Production

Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers....
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Mazda2 output starts; Europe sales begin in 2015

July 18, 2014 11:03 CET
Mazda has given its Mazda2 subcompact the sharp creases and sportier stance of the brand's new Kodo design language....
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Datsun on-Do sedan launch in Russia overshadowed by economic crisis and slumping car market

July 16, 2014 16:04 CET
Nissan's low-cost Datsun on-Do family sedan was launched in Russia this week, but the country's deepening political crisis with the West and falling car sales could dampen sales....
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BMW will raise China capacity to 400,000 vehicles

July 16, 2014 13:23 CET
BMW said it will raise capacity at its two Chinese plants by a third to 400,000 cars over the next two years and double the range of locally made vehicles to six models....
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Porsche will consolidate sports car output in Zuffenhausen with 400 million euro investment for Boxster and Cayman production

July 15, 2014 12:57 CET
Porsche plans to consolidate production of its Boxster and Cayman sports cars at its main plant in Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart....
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Audi to add shift at Hungary plant ahead of TT launch

July 15, 2014 11:28 CET
Audi will add a third shift at its car plant in Hungary in mid-August ahead of the launch of the new TT sports car....
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VW to build new crossover in U.S., add 2,000 jobs

8:15 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Volkswagen will assemble a new family-hauling crossover at its plant in Chattanooga and invest $900 million to expand the factory in a push to double U.S. sales of VW-brand vehicles by 2018....
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Nissan will build Infiniti crossover in UK

July 9, 2014 08:20 CET
The Infiniti QX30 compact SUV will be built for global markets including the U.S. and China at Nissan's factory in England, alongside the Infiniti Q30 hatchback. Q30 production will begin in mid-2015 with QX30 output starting shortly after....
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Renault plans swift China production ramp up

July 8, 2014 17:32 CET
Renault plans to add more Chinese production capacity to its new joint venture with Dongfeng soon after manufacturing begins in 2016. The carmaker is currently building its first Chinese factory to produce up to 150,000 vehicles annually....
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Mexico projected to surpass Brazil as top Latin American vehicle producer

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Mexico is poised to overtake Brazil as the top Latin American automobile producer for the first time in more than a decade as surging exports to the U.S. spur factory openings and record output....
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Kia confirms interest in Mexico assembly plant

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Kia has confirmed that it's considering putting its next overseas assembly plant in Mexico. A statement from the company last week was its first official acknowledgement that it's interested in a Mexican assembly plant, following several unconfirmed news reports about the possibility....
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Detroit 3 to shorten, eliminate summer break at some plants

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Summer vacation will be shortened or won't come at all for some Detroit 3 assembly plants in the United States as light truck and SUV sales continue to heat up....
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VW to invest 2 billion euros to build new China plants

July 7, 2014 10:50 CET
VW says it will invest 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) to construct two new vehicle plants in China. The move is part of a wider plan by the carmaker to invest 18.2 billion euros in its No. 1 market through 2018....
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Chrysler to sell small cars from Mitsubishi in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors will supply Chrysler with a Thailand-built compact sedan for sale in Mexico starting in November....
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Ford says Mondeo sales will be boosted by platform sharing with Lincoln

July 5, 2014 06:15 CET
Ford says its new Mondeo will compete better in Europe's mid-sized segment because it has a platform that was also designed to underpin Lincoln models....
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GM halts South Africa production after wage talks collapse

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Wage talks to end an indefinite strike by more than 220,000 metalworkers in South Africa failed Thursday as the stoppage forced General Motors to halt output at its vehicle-assembly plant....
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Bosch to invest 400 million euros in Mexico production, report says

July 2, 2014 16:31 CET
German supplier Robert Bosch is preparing to invest 400 million euros ($546 million) to build car parts in Mexico for a growing North American market, a German newspaper reported....
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PSA-Dongfeng's fourth China plant receives approval

July 2, 2014 11:38 CET
PSA has signed an agreement with Chinese authorities to build a fourth factory with partner Dongfeng. The new plant will boost the venture's annual production capacity in China to 1 million units when it begins output in 2016, PSA said....
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Porsche will increase work force 24% in global expansion

July 1, 2014 15:43 CET
Porsche will increase its headcount by about 5,000 to underpin its global growth ambitions. The new jobs will be created in model development, production, sales and servicing, Porsche said....
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BMW's new Mexico plant will build up to 150,000 cars a year, report says

July 1, 2014 12:37 CET
A new BMW car plant in Mexico will build 150,000 vehicles annually, a source said. BMW said it will make an announcement in Mexico on Thursday, although the company did not confirm it will be about a new factory....
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BMW plans for Mexico factory to be unveiled Thursday, government official says

12:08 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
BMW AG's plans to build a new factory in Mexico will be revealed on Thursday, a government official said today. The Mexican official, speaking on condition of anonymity with Reuters, said details of the plans would be made in an announcement scheduled for July 3....
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YANG JIAN

Will global automakers drop Chinese partners?

7:32 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
China may relax its 50 percent ceiling on foreign automakers' ownership of joint ventures, but this may not lead to Western companies ditching their local partners if recent moves by BMW and VW are anything to go by....
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To sell Fiat luxury shift, Marchionne seeks labor peace in Italy

June 30, 2014 10:55 CET
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne's visit to Italy last week to solve a labor dispute that threatened Maserati production shows how important the country's plants are becoming to the company's future, a union boss said....
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Daimler and Nissan approve joint Mexico production, report says

June 26, 2014 09:38 CET
Daimler and Nissan have finalized a joint venture deal to build future Mercedes and Infiniti compact cars in Mexico, sources said today as the automakers called a news conference to unveil the plans....
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Fiat's China JV prepares second plant

June 25, 2014 13:41 CET
Fiat and local partner Guangzhou Automobile have begun building a second Chinese plant to manufacture Jeep and Fiat-branded cars....
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