Production

Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia, S.E. Asia after closing U.S. plant

July 27, 2015 08:42 CET

Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia and Southeast Asia after closing its U.S. plant, the automaker's president, Tetsuro Aikawa, said. Mitsubishi currently builds cars in Thailand and the Philippines and will open a factory in Indonesia....
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VW: No plans to cut China production

9:04 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Volkswagen has no plans to cut China output even amid slowing vehicle demand in the world's largest auto market, the company said Saturday in response to a media report....
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PSA plans to export Iran-made cars after nuclear deal

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA aims to export cars it produces in Iran with local partner Iran Khodro, as the French company looks to rebuild its business in the country following the diplomatic agreement last week ending sanctions over Iran's nuclear program....
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UK car production rose sharply in June as export demand surges

July 23, 2015 09:30 CET

British car production rose sharply last month, helped by an upturn in the number of cars built for export and capping the strongest half-year performance since 2008....
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Japanese automaker group says China market in 'downward spiral'

July 23, 2015 12:34 CET

China's vehicle market is showing signs of a "downward spiral" driven by excessive competition and overcapacity that will eventually hit Japanese carmakers, according to the chief of Japan's auto association....
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Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Auto plan joint venture for sales in China

July 21, 2015 10:41 CET

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile will create a joint venture to integrate sales and marketing for the Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep brands in China. Fiat Chrysler aims to sell 850,000 locally built and imported vehicles annually in China in 2018, up from fewer than 195,000 in 2014....
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Opel will shorten hours at two German plants

July 17, 2015 17:29 CET

Opel will shorten working hours at two German plants after exiting the plunging Russian auto market and because of moderate demand in Europe....
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Land Rover Defender production to be extended

July 17, 2015 10:43 CET

Jaguar Land Rover could extend production of its current-generation Land Rover Defender in Solihull, England, into early next year as it mulls where to build the iconic SUV's successor. Defender production had been scheduled to finish at the end of the year....
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Strike at Spanish seating supplier ends

July 15, 2015 14:53 CET

Employees at a Spanish factory of seating supplier Johnson Controls today resumed work. Their strike had hit production at Volkswagen Group's Seat unit....
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PSA plans to expand Iran venture after nuclear deal

July 15, 2015 10:53 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is in advanced talks over an Iranian carmaking venture with its local partner, Iran Khodro. The new venture would build cars from scratch using the automaker's latest vehicle architectures and engines....
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Jaguar Land Rover lowers China sales target

July 14, 2015 13:02 CET

Jaguar Land Rover cut its sales targets and prices in China amid slowing demand in the world's largest auto market. The UK automaker gets about a quarter of its sales from China....
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Plastic Omnium boss foresees further gains from toughening emissions rules

July 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Plastic Omnium CEO Laurent Burelle wants to boost revenue 32 percent to 7 billion euros by 2018 at the French supplier of bumpers and fuel tanks. Much of the increase is expected to come from components that will help automakers meet tougher global emissions rules, Burelle told Automotive News Europe....
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Brilliance China issues profit warning as slowing economy hits BMW sales

July 13, 2015 15:47 CET

Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, which makes BMW cars in China, issued a profit warning, citing slowing sales in the world's biggest car market....
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VW resumes car output in Nigeria to tap growth in Africa

July 8, 2015 10:56 CET

VW has resumed output in Nigeria for the first time in 25 years in a bid to foster sales growth in Africa. The automaker began assembly in Lagos on Tuesday with its local partner, Stallion Group, and plans output of the Passat, Jetta and CC sedans as well as the Amarok pickup....
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Toyota, PSA boost joint Czech output 38% on updated models

July 7, 2015 16:35 CET

Toyota and PSA increased first-half production by 38 percent at their joint car factory in the Czech Republic because of the launch of updated versions of the minicars the automakers build together....
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Renault China boss counts on SUVs, Nissan to help win in key market

July 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault is convinced it can become a key player in China because of the addition of two locally built SUVs and its strong ties to alliance partner Nissan, which is well established in the market. Renault's China boss, Jacques Daniel, outlined the automaker's plans to Automotive News Europe....
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Mexico auto production, exports rise in June

12:43 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mexico auto production rose 6.7 percent in June to 306,694 units versus the same month last year, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said....
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Austria deal to ease JLR production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to build vehicles at Magna Steyr's plant in Graz, Austria, to ease production constraints in the United Kingdom....
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Jaguar Land Rover in talks on plant in Poland or Slovakia

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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