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Faurecia to close French seat-frame plant

June 11, 2015 12:11 CET

French supplier Faurecia said today that it plans to close a plant producing seat frames in eastern France on falling demand from domestic carmakers....
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Aston Martin will decide on new plant in third quarter

June 10, 2015 13:06 CET

Aston Martin will decide on the location of its new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover in the third quarter, CEO Andy Palmer said. Potential sites in the U.S. and the UK are under consideration, Palmer said....
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Mini still mulling Superleggera roadster production

June 10, 2015 15:04 CET

Mini is still examining whether it can make a business case for its Superleggera Vision roadster, a senior BMW executive said....
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BMW plans to build an electric SUV in the U.S., report says

June 9, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW plans to build a battery-powered SUV in the U.S. as a rival to the upcoming Tesla Model X, a German business magazine said....
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Ford F-150 reaches full production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Ford Motor Co. has achieved full production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said last week. But a shortage of supplier-built frames keeps the plants from running some scheduled overtime....
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EDITORIAL

Industry gets limber

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

General Motors and its workers are showing the improved flexibility and responsiveness of modern auto manufacturing in how they boosted production of midsize pickups in Wentzville, Mo....
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Ford F-150 production ramp-up complete, CFO says

3:17 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Ford has finished ramping up production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said today, even as a shortage of supplier-built frames keeps the plants from running some scheduled overtime....
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VW says China agrees to bigger stake in JV with FAW

June 4, 2015 16:07 CET

China has given Volkswagen Group a green light to raise its stake in a joint venture with local partner FAW, the German company said. VW currently has a 40 percent stake in the venture....
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VW, SAIC sign deal to build EVs, plug-in hybrids in China

June 4, 2015 12:02 CET

Volkswagen Group says it has signed a cooperation agreement with partner SAIC Motor Corp. to ensure the production and research and development of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China. VW said over the next four years it plans to localize more than 15 different green models in China, that will include plug-ins and EVs....
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VW's Seat brand targets women, will add crossovers to boost profits

June 3, 2015 06:15 CET

VW Group's Seat brand posted its first quarterly profit in seven years last month, but CEO Juergen Stackmann must still overcome big challenges to make the brand a consistent money-maker. Stackman discussed some of these issues including crossovers, attracting women buyers and resuming China sales with Automotive News Europe....
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Ford shortens summer shutdowns to meet consumer demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Ford today said it plans to shorten the summer shutdown period to just one week at 14 North American plants, including five assembly plants that build highly profitable pickups and crossovers....
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A123 to double lithium-ion battery capacity

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

A123 Systems LLC plans to double the manufacturing capacity at its three lithium-ion battery plants in a $200 million investment....
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JESSE SNYDER

A tale of 2 production booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe....
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BMW partner will build X4 in Russia from U.S. kits

May 31, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add production of the X4 SUV in Russia with local partner Avtotor using kits shipped from the automaker's U.S. plant. BMW and rival Mercedes-Benz are keen on Russian production despite the market's downturn to avoid import tariffs....
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Ford F-150 output pinched by frame shortage, workers say

11:55 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official. They said Ford has canceled some planned overtime at the two plants that build the pickup and sent workers there home early multiple times in the past few months....
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UK car output drops 3.8% in April on falling exports to China, Russia

May 28, 2015 11:03 CET

UK car production fell 3.8 percent in April as stronger demand at home failed to outweigh a fall in exports to China and Russia....
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Lamborghini will launch SUV in 2018

May 27, 2015 16:35 CET

Lamborghini will produce its new SUV in Italy, with the model due to enter the market in 2018. The company will hire 500 new employees and almost double the physical size of its plant in Italy's Emilia Romagna region....
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Renault resumes production in Turkey

May 27, 2015 16:39 CET

Renault resumed normal production at its plant in Turkey after employees ended a strike. The protest over working conditions also affected output at factories operated by Fiat and Ford....
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Renault cautious on plug-in hybrids

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault is ready to launch its first plug-in hybrid but will wait for costs to drop before launching the model, a senior executive said....
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Porsche extends contract of production boss

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche has extended the contract of its production and logistics boss, Oliver Blume, by five years. Blume is a former head of global production planning at VW who started his career at Audi....
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Ford's Turkish unit halts output

May 26, 2015 08:56 CET

The Turkish unit of Ford suspended operations at one of its plants after a week-long labor dispute flared up again....
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VW opens new China car plant despite slowing sales

May 26, 2015 10:51 CET

Volkswagen Group has expanded production in China with a new car plant despite slowing sales in the market. The $194 million factory can build up to 300,000 VW brand and Skoda vehicles a year....
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GM wrings more pickups out of busy plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant is trimming lunch breaks and hiring extra weekend staff to fill surprisingly strong demand for its midsize pickups and commercial vans....
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Lamborghini set to announce Italian production for new SUV, report says

May 25, 2015 19:24 CET

Lamborghini is set to announce Wednesday that it will build a new SUV in Italy, sources said. The carmaker has said it has the potential to sell 3,000 SUVs a year, more than doubling the size of the brand....
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Renault offers concessions to workers in bid to end Turkish strike

May 25, 2015 11:08 CET

Oyak Renault, the Turkish arm of the French carmaker, has offered concessions including a cash lump sum to striking workers if they return to work. Turkey's automotive sector has been hit by wider labor unrest that has also affected Ford and Fiat units in the country....
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