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  • Honda invests a further $85m in Alabama assembly plant

    March 29, 2017

    Honda has announced plans to invest $85m in its Lincoln plant in Alabama, including an expansion at the south end of Line 1 of the vehicle assembly operation there. The company said the investment was the first part of a multi-phase project to “improve vehicle manufacturing flexibility, strengthen the logistics efficiency for future models and …

  • Russia considers changes in policy to boost vehicle exports

    March 20, 2017

    Russia’s government is considering amending its industrial assembly agreement with OEMs in a bid to boost exports, it has been revealed. Speaking in early March, Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s Minister of Economic Development, said that although many finished vehicles were already exported, including to Western Europe, the government had now reached a point where it needed …

  • Toyota invests in UK plant but warns on post-Brexit tariffs

    March 20, 2017

    Toyota has announced plans to invest £240m ($297m) in its UK-based car plant to enable vehicle production using its new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, while also promoting UK supply chain efficiencies. It is the latest new investment decision by a major carmaker following last year’s referendum in which the UK voted to leave the …

  • Local assembly for new PSA SUVs in Vietnam

    February 22, 2017

    French carmaker PSA Group has signed a contract with Vietnam’s Truong Hai Auto Corp (Thaco) for the local assembly and marketing of two new Peugeot SUV models from imported complete knockdown (CKD) kits starting in October this year. In total 27,000 cars will be produced in Thaco’s plant in Chulai in Quang Nam Province between …

  • PSA Group to start assembling cars in Kenya again

    February 7, 2017

    French carmaker PSA Group is to begin producing Peugeot vehicles in Kenya from June this year. The news marks a return to the East African country for the company, which last assembled Peugeot cars there between 1974 and 2002. Production will take place in partnership with URYSIA, its local importer and distributor since 2010. PSA says …

  • BMW to subcontract additional X1 output to the Netherlands

    January 25, 2017

    The VDL Nedcar contract manufacturing plant in the Netherlands will start assembly of the BMW X1 this August to serve local and global export markets, sharing output with BMW’s plant in Regensburg in south-east Germany, the carmaker has confirmed. By sharing production of the model at the Dutch plant, close to the border of north-west …

  • PSA and CK Birla to start joint production operations in India

    January 25, 2017

      French carmaker PSA Group and India’s CK Birla group have revealed plans to invest an initial €100m ($107m) for the production of vehicles and powertrains in the state of Tamil Nadu by 2020. The partnership between the two entails two joint ventures. Under the first, PSA will own a majority interest in a new company …

  • Nissan and Tan Chong Motor begin Sunny assembly in Myanmar

    January 24, 2017

    Nissan and its partner in Myanmar, Tan Chong Motor, have begun assembling Nissan’s new Sunny model at the latter’s local plant for the first time. The move follows a deal struck between Nissan and Tan Chong in 2013 for the first global vehicle manufacturing project in the country since the market there reopened in 2011. …

  • PSA to assemble pick-up trucks in Tunisia for local market

    December 2, 2016

    PSA Group has announced a deal with its long-term partner in Tunisia, STAFIM, to assemble and sell a Peugeot pick-up truck in the North African country. The French carmaker said the assembly plant would start operations in mid-2018 and produce about 1,200 vehicles a year for the Tunisian market. PSA generates annual sales in excess …

  • Volkswagen to start assembly in Algeria in Sovac joint venture

    November 30, 2016

      Volkswagen is setting up a joint venture with its local partner in Algeria for the assembly of VW, Seat and Skoda brands, including commercial vehicles. Sovac has been VW’s import and sales partner in Algeria since 2001 and previously vehicles for that market have been imported as finished units from plants in Europe. With …