The Land of Lincoln Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• Rumored for nearly a year, Ford on Tuesday confirmed it would bring its Lincoln luxury brand to China. Though the automaker said the first vehicles would reach market in the second half of 2014, and noted that a plant under construction in Chongqing would double Ford’s production capacity in China, it did not specify which models would be sold initially or whether they would be built locally or imported. (Ford)

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Ford breaks ground on new plant in southwest China

Ford Motor Co. is building a sixth plant in China as part of an effort to increase its sales in the world’s largest auto market.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally attended a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the new $600 million assembly plant in the southwestern city of Chongqing. It will have the capacity to make 250,000 vehicles per year when it’s finished in late 2014.

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The Eastbound Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• Volvo is expected next month to announce a joint partnership with its owner, the Chinese manufacturer Geely, to build cars for the Chinese market. Though Geely holds a majority stake in the Swedish automaker, Volvo must partner with a local manufacturer to legally produce and market its cars in China. If approved, the joint venture would base its operations in Chengdu, located in China’s southwest. (Bloomberg)

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