BMW looks to build cars in Mexico ... Ford's C-Max hybrid packs some power ... Spyker sues GM over the Saab mess ... And Aston Martin brings the Vanquish to Pebble Beach.
Automotive News, our sister publication, reports that BMW is on the prowl in Mexico, looking for a site to build an assembly plant.
The German automaker plans to begin building the 3-series south of the border, starting in late 2016 or early 2017. It might also build its new front-drive vehicles at the plant.
Building a plant in Mexico helps BMW avoid currency swings between the dollar and the euro.
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Ford's C-Max Energi wagon doesn't look like a hot rod. But Ford says the plug-in hybrid will run up to 85 mph on electric power only.
With a press of a button, the driver can put the C-Max Energi into electric-only mode, traveling at least 20 miles before lithium-ion battery pack is depleted. At that point, a four-cylinder engine kicks in.
Ford says the C-Max Energi will outrun and outdistance the Toyota Prius plug-in. Look for it on sale later this year.
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Saab died a long, slow, painful death.
Now Dutch supercar maker Spyker is poking at the ashes, suing General Motors--Saab's former owner--for $3 billion.
Spyker bought Saab from GM in 2010. It claims GM forced Saab into bankruptcy and blocked a potential deal with Chinese investors that could have saved the company.
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Finally, Aston Martin will give Americans their first up-close look at the new Vanquish next week during the events the surround the Pebble Beach concours.
If you're in Monterey, you'll see the Vanquish at McCall's Motorworks Revival, at The Quail gathering and at Pebble Beach.
And if you like what you see, be prepared to fork over $280,000 for one. Deliveries begin early next year.
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