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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Ford Motor, Tesla Motors, Tata Motors, General Motors and Toyota Motor

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Chicago, IL - December 18, 2015 - Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Ford Motor Co. ( F ), Tesla Motors, Inc. ( TSLA ), Tata Motors Limited ( TTM ), General Motors Company ( GM ) and Toyota Motor Corporation ( TM ).

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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

Auto Stock Roundup

Most auto stocks recorded gains over the last one week. Among the positive developments, Ford Motor Co. ( F ) announced a $4.5 billion investment in electric and hybrid vehicles and Tesla Motors, Inc. ( TSLA ) started selling Model S in Mexico. Meanwhile, Tata Motors Limited ( TTM ) launched a new compact hatch - ZICA.

In another major development, General Motors Company ( GM ) awarded $594.5 million in compensation to the victims of accidents caused by faulty ignition switches. Meanwhile, Toyota Motor Corporation ( TM ) disclosed its production and sales plans for 2016.

Recap of the Week's Most Important Stories

1. General Motors approved 399 death and injury claims, and awarded $594.5 million in compensation to the victims of accidents resulting from faulty ignition switches. However, the company is not responsible if the mishap occurred before it emerged from bankruptcy restructuring in Jul 2009, or if the victims were partially responsible.

Considering this, the automaker did not have to compensate for 128 of the 399 approved claims. With the addition of this compensation, the costs incurred by General Motors for the defective ignition switches have now exceeded $2 billion (read more: GM Accepts 399 Claims, Compensates $594.5M in Ignition Issue ).

2. Ford announced that it will be investing $4.5 billion toward its electrified vehicles goal by 2020. With this investment, the company will be expanding its offering of hybrids and electric vehicles. Ford plans to introduce 13 new electrified vehicles by 2020. The automaker also expects that 40% of its portfolio will have electric versions by then (read more: Ford to Invest $4.5B to Meet Electrification Goals by 2020 ).

3. Toyota expects global sales of around 10,114,000 units in 2016, almost in line with the projected 10,098,000 units for 2015. The company expects sales in Japan to increase 3% year over year to 2,231,000 units in 2016. However, sales outside Japan are anticipated to drop 1% to 7,884,000 units. Toyota has decided to raise its worldwide production by 1% to 10,196,000 units next year.

The increase in global production will reflect a 1% rise in production in Japan to 4,135,000 units, while production outside Japan is likely to be nearly same at 6,062,000 units as 6,046,000 units in 2015 (read more: Toyota Reveals Weak Production and Sales Plans for 2016 ).

4. Tesla has started selling its electric car, the Model S, in Mexico. Customers can book the vehicle through the automaker's website. Tesla is also reportedly planning to expand its Superchargers network in Mexico to facilitate long trips. The automaker further aims to open a formal store in the country by the second quarter of 2016 (read more: Tesla Begins Mexican Operations, Opens Model S Bookings ).

5. Tata Motors launched a new compact hatch - ZICA. The car has been designed using inputs from the automaker's design studios in Pune, UK and Italy. It is available in petrol and diesel variants.

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