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AUTO PRODUCTION: Tesla gets approval to start manufacturing in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Tesla Inc was added to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, China’s industry ministry said on Thursday, as it granted the electric-vehicle maker a certificate it needs to start production in the country.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: U.K. Carmakers Hit by $628 Million Brexit Tab Call for Deal

U.K. carmakers, already reeling from more than 500 million pounds ($628 million) in costs to prepare for Brexit, made an eleventh-hour call on thegovernment to strike a deal with the European Union to safeguard the future of the industry.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Car Exports Are Racing to a Record in South Africa

Vehicle exports from South Africa, the continent’s largest automaker, could reach a record 140 billion rand ($9.25 billion) in 2019, partially offsetting a drop in domestic sales.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Strike hits Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy after death of worker

MILAN (Reuters) - A Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI) worker died overnight in an accident at the group’s factory in Cassino, central Italy, prompting unions to launch a strike at the plant to demand tighter safety measures, officials said on Tuesday.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Jaguar Land Rover to close UK factories for a week over Brexit, joining BMW and Toyota

GAYDON, England -- Jaguar Land Rover will halt production at its British factories for a week in November, joining BMW and Toyota in plans to help mitigate any immediate disruption from a no-deal Brexit.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Toyota prepares next Mirai fuel cell car for 2020 launch

TOKYO -- Toyota is preparing to launch the second generation of its Mirai fuel cell car next year, Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada said on Wednesday.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: UAW workers head for picket lines in first national strike against GM since 2007

The United Auto Workers (UAW) went on strike at General Motors just after midnight Sunday and about 48,000 hourly workers at its facilities are headed for the picket lines in the morning, union officials said early Monday.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Merkel Offers to Help Germany’s Carmakers With ‘Herculean Task’

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to help offset the higher costs of cleaner vehicles by putting a price on carbon-dioxide emissions, potentially offering a lift to Germany’s vital auto industry as it grapples with the high-risk transition away from the combustion engine.

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