Infiniti deepened its ties with Mercedes-Benz through breaking ground on the upcoming joint engine plant in Decherd, Tennessee, as well as an announcement that it will build its compact luxury car, likely based on the Etherea concept, at a Magna Steyr plant in Austria--with Mercedes-Benz technology.

GM is reportedly working on a new large-car platform called Omega, to underpin the future full-size vehicles for Cadillac. It won't be shared with Chevy or Buick, however--those brands' larger cars will ride on the Zeta II platform.

And the 2013 MINI Cooper hatchback has been spied in testing, revealing a familiar theme in a new package, though we don't expect anything too radical for the MINI's design. The big changes may be under the hood, where a three-cylinder engine is expected to come into play.

You'll find all of this and more in today's car news headlines below.

Nissan Breaks Ground For Mercedes-Benz/Infiniti Engine Plant In Tennessee

Magna Steyr To Build New Compact Infiniti In Austria

GM Plans New Omega Platform For Large, Rear-Wheel Drive Cars

2012 Tesla Model S: Coming In June, Projected 250-300 Miles At Highway Speeds

2013 MINI Cooper Spy Shots

Ferrari Apologizes For Burning Rubber On Ancient Chinese Wall

This Mother's Day, Show You Love Her With Junked Car Parts

Updated BYD e6: First Drive Of Chinese Electric Crossover

2012 Honda Odyssey Video Road Test

Ford F-150, Mustang, Expedition & Lincoln Navigator Recalled