Production

Jaguar Land Rover in talks on setting up plant in Poland

July 3, 2015 18:20 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has made Poland one of two finalists for an auto factory, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said. Poland is competing with Slovakia to provide a site for the plant, which would produce 350,000 vehicles a year starting in 2019, he said....
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Saab owner to build EV plant in China

July 3, 2015 11:06 CET

China's National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which owns the assets of bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab, broke ground on a plant in China to produce electric vehicles. The company did not release any details about the EVs and it's not clear whether they will be marketed as Saabs....
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Jaguar Land Rover signs deal with Magna Steyr to build cars in Austria

July 2, 2015 08:46 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to have Magna Steyr build an unspecified number of JLR models. Magna Steyr will make the vehicles at its factory in Graz, Austria, because JLR’s three British plants are operating close to capacity....
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VW worker killed by robot in Germany

July 2, 2015 11:39 CET

Volkswagen said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel. The 21-year-old worker was setting up the robot on an electric motor assembly line when it grabbed him and forced him against a metal plate....
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Fiat Chrysler will start Jeep output in India in 2017

July 1, 2015 16:10 CET

Fiat Chrysler will invest $280 million to begin Jeep production in India in 2017 through an expanded joint venture with Tata Motors....
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GM Korea workers approve strike over pay, output

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

GM employees in South Korea voted today in favor of a strike over wages and production volumes, prompted by uncertainty over the automaker's output plans as its labor costs in the country rise....
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BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform

June 29, 2015 14:58 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013....
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Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says

June 29, 2015 12:12 CET

Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said....
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How Mexico could color UAW talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

When the UAW and Detroit automakers open contract talks next month, Mexico will be hovering over the proceedings and influence the outcome....
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McLaren boosts profit threefold on China sales

June 26, 2015 11:51 CET

McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 by 2017 as it adds new entry-level models to its lineup....
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Continental begins construction of brake factory in China

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Continental began construction of a factory in Chongqing in southwest China to supply brakes to automakers operating in the area....
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VW plans subcompact sedan for India to help build market share

June 23, 2015 15:20 CET

Volkswagen is betting that the launch of a subcompact sedan in India will help it build on its small market share in the market. The new car comes with equipment usually reserved for high-end models, such as dual airbags and automatic gear shift....
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AvtoVAZ chief Andersson in struggle with Soviet-era suppliers

June 23, 2015 13:23 CET

AvtoVAZ Chairman Bo Andersson is fighting back against Russian suppliers he says are hindering his efforts to improve quality and cut purchasing costs at Lada, the country's best-selling car brand. AvtoVAZ resumed production today at its plant in Togliatti after output was suspended because of problems with the supply of parts....
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Citroen will boost C4 Cactus production, add new markets

June 22, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen will increase annual production of the C4 Cactus and expand sales outside Europe after the unconventionally designed compact model proved more popular than planned....
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VW supplier Gestamp to open U.S. facility, report says

3:05 pm U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Spanish auto supplier Gestamp is planning to open a new pressing facility to supply Volkswagen's production in Tennessee, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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Porsche buys Kuka machine tool unit to enhance lightweight production

June 19, 2015 17:24 CET

Porsche has bought the machine tool unit of industrial robot maker Kuka to enhance production of sports cars amid a growing use of lightweight materials. The transaction may cost Porsche between 10 million euros ($11.34 million) and 25 million euros....
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PSA will build Bollore electric car in France

June 17, 2015 10:43 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will build the Bollore Bluesummer electric car at its factory in Rennes, western France. The boxy convertible, which has a basic design similar to Citroen's iconic Mehari, will be sold through Citroen dealerships....
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Fiat's new Aegea-based compact will be frugal, brand boss Francois says

June 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Fiat brand chief Olivier Francois says a new compact model based on the Aegea concept will be a “frugal, well-built and practical car.” Fiat will roll out the Aegea starting in November as a replacement for the Bravo hatchback and Linea sedan....
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London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers....
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Aston will decide plant site in third quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Aston Martin will decide on the location of its planned new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover in the third quarter, CEO Andy Palmer said....
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Toyota's new plan: Design parts, then cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. has launched a program in which it invites suppliers to develop parts three or four years ahead of production -- before the automaker has even begun to design the vehicle. By having suppliers develop parts independently of a vehicle's design, Toyota can give them an extra 12 months to engineer the parts, said Bob Young, Toyota's North American purchasing chief....
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VW, FCA, GM at risk as Brazil slump worsens

June 14, 2015 06:15 CET

VW, Fiat Chrysler, GM and Ford are all likely to be hit hard by a downturn in Brazil's auto industry this year that's expected to be the worst since 1998, according to the national automakers association Anfavea....
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Czech car industry revenue rises 15% to new record in 2014

June 12, 2015 21:05 CET

The Czech car sector's revenue rose 15 percent to a record 991 billion crowns ($41 billion) in 2014, the country's Automotive Industry Association (AutoSAP) said, helped by a big increase in overall local production by automakers such as Skoda, Hyundai, Toyota and PSA....
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GM to cut Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano production amid weak sales

11:12 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

General Motors plans to cut Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano production by more than 20 percent and lay off about 100 workers -- the latest result of slowing U.S. demand for small cars....
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Mercedes adds India output of GLA in bid to regain luxury-car lead in market

June 12, 2015 12:42 CET

Mercedes is boosting local output in India by adding production of the GLA at its factory in Pune. The automaker expects the move will help it lower the crossover's starting price, which should give Mercedes a sales lift as it tries to pass Audi for the market's premium-car lead....
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