Production

Toyota to expand Highlander production in Indiana, invest $100 million

11:36 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Toyota said today it will spend $100 million to increase production of the Highlander crossover in Princeton, Ind. The Highlander has been bumping against its production ceiling at the Indiana assembly plant....
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GM reviews timing of Russia plant expansion

Aug. 22, 2014 17:19 CET
General Motors is reviewing the timing of the expansion of its Russian plant near St Petersburg because of a slump in the country's auto market....
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GM cuts production in Russia as market slump continues

Aug. 21, 2014 15:49 CET
General Motors said it will reduce production at its plant near St. Petersburg, Russia, citing a continued slowdown of the country's auto market....
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New and premium models boost UK car exports to July record

Aug. 21, 2014 10:44 CET
The UK has reported record car exports for July as production rose by nearly 3 percent year-on-year last month because of new models and strong sales of top-end vehicles....
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Saab's owner seeks partner to secure brand's future

Aug. 19, 2014 11:15 CET
Saab's owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, says it is in discussions with potential partners as it seeks to restart car production and develop future models....
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Suppliers prepare for growth, allocate more funds for M&A

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
North American suppliers are budgeting more funds for mergers and acquisitions as they seek to boost market share and expand product lineups....
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Mexico wants more Tier 2 suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Mexico's auto industry has launched a long-term effort to develop a national network of Tier 2 suppliers....
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Confident parts makers plan to expand and hire

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Flush with cash and fat order books, North American suppliers are increasing capital expenditures, hiring workers and raising funds for possible acquisitions....
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Record rainfall in Michigan disrupts Detroit 3 operations

11:38 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Southeast Michigan experienced record rainfall Monday, causing closures or slowdowns at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler plants and tech centers throughout the area....
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GM idling Michigan plant 3 weeks to trim Cadillac ATS, CTS supplies

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
General Motors plans to idle the Michigan plant that produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS for three weeks amid a glut of inventory. The move comes as U.S. sales of the ATS and CTS sag, pushing inventories to unusually high levels....
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Unions force VW to ax consultants in clash over cost cuts, report says

Aug. 8, 2014 09:32 CET
VW's 5 billion euro ($6.68 billion) cost-savings plan was hit by a major setback after labor leaders forced management to ax McKinsey, the consultants working out the cuts, three sources with knowledge of the matter said....
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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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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

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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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

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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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

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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