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EDITORIAL

Time to prune, time to sow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day....
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Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local JV

April 10, 2015 11:58 CET

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year....
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Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local joint venture

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker today started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year....
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VW will expand Slovak plant for Bentley SUV production

April 10, 2015 06:01 CET

VW Group will invest 500 million euros to expand its Bratislava, Slovakia, factory as it prepares to add production of bodies for Bentley's new SUV. The factory builds minicars for VW, Skoda and Seat, along with the VW Touareg and Audi Q7 large SUVs and bodies for the Porsche Cayenne....
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Daimler nearing decision on Russian Mercedes plant, report says

April 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler has narrowed down potential sites for a Mercedes car plant in Russia to three locations, according to a Russian media report. Daimler will likely make a decision next month on whether to build Mercedes cars in the country where its vehicle sales are increasing despite the market's steep downturn, the report said....
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Skoda unions issue strike threat over pay demands

April 9, 2015 12:53 CET

Unions at Skoda, Volkswagen's Czech unit, warned that they may strike after rejecting the company's offer for a 3 percent pay rise....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Aston CEO calls crossover, Daimler deal keys to revival

April 9, 2015 06:15 CET

Aston Martin will develop two new platforms, add a crossover, refresh its supercar lineup and leverage its technology alliance with Daimler to help make the brand consistently profitable. CEO Andy Palmer outlined his plans in an interview with Automotive News Europe....
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Asia-Pacific grabs bigger share of 2014 global vehicle output

2:55 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

The Asia-Pacific region was the center of vehicle production again in 2014, accounting for more than half of global output, and is expected to keep grabbing a larger slice. The North American market also improved, with Mexico output jumping 10 percent....
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Mercedes, Nissan expand cooperation to build midsize pickup

April 7, 2015 16:50 CET

Daimler said it will expand its cooperation with strategic partner Nissan to develop a midsize pickup truck for Mercedes. The pickup will be built by the Renault-Nissan alliance at its plants in Spain and Argentina....
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China gets the lion’s share of vehicle production capacity investments in 2014

7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

China once again captured the bulk of global investments in new or expanded vehicle production capacity last year, winning more than half of the auto industry’s total outlays earmarked to add or expand output....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Bold moves, positive results highlight Tavares' 1st year as PSA boss

April 6, 2015 06:15 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has succeeded in putting the automaker back on track a year after its 3 billion euro bailout. He has returned PSA to France’s benchmark CAC-40 stock index and implemented cost cuts that helped the automobile division record its first operating profit in three years in 2014....
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Hyundai's Zuchowski says new N.A. plant on list of capacity options

10:29 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

An additional Hyundai assembly plant in North America is among the options under review as the company nears a decision on where to add crossover production capacity around the globe, Hyundai's top US executive said....
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Honda confirms Civic hatchback exports to U.S. from UK

April 2, 2015 10:36 CET

Honda confirmed it will export Civic hatchbacks to the U.S. from the UK, including the high-performance Civic Type R. The hatchback will join the Civic sedan in the automaker's North American lineup....
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Fiat to halt output at Brazil factory on slumping demand

April 1, 2015 09:45 CET

Fiat Chrysler will halt production at a plant in Brazil due to lower demand and high stock levels. Fiat joins VW in cutting output as car sales slump in the country....
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PSA's Slovakia unit to boost output with new model

March 31, 2015 15:29 CET

PSA expects to raise annual capacity at its factory in Trnava, Slovakia, to more than 300,000 by 2017 with the production of a new Citroen model....
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VW halts output for 3 weeks at Brazil plant, union says

March 30, 2015 19:14 CET

Volkswagen has halted production at its second-largest factory in Brazil for three weeks, a local union said, as a steep decline in demand forces carmakers to manage excess capacity. VW is one of many automakers working to cut costs in the country, where sales and output are down more than 20 percent in the first two months....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SIA was a success from the start

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Lindsay Chappell's March 16 commentary encouraging Jaguar Land Rover to build a North American plant ("A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already," autonews.com) overlooks perhaps one of the most imaginative and successful variations on that theme: Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, the shared plant in Lafayette, Ind....
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PSA, Mitsubishi cuts jobs in Russia, halt output again

March 27, 2015 11:06 CET

PSA and Mitsubishi will halt production at their joint venture plant in Russia for the second time this year and cut 100 jobs....
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Ford aims to triple exports from India with new plant

March 26, 2015 10:09 CET

Ford has invested $1 billion in a new plant in India that will help the automaker triple exports from the country. The factory will build the EcoSport subcompact SUV, which Ford exports to Europe....
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Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. The overhaul, part of a switch to new modularized product platforms, has been years in the making and is designed to fuel the company's expansion....
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Mercedes begins output of GLA engines in China

March 24, 2015 12:28 CET

Mercedes has added production of engines for the GLA compact crossover at its powertrain plant in Beijing. The automaker has now localized all engine production for the three models it produces locally with partner Beijing Automotive, that also include the C class and E class....
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Mercedes plant has highest per-hour labor cost in U.S.; VW and BMW pay least

March 24, 2015 10:42 CET

Workers at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama, have the highest hourly pay among employees at U.S. car factories while Volkswagen and BMW workers earn the least, a study shows....
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Toyota may approve first Mexico car plant in weeks, reports say

7:56 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Toyota is finalizing plans for its first passenger-car assembly plant in Mexico that could be approved by its board as early as next month, according to three people with knowledge of the matter....
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Volkswagen will cut production, jobs at Russian plant

March 23, 2015 11:55 CET

Volkswagen said it will reduce shifts and lay off at least 150 workers at its car plant in Kaluga, Russia, as demand shrinks. The company builds Audi, VW and Skoda cars in Kaluga....
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N.A. output falls 1.7% in February

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

North American car and truck production in February slipped 1.7 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,397,838 vehicles. Following January's 1.1 percent drop, February marked the first time since September-October 2009 that output fell for two consecutive months....
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