Production

Volkswagen will invest $340 million in South Africa

Aug. 27, 2015 15:52 CET

Volkswagen is investing more than $340 million in South Africa for new products and infrastructure. Automakers in the country, where Toyota, BMW and Mercedes also produce vehicles, are stepping up exports as the local market shrinks....
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VW considers exporting Russia-built cars as market slumps

Aug. 26, 2015 18:50 CET

Volkswagen may export Russia-built cars to other countries to offset collapsing sales in the crisis-hit market. The automaker builds VW brand and Skoda vehicles at its Russian plant south of Moscow....
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Daimler still positive on China business despite stock market rout

Aug. 24, 2015 15:36 CET

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is counting on China to be a leading driver of car sales growth this year despite the country's stock market turmoil. The automaker expects vehicle ownership levels to rise and will continue to invest more in compact cars in the market where it has been adding dealerships, Hubertus Troska, head of Daimler China, said....
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North America churning out vehicle records

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2015

Production of cars and trucks in North America is running at historic levels. In July, 1,382,380 vehicles were produced, an increase of 6.9 percent and a new record for the month. It also marked the 48th straight month in which North American output surpassed 1 million....
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VW trims Chinese plant workload as new sites go on stream

Aug. 21, 2015 12:46 CET

VW said average utilization at its Chinese factories will fall as overall production capacity increases with the opening of new plants. The automaker denied it plans to reduce output of key models in China by between 10 percent and 20 percent....
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UK car output falls 11% as plants retool for new models

Aug. 20, 2015 11:34 CET

UK car production fell by 11 percent in July as changes to holiday patterns and upcoming new launches such as the Vauxhall/Opel Astra resulted in early annual shutdowns at some plants....
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Toyota ends Land Cruiser production in Russia but remains bullish on market's prospects

Aug. 18, 2015 12:31 CET

Toyota has ended production of the Land Cruiser Prado SUV in Russia but will not pull out of the crisis-hit market. The company said its plan to double annual output at its St. Petersburg plant is still on track....
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Saab owner will develop green cars with China's Dongfeng

Aug. 17, 2015 12:50 CET

China's Dongfeng and National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought Saab Automobile in 2012, have signed an agreement to jointly develop green cars. NEVS will also help Dongfeng to develop its own brand cars to meet regulations and technical specifications of overseas markets including Europe and North America....
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VW says 2,700 cars damaged in China port blasts

Aug. 17, 2015 12:15 CET

VW said about 2,700 of its imported cars were damaged in last week's blasts at China's largest port for vehicle imports. Toyota said evacuation orders in the area have halted three of its production lines....
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BLOG: Why Jaguar Land Rover picked 'Detroit East'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's selection of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly....
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N.A. output rises 6.9% in July

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in July rose a robust 6.9 percent from July 2014 to 1,382,380 vehicles, as relatively few assembly plants took lengthy downtimes. Production has topped 1 million units for 48 straight months....
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What a difference a Trump -- and a day -- can make for Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Score another one for Donald Trump....
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FCA gives some no-bid contracts to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

In an effort to upgrade quality and improve relationships with suppliers, Fiat Chrysler is reviving long-term, no-bid contracts....
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Toyota loses China output as plants stay shut on Tianjin blasts

10:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Toyota will lose its biggest source of car production within China for at least three days, as automakers struggle to assess the damage of last week's explosions in the port city of Tianjin....
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Finelli gets serious about improving FCA's supplier relations

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

In various surveys, suppliers have given Fiat Chrysler's purchasing unit low grades. Tom Finelli, the automaker's vice president of purchasing in North America, wants to change that....
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GM said to be boosting production of big SUVs, pickups

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

General Motors is boosting production of its highly profitable large SUVs and trucks to a pace that could result in 48,000 to 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year, in a bid to capitalize on rising demand, sources told Reuters....
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After ripping Ford, Trump says other automakers building in Mexico are next

11:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Donald Trump told a Detroit newspaper that he plans to broaden his recent criticism of Ford to include other automakers that are expanding production in Mexico instead of the U.S. Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, said automakers can reduce labor costs by moving plants from Michigan to parts of the U.S. where wages are lower....
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Lifan starts work on assembly plant in Russia

Aug. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Chongqing Lifan Industry has started work on an assembly plant in Russia's western state of Lipetsk Oblast to build up to 60,000 Lifan cars a year from complete knockdown kits imported from China,...
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VW starts work on 5th plant in China despite economic slowdown

Aug. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen is pushing ahead with expansion of its manufacturing capacity in China despite the recent slowdown in vehicle sales. Construction work has started on a plant in the east China port city of Qingdao....
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At the half: Top 25 N. America models and plants

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The Wednesday and Thursday issues of the Traverse City Daily feature production highlights for the first half of 2015....
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GM goes full speed ahead in China despite slowdown

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Unmoved by a sharp sales slowdown in China this year, General Motors is sticking with its $14 billion plan to expand production and introduce new models in that market....
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At the half: N.A. car and truck production by plant

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The Wednesday and Thursday issues of the Traverse City Daily feature production highlights for the first half of 2015....
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Survey: Raw material costs are declining

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The cost of raw materials for the average vehicle produced in May is a hefty $476 lower than last August, according to a survey by AlixPartners....
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N.A. output will hit new records to meet sales, export demands, forecaster says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

North American vehicle output will continue rising to new records over the next two years as non-Detroit 3 automakers localize more production, a chief industry forecaster says....
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Japanese score big in N.A. in 1st quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Booming business in North America was a gleaming bright spot for Japanese automakers in the latest quarter, as sales and operating profits climbed higher in the region for Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Honda and Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries....
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