Ford to Invest in UK Research:

Michigan-headquartered automotive company Ford has announced that it is to invest £1bn in the UK on facilities to develop environmentally friendly vehicles. The car maker will invest in petrol and diesel engines as well as newer technologies, such as biofuels from plants and hybrid electric vehicles. A Ford Focus capable of 70 miles per gallon and reduced carbon dioxide emissions is planned. Ford said it might increase the number of engineers it employs in the UK from the current 9500. The investment will involve Ford’s other brands, including Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo.

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VST to Launch US Plant:

Verschleiss Schutz Technik Keller (VST), a German automotive dies company, is to launch its first North American facility in Pell City, Alabama. VST will build a 84,000 square-metre plant for an initial investment of $7m.

Bombardier Builds Tram Plant in Vienna:

Quebec-based train manufacturer Bombardier is to invest a total of €32m in a new tram production factory in Vienna, Austria. The factory, with a production area of 37,500 square metres, is expected to create 500 jobs.

Nanjing to Build MG Plant in Oklahoma:

Nanjing Automobile Group of China has announced that it is planning to start the production of MG cars in a new plant in Oklahoma, US. Nanjing said the reborn version of MG Inc would have three production sites: a plant in Ardmore, Oklahoma, which will assemble a redesigned TF coupe; MG’s shuttered factory in Longbridge, UK, which will build the TF roadster; and a plant in Nanjing, China, which will build three sedans.

Toyota Boshoku to Invest in Ontario Plant:

Japan-based Toyota Boshoku has announced the launch of an automotive interior manufacturing company in Woodstock, Ontario.