Production

Suzuki plant in Hungary will return to double shifts ahead of Vitara launch, report says

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Suzuki will return to two-shift production at its plant in Hungary as it prepares to launch the new Vitara subcompact crossover, a report said....
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GM names Stephen Carlisle to head Canada unit

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
General Motors today named Stephen Carlisle the new president and managing director for GM Canada as the company’s current chief for Canada, Kevin Williams, prepares for retirement at year's end....
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BMW may need to increase i8 production to cut waiting lists

Nov. 20, 2014 18:26 CET
BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car to meet high demand. Waiting lists for the 120,000-euro coupe are too long at up to 18 months, BMW sales and marketing chief, Ian Robertson, said....
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Ford to cut 20% of staff at B-Max plant in Romania

Nov. 19, 2014 15:35 CET
Ford will lay off 20 percent of the workforce at the Romanian plant that builds the B-Max as it adjusts to falling sales of the subcompact minivan....
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GM pickup production forecast bumped up by 6% for 2015

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
IHS Automotive raised its 2015 production forecast for General Motors' full-sized pickups by 6 percent over previous estimates -- betting that tamer gasoline prices will juice demand for GM's biggest money-maker and help blunt the threat from Ford’s new aluminum-bodied truck....
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Daimler, BMW cooperate on suppliers in Mexico

Nov. 18, 2014 10:17 CET
Daimler and BMW are working together to build a network of suppliers for their new factories in Mexico as both carmakers aim to take advantage of the country's tariff-free access to the U.S. market....
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Fuel cell cars will be commercially viable by 2025, Bosch exec says

Nov. 17, 2014 11:36 CET
Falling costs will make fuel cell technology commercially viable for mass car production by 2025, Wolf-Henning Scheider, Bosch's automotive chief, said. Toyota and Honda plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in 2015....
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N.A. output rises 3% in October

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
North American car and truck production in October rose 3 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,672,685 vehicles....
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EDITORIAL

A big production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Nissan's expanding its Mississippi plant is another sign that North American auto production is more competitive....
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VW boosts dual-clutch output in China

Nov. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
VW has boosted production of its dual-clutch transmission at a second plant in China. The plant, in the northern city of Tianjin, will build up to 450,000 units of VW's so-called DSG gearbox annually, with output rising to 1.2 million units by 2016, VW said....
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As Ford F-150 output starts, Fields says dealers will be fully stocked by Q2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
The first production version of the aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150 pickup rolled off the line today at a Ford plant in Michigan after years of preparation. Ford aims to stake out its engineering leadership with the 2015 F-150, the industry's first mass market, aluminum-body truck....
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GM to cut 160 jobs at small-car plant near Detroit

11:38 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
General Motors is laying off 160 workers and trimming production at the assembly plant where it makes the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano amid weaker-than-expected demand for the small cars....
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Renault taps into growing North African market with new Algeria plant

Nov. 10, 2014 12:04 CET
Renault today opened a new factory in Algeria. The company sees growth potential in the country where the ownership rate is 100 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants, compared with 500 in western Europe....
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PICTURE GALLERY

Audi begins production of TT roadster in Hungary

Nov. 10, 2014 12:27 CET
Audi has begun production of its third-generation TT roadster at its plant in Gyor, Hungary. The roadster is the fourth model to be built at the plant after the A3 sedan and convertible and the TT coupe....
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Volvo begins XC60 production in China

Nov. 10, 2014 11:03 CET
Volvo has begun local production of the XC60 SUV at its plant in Chengdu, China. The carmaker recently announced plans to begin car exports from China to the U.S. starting next year....
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PSA may take low-cost step with Moroccan outsourcing

Nov. 6, 2014 15:36 CET
PSA will open an engineering center in Morocco and may build cars in the country as part of CEO Carlos Tavares' plan to reduce costs and return the automaker to profit, sources said....
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Fiat's Turkish JV will invest $1 billion to build Bravo successor

Nov. 6, 2014 11:22 CET
Fiat's Turkish joint venture, Tofas, will invest $1 billion to produce a family of compact cars to replace the Bravo in Europe. The family will include a hatchback, sedan and station wagon....
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VW will halt Russia output as sanctions, weak ruble hit demand

Nov. 3, 2014 13:52 CET
VW will halt production in Russia again as Western sanctions and the weak Russian ruble keep hurting auto demand. VW is shutting its factory in Kaluga for five working days through Nov. 7....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW, Renault, GM, others bet big on megaplatforms

Nov. 3, 2014 06:15 CET
VW, Renault and GM are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them quickly, including Fiat Chrysler and PSA, run the risk of being left behind, analysts say....
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Canada sets more auto sales records in October

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Automakers in Canada enjoyed another strong sales month in October as the market moved into the home stretch of what is shaping up to be a record-breaking year....
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Suppliers warn spot shortages could pop up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2014
If North American light vehicle output keeps rising next year, some suppliers warn that spot shortages could develop. According to a new supplier survey by consulting firm IRN, 42 percent of respondents say they would not have sufficient capacity if industry output tops 17 million light-vehicle units in the next 12 months....
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BMW, others bet on Brazil but benefits trail Mexico

Oct. 30, 2014 16:18 CET
BMW is among a group of carmakers investing in Brazil as a growing middle class fuels a surge in car sales, but high costs, poor infrastructure and few trade agreements mean Brazil can't compete with rival Mexico....
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Honda says quarterly North American operating profit drops 14%

10:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Falling sales and hefty incentives undercut North American profit at Honda in the latest quarter, as the automaker trimmed its full-year sales and profit outlooks....
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Viper plant to reopen next month

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper. The car's September sales jumped after a $15,000 price cut. The Viper plant in Detroit has worked just 10 days since April 14 and has been idled since July 3....
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UK car production set for record in 2014

Oct. 24, 2014 10:47 CET
UK car production is still on track to reach its highest level in six years despite lower output in September. New Jaguar, Mini and Honda models will help boost production....
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