Plant Closings


Canada losing 'civil war' for auto jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Chrysler Group shocked many Canadians when it abandoned potential government help to overhaul its assembly plants in Windsor, Ontario. Chrysler will stay, for now anyway, but CEO Sergio Marchionne's dire warnings about Ontario's "competitiveness" left many questioning the long-term fate of building vehicles in Canada.... Read More »


Ford of Europe works its way back

March 10, 2014 06:01 CET
After Ford of Europe completes its current round of plant closings, it will bring manufacturing to 80 percent of capacity.... Read More »


Ford of Europe works its way back

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
After Ford of Europe completes its current round of plant closings, it will bring manufacturing to 80 percent of capacity.... Read More »


Volvo CEO says Europe production footprint safe

Nov. 8, 2013 06:01 CET
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the company's car production footprint in Europe is safe despite the region's chronic overcapacity. He also believes the region's sales slump could be coming to an end.... Read More »



Au revoir, Heuliez

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2013
Heuliez, which used to make cars for Peugeot, Renault and Opel, closed its plant on Nov. 1. The shutdown came a week after PSA stopped the line at its factory in the Paris suburb of Aulnay.... Read More »


PSA plant closing leaves Europe with 18 factories too many

Oct. 25, 2013 06:01 CET
PSA will end production at its factory in Aulnay near Paris but the closure is not enough to dent overcapacity in Europe's auto industry. Matching capacity with demand would entail closing 18 European plants, analysts say.... Read More »



Three bad days for European car plants -- and more to come

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2013
What do June 25, July 26 and Oct. 25 have in common? They are all days in which a European plant stopped vehicle production this year. The plants were victims of the region's chronic overcapacity.... Read More »


French union want talks with U.S. tire chief on layoff plans

Oct. 24, 2013 06:01 CET
Union leaders at a Goodyear tire plant in northern France have agreed to talks with a Texan executive who caused an uproar earlier this year by saying the factory was "not worth saving" and calling the plant's workers lazy.... Read More »


VW's Winterkorn says Europe should close 10 factories

Sept. 11, 2013 08:14 CET
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said the European auto industry needs to close around 10 factories to reduce overcapacity caused by the region's slumping car market.... Read More »


PSA to end Aulnay car output earlier than planned

Aug. 30, 2013 12:24 CET
PSA will halt car production at its Aulnay plant near Paris earlier than planned as it transfers some workers to other roles.... Read More »


Faurecia plans to close 8 plants, report says

July 24, 2013 18:22 CET
Faurecia, the French supplier controlled by PSA, plans to close eight seat factories, mostly in Europe, as the region's slumping vehicle sales hit car production, sources said.... Read More »


Faurecia unveils plant cuts on car production drop

July 10, 2013 11:53 CET
Faurecia will close an acoustic components plant in western France and stop making plastic bumpers at a nearby site in response to falling car production at parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and its other automotive clients... Read More »


GM: Labor costs must be cut to save Australia plants

3:34 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2013
GM's Holden unit and its labor unions will begin talks to reduce costs enough to keep its Australian plants viable, a month after Ford said it will stop making cars locally.... Read More »


Opel will replace Astra with Zafira at Ruesselsheim plant

June 7, 2013 14:34 CET
GM's Opel brand will stop making its compact Astra hatchback in Ruesselsheim, Germany, in 2015 to make space for the Zafira minivan now made at its Bochum plant, which is scheduled to close by the end of next year. The company's factory in Gliwice, Poland, will increase Astra production to make up for the lost volume, an Opel spokesman said.... Read More »


PSA will close r&d site to reduce spending

May 22, 2013 09:49 CET
PSA will shut a French r&d facility as part of a program to reduce spending.... Read More »


Opel keeps Bochum logistics center open to fulfill contract

May 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Opel will keep a spare-parts distribution center open until 2016 at its plant in Bochum, Germany, as long as two years after car production ends at the site. The plant, which makes the Zafira minivan, is scheduled to close by the end of 2014 after workers rejected a restructuring plan in March that would have extended manufacturing there for another two years.... Read More »


PSA workers end 4-month strike over car plant closure

May 17, 2013 15:05 CET
Workers at a PSA factory near Paris have agreed to end a four-month strike in protest against the planned closure of the plant.... Read More »


GM will move Opel Zafira production to German plant

May 15, 2013 11:58 CET
General Motors will move production of the Opel/Vauxhall Zafira minivan to Ruesselsheim in Germany from its Bochum factory. Ruesselsheim and Vauxhall's plant in Ellesmere Port, England, had been in the running to gain Zafira production after Bochum closes.... Read More »


PSA unions back job-cuts plan, French plant closure

April 30, 2013 06:01 CET
PSA has received the backing of five of its six main unions to push ahead with plans to eliminate 11,200 jobs and shutter a French factory, a central part of wide-ranging reforms at the French carmaker aimed at halting ongoing losses.... Read More »


PSA restructuring plan cleared by Paris court

April 26, 2013 15:49 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen can move forward with the elimination of 11,200 jobs and a factory closing after a French court threw out a legal challenge from two unions to the plan.... Read More »


U.S. union leader prods Opel workers to keep German plant open

April 23, 2013 23:19 CET
Workers at Opel's factory in Bochum, Germany, should accept a deal they previously rejected to keep their jobs, Bob King, the head of the U.S.-based United Auto Workers union, said.... Read More »


UAW's King prods Opel workers to revote, keep German plant open

5:19 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2013
The head of the UAW suggested German hourly workers at a General Motors plant should accept a deal they previously rejected in order to keep their jobs.... Read More »


PSA mulls Aulnay plant closure this year, sources say

April 18, 2013 14:34 CET
PSA may shut its Aulnay plant near Paris as early as September, ahead of a proposed closure in 2014, because strikes are disrupting production, according to sources.... Read More »


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