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Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will account for 20 percent of the light-duty Ram pickup's annual production volume, up from 10 percent now, Chrysler said today, without giving details....
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Japan's keiretsu suppliers at risk in a new reality

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Japanese suppliers are struggling to adjust to a new business reality that threatens to undermine the country's keiretsu system of tightknit cooperation between carmakers and their favorite-son suppliers. Blame the unraveling on an immutable truth: Japan's carmakers have stopped expanding at home....
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VW Group, Renault-Nissan dominate European car assembly footprint

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group and Renault-Nissan have expanded their reach. The two automakers now jointly account for more than 40 percent of all the vehicle assembly plants in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe data....
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VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production....
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Skoda denies report on investment curb in India

Sept. 26, 2014 16:01 CET
Skoda says it remains committed to its Indian operations after a report suggested that the automaker may cut investments in the market over concerns about the country's business environment....
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Summer breaks pull UK car output 22% lower in August

Sept. 26, 2014 10:41 CET
UK car production fell 22 percent in August because of the timing and length of holidays and repairs to a major plant. So far this year output has risen 1 percent and is expected to reach record levels by 2017....
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Ford to add 1,200 jobs at Kansas City plant to ramp up Transit production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Ford is adding 1,200 new jobs and a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to support additional production of the Ford Transit van. The move surpasses the automaker's pledge to the UAW in 2011 to create 12,000 new hourly U.S. jobs by 2015, the company said in a statement today....
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Chrysler's revamped line to build about 100 more Ram 1500s a day

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Chrysler Group says its Warren Truck Assembly Plant will build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each production day, or 28,565 per year, to meet demand....
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Renault-Nissan rethinks EV battery strategy

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance is reviewing its in-house battery production. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that the alliance will buy batteries from external suppliers rather than relying nearly exclusively on those made internally....
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Skoda to invest 450 million euros to expand Czech plant

Sept. 24, 2014 10:56 CET
Skoda will invest 450 million euros in its Czech plant in Kvasiny, a local news agency quoted a senior company executive as saying. The plant, which builds the Yeti compact crossover, also will build Seat's forthcoming SUV....
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HANS GREIMEL

How Mazda survived the atomic bomb, by a split hair

10:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Mazda, the most famous company from Hiroshima, may have survived the city's infamous atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, quite literally by only a split hair....
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Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico....
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Opel shakes up operations in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Opel will reduce output at its St. Petersburg plant to one shift, because of the Ukraine crisis. It will operate the plant a total of 16 days in the three-month period from August through October....
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Fiat will suspend Panda production at Italy plant as demand falls

Sept. 19, 2014 18:00 CET
Fiat will temporarily suspend production at its Pomigliano plant in southern Italy from Oct. 16-27 amid weak demand. The Fiat Panda minicar is built at the factory....
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Ford to cut Fiesta output in Germany

Sept. 19, 2014 10:47 CET
Ford said it will cut production of its Fiesta subcompact at its plant in Cologne, Germany, in the fourth quarter because of slowing demand in some of the region's key markets....
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Toyota to boost Mexico truck plant capacity by 41%

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
As Toyota ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 percent to feed demand for trucks....
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Nissan transforms Japanese plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
With a stern foreman clocking their efforts on his stopwatch, the Chinese apprentices snap together their first Nissan vehicle, brick by brightly colored plastic brick....
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Mercedes boosts CLA capacity, U.S. allocation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has increased production capacity for its year-old CLA entry-level sedan, aiming to alleviate tight supplies that have limited sales. The U.S. will get additional CLAs, but Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes' parent Daimler AG, said he couldn't give specific numbers....
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Harbour gave it to automakers straight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Automotive industry veteran James Harbour, who died Sept. 6 at age 86, developed unprecedented ways to analyze and improve manufacturing efficiency....
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N.A. robot sales poised for record

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A bumper crop of North American vehicle launches this year has triggered what is shaping up as a record wave of robot purchases by automakers and suppliers....
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JLR will build Range Rover Evoque in China

Sept. 12, 2014 10:28 CET
Jaguar Land Rover says the Range Rover Evoque will be the first model built at the company's new China factory. The automaker also said that it may add production of its new Land Rover Discovery Sport at a later date....
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Ferrari will build more cars with Marchionne as chairman to keep pace with super rich

Sept. 11, 2014 16:18 CET
Ferrari will cater to growing numbers of super rich clients by building more cars than previously planned after Sergio Marchionne becomes chairman of the company. Marchionne said in May that the brand had the potential to sell about 10,000 vehicles annually, a rise of 43 percent over current figures....
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Mercedes reorganizes manufacturing operations to reduce costs

Sept. 10, 2014 11:44 CET
Mercedes is reorganizing its manufacturing operations away from a production network controlled by individual factories to a leaner system centered around vehicle architectures and model lines....
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JAMES B. TREECE

How Jim Harbour and David Power improved the U.S. auto industry

6:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Jim Harbour, who died Saturday at age 86, was one of two men who dramatically improved the American auto industry at a time when Detroit was deeply in denial about how far short of world class it was....
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Fiat halts 500L production in Serbia on market slowdown

Sept. 8, 2014 20:32 CET
Fiat has temporarily halted production at its Serbian factory, which builds the 500L, due to the slowdown in European and global markets, the company said....
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