Production

Chrysler's revamped line to build about 100 more Ram 1500s a day

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Chrysler Group says its Warren Truck Assembly Plant will build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each production day, or 28,565 per year, to meet demand....
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Renault-Nissan rethinks EV battery strategy

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance is reviewing its in-house battery production. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that the alliance will buy batteries from external suppliers rather than relying nearly exclusively on those made internally....
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Skoda to invest 450 million euros to expand Czech plant

Sept. 24, 2014 10:56 CET
Skoda will invest 450 million euros in its Czech plant in Kvasiny, a local news agency quoted a senior company executive as saying. The plant, which builds the Yeti compact crossover, also will build Seat's forthcoming SUV....
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HANS GREIMEL

How Mazda survived the atomic bomb, by a split hair

10:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Mazda, the most famous company from Hiroshima, may have survived the city's infamous atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, quite literally by only a split hair....
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Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico....
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Opel shakes up operations in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Opel will reduce output at its St. Petersburg plant to one shift, because of the Ukraine crisis. It will operate the plant a total of 16 days in the three-month period from August through October....
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Fiat will suspend Panda production at Italy plant as demand falls

Sept. 19, 2014 18:00 CET
Fiat will temporarily suspend production at its Pomigliano plant in southern Italy from Oct. 16-27 amid weak demand. The Fiat Panda minicar is built at the factory....
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Ford to cut Fiesta output in Germany

Sept. 19, 2014 10:47 CET
Ford said it will cut production of its Fiesta subcompact at its plant in Cologne, Germany, in the fourth quarter because of slowing demand in some of the region's key markets....
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Toyota to boost Mexico truck plant capacity by 41%

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
As Toyota ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 percent to feed demand for trucks....
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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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Mercedes boosts CLA capacity, U.S. allocation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has increased production capacity for its year-old CLA entry-level sedan, aiming to alleviate tight supplies that have limited sales. The U.S. will get additional CLAs, but Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes' parent Daimler AG, said he couldn't give specific numbers....
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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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JLR will build Range Rover Evoque in China

Sept. 12, 2014 10:28 CET
Jaguar Land Rover says the Range Rover Evoque will be the first model built at the company's new China factory. The automaker also said that it may add production of its new Land Rover Discovery Sport at a later date....
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Ferrari will build more cars with Marchionne as chairman to keep pace with super rich

Sept. 11, 2014 16:18 CET
Ferrari will cater to growing numbers of super rich clients by building more cars than previously planned after Sergio Marchionne becomes chairman of the company. Marchionne said in May that the brand had the potential to sell about 10,000 vehicles annually, a rise of 43 percent over current figures....
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Mercedes reorganizes manufacturing operations to reduce costs

Sept. 10, 2014 11:44 CET
Mercedes is reorganizing its manufacturing operations away from a production network controlled by individual factories to a leaner system centered around vehicle architectures and model lines....
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JAMES B. TREECE

How Jim Harbour and David Power improved the U.S. auto industry

6:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Jim Harbour, who died Saturday at age 86, was one of two men who dramatically improved the American auto industry at a time when Detroit was deeply in denial about how far short of world class it was....
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Fiat halts 500L production in Serbia on market slowdown

Sept. 8, 2014 20:32 CET
Fiat has temporarily halted production at its Serbian factory, which builds the 500L, due to the slowdown in European and global markets, the company said....
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VW will reduce production at Russia plant

Sept. 8, 2014 09:04 CET
VW will reduce production at its Russian factory in Kaluga to 150,000 vehicles this year from 200,000 originally planned, according to sources. VW will halt production at the plant for 10 days this month....
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James Harbour, a pioneer in manufacturing efficiency, dies at 86

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2014
Automotive industry veteran James Harbour, who developed unprecedented ways to analyze and improve manufacturing productivity, died Saturday at the age of 86....
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Mercedes to boost Alabama plant capacity to 300,000 units

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Mercedes-Benz plans to increase production capacity at its Alabama plant to 300,000 vehicles by the end of 2015, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Friday....
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VW cancels night shifts amid Golf production problems

Sept. 3, 2014 15:19 CET
VW has agreed with German labor representatives to reduce the number of night shifts at its Wolfsburg factory to help the automaker fix problems that have stifled output of its top-selling Golf....
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Ford keeps top sales spot in Canada

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Ford of Canada said today that it was the country's top seller of new vehicles in the month of August, as sturdy truck demand helped it maintain leadership for a fifth consecutive month....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW India boss outlines turnaround plan

Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
VW India boss Mahesh Kodumudi explains to Automotive News Europe what measures the automaker is taking to reverse its slide in the key market....
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Thailand set to approve Volkswagen factory, report says

Sept. 1, 2014 23:00 CET
Thailand is set to approve the construction of a VW factory near Bangkok, a German newspaper reported. The investment would secure tax and customs advantages for VW if it builds fuel-efficient cars there....
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