Mexico

BMW may build Minis in Mexico, report says

May 15, 2014 12:12 CET
BMW Group may build Minis alongside BMW 3-series and 1-series cars at a new plant in Mexico, a German newspaper reported....
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Magna expands Mexico powertrain operations for Audi AWD

April 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Magna International is expanding its powertrain operations in Mexico with a $75 million plant to produce all-wheel-drive systems for Audi....
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Magna expands Mexico powertrain operations for Audi AWD

1:32 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
Canadian parts supplier Magna International is expanding its powertrain operations in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, with a $75 million plant to produce all-wheel-drive systems for Audi....
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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

VW mid-sized coupe to challenge Mercedes CLA

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
The Volkswagen NMC -- New Mid-sized Coupe -- concept makes official the carmaker's plans for a style-led sedan to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLA....
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VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new engine

9:55 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen of America has ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW’s most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888. The stop-sale order, sent to dealers Tuesday, applies to cars produced after Feb. 1. VW spokesman Scott Vazin said the problem arose when a supplier changed the specifications of an O-ring linking the transmission oil cooler to the transmission....
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VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new Mexico-built engine

April 9, 2014 15:55 CET
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW's most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888....
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Honda Fit-based crossover likely named HR-V in U.S.

3:24 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Honda's crossover vehicle based on the Fit subcompact hatchback likely will be named HR-V. In filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark offices, Honda recently filed for a trademark for the name....
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EDITORIAL

Polarized politics and the changing auto landscape

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
As government assistance appears to lose appeal in attracting new auto manufacturing investments, the industry and politicians in North America must rethink how they cooperate....
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Japanese automakers march into Mexico, set up export base

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
When three-tiered car haulers packed with Mazda3s pulled out of the dusty rail yard in Mexico last month, they represented the latest volley in a south-of-the-border blitz by Japanese automakers....
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Mazda's challenges in crucial Mexico plant ramp-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Some of the biggest challenges for Mazda Motor Corp.'s first factory in Mexico came from the smallest details. Consider the tiny metal brackets used to secure wire harnesses....
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Mazda's O'Sullivan on new Mexico plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2014
Mazda's Jim O'Sullivan says the automaker's new small-car assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico, 'makes good business sense' as Mazda expands its global manufacturing footprint. The factory, which currently builds the Mazda3, will export vehicles to regions as far away as Europe. O'Sullivan spoke to Automotive News reporter Ryan Beene during the plant's official opening on Feb. 27, 2014....
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Ford to move medium-duty truck line from Mexico to Ohio

7:34 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2014
Ford, which plans to cease making the Econoline van later this year, will revive the Ohio factory where the vehicle is made by investing $168 million to move truck production there from Mexico early in 2015....
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Toyota's new subcompact will use Mazda's Skyactiv engine

11:08 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2014
Toyota will add Mazda’s fuel-efficient Skyactiv engine to its tiny stable of borrowed powerplants when it sources a new Mazda2-based subcompact from Mazda’s just-opened assembly plant here. The car will get Toyota-designed sheet metal on the outside but Mazda’s high-compression, fuel-injected Skyactiv gasoline engine under the hood....
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Mercedes, Infiniti to pool small cars, plant, sources say

March 5, 2014 15:15 CET
Mercedes and Infiniti plan to pool development of compact cars to cut costs, expand the German carmaker's North American production and broaden the Infiniti lineup, sources said....
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HANS GREIMEL

In Mexico, drug lords throw just-in-time Japanese off schedule

6:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
The inauguration of Mazda's assembly plant in Mexico last week started nearly an hour-and-a-half late. And there was a lot of irony when the ceremony finally got underway....
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Mazda's Mexico plant 'most important' base, chairman says

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
Mazda Chairman Takashi Yamanouchi opened the company's new small-car assembly plant in Mexico today, calling it the company's “most important global strategic base”. The factory, which will ramp up to annual capacity of 230,000 vehicles, is a cornerstone of the structural reform plan “upon which the very future of company hinges,” Yamanouchi said in remarks prepared for the opening ceremony....
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Honda's Celaya plant boosts Mexico factory presence

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
In opening its $800 million assembly plant here to build the 2015 Fit subcompact hatchback and crossover variant, Honda is joining a rapidly growing slate of automakers and suppliers in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato....
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THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE

VW to build SUV in Tennessee, Corker reasserts

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2014
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Saturday doubled down on his claim that Volkswagen AG will build a new mid-sized SUV at its assembly plant in Tennessee now that the UAW has been turned away....
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Marchionne: Chrysler still weighing where to build next minivan

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Chrysler Group is still exploring where to build its next minivans and may decide whether to move forward by the end of March, CEO Sergio Marchionne said Thursday in Toronto....
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Canada hikes auto fund by $453 million to lure Chrysler investment

4:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
Canada is increasing its funding for automakers by $500 million ($453 million) in a bid to attract investment from Chrysler Group and other companies as the country's domestic auto industry reels from global competition and declining output....
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Hyundai, after 2-year pause, poised to add new capacity

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Hyundai and its affiliate Kia are again looking to invest in new manufacturing capacity, running feasibility studies in promising markets such as Mexico and scouting for a site for a fourth plant in China, the world's biggest auto market, said five people familiar with the group's plans....
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Hyundai forms Mexican sales operation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Hyundai Motor Co. has established a sales operation in Mexico and has picked a Toyota executive based in the country to lead the effort....
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CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Mazda stays flexible in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Mazda will keep its newly opened North American factory flexible in its mix of Mazda3 and Mazda2 models....
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Hyundai taps Toyota exec to launch Mexico sales

8:06 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
Hyundai formally established a sales operation in Mexico and tapped a Toyota executive based in the country to lead the effort. The company said the fully owned subsidiary, Hyundai Motor Mexico, will begin operations at a Mexico City headquarters in May....
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Mexico surpassing Japan as No. 2 exporter of light vehicles to U.S.

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2014
Japan has ranked among the top two auto exporters to the United States since the 1970s, shipping Toyotas, Hondas and Nissans more than 5,000 miles across the Pacific. But the Asian nation is poised to be eclipsed this year by Mexico, which as recently as 1990 sent fewer than a quarter of a million vehicles across its northern border....
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