North American Assembly Plants

New plant will boost sales, profit margin for Mazda3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Mazda Motor Corp. is betting big on its Mazda3 small car, predicting global sales will jump by nearly a third with the just-released redesign. It also expects a Mexico-built version will help North America capture a bigger chunk of worldwide volume while providing fatter profit margins.... Read More »

 

Shortage of tool shops could stall U.S. industry's upturn

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
In the little corner of the car business where skilled machinists repair broken dies through the wee hours of the night and perfect the tools that will turn out smooth body panels, an alarm bell is ringing.... Read More »

 

VW plant led Aug. output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
The top 10 plants in North America, ranked by August production, were VW Puebla, Mexico, 49,493 units; Nissan Smyrna, Tenn., 46,779; Toyota Georgetown, Ky., 45,163; Nissan Aguascalientes, Mexico, 44,831; Honda Marysville, Ohio, 43,748; Hyundai Montgomery, Ala., 37,764; Ford Dearborn, Mich., 34,873; Ford Hermosillo, Mexico, 34,848; Ford Louisville, Ky., 34,638 and Ford Chicago, 34,327.... Read More »

 

Sources: Nissan, Daimler to build small luxury cars in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Nissan and Daimler will build small Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz luxury cars at a Nissan plant in Mexico, sources said.... Read More »

 

Honda's Ito launches new Fit as company's 'most important' car

7:44 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2013
Honda resident Takanobu Ito called the redesigned Fit the company's "most important" car and predicted the nameplate would see its biggest sales jump in North America. The third-generation of the small car, crucial to Honda's expansion plan in the United States, chalks big fuel efficiency gains over the outgoing model as well as a longer body and bigger interior.... Read More »

 

As Toyota rebounds, the mantra is 'more'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Osamu Nagata, the troubleshooting Toyota executive who now heads North American manufacturing and r&d, is on a mission to boost capacity and do it quickly -- first by expanding existing factories and then probably adding an assembly plant in Mexico. Toyota is ready to go on the offensive.... Read More »

 

BMW mulls new plant in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
BMW is studying expanding its North American manufacturing footprint with an assembly plant in Mexico.... Read More »

 

Chrysler assembly plant gets Fiat paint shop

Aug. 23, 2013 06:01 CET
The merging of Chrysler and Fiat manufacturing systems will take a step forward early next year when a 935,000-square-foot (86,865-square-meter) paint shop opens at Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

VW builds 10 millionth car in Mexico

Aug. 20, 2013 06:01 CET
Volkswagen built its 10 millionth car in Mexico this month. It was a Beetle.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen builds 10 millionth car in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Volkswagen built its 10 millionth car in Mexico this month. It was a Beetle.... Read More »

 

Chrysler assembly plant gets Fiat paint shop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
The merging of Chrysler and Fiat manufacturing systems will take a step forward early next year when a 935,000-square-foot paint shop opens at Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

N.A. output is key to Mitsubishi Electric's strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. is boosting North American production and shipping fewer products from Asia, part of an effort by many Japanese companies to reduce the risk of currency fluctuations.... Read More »

 

THINKING SMALL

Ford and GM successes are creating a tough subcompact war

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
America-made small cars selling at lower prices. Competition will be intense, observers say, because the subcompact segment is unlikely to see much growth in market share.... Read More »

 

Boom is on; enjoy the ride

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Automakers are on track to exceed the North American production record of 17.2 million units in 2016.... Read More »

 

N.A. output rises in July

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Estimated North America car and truck production in July rose 1 percent from a year earlier to 1,075,551 units, marking the 24th straight month that regional output topped 1 million.... Read More »

 

Ford steps up training after shaky launches

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Stung by several vehicle launches gone awry, Ford Motor Co. is giving workers additional training before the launch of the 2014 Fusion at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant here.... Read More »

 

Suppliers meet demands by boosting parts shipments from other regions

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Big suppliers are easing production shortfalls in better-selling regions, such as North American and China, by shipping more parts from factories on other continents.... Read More »

 

At the half: N.America car and truck production by platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2013.... Read More »

 

At the half: Top 25 North America models and plants

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2013.... Read More »

 

At the half: North America car and truck production by plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2013.... Read More »

 

Denso wants to shrink its factories, invest $1 billion in N.A.

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso will embark on a new global drive to operate smaller factory lines that handle smaller jobs for customers. The effort will be the key direction in Denso’s plan to invest $1 billion in North American products, research and factories over the next four years.... Read More »

 

GM Silao one of June top 10

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2013
Output at Ford's Louisville plant rose a top-10-leading 59 percent from a year earlier as it ramped up production of the Escape.... Read More »

 

N.A. output fell 1% in June

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
Estimated North American car and truck production in June fell 1 percent from a year earlier to 1,388,516 units.... Read More »

 

Plant tweaks delay Cherokee launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
Chrysler has delayed the launch of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee by a couple of months as it fine-tunes the production process at its revamped Toledo Assembly Complex. Union officials cite fit-and-finish issues at the plant's new body shop, and company sources say engineers continue to tweak the performance of the nine-speed transmission.... Read More »

 

Ford, Chrysler to reduce summer shutdowns at most N.A. plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2013
Ford Motor and Chrysler Group said today they are scaling back annual summer production shutdowns this year in hopes of boosting output of key models in North America. General Motors declined to disclose specific summer plans.... Read More »

 

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