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Canada losing 'civil war' for auto jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Chrysler Group shocked many Canadians when it abandoned potential government help to overhaul its assembly plants in Windsor, Ontario. Chrysler will stay, for now anyway, but CEO Sergio Marchionne's dire warnings about Ontario's "competitiveness" left many questioning the long-term fate of building vehicles in Canada.... Read More »


Hyundai mulls 4th China plant to meet demand

March 26, 2014 12:07 CET
Hyundai is considering building a fourth car plant in China to meet demand after the carmaker sold more than 1 million vehicles in the country last year for the first time.... Read More »


Volkswagen restructures production; new Polish factory to open in 2016

March 18, 2014 14:33 CET
Volkswagen is shuffling its European production, adding a new van plant in Poland and rearranging output of the VW Tiguan, Porsche Panamera and Porsche Cayenne models.... Read More »


Japanese automakers march into Mexico, set up export base

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
When three-tiered car haulers packed with Mazda3s pulled out of the dusty rail yard in Mexico last month, they represented the latest volley in a south-of-the-border blitz by Japanese automakers.... Read More »


Mazda's challenges in crucial Mexico plant ramp-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Some of the biggest challenges for Mazda Motor Corp.'s first factory in Mexico came from the smallest details. Consider the tiny metal brackets used to secure wire harnesses.... Read More »


Autoliv preps new China airbag plant to supply Great Wall

Feb. 25, 2014 10:34 CET
Autoliv will start building an airbag plant in the second half of this year in the north China city of Baoding, where Great Wall Motor Co. is headquartered. The plant will make airbags mainly for Great Wall's Haval SUVs.... Read More »


Jaguar Land Rover pushes back China production to 2015

Feb. 5, 2014 10:30 CET
Jaguar Land Rover output at the company's Chinese venture with Chery Automobile will begin next year, later than initially expected, because of delays getting machinery and equipment.... Read More »


TRW will add Romania plant on airbag demand

Jan. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
TRW will open a new airbag sewing factory in Romania to meet anticipated growth in demand for airbag cushions over the next five years.... Read More »


Jaguar Land Rover to start Brazil output in 2016

Dec. 5, 2013 22:26 CET
Jaguar Land Rover plans to build a factory in Brazil with a capacity of 24,000 vehicles a year. Production should begin in 2016.... Read More »


Jaguar Land Rover plans $437 million Brazil factory, gov't sources say

Nov. 26, 2013 10:09 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will invest about 1 billion reais ($436.9 million) to build a new manufacturing plant in Brazil's state of Rio de Janeiro, three government sources told Reuters. Production at the factory, to be built in the city of Itatiaia, could begin as early as 2015.... Read More »


Jaguar Land Rover will design, build own engines

Nov. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
The first engines built in Jaguar Land Rover's new $750 million plant in the UK will mark the first time since the 1990s that each brand will manufacture an engine of its own design.... Read More »


German supplier Webasto opens 8th sunroof plant in China

Nov. 19, 2013 11:48 CET
Webasto has opened its eighth sunroof factory in China. The new plant in Chongqing will produce up to 700,000 roofs a year by 2016, the German partsmaker said.... Read More »


At last, JLR will design, build own engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
The first engine scheduled for production in the new $750 million Jaguar Land Rover engine plant is a four-cylinder diesel.... Read More »


Nissan opens small-car plant to feed U.S. dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Nissan opened a $2 billion assembly plant here last week to capitalize on growing U.S. market demand for fuel-efficient small vehicles.... Read More »


Fiat's China JV to build second plant to produce SUVs, EVs, report says

Oct. 29, 2013 13:37 CET
Fiat's China joint venture plans to build an assembly plant in the south China city of Guangzhou to build up to 160,000 SUVs and electric cars annually, a local newspaper reported.... Read More »


Volkswagen Group opens Skoda plant in China

Oct. 25, 2013 12:58 CET
Volkswagen has opened a plant in Ningbo in southeast China. The factory will build the Skoda Superb and later add VW and Skoda compact cars.... Read More »


Honda starts building gearbox plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
Honda began construction last week of a $470 million transmission plant in Celaya, Mexico, that the company says will lift its annual North American gearbox production to more than 1.7 million units in 2016, from about 1.4 million today.... Read More »


VW opens new 300,000-unit plant in China to make Golf

Sept. 25, 2013 08:34 CET
VW Group opened a new factory today in southern China to build the Golf. The plant has an initial capacity to make 300,000 units a year, a number that VW says will double in the mid-term.... Read More »


Volkswagen opens China factory with 300,000 unit annual capacity

2:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2013
Volkswagen opened a new factory today in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong as part of a $13.2 billion investment in the country.... Read More »



FAW's folly? Why a plant in N. Korea?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
There is no shortage of strange news from North Korea. Only a shortage of electricity, food, skilled labor, education and basic human rights. And that makes Chinese carmaker FAW's plan to build an auto assembly plant in the impoverished country very strange.... Read More »


Sources: Nissan, Daimler to build small luxury cars in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Nissan and Daimler will build small Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz luxury cars at a Nissan plant in Mexico, sources said.... Read More »


Magna opens drivetrain parts plant in China

Sept. 2, 2013 08:34 CET
Magna has opened its sixth drivetrain component plant in China, in the northern city of Tianjin. The $68 million (419 million yuan) factory will employ 400 people at full production, the supplier said.... Read More »


Bosch opens chassis control system plant in China

Aug. 27, 2013 13:31 CET
German supplier Robert Bosch opened a second chassis control system plant this month in the Chinese city of Chengdu.... Read More »


Volkswagen will build car plant in Indonesia, minister says

Aug. 22, 2013 09:15 CET
Volkswagen will announce plans later this year to invest an initial 200 million euros ($268.53 million) in building a car assembly plant in Indonesia, a government minister said.... Read More »


M-B mulls Mexico for CLA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
Mercedes-Benz may build the next-generation CLA compact car in Mexico as part of a joint venture with Nissan, Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche told Automotive News. A decision will be made by early next year, Zetsche said at a press event in Ontario.... Read More »


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