Plant Expansion

Volvo will expand XC40 output; promises to widen compact family

May 24, 2018 10:00 CET
Volvo will expand output of its XC40 in Belgium and start production of the compact SUV in China next year. The automaker also said it will widen its compact family with a range of new models to replace the current V40.

Skoda mulls new plant to meet record demand

March 30, 2018 06:01 CET
Skoda may need to build another plant in Europe to keep pace with its record-breaking sales, CEO Bernhard Maier said.

Buffett-owned tooling supplier expands suburban Detroit operation

10:56 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2018
Berkshire eSupply, a tooling supplier acquired by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway last year, is planning to build a $45 million headquarters in Michigan that could create 240 new jobs.

Industry changes mean new plants make less local economic impact

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2018
Landing an auto plant is a colossal economic win for a community — but not quite the win it was a decade ago.

Denso expands Tennessee operations, adds 320 jobs

7:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2018
Denso has upped its capital spending in East Tennessee to boost U.S. production of fuel pump and gas injectors.

Nissan pondering capacity relief

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2018
Nissan management says the automaker has run out of the available factory space that has fueled its U.S. sales growth. It's time to build a new assembly plant.

Honda to add CR-V production in Marysville, Ohio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2018
One factor behind Honda's success, American Honda's CEO says, has been the ongoing effort to use its flexible production capabilities to fortify light-truck production in North America.

Toyota-Mazda's Alabama plant will have room to expand

10:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2018
The prized $1.6 billion car factory awarded to Alabama by Toyota and Mazda could be an even bigger win than expected, as the site's size leaves plenty of room for future expansions.

How Schaeffler keeps engineer pipeline filled

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2018
Schaeffler needed to introduce advanced mobility products in North America, and its engineering apprentice program in Wooster, Ohio, provided assurance that it will have the necessary skill levels.

Tennessee plant may be VW's EV factory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2017
By building EVs at its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen is hoping to get a better return on its billion-dollar investment in the facility.

Ala., N.C. present stark differences in bid for $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda factory

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2017
Alabama and North Carolina are reported to be the last candidates in the bidding for the Toyota-Mazda joint factory, presenting stark differences in their offerings.

BMW Spartanburg finds its calling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017
BMW's Spartanburg, S.C., plant, which opened in 1994, has transformed from a small operation making only about 60,000 vehicles annually to a major exporting hub. The plant cranks out more than 400,000 vehicles a year to meet global crossover demand.

'Iron Man' vests aid BMW assembly workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2017
In Spartanburg, wearable robotics help workers install heat shields and more. It's part of a culture of innovation at the plant.

PSA secures future of two French plants with new models

Oct. 13, 2017 06:01 CET
PSA will add production of new vehicles at its Sochaux and Mulhouse plants in France in 2020 and 2021.

VW contract helps Sakthi Automotive expand in Detroit

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017
Sakthi Group is building a 60,000-square-foot plant in Detroit to accommodate a new contract to build steering arms and knuckles for Volkswagen. The project is expected to generate 200 more jobs.

Toyota ready to defend Mexico beachhead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2017
Toyota, long a bit player in Mexico, now is No. 4 in sales there. It plans to defend its Mexican beachhead with an expanded model line and second assembly plant.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2017
A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S. plant, launching the M class. It was a risky experiment that continues to pay big dividends.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2017
A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S. plant, launching the M class. It was a risky experiment that continues to pay big dividends.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

M-B's 'crazy' idea revived Alabama

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2017
Twenty years after Mercedes took the big risk of building an SUV in Alabama, it is underscoring that decision with a $1 billion investment.

Subaru plant's race for space

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2017
Subaru's lone manufacturing plant outside Japan is preparing for production of the new Ascent three-row crossover.

Mercedes: No need for mega-plant like BMW's

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2017
Despite its big investment in Alabama, Mercedes does not plan to match the size of BMW's giant Spartanburg, S.C., plant.

New factory investments? Now?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2017
Falling sales, rising incentives and mounting vehicle inventories — is this really the right time for automakers to invest heavily in new U.S. production capacity? Whatever, several manufacturers have decided to seize the moment.

Can Tesla propel Panasonic into top supplier ranks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2017
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic believes its association with Tesla will help it leapfrog into the top 10 global auto suppliers in just five years.

Ford expands Russian production on SUV demand

Sept. 15, 2017 10:51 CET
Ford's Russian joint venture plans to increase production to meet growing demand for SUVs and light commercial vehicles.

A factory in flux

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017
Twice in about seven years, Ford has significantly changed its product plan for the Michigan Assembly Plant. It's a process that costs billions in construction, new machinery and worker retraining.

 
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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