Production

Ford hires 400 more than planned in Canada to support output of new Edge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Ford has hired about 400 more workers than it previously said it would need to build the redesigned Edge crossover in Canada....
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As election nears, automakers fear UK exit from EU

Feb. 26, 2015 12:32 CET
Automakers with production in the UK are increasingly worried about the prospects of the country leaving the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will offer an in-out referendum on EU membership if he wins a general election in May....
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GM cutting production at 2 plants as car inventory mounts, sources say

11:12 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
General Motors is trimming production at two of its car plants amid mounting dealer inventories, an effort to reduce stocks of the Chevrolet Sonic and Camaro, Buick Regal and other models....
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Daimler labor chief queries pace of U.S. expansion

Feb. 25, 2015 10:54 CET
Daimler's plans to expand production in the United States should be recalibrated if the euro remains weak against the dollar, the automaker's top labor chief, Michael Brecht, said....
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Continental increases microcontroller output in China

Feb. 24, 2015 12:45 CET
Continental says it has launched production of transmission control units on a second line at its plant in Tianjin, China. The German supplier's transmission division entered China in 1998. Aside from its factory in Tianjin, the unit has an r&d center in Shanghai....
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VW Eos output will end on declining cabrio demand

Feb. 23, 2015 19:06 CET
VW plans to stop making its Eos cabriolet as customer tastes shift away from convertibles in general and retractable hardtops like the Eos in particular. European sales of convertibles from volume carmakers fell 20 percent last year....
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Bugatti sells last Veyron, ending era for VW supercar

Feb. 23, 2015 14:52 CET
Volkswagen Group sold the 450th and final Bugatti Veyron, marking the end of one of the most exclusive supercars ever built. The 450 Veyrons were sold for an average price of about 2.3 million euros ($2.6 million) each....
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Tentative deal in U.S. port dispute spells relief for Honda, rivals

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015
A group of shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union reached a tentative labor deal after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted Japanese automakers in the United States, primarily Honda....
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VW wins government approval for Thai plant

Feb. 21, 2015 15:23 CET
Volkswagen won approval from Thai authorities to build a manufacturing plant for fuel efficient cars near Bangkok after months of delays....
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Honda to cut N.A. output by another 5,000 cars amid port delays

6:41 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Honda will continue to reduce production at plants in Indiana and Ontario next week because of part shortages amid labor disputes at West Coast ports. Honda said it expected output loss at the factories next week to be around 5,000 cars....
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PSA, Mitsubishi will halt production in Russia

Feb. 20, 2015 09:09 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi will close their joint venture plant in Russia for two weeks as the country's worsening economic situation hits vehicle sales....
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Jaguar Land Rover favors Austria or Turkey over U.S. for production boost, report says

Feb. 20, 2015 10:50 CET
Jaguar Land Rover may add production in Austria or Turkey instead of in the U.S. as the automaker seeks to boost its manufacturing capacity, a UK newspaper reported. JLR had been considering opening a factory in the U.S. South, reports said earlier this month....
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Nissan, amid sales gains, weighs options to boost car, truck supplies

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Nissan's US sales and market share gains will force it to squeeze more vehicles out of its North American plants -- or find factory space elsewhere....
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Renault halts Moscow output on Russian sales slump

Feb. 11, 2015 16:06 CET
Renault will stop production at its Moscow factory for three weeks in response to a slump in Russian car sales. Renault's vehicle sales in the country fell 32 percent last month in a market down 24 percent....
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Honda to add capacity in Ohio, anticipating truck boom

11:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Honda plans to spend $85 million to enable its East Liberty, Ohio, plant to produce a fourth nameplate, a move stemming from the company's bullish outlook for North American truck sales....
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Daimler targets at least 10% sales growth in China this year

Feb. 10, 2015 13:27 CET
Daimler will boost local production of Mercedes vehicles in China and continue its dealer network expansion as it targets sales growth of at least 10 percent this year, the company's China chief, Hubertus Troska, said....
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Mexico auto output, exports rise in January

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Mexico auto production and exports rose to record levels for the month of January, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said today, boosted by strong demand in the United States and Canada....
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Ford will boost production in Spain by 40% as it ramps up Mondeo, S-Max output

Feb. 5, 2015 16:40 CET
Ford will boost output at its plant in Valencia, Spain, by 40 percent to 400,000 units this year as it adds production of the Mondeo midsize model, along with the S-Max and Galaxy minivans....
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Mercedes breaks ground on new Brazil factory

Feb. 5, 2015 20:01 CET
Mercedes broke ground on its new car plant in Brazil near Sao Paulo, where it is investing 500 million reais ($183 million) to built its C-class and GLA models....
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Mazda profits dinged by lower-margin models, higher taxes

6:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
A higher tax bill and a sales mix of richer in lower-margin models undercut profits at Mazda in the October-December quarter, despite rising global volume....
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BMW will use Indian suppliers for some local parts

Feb. 4, 2015 10:52 CET
BMW's India unit said it will partner with seven domestic suppliers to source components for local production of cars at its Chennai plant in southern India....
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JLR execs met Georgia gov. on U.S. plant, report says

Feb. 4, 2015 09:06 CET
Jaguar Land Rover executives met Georgia Governor Nathan Deal last month to discuss opening a factory in his state, a U.S. newspaper reported....
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Mitsubishi posts N.A. gains while Japan, Europe struggle

6:32 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
Mitsubishi's nascent North America recovery gathered pace in the latest quarter with regional operating profit tripling on the back of expanding sales. But falling sales in Japan and tumbling profits in Europe, where the weakening Russia ruble undercut earnings, sapped overall results...
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Ford's Russia woes worsen as weak yen helps rivals

Feb. 2, 2015 11:23 CET
Ford's Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks expects that Russia will continue to weigh on the automaker this year as the country's economy slumps and Japanese rivals aggressively cut prices helped by the weak yen....
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Europe on track for 5th month of rising vehicle output

Jan. 31, 2015 06:01 CET
European light vehicle production is estimated to rise 1 percent to 1.36 million vehicles in January, the fifth consecutive month of higher output. BMW, Fiat, Ford and VW were forecast to have the biggest production increases on strong demand for new models....
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