Vehicle Assembly

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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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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Ford shuts doors at Belgium plant

Dec. 18, 2014 15:12 CET

Ford produced the last car at its plant in Genk, Belgium, closing the site which produced some 14 million vehicles over the past 50 years....
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EDITORIAL

A big production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

Nissan's expanding its Mississippi plant is another sign that North American auto production is more competitive....
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VW Group, Renault-Nissan dominate European car assembly footprint

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

VW Group and Renault-Nissan have expanded their reach. The two automakers now jointly account for more than 40 percent of all the vehicle assembly plants in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe data....
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Nissan transforms Japanese plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

With a stern foreman clocking their efforts on his stopwatch, the Chinese apprentices snap together their first Nissan vehicle, brick by brightly colored plastic brick....
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Harbour gave it to automakers straight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Automotive industry veteran James Harbour, who died Sept. 6 at age 86, developed unprecedented ways to analyze and improve manufacturing efficiency....
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N.A. robot sales poised for record

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

A bumper crop of North American vehicle launches this year has triggered what is shaping up as a record wave of robot purchases by automakers and suppliers....
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Renault seeks financial partner to resume Iran activities

June 19, 2014 13:36 CET

Renault is looking for a financial partner to help it resume activities in Iran. The automaker is in talks with the U.S. and French governments on the issue, Chief Performance Officer Jerome Stoll said....
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Interactive: European assembly plant map

May 19, 2014 06:01 CET

Europe's vehicle production footprint is undergoing big changes as automakers race to right-size their operations. Automotive News Europe's interactive assembly plant map is the go-to resource to help stay on top of all of the changes....
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