General Motors has reportedly fired nearly 2,700 employees in Venezuela by sending them a text message, according to sources who spoke to Reuters. The company's Venezuelan plant hasn't produced a car since early 2016, and it was recently seized by the nation's government. http://reut.rs/2pcLvLA
A trademark application suggests Honda could resurrect the Passport nameplate. Launched in 1993, the Passport was a badge-engineered Isuzu Rodeo, and Honda's first entry into the light truck segment. The 21st century Passport could be a short-wheelbase variant of the Pilot. http://bit.ly/2pct0qD
The new Nissan Rogue Sport will arrive in showrooms next month. Pricing starts at $22,380 after a mandatory $940 destination charge is factored in. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and customers can add all-wheel drive for $1,350.
Mitsubishi has launched a sub-division named Special Vehicle Projects (SVP). SVP is similar to Land Rover's SVO sub-brand, but right now it's only focusing on making visual modifications to cars. Its first model is a limited-edition L200 pickup named Barbarian. http://bit.ly/2pcu2Tn
Mercedes-AMG will open a standalone showroom in the United Kingdom before the end of the year. Standalone stores are becoming a popular way for AMG to distance itself from parent company Mercedes-Benz. The brand already operates a standalone showroom in Tokyo, and it will soon open one in Sydney, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi. http://bit.ly/2oZFgwf
Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its test track in Stuttgart, Germany. The facility boasts 15.5 kilometers' worth of test tracks including a crosswind section, a slalom section, and a steep-bank curve. Mercedes has regularly updated the facility over the past five decades.
Porsche dealers in the United States are asking the company to build a five-seater version of the Panamera sedan. If approved, the sedan will receive the Sport Turismo model's 4+1 seating configuration. A final decision on whether to give dealers a five-seater model hasn't been made yet. http://bit.ly/2oZUiSn