VW sees mobile robots on future assembly linesThu, 26, May 2016
For Volkswagen AG, one of the visions for future manufacturing includes mobile machinery, with robots cruising around factories and deciding on their own what they'll do next.
Toyota, recovering from earthquakes, plans full production in Japan next weekWed, 25, May 2016
Toyota said all production lines at its factories in Japan would operate between May 30 and June 4, after output was partially suspended following earthquakes in southern Japan last month.
FCA: Big-car output will stay in-houseMon, 23, May 2016
Even as Fiat Chrysler plans to outsource compact and midsize sedans to another manufacturer, CEO Sergio Marchionne says he is “totally” committed to engineering and building the company's large cars in-house. But the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger may be developed off different platforms.
Honda rethinks Henry Ford's assembly lineMon, 23, May 2016
Honda's new vehicle-assembly approach breaks with ideas that go back to Henry Ford. Instead of standing still as cars pass down the factory line, Honda associates in its newest plant work in teams that ride down the assembly line with the car.
VW agrees to lift wages for German workers despite scandal costsFri, 20, May 2016
Volkswagen agreed to raise German workers' pay by nearly 5 percent after labor leaders vowed that employees won't foot the multi-billion-euro bill to resolve diesel emissions violations.
GM ends output of Cadillac ELRThu, 19, May 2016
Cadillac has ended production of the ELR plug-in hybrid, the striking coupe that never recovered from an initial $79,995 price tag that many consumers and dealers deemed exorbitant.
Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee output disrupted by steering wheel shortageThu, 19, May 2016
A shortage of steering wheels is disrupting production of the Jeep Cherokee and also has slowed output of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. A third consecutive shift of Cherokee production at Fiat Chrysler's Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio was canceled Thursday morning, and an afternoon shift there was shortened Tuesday because of the shortage.
Toyota suspends output at Texas truck plant after storm damageWed, 18, May 2016
Toyota temporarily halted production at its sprawling San Antonio pickup truck plant on Wednesday after it was hit by lashing rain and strong winds during a major storm.
BMW, Toyota roadsters to be built by Magna Steyr, report saysFri, 13, May 2016
BMW and Toyota have picked Magna Steyr to build roadsters developed from a joint platform, starting in 2018, with combined annual output set at 60,000 vehicles, according to a report.
Russia's Detroit blames Renault-Nissan for its declineSat, 14, May 2016
In the heartland of Russia's struggling auto industry, people blame Renault-Nissan, the majority owner of AvtoVAZ, for their economic hardship, not their country's rulers.
Fire up the foundriesMon, 16, May 2016
New investment is pouring into the once-declining end of North American automaking - casting plants and iron foundries - as production soars.
The Musk Doctrine: Impossible deadlines are made to be missedMon, 16, May 2016
Elon Musk's mindset goes something like this: People do paradigm-shifting work only when they’re under tremendous pressure, so the key is to ensure deadlines are always impossible.