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Nissan odd man out in partner Renault’s FCA merger decision

Some Japanese are using an old expression to describe how Nissan was left out of talks that led to the proposed merger between its French alliance partner Renault and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: “kaya no soto.” That translates to “outside the mosquito net,” or the unlucky person outside the net, getting bitten while others are safe inside. In other words, the ...

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Mac Haik buys Watson Quality Ford

By MBJ STAFF The Mac Haik Automotive Group has purchased Watson Quality Ford. The dealership will operate under the name of Mac Haik Ford and Robert Watson, longtime owner and operator of the dealership bearing his name, will oversee daily operations. Mac Haik Ford will join Mac Haik Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Jackson, Mac Haik Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram ...

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Ritchey breaking ground on dealerships

By JACK WEATHERLY Ritchey Automotive scheduled a ground-breaking for Thursday at 11 a.m. for a $15 million facility that will be home for two dealerships – Audi Jackson and Jaguar/Land Rover Jackson – on Interstate 55 in Ridgeland. The group announced early last year that it was relocating the franchises from 5320 I-55 in Jackson. Joe Usry, Ritchey general manager, ...

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Expert: Mississippi auto making on solid footing in turbulent industry

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi does not face a negative impact from the fact that General Motors this week announced it will shutter five plants and lay off thousands of workers in the United States and Canada. GM does have an indirect presence in the state – a distribution center in Rankin County and two manufacturing operations —  though the company ...

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Auto parts retailer to close Mississippi distribution center

An auto parts retailer is telling the state of Mississippi that it will close a distribution center by the end of the year, and 284 employees will lose their jobs. Advance Auto Parts says in a notice submitted last week that it will begin layoffs in late June at the warehouse in the Copiah County town of Gallman. The company ...

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GreenTech files for bankruptcy

A company founded by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has filed for bankruptcy, citing negative press and lawsuits by investors who call it a “scam perpetrated by savvy and politically connected operatives” to exploit overseas investors. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the bankruptcy filing by the electric car company cites $7.5 million won by 12 investors and pending lawsuits. It says GreenTech ...

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Toyota says Mississippi plant makes millionth Corolla sedan

  BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota Motor Corp. says its Mississippi plant has assembled its millionth Corolla sedan. The company made the announcement Tuesday, a little more than six years after it started assembling cars at the $800 million Blue Springs plant. The Japanese company marked the 10th anniversary of its groundbreaking earlier this year with a series of celebrations. Incoming ...

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Global automotive supplier BorgWarner expanding in Water Valley

BorgWarner, a global leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles, is expanding in Water Valley. The $20 million corporate investment is expected to create approximately 75 jobs over the next two years. BorgWarner’s expansion will help meet growing demand for advanced transmission technologies, including the award-winning Eco-Launch™ stop/start accumulator and the mini direct-acting variable force solenoid. ...

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#justsayin’ tackles the union and Mississippi

This week, Ford Williams selects a Katy Perry hit song for the UAW team traveling back to Detroit after a failed union vote at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi. Ford’s cartoon series, #justsayin, is in its second year of publication.  The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist.  In the series, ...

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On the short list: 11 states vying for Toyota-Mazda plant

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Whether Mississippi is the leading contender for an automotive assembly plant jointly operated by Toyota and Mazda is the $1.6 billion question. The two Japanese automakers said earlier this month they plan to build the plant, which will build the Toyota Corolla and future Mazda crossover vehicles, by 2021. The facility, which requires at ...

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