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City approves CarMax site; lawsuit to be dropped

TUPELO — The Tupelo City Council has cleared the way for a used car dealer to open near the city’s Mall at Barnes Crossing. The council voted yesterday to update the city’s development code and zoning map, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports. Used car chair CarMax had sued the city over its denial of permission for a location near ...

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Nissan's U.S. sales down, but Canton-made vehicles roar

Nissan is reporting decreased sales in September in the U.S., but units moved from the company’s plant in Canton did well. Nissan’s U.S. sales in September totaled 86,868, down 5.5 percent from last year’s total of 91,907. Nissan Division sales finished at 77,828 units, a decrease of 5.6 percent. Sales of Infiniti vehicles totaled 9,040 units, down 4.3 percent. In ...

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Toyota to begin exporting Corollas to Latin America, Caribbean

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota says it will begin sending U.S.-built Corolla sedans to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean starting next year. The world’s biggest car maker said today that production of the U.S.-built vehicles is set to start at its Blue Springs plant near Tupelo in April 2014. Toyota Motors Corp. expects to export more than 7,500 ...

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Toyota gives area schools $1M education grant

PONTOTOC — Officials of automaker Toyota handed over a $1 million education grant in ceremonies yesterday at Pontotoc Junior High School. WTVA reported the donation is part of Toyota’s commitment of $50 million over a 10-year period to schools in counties represented by the PUL Alliance — Pontotoc, Union and Lee. The PUL Alliance was instrumental in convincing Toyota to ...

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Body shops file suit over State Farm's part-finding program

JACKSON — More than two dozen body shops are asking a Mississippi court to block an insurance company’s program that would change the way they find auto parts. The Mississippi Collision Repair Association and the body shops filed a lawsuit yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and PartsTrader LLC. The lawsuit, which represents ...

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Will the GreenTech project survive investigation, challenges?

TUNICA — It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles. GreenTech Automotive Inc. announced in 2009 production would start in three years and ...

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Study says Nissan subsidies total $1.33B; MDA says overestimated

CANTON — A study paid for by the United Auto Workers finds state and local governments may provide Nissan Motor Co.’s Mississippi plant with nearly $850 million in tax breaks over 30 years, plus $400 million in cash aid. The report estimates Mississippi will pay $90 million in interest on money borrowed to aid Nissan, bringing total subsidies to $1.33 ...

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Aldana takes over at Nissan-Canton

CANTON — David Aldana, currently director of Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico, has been named vice president of the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton. Aldana will replace Dan Bednarzyk who has been named to the newly created position of vice president, Total Delivered Cost. Nissan made the announcements Friday. Aldana joined Nissan in 1985 as deputy general ...

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Hailstorm claims exceed $209M; Chaney expects more

METRO JACKSON — The latest report from Mississippi’s major insurance carriers on the March hailstorm to the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) shows that both claim and payment numbers continue to rise. As of the April 15 reporting period over 56,000 homeowner and automobile damage claims have been filed and claims payments are at $209.4 million, according to the MID. “Companies ...

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Automaker's workforce to get pay raise this fall

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. will raise pay for its employees in Mississippi and Tennessee. The company has told its employees it will increase their wages starting in October at its Canton and Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plants, as well as its Decherd, Tenn., engine plant. Nissan says pay will go up by 55 cents an hour for production employees and ...

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