Production

PSA's Slovakia unit expects to boost output with new model

March 31, 2015 15:29 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen expects to raise annual capacity at its factory in Trnava, Slovakia, to more than 300,000 by 2017 with the production of a new Citroen model. PSA did not name the new model but previous reports have said the automaker will move production of the Citroen C3 hatchback to the plant from its factory in Poissy, France, where the company will add a subcompact model for the upscale DS brand....
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VW halts output for 3 weeks at Brazil plant, union says

March 30, 2015 19:14 CET

Volkswagen has halted production at its second-largest factory in Brazil for three weeks, a local union said, as a steep decline in demand forces carmakers to manage excess capacity. VW is one of many automakers working to cut costs in the country, where sales and output are down more than 20 percent in the first two months....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SIA was a success from the start

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Lindsay Chappell's March 16 commentary encouraging Jaguar Land Rover to build a North American plant ("A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already," autonews.com) overlooks perhaps one of the most imaginative and successful variations on that theme: Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, the shared plant in Lafayette, Ind....
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PSA, Mitsubishi cuts jobs in Russia, halt output again

March 27, 2015 11:06 CET

PSA and Mitsubishi will halt production at their joint venture plant in Russia for the second time this year and cut 100 jobs....
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Ford aims to triple exports from India with new plant

March 26, 2015 10:09 CET

Ford has invested $1 billion in a new plant in India that will help the automaker triple exports from the country. The factory will build the EcoSport subcompact SUV, which Ford exports to Europe....
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Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. The overhaul, part of a switch to new modularized product platforms, has been years in the making and is designed to fuel the company's expansion....
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Mercedes begins output of GLA engines in China

March 24, 2015 12:28 CET

Mercedes has added production of engines for the GLA compact crossover at its powertrain plant in Beijing. The automaker has now localized all engine production for the three models it produces locally with partner Beijing Automotive, that also include the C class and E class....
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Mercedes plant has highest per-hour labor cost in U.S.; VW and BMW pay least

March 24, 2015 10:42 CET

Workers at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama, have the highest hourly pay among employees at U.S. car factories while Volkswagen and BMW workers earn the least, a study shows....
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Toyota may approve first Mexico car plant in weeks, reports say

7:56 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Toyota is finalizing plans for its first passenger-car assembly plant in Mexico that could be approved by its board as early as next month, according to three people with knowledge of the matter....
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Volkswagen will cut production, jobs at Russian plant

March 23, 2015 11:55 CET

Volkswagen said it will reduce shifts and lay off at least 150 workers at its car plant in Kaluga, Russia, as demand shrinks. The company builds Audi, VW and Skoda cars in Kaluga....
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N.A. output falls 1.7% in February

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

North American car and truck production in February slipped 1.7 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,397,838 vehicles. Following January's 1.1 percent drop, February marked the first time since September-October 2009 that output fell for two consecutive months....
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Russia approves $166 million in subsidies for car plants

March 20, 2015 09:47 CET

Russia will provide carmakers with 10 billion rubles ($166 million) in subsidies in a bid to support an industry struggling to cope with the country's economic downturn. The Russian car market is forecast to shrink by up to 35 percent in 2015 after falling by 10 percent last year....
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AutoCanada rises on dealership purchases, sounds caution for '15

1:26 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

AutoCanada, the nation’s largest publicly traded dealership group, said earnings and revenue soared in the latest quarter and the full year, driven by the addition of 17 stores....
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Nissan adds muscle to U.S. field ops

1:23 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz continues to put more power into the rising brand's US field organization, adding personnel to react faster to local dealer requests....
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Daimler will upgrade key German plant for fuel-efficient engines, fuel cells

March 18, 2015 22:23 CET

Daimler will invest billions of euros to modernize its powertrain factory in Untertuerkheim, near Stuttgart. The plant will become a center of competence for fuel-efficient engines, hybrid drivertrains and the production of fuel cell systems....
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Nissan plans $160 million supplier park in Tenn.

4:48 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Nissan plans to add more than 1,000 supplier jobs at its Tennessee operations as part of a $160 million supplier park project....
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Nissan will suspend Russia production for 16 days on weak sales

March 17, 2015 11:27 CET

Nissan is suspending production at its St. Petersburg plant between March 16 and March 31 due to weak sales in Russia. The automaker's deliveries fell 45 percent in February in an economy weakened by lower oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis....
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Maserati cuts output as demand slows for Ghibli, Quattroporte, union says

March 16, 2015 17:34 CET

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is cutting Maserati production as demand for the brand's luxury sports cars slows after record sales last year, according to a union at the automaker....
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A123 shifts focus to rebound from bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

A123 CEO Jason Forcier says he is focusing on starter batteries....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: Why Land Rover leads among China's second-tier luxury brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Land Rover has remained China's fourth-largest luxury brand behind Audi, BMW and Mercedes for two years in a row. The fact it has started to build SUVs in China seems likely to strengthen its position as the leader among China's second-tier luxury automakers....
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BMW names ex-Mini plant boss next production chief

March 12, 2015 14:15 CET

BMW Group has promoted manufacturing expert Oliver Zipse to succeed incoming CEO Harald Krueger as head of production. Zipse has held senior posts in product strategy and technical planning and previously served as head of Mini's UK plant....
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PSA starts output in China for Dongfeng's domestic brand

March 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile, a joint venture between PSA and China's Dongfeng, has started building a midsize sedan for Dongfeng, marking the first time a global automaker has produced vehicles sold under the brand of its Chinese partner....
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Ford to cut 500 jobs at B-Max plant in Romania

March 6, 2015 16:31 CET

Ford will lay off about 500 people at its B-Max plant in Romania this year, less than the 680 initially envisioned. Ford began building the subcompact minivan at the plant three years ago, but low demand has led to multiple production stoppages....
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Euro weakness, exports lift southern Europe car output

March 6, 2015 06:01 CET

While southern Europe is experiencing at best a patchy economic recovery, the outlook for the region's carmakers is a little less bumpy thanks to the weak euro, cheaper oil and labor reforms. Fiat, Ford and GM have boosted output in Spain and Italy....
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Most GM, Ford, Toyota plants resume operations after snowstorm

5:43 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

General Motors, Ford and Toyota plants resumed production today after some canceled shifts because of hazardous weather in the South and Midwest on Thursday. One GM plant in Tennessee canceled production shifts today....
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