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Fiat Chrysler said to plan huge production shift in Italy

May 18, 2018 13:36 CET
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is preparing to unveil a sweeping transformation of production in Italy that will see the automaker stop building the Fiat Punto and Alfa Romeo MiTo small cars in favor of Maserati and Jeep models, Bloomberg reported.

Tesla plans 6-day stoppage at factory for assembly line fixes, report says

2:55 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2018
Tesla will pause production at its California factory for six days at the end of the May to work on fixes to its assembly line for its new Model 3 sedan, sources inside the company told Reuters.

Northvolt signs battery MOU with Japan's Marubeni

May 15, 2018 14:05 CET
Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese trading house Marubeni to collaborate on lithium ion battery production.

Mahindra's giant leap into Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2018
After failing to enter the United States in 2010, India's Mahindra & Mahindra is taking a novel approach in its second attempt -- making vehicles in Detroit.

Supplier fire ripples across the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2018
A magnesium plant fire is the kind of black swan event that's unavoidable in an era when auto parts often are delivered just hours before they're needed on the assembly line, but prior disasters have taught automakers valuable lessons.

Horizon Watch: Mishawaka, Ind.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2018
SF Motors's larger plan is to create an EV assembly plant out of the old AM General Hummer plant in Mishawaka, Ind.

No launch in sight for Elio

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2018
Three-wheeled car startup Elio Motors promised to bring 1,500 jobs to General Motors' closed assembly plant in Shreveport, La. Five years later, the venture is still seeking funding.

Ford could resume F-150 truck output Friday, report says

5:27 pm U.S. ET | May 11, 2018
Ford could resume production of F-150 pickups on May 18 at factories in Michigan and Kansas City, after a fire at a supplier plant disrupted the availability of key parts, Reuters reported, citing a source familiar with the automaker's plans.

Talks for Mini's China output are 'going well,' BMW CEO says

May 11, 2018 14:33 CET
BMW's talks with Great Wall over building electric Minis in China are "going well," BMW CEO Harald Krueger said. But it could be autumn before a decision is reached, Krueger said.

Germany's Merkel sees chance for EV battery production in Europe

May 9, 2018 10:14 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees an increased chance of German automakers establishing battery production for EVs in Europe.

Ford halts F-150 production in Kansas City after supplier fire

11:20 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2018
A supplier fire last week is pinching production of the F-150 pickup, but the impact is expected to be minimal for both Ford and its dealers.

End of the line for the Wrangler JK

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2018
The last Jeep Wrangler JK built was a white 2018 Rubicon Unlimited.

Bitter pill for UAW at GM's Orion plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2018
A new agreement could become a template for lowering costs at other car plants that have experienced production declines due to slow-selling products.

Ford temporarily halts production at Flat Rock plant following worker injury

2:03 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2018
Production was temporarily halted overnight at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan after a worker's leg got pinned in machinery.

Europe's electric cars are coming for Tesla

May 3, 2018 09:33 CET
Tesla's goal of accelerating the switch to electric cars is catching up with it as European automakers begin to roll out full-electric models. Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar have decades of automaking experience and the ability to absorb development costs.

In China, Lynk & CO's high-tech factory flags global challenge

May 1, 2018 06:01 CET
While auto workers in Germany and South Korea fight to save their jobs, one of China's youngest auto brands is gearing up to build SUVs at a new factory with digitally-connected robots and a fresh workforce of 1,800 people.

Rough ramp-up for Ram

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2018
FCA US has spent more than $300 million to fix the production problems that have put the ramp-up of the 2019 Ram 1500 well behind schedule.

Ex-Opel CEO Neumann will join California-based EV startup

April 30, 2018 10:14 CET
Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann will join California-based EV startup Evelozcity, which is run by ex-BMW executives.

VW's Seat brand will hire 250 more staff at Spanish plant

April 30, 2018 13:22 CET
VW Group's Seat brand is hiring more workers to help build the Ibiza car and Arona small SUV, along with the next-generation Audi A1.

Skoda will shift some SUV production to Germany

April 30, 2018 12:40 CET
Skoda will build Karoq SUVs in a VW plant in Germany to ease overcapacity in its factories in the Czech Republic.

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BMW will export iX3 electric SUV to Europe, U.S. from China

April 25, 2018 07:25 CET
BMW will export its first full-electric SUV, called the iX3, to global markets after it goes into production in 2020 at its joint-venture plant in China.

Audi aims to double China production within 5 years

April 25, 2018 10:59 CET
Audi aims to double its China production within five years and plans to offer 10 new SUVs, CEO Rupert Stadler said. Audi expects 30 percent of its sales in China to be EVs.

Opel CEO says German investments hinge on improving competitiveness

April 23, 2018 14:10 CET
Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller reaffirmed that the automaker's new owner, PSA, wants to invest in Germany and keep open factories if it can reach an agreement with workers to improve their competitiveness.

VW may face billion-euro damages claim from Bosnian supplier

April 23, 2018 11:23 CET
VW may face a damages claim for billions of euros from Prevent Group after the automaker canceled its contracts with the supplier following a dispute that forced VW to halt production at six German factories.

Nissan will cut jobs at UK plant as diesel demand slides, report says

April 20, 2018 15:43 CET
Nissan will cut hundreds of jobs at its factory in Sunderland, England, as it tackles declining demand for diesel models across Europe, Reuters reported.

 
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

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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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