Platforms

Aston Martin said to discuss building SUV with Daimler

March 31, 2014 10:48 CET
Aston Martin and Daimler are said to be holding talks to extend their cooperation to building an SUV as the UK carmaker seeks to broaden its lineup.... Read More »

 

BMW, Mercedes reduce number of architectures

March 14, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW and Mercedes-Benz are reducing their number of vehicle architectures to speed development and cut costs.... Read More »

 

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BMW development chief Diess says internal synergies key to premium strategy

Feb. 4, 2014 06:15 CET
BMW plans to strengthen internal synergies between its BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands as it aims to make permanent its nine-year reign as the world's No. 1 premium automaker.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan's platform plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Carlos Ghosn says the Renault-Nissan Alliance he heads will roll out two shared vehicle platforms, each of which will underpin more than 3 million vehicles, by 2016 as part of a cost-cutting plan.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan raises savings targets

Jan. 30, 2014 18:08 CET
Renault-Nissan named executives to lead efforts to converge manufacturing, r&d, purchasing and human resources.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan raises savings targets in cooperation push

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2014
Renault-Nissan announced plans to accelerate integration between the carmakers by stepping up joint projects in development, manufacturing, purchasing and human resources.... Read More »

 

Opel, PSA end plans for shared subcompact platform

Dec. 12, 2013 11:06 CET
GM's Opel unit and partner PSA said they are abandoning plans to co-develop a common platform for subcompact cars.... Read More »

 

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Alfa's revised plan focuses on new rwd/awd architecture

12:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
The revised Alfa Romeo plan that Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne is expected to announce next April focuses on a new rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive architecture that the automaker hopes will boost Alfa's global presence.... Read More »

 

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Alfa's revised plan focuses on new rwd/awd architecture

Dec. 2, 2013 06:15 CET
The revised Alfa Romeo plan that Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne is expected to announce next April focuses on a new rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive architecture that the automaker hopes will boost Alfa's global presence.... Read More »

 

New Mini is bigger but more fuel efficient

Nov. 18, 2013 14:26 CET
Mini unveiled the latest generation of its iconic minicar, which will go on sale in Europe and the United States next spring. The new Mini is slightly larger than the current model but also lighter and more fuel efficient.... Read More »

 

VW's MQB platform already cuts costs, CFO says

Oct. 31, 2013 12:50 CET
VW Finance Chief Hans Dieter Poetsch said the carmaker's new MQB modular platform is already helping to cut costs, dismissing concerns that the technology is weighing on profit.... Read More »

 

New Range Rover could share platform with Jaguar crossover

Oct. 30, 2013 06:01 CET
Land Rover may introduce a new model in its Range Rover lineup based on Jaguar Land Rover's new modular aluminum platform, which could also underpin a future Jaguar crossover.... Read More »

 

Ford plans to reduce its suppliers by 40% in global car push

Oct. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Ford Motor Co., which purchases about $100 billion worth of parts annually, plans to reduce its roster of suppliers by 40 percent to cut the cost of building its vehicles.... Read More »

 

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Next-generation Mini could have up to 10 variants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2013
The Mini brand is set to undergo a major change as up to 10 next-generation models adopt the front-wheel-drive UKL architecture from parent BMW.... Read More »

 

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Next-generation Mini could have up to 10 variants

Oct. 10, 2013 06:15 CET
The Mini brand is set to undergo a major change as up to 10 next-generation models adopt the front-wheel-drive UKL architecture from parent BMW.... Read More »

 

Nissan, Renault may use Infiniti's luxury platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Future Nissan and Renault compacts could use the same platform being considered for upcoming Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti models, said Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. Extending the platform's use is an idea being considered by Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche as they look for efficiencies in their 3-year-old alliance.... Read More »

 

GM plans to more closely intertwine Buick and Opel brands

Sept. 18, 2013 17:21 CET
GM is developing two modular vehicle families, Global Delta and Global Epsilon, that will help to more closely integrate global product development between Buick and Opel.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen CFO Poetsch says modular vehicle production will soar by 2016

Sept. 8, 2013 10:42 CET
Volkswagen expects production of vehicles based on its new MQB modular assembly architecture to soar in the next few years, Chief Financial Officer Hans Dieter Poetsch told a German newspaper.... Read More »

 

Fiat-Chrysler mull rwd platform for Alfa Romeo, Chrysler and Dodge cars

July 22, 2013 13:45 CET
Fiat and Chrysler are working on a rear- and all-wheel-drive platform for Alfa Romeo, Chrysler and Dodge cars, sources said. Rwd would help Alfa Romeo compete better with German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz... Read More »

 

Suppliers shed units, focus on core products

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
Major global suppliers are starting to spin off or sell business units that lack economies of scale.... Read More »

 

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Time for a new target at VW Group?

July 1, 2013 06:01 CET
Rapid growth at Volkswagen Group has the CEO of Europe's largest automaker convinced that the company will not only be the first automaker to sell 10 million cars in a year, it will do so ahead of his target year of 2018. Martin Winterkorn shared this bold prediction during a recent interview.... Read More »

 

Nissan-Renault launches new modular-production platform

9:44 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2013
Nissan is beefing up its modular-production strategy with French partner Renault SA as the manufacturers work to reduce spending by building more vehicles in common.... Read More »

 

Renault starts modular production with Nissan in cost-cutting drive

June 19, 2013 17:49 CET
Renault is introducing a modular-production strategy with Nissan to reduce spending by building more vehicles in common. The Renault Espace, Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail will be among the first models to use the architecture.... Read More »

 

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Nissan's Hardcastle turns customers' tech demands into affordable options

June 11, 2013 06:01 CET
Jerry Hardcastle is Nissan's first global chief marketability engineer, a job created for him in which he turns customer and market demands from around the world into technical solutions that improve the end users' driving experience and boost the value of Nissan's product lineup.... Read More »

 

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VW extends lead in common architectures -- but there are risks

June 6, 2013 06:01 CET
Automakers are fast-tracking flexible architectures to underpin multiple models across different brands and segments to catch up with VW Group's modular platform development strategy. Common platforms reduce costs and streamline new car development but bring risks as well as rewards, industry insiders say.... Read More »

 

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