Production

China suspends work at hundreds of factories after deadly blast

8:50 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China has suspended work at more than 200 factories in an eastern province for safety checks as part of a nationwide review following an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people, government officials and state media said....
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Jaguar Land Rover grapples with growing demand, tighter supplies

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
After a year of record global sales of 425,000 vehicles in 2013 and a 14 percent increase in the first half of 2014, Jaguar Land Rover is facing a problem it has not seen in decades: Demand is far outstripping supply on some models....
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At the half: North America car and truck production by platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2014....
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At the half: Top 25 North American plants and models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2014....
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Toyota cutting the andon cord, symbol of Toyota Way

Aug. 5, 2014 19:38 CET
Toyota is retiring the “andon cord,” the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond....
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Toyota cutting the fabled andon cord, symbol of Toyota Way

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Toyota is retiring the fabled “andon cord,” the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond....
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N.A. auto market seen outshining other regions, despite threats

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Auto sales will continue to rise in North America through 2020 despite lingering effects of the 2009 recession, economist Jeff Schuster predicted today....
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Center of North American auto industry moves further southwest, IHS says

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The geographic center point of the North American auto industry, which was located in central Illinois in 2000, has now crossed south into Arkansas from Missouri and moving southwest about 14 miles a year. The calculation by consultant IHS Automotive is derived from the production data of North American assembly plants....
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North American tooling demands growing from foreign automakers

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
As North American production rises, Asian and European automakers are asking their tool-and-die suppliers to set up shop in North America, a consultant says....
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At the half: N.America car and truck production by plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2014....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why the supplier price-fixing investigation looms large

9:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
There's three dozen people in the auto supply chain who should be on the mind of everyone attending the Management Briefing Seminars here this year....
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Why auto workers will be wearing their jobs

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
New factory technology is in the pipeline that will turn workers' clothing into data-emitting devices for plant management....
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Output table goes monthly

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Beginning with the Monday, Aug. 11, issue, Automotive News will no longer publish a weekly estimated production table....
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VW production chief Macht quits amid manufacturing troubles

Aug. 1, 2014 15:19 CET
VW production chief Michael Macht has left the automaker amid claims that CEO Martin Winterkorn is unhappy with the rollout of the automaker's new MQB vehicle architecture. He is the second top executive to leave VW within a week....
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Renault will build Fiat Scudo successor

Aug. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault will build Fiat's replacement for its Scudo commercial van starting in 2016, taking over production of the model from PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. The Scudo successor will be based on the Renault Trafic....
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Daimler will invest 1.5 billion euros in its biggest German plant after winning labor deal

July 31, 2014 10:51 CET
Daimler plans a 1.5 billion euros investment its Mercedes plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, after employees agreed a labor deal that the company says will save 100 million euros in costs....
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Continental raises 2014 profit forecast on lower costs, auto demand

July 31, 2014 11:26 CET
Continental raised its 2014 profit forecast for the second time this year to 11 percent of sales from 10.5 percent, after lower production costs and improving auto demand helped boost quarterly earnings....
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Mitsubishi's quarterly profit gains paced by Europe

4:14 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Europe was Mitsubishi's most profitable region in the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, the company said today....
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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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VW plans Apple-like model updates

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple Inc. to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its vehicles....
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UK car output boosted by new models in first half

July 24, 2014 10:41 CET
UK car production grew by 4 percent in the first six months thanks to new models, but the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warned that further growth must be backed by bolstering the UK's parts supply chain....
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Hyundai's Q2 profit falls 7% on currency strength, weak global demand

July 24, 2014 11:34 CET
Hyundai's second-quarter profit fell 7 percent as a strong won, weakening global sales and incentives in the U.S. took their toll on earnings. To combat a strong currency, the automaker will now consider adding production overseas....
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Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers....
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Mazda2 output starts; Europe sales begin in 2015

July 18, 2014 11:03 CET
Mazda has given its Mazda2 subcompact the sharp creases and sportier stance of the brand's new Kodo design language....
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Datsun on-Do sedan launch in Russia overshadowed by economic crisis and slumping car market

July 16, 2014 16:04 CET
Nissan's low-cost Datsun on-Do family sedan was launched in Russia this week, but the country's deepening political crisis with the West and falling car sales could dampen sales....
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