Platforms

Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan, report says

March 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler declined to comment on a report that its first Mercedes pickup will be based on the Nissan Navara and built by the Japanese automaker....
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BMW, Toyota move ahead with development of midsize sports car platform

Nov. 6, 2014 16:29 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved closer to a jointly developed sports car platform. A technical feasibility study has been completed and development of vehicle underpinnings has moved on to the concept phase, BMW said....
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PLATFORM PUZZLE

GM, Renault, VW, others bet on megaplatforms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

GM, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault-Nissan are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them, including Fiat Chrysler, run a risk of being left behind, analysts say....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW, Renault, GM, others bet big on megaplatforms

Nov. 3, 2014 06:15 CET

VW, Renault and GM are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them quickly, including Fiat Chrysler and PSA, run the risk of being left behind, analysts say....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 3, 2014 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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Premium Lincoln platform could underpin new sedans, crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

Ford Motor Co.'s plans for Lincoln may be even bigger than the company let on at its Sept. 29 investor day, when Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra announced plans to spend $2.5 billion on the brand and add two nameplates to its lineup....
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Mercedes reorganizes manufacturing operations to reduce costs

Sept. 10, 2014 11:44 CET

Mercedes is reorganizing its manufacturing operations away from a production network controlled by individual factories to a leaner system centered around vehicle architectures and model lines....
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BMW's new X1 will be the second model to use front-wheel-drive platform

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET

BMW plans to launch a revamped X1 and an all-new X2 next summer based on the company's UKL1 front-wheel-drive platform. The SUVs will be the second and third BMW-brand fwd models after the 2-series Active Tourer....
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Carmakers bet on big global platforms to cut costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

The auto industry's switch to global platforms is rapidly picking up momentum. In 2020, the top 10 platforms are expected to generate production of 27.8 million vehicles, according to IHS Automotive, a consulting firm based in suburban Detroit. That's up from 19.2 million units this year....
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VW suffers production woes adjusting to MQB platform, report says

July 29, 2014 16:38 CET

Volkswagen's move to add extra German production shifts for the Golf, which the company has attributed to strong demand, is also due to problems adjusting to its new MQB platform, company sources said....
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Ford says Mondeo sales will be boosted by platform sharing with Lincoln

July 5, 2014 06:15 CET

Ford says its new Mondeo will compete better in Europe's mid-sized segment because it has a platform that was also designed to underpin Lincoln models....
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Renault-Nissan boost alliance savings by 7%

July 2, 2014 16:08 CET

Renault and Nissan increased savings from their alliance by 7 percent last year as the first cars built on the jointly developed common module family (CMF) platform rolled off production lines....
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Opel plans return to profit through closer ties with parent GM

June 4, 2014 12:38 CET

Opel aims to return to profit and increase its market share in Europe by focusing on smaller cars using more components from parent company General Motors, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann says....
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Subaru plans more U.S. capacity, unveils new technology

4:24 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2014

The maker of red-hot Subaru vehicles says it may expand annual capacity at its Indiana assembly plant to 400,000 units after 2017. It also plans to introduce of a new vehicle platform and more efficient fuel-injected engines....
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