Plant Expansion

Daimler will invest 1.5 billion euros in its biggest German plant after winning labor deal

July 31, 2014 10:51 CET
Daimler plans a 1.5 billion euros investment its Mercedes plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, after employees agreed a labor deal that the company says will save 100 million euros in costs....
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Mitsubishi retools flagship Japan plant before hybrid push

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Mitsubishi is overhauling its flagship assembly plant in Japan to slash production costs and boost capacity as it readies for increased output of plug-in hybrid vehicles. The renovations at Mitsubishi's Okazaki plant in central Japan aim to cut the cost of body assembly 30 percent....
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Volkswagen puts its faith in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
In conjunction with its announcement last week that it would invest $900 million to expand its Tennessee factory to accommodate a mid-sized cross-over tailored to the U.S. market, VW also mapped out plans for a new vehicle r&d center at its Chattanooga site, deviating from a tradition of central planning from Wolfsburg....
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Eberspaecher to launch $122 million expansion, create 545 jobs in Michigan

4:12 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Automotive exhaust and HVAC supplier Eberspaecher North America is investing $122 million to expand operations in Michigan. The five-year expansion plan, beginning in late 2014, is expected to create 545 new jobs to accommodate its growth, the German auto supplier said in an announcement today....
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A WARNING IN WINDSOR

Canada losing 'civil war' for auto jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Chrysler Group shocked many Canadians when it abandoned potential government help to overhaul its assembly plants in Windsor, Ontario. Chrysler will stay, for now anyway, but CEO Sergio Marchionne's dire warnings about Ontario's "competitiveness" left many questioning the long-term fate of building vehicles in Canada....
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BMW aims big crossover at U.S. -- and Mercedes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
BMW's decision to approve the seven-seat X7 crossover was driven by competitive pressure -- especially in the United States, says CEO Norbert Reithofer. "We cannot just ignore a market for a BMW product," he said at a press briefing Friday before a ceremony to announce a $1 billion, 100,000-unit expansion to BMW's factory in South Carolina....
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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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GM to expand Opel diesel-engine plant in Poland

Feb. 11, 2014 13:28 CET
General Motors will spend $342 million on expanding its Opel engine plant in Poland for a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel unit....
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GM to spend $342 million expanding Opel diesel-engine plant in Poland

7:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
General Motors will spend 250 million euros ($342 million) expanding its Opel diesel-engine plant in Tychy, Poland, as the carmaker seeks to return to profit in Europe....
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Ford hiking F-series Super Duty output 15%

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2014
Ford is investing $80 million in its Kentucky Truck plant in Louisville to boost production capacity of Super Duty pickups 15 percent. The factory will be able to build 55,000 additional units a year when the upgrades are completed, Ford said today....
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Toyota weighs adding truck capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
Toyota is considering expanding pickup production capacity at its San Antonio plant. "Dealers are telling us they could sell more Tacomas and Tundras," Toyota Division General Manager Bill Fay said. "We are evaluating our footprint and capacity."...
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Ford plans to add thousands of jobs, 3 plants and 23 vehicles

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2013
A confident Ford Motor said today that it plans to add 5,000 jobs in the United States in 2014, open two plants in Asia Pacific and one in South America, and launch 23 vehicles globally....
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Subaru sticks with plan to expand in Indiana

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Subaru is sitting pretty with Toyota Motor Corp.'s plans to pull Camry production from Subaru's Indiana assembly plant, says Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Fuji Heavy Industries, which makes Subarus. If Toyota exits, Subaru can expand capacity to 300,000 vehicles a year without having to invest in a new line or new workers....
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PSA will invest 90 million euros in underutilized French plant

Nov. 29, 2013 06:01 CET
PSA plans to invest 90 million euros to add production of a new Peugeot compact at its underutilized Rennes plant in France. Output will begin in mid-2016....
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Fiat's Turkey JV to start production of new model in 2015

Oct. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Fiat's Turkish joint venture plans to start manufacturing a new passenger car in the second half of 2015. Istanbul-based Tofas also will invest $520 million to more than double production to 580,000 vehicles by 2023, exporting a third of the total....
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Toyota plans RAV4 output in Russia after plant expansion

Sept. 18, 2013 12:50 CET
Toyota says it will invest around 18 billion yen (135 million euros) to expand its St. Petersburg plant in Russia before it begins assembly of the RAV4 compact SUV in 2016....
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Porsche braces for flat profit as spending to boost capacity grows

4:26 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2013
Porsche is bracing for flat underlying earnings this year as the sports-car maker steps up spending to expand production capacity at German factories in Stuttgart and Leipzig....
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Porsche braces for flat profit as spending to boost capacity grows

Sept. 6, 2013 10:26 CET
Porsche is bracing for flat underlying earnings this year as the sports-car maker steps up spending to expand production capacity at German factories in Stuttgart and Leipzig....
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Alcoa breaks ground on $275 million Tennessee plant expansion

4:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2013
Aluminum supplier Alcoa, struggling to keep up with automakers' growing demand for the lightweight metal, has broken ground on a $275 million expansion of its plant in Alcoa, Tenn....
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