Mexico

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Honda, Nissan set N.A. output records as yen weakens

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Toyota, Honda and Nissan set production records at their North American auto-assembly plants last year even as the yen weakened against the dollar for a second consecutive year.... Read More »

 

Mexico auto output, exports hit record for 4th year

4:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Mexican auto production and exports rose last year to record highs on strong demand from the United States and Canada... Read More »

 

Nov. output rises 3%

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2013
North America car and truck production in November rose 3 percent from a year earlier to 1,407,920 units.... Read More »

 

BMW said to mull first engine plant in U.S. or Mexico

Dec. 11, 2013 12:04 CET
BMW is said to mull building engines in the United States or Mexico for the first time and expanding vehicle production in the region to capitalize on growing demand.... Read More »

 

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