departments.  A key player...

Executive Q&A: Oklahoma’s Jennifer Springer connects with the SAC

Oklahoma is not an automotive hub, but the state hopes to put its best foot forward toward greater involvement with the sector, sending an...

Toyota pumps money into San Antonio truck factory

Toyota announced Sept. 17 that it will invest $391 million at its San Antonio, Texas truck assembly plant.  That will bring the automaker’s total...

Executive Q&A: How Mazda Toyota is coming together

Back in January 2018, two Japanese car manufacturers announced a joint venture plant to be built in Huntsville, Alabama. The Mazda Toyota facility marked...

Toyota announces plans to cut emissions by 40 percent at US plants

Plano, Texas-based Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) wants to aggressively reduce its carbon output in the U.S. by making agreements for Virtual Power Purchase...

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