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PSA plans to cut 850 jobs at French factory, report says

Feb. 5, 2016 11:04 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to cut the night shift and 850 jobs at its Poissy factory near Paris to adapt to lower output levels as production of the Citroen C3 is moved to Slovakia next year, Reuters reported....
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Brazil wants to lift Mexico, Argentina trade caps as auto crisis deepens

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Brazil's trade minister called for unrestricted auto trade with Mexico and Argentina on Thursday, after data showed the automotive industry had its worst January in a dozen years....
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Renault opens China factory amid slowing market

Feb. 1, 2016 10:57 CET

Renault launched its new factory in China, saying it still sees plenty of growth in the market where new-car demand is slowing after years of double-digit growth....
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Renault sees strong China potential despite late arrival

Jan. 31, 2016 23:09 CET

Renault sees plenty of growth in Chinese vehicle demand, the automaker said as it prepared to cut the ribbon on its first plant in the world's biggest auto market, where demand has slowed over the past year....
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Toyota to suspend Japan output for 6 days as steel parts run low

8:54 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2016

Toyota will suspend production at all assembly lines in Japan for six days this month due to a parts shortage, hitting exports of such cars as Lexus luxury vehicles. The shutdown comes after a Jan. 8 explosion at a steel factory in Japan....
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Toyota, crimped by steel shortage, may suspend Japan output

10:18 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Toyota said it may halt production at its plants in Japan early next month due to a steel shortage, following an explosion at a steel plant operated by one of its affiliates....
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Land Rover ends Defender production

Jan. 29, 2016 14:37 CET

The last Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line, 68 years after output of the iconic offroader first began....
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FCA tilts N.A. production plans to trucks, scales back Alfa ambitions

10:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

A revised business plan released today by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles moves its profit-heavy Jeep and Ram brands into the passing lane, while tapping the brakes on efforts to build a full line of Alfa Romeos from scratch by 2018....
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FCA to idle plant that makes Chrysler 200 for six weeks

1:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will idle its plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., which makes the midsize Chrysler 200 sedan, for six weeks starting on Monday....
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VW labor leader rejects efficiency drive at core brand

Jan. 25, 2016 10:36 CET

VW labor leader Bernd Osterloh has rejected a push by management for a big rise in productivity at the automaker's core brand and said planned structural changes were causing "unease" among workers, a report said....
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Product launches follow a faster cadence

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot farther away from home. A critical factor is increased speed -- what one expert calls "the new cadence."...
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Renault plans bigger presence in Iran after return

Jan. 21, 2016 13:19 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn says the automaker plans a "much more massive" presence in Iran when it returns to the market following the lifting of international sanctions. Renault halted business in Iran three years ago to comply with trade restrictions over the country's nuclear program....
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U.S. suppliers urged to prepare for 'plateau' after record year

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

U.S. car and truck buyers drove up sales to an unprecedented 17.4 million units in 2015, beating the previous record set in 2000 and maintaining a pace of growth that has many wondering how long it can continue....
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Audi will build electric SUV in Belgium, shift A1 output to Spain and Q3 to Hungary

Jan. 20, 2016 14:15 CET

Audi will build its new electric SUV at its plant in Belgium in a move criticized by the brand's labor boss. The production reshuffle will see A1 output go to Spain and Q3 production shift to Hungary....
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Toyota ramps up its truck production, with caution

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Toyota plans to boost output of light trucks in 2016 to tap the hot market for SUVs and crossovers, but it will do so cautiously with an eye to the flattening market, Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz said....
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Ford launches output of German-built Focus RS; hot hatch will be available by spring

10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

The Focus RS, the high-performance European version of Ford's popular hatchback, began production today in Germany, Ford said....
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Ford plans new plant in Mexico's San Luis Potosi, report says

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Ford is planning to announce a new auto plant in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi during the first quarter, two government officials familiar with company plans told Reuters today....
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Ferrari's new independence increases pressure to grow

Jan. 14, 2016 11:48 CET

Ferrari once capped annual production at about 7,000 cars in an effort to maintain the brand's exclusivity. The automaker now says it may lift output beyond its current target of 9,000 in 2019, as it faces the pressures of going it alone without former parent Fiat Chrysler....
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Saab owner NEVS signs deal with China's Volinco

Jan. 12, 2016 15:39 CET

National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the company that bought Saab, signed a deal with China Volant Industry for 20,000 electric cars based on Saab's 9-3 sedan model. The deal will allow NEVS to access Volinco's high-tech component suppliers....
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Heavy-duty Rams to stay in Mexico, Marchionne says

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Fiat Chrysler will keep producing its heavy-duty Ram pickups in Mexico but will announce Jan. 27 a “significant realignment” of what it makes and where across its North American production portfolio, CEO Sergio Marchionne said....
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Aston Martin mulls Macedonia for car plant, report says

Jan. 11, 2016 14:01 CET

Aston Martin is considering a car plant in Macedonia to build its DBX crossover after the former Yugoslav republic made an improved offer to the carmaker, Reuters reported....
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Czech new-car sales jump to record in 2015

Jan. 8, 2016 12:17 CET

Czech new-car sales rose 20 percent in 2015 to a record number on the back of a fast-growing economy....
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Toyota, PSA boost joint Czech output 8% in 2015

Jan. 8, 2016 11:49 CET

Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's factory in the Czech Republic increased production by 8 percent in 2015...
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Kia's Slovak car factory hits record output in 2015

Jan. 7, 2016 12:56 CET

Kia says production at its Slovak plant rose 4 percent in 2015 to a record 338,000 cars. Engine production jumped by 18 percent to 582,000 units, the automaker added....
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Mitsubishi abandons effort to sell U.S. plant to rival automaker

6:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors said today it has given up trying to find an automotive buyer for its sole assembly plant in the U.S....
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