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Leaked: 2018 Wrangler owner's manual shows off new 4x4's features

An owner's manual for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL generation) was leaked to JLForums.com. The manual confirms new options (including a forthcoming power-folding soft top) and updates to characteristic Wrangler features, such as its folding windshield and removable doors.   http://bit.ly/2hJvEAV

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End of an era: Australian vehicle manufacturing comes to a close

The closing of the Holden Elizabeth plant in South Australia this Friday will mark the end of automotive manufacturing in the country. The facility produced the Holden Commodore, which was exported to America under the Chevrolet SS nameplate (and previously the Pontiac G8). The shuttering of the facility will mark the end of the SS and its companion vehicle, the law-enforcement-spec Caprice.   http://bit.ly/2hJneJC

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ICYMI: Tesla employee review process results in hundreds of terminations

Performance reviews at Tesla have reportedly resulted in hundreds of terminations of employees in the company's Model X, Model S and SolarCity operations. As many as 700 employees may have been purged in the process. The company has been under fire for missing production targets for its new Model 3 compact.   http://bit.ly/2hJyJRb

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PSA to cut jobs at British manufacturing facility

French automaker PSA will cut jobs from its Ellesmere Port facility in England, the company has announced. Reuters reports that 400 jobs will be lost at the plant, which assembles the Vauxhall Astra. Vauxhall (known elsewhere in Europe as Opel) was divested from G.M. and purchased by PSA earlier this year.   http://reut.rs/2yMWfYG

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Daimler to restructure Mercedes-Benz divisions

Daimler AG will restructure its Mercedes-Benz car and truck divisions into "legally independent entities," AP reports (via CNBC). Daimler says it has no plans to divest any of the brands completely from the company. The new structure will allow each division to operate more independently and, the company hopes, foster "greater entrepreneurial responsibility."   http://cnb.cx/2yNGH71

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ICYMI: GM and striking Canadian workers reach tentative agreement

General Motors reached a tentative agreement with striking Canadian workers Friday, Reuters reports. GM threatened to shift production of its Equinox CUV to facilities in Mexico (where it is also currently produced) after CAMI facility employees walked out in September, but cooler heads appear to have prevailed.   http://reut.rs/2hJuIfS

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Mazda continues to tease rotary development

Mazda continues to tease rotary enthusiasts with hints at a return of the Wankel engine, but will it power a car or simply replenish an electric drive system?   http://bit.ly/2hIVvZN

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Lamborghini: hybrid tech not ready for super-sports cars

Lamborghini will eventually need to adopt hybrid powertrains, but the company's R&D chief says the technology isn't ready yet. "For the PHEV tech, the supplier of the battery must make another big step for the weight and the packaging. There cannot be compromise on weight or packaging in this car," said Maurizio Reggiani.   http://bit.ly/2hJ522Y

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Volkswagen kills Scirocco

The Volkswagen Scirocco is dead for the third time. Production of the coupe has ended after nearly a decade, and there's no indication the model is coming back any time soon.   

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Lamborghini to avoid going turbo for as long as possible

While rivals are turning to downsized engines, Lamborghini remains committed to building naturally-aspirated engines in the foreseeable future. Going turbo isn't an option; at least not for its super-sports cars. "My dream is to maintain the naturally aspirated engine for as long as possible. It is a sense of emotion in a super-sports car," R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani told Autocar magazine.   

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