In its historic return to Le Mans, the Ford GT has snatched the pole position in the GTE-Pro category for the 2016 edition of the 24-hour classic. Get all the latest auto industry news in the Executive Briefing.
+ Porsche SE, the holding company controlled by the Porsche and Piech families and Volkswagen AG’s chief shareholder, will not block a scheduled dividend payment at the annual VW shareholder meeting next week. More at Reuters.
+ General Motors has appointed a new roster of public-relations agencies to represent its Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC divisions. More at The Detroit News.
+ Promising to spend $2.2 billion in the region, BMW has broken ground on a new $1 billion plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, which will build 150,000 3 Series cars annually. More at Yahoo! Finance.
+ Linamar Corporation, Canada’s second-largest auto parts maker, has talked with Apple Inc. and Google about potentially supplying the technology giants for series auto production. More at Bloomberg.com.
+ In its first trip to Le Mans, the Ford GT has earned the pole position in the GTE-Pro category in the 2016 edition of the 24-hour classic. More at Racer.
+ The government of Ontario will provide $66.5 million in in funding to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada to expand the automaker’s Windsor minivan assembly plant. More at Automotive Business Review.
+ CEO Matthias Mueller reports that Volkswagen Group will introduce 30 plug-in electric models by 2025 as the automaker reshapes its global product strategy. More at USA Today.
+ Mexico-based transmission maker Tremec will build a $54 million manufacturing plant in Wixom, Michigan, just outside Detroit, creating 133 jobs. More at Crain’s Detroit Business.
+ At Road America In Wisconsin, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski tested Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud’s Dallara Indy car. More at Fox Sports.
+ Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and its Mopar brand have introduced the 2016 Ram Rebel 1500, a kitted-out pickup to be offered in a limited run of 500 units at $52,460. More at Autoblog.
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