Manufacturing

Lexus NX may challenge RX for brand sales leader outside U.S.

6:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
The new Lexus NX compact crossover, already racking thousands of orders in Japan, may unseat big sibling RX as the luxury brand's top global nameplate. At least outside the United States.... Read More »

 

AvtoVAZ to cut workforce by 45%, report says

Aug. 29, 2014 12:22 CET
AvtoVAZ plans to reduce staff numbers by 25,000, finance head Evgeny Belinin told a French newspaper. AvtoVAZ, controlled by the Renault-Nissan alliance, is also cutting Lada production and freezing vehicle prices.... Read More »

 

Ford to halt B-Max production again in September, report says

Aug. 29, 2014 11:22 CET
Ford will halt production of the B-Max at its Romanian plant for nine days in September, a report said. The automaker has halted output in Romania several times since September 2013 on slow sales of the minivan.... Read More »

 

JLR intensifies efforts to meet tough EU CO2 target

Aug. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will “turn over every stone” including launching plug-in hybrids to bring its high average CO2 emissions down to an EU-approved level by 2021, JLR head of product development Wolfgang Ziebart said.... Read More »

 

Ford wins dismissal in U.S. of claims it aided apartheid

9:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Ford won dismissal of a lawsuit claiming the company aided South Africa's apartheid regime, with a judge saying it couldn't be sued in the U.S. over actions of their units overseas.... Read More »

 

Automakers still dogged by Bluetooth glitches, Power study finds

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Bluetooth technology aims to leave drivers hands-free, but some drivers end up connection-free, according to a study of multimedia quality and satisfaction released today.... Read More »

 

Global price-fixing crackdown threatens supply chain's 'business model'

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
As antitrust regulators, most recently in China, go after auto suppliers in what has become a worldwide probe into price fixing, a longtime "business model" in the supply chain is now in danger, says an automotive purchasing executive. That model essentially sees parts makers collude to keep prices relatively high for new components they supply to car manufacturers, and then charge even more for the same parts supplied as replacements to dealerships and repair shops.... Read More »

 

Transmission parts supplier to invest $42 million in Mich. plant

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Transform Automotive is expanding in Michigan after landing a new contract to build transmissions parts. The machined, metal-stamped and laser-welded parts supplier plans to invest nearly $42 million to lease and build out a new manufacturing plant in Shelby Township, Mich., a suburb east of Detroit.... Read More »

 

Ford launches '15 Mustang output in Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Ford today officially launched production of the redesigned Mustang at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich. With the 2015 model, Ford is making the Mustang to suit global tastes for the first time. That will include a first-ever right-hand-drive version.... Read More »

 

GM plans to move some Chevy Equinox assembly to Mexico, report says

6:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
General Motors and the UAW on Wednesday trumpeted the news that production of the Cadillac SRX would be shifted from Mexico to Tennessee, but Reuters has learned that GM also plans to move some other assembly work in the opposite direction.... Read More »

 

Lear agrees to buy leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in $850 million deal

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Lear agreed to buy automotive leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in a deal valued at $850 million that aims to strengthen the company's global seating business.... Read More »

 

Kia says it will build 'range' of small cars at new plant in Mexico

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Kia plans to produce “a range” of small cars for markets including the United States at its $1 billion plant in Monterrey, Mexico, after production begins in the first half of 2016, the company said in a statement.... Read More »

 

GM details plans for SRX, engine production in Tenn.

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
General Motors said today it will invest $185 million to make small engines at its Tennessee assembly plant, while relocating production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX to that factory from a facility in Mexico.... Read More »

 

AvtoVAZ aims to win back market share to return to profit, CEO Andersson says

Aug. 27, 2014 10:54 CET
AvtoVAZ plans to return to profit by cutting costs and rolling out new models to claw back market share that has been slipping away from the producer of Lada vehicles since the end of the Soviet Union.... Read More »

 

Schaeffler first-half earnings rise 9% on China demand

Aug. 27, 2014 11:37 CET
Schaeffler expects sales growth in excess of 7 percent this year after first-half earnings rose 9 percent and profit margins improved because of demand in China.... Read More »

 

China said to mull $16 billion funding for EV chargers

Aug. 27, 2014 12:08 CET
China may provide as much as $16 billion for electric-vehicle charging facilities. Increased state funding would be a tailwind for carmakers coping with consumer concerns over the price, reliability and convenience of electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

Kia to unveil plans for assembly plant in Mexico, sources say

6:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Kia will announce plans Wednesday to construct an assembly plant in Mexico, its first in the country, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. The South Korean automaker will build the factory in the Monterrey area of northern Mexico, a senior automotive industry source in Mexico City told Automotive News.... Read More »

 

Anti-UAW workers begin effort to create union at VW Tenn. plant

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Employees at the Volkswagen AG auto plant in Tennessee are forming a union that is to include hourly and salaried workers, as a counter to the UAW Local 42 that was established last month, a leading anti-UAW worker said today.... Read More »

 

GM turns to employee bike share program to get around tech campus

10:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
General Motors introduced a bike sharing program on its 330-acre technical center campus in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

Volvo counts on high-cost Sweden for crucial XC90

Aug. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Volvo is sticking to its Scandinavian roots with its first model since being acquired by Chinese owners four years ago. Rather than chase low wages, Volvo will build the new XC90 SUV in Sweden, where auto workers get about $62 an hour.... Read More »

 

Tata brand plans upscale SUVs with Jaguar Land Rover tech, report says

Aug. 26, 2014 11:41 CET
Tata Motors is developing two upscale SUVs for its Tata brand using technology from Jaguar Land Rover, a Delhi-based business newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

German suppliers asked to form JVs in China, report says

Aug. 25, 2014 10:39 CET
China has told three German suppliers they can no longer manage their Chinese units independently but need to form partnerships with local peers, the CEO of partsmaker ElringKlinger told a German newspaper.... Read More »

 

Ford begins 'massive undertaking' to manufacture aluminum pickup

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford has begun an eight-week closure of its F-150 pickup plant near Detroit to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the United States.... Read More »

 

JCI, Unifor labor deal averts threat to GM output in Canada

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
About 300 unionized workers at a Johnson Controls interiors plant in Ontario ratified a new three-year contract, heading off a potential strike at the factory and work stoppage at General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex.... Read More »

 

Cash surge, lighter batteries power A123 comeback

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A123 Systems LLC is in the midst of a recharge. Despite political opposition, it emerged from bankruptcy last year under the ownership of Chinese supplier conglomerate Wanxiang Group, made sweeping business plan changes and is expected to be cash flow positive for the first time in its history this year.... Read More »

 

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