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Rumorpile: GM Announces Next-Generation Cruze To Built At Lordstown, New Platform In Store

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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

August 24, 2012

Yesterday, General Motors announced a $220 million investment into two plants in Ohio; Lordstown and Parma. Lordstown has been building the Cruze since 2010, while Parma handles parts for GM vehicles.

The investment will be for tooling and equipment to build the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze.

"Thanks to northeast Ohio's supportive business climate, we're able to build on a great foundation and steer the Chevrolet Cruze into the next generation. A special thanks goes to Governor John Kasich and his team at Jobs Ohio for the...


Opel To Halt Production At Two Plants

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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

August 24, 2012

General Motors will be closing down two Opel plants for a total of four weeks in response to a drop in demand for cars in Europe.

A report from Reuters says an agreement between Opel and labor representatives will have two plants, Ruesselsheim and a component plant in Kaiserslautern, to halt production for a total of 20 working days between September and the end of the year.

“The European automobile market is declining dramatically. Now, shortened working hours are the correct measure to bridge the weakness of the mark...


Mitsubishi Australian CEO Gives A Frank Assessment

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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

August 24, 2012

We do appreciate when a CEO of an automaker is completely honest and frank. But there are times when we're just wondering if a CEO's comments are crossing a line.

Case in point, the new CEO of Mitsubishi Australia, Mutsuhiro Oshikiri.

"The product is old ... and the prices are too high."

Oshikiri became the new CEO of Mitsubishi Australia just ten weeks ago and is eager to get a better grasp of what the brand needs to do for buyers to consider them.

"I don't know why people buy a Mitsubishi. That is a simple question, diff...


Interactive Review: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring

Uploaded by mudmonster on Yesterday, 08:55 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

August 24, 2012

This is a momentous occasion here in the Cheers & Gears Detroit Garage. For one, we welcome another new brand into fold. Also, its our first 2013 model year vehicle. Please welcome the 2013 Mazda CX-5 crossover.

(I had a brief drive in a CX-5 back in May at the MAMA Spring Rally. You can check out my thoughts on it by clicking here.)

This CX-5 is the mid-level Touring FWD model which starts at $23,895. That nets you a 2.0L SkyActiv-G four-cylinder producing 155 HP and 150 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed automatic. Other stan...


2013 Brings A Refreshed Land Rover LR2

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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

August 23, 2012

Following on the tire tracks of the new Range Rover, Land Rover has announced a refresh LR2 for the 2013 model year.

Outside, the only changes of note are revamped headlights, new wheel designs and three additional exterior colors.

Inside, Land Rover has added leather seats and a sunroof as standard equipment on all LR2 trims. Also, the LR2 gets a new dashboard, which features a 7-inch touch-screen display for infotainment. A second 5-inch screen is in the instrument cluster, for displaying primary vehicle-related info.

The...



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