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  • PSA group details €200m plan to modernise Sochaux

    February 17, 2017

    French carmaker PSA Group plans to modernise its Sochaux plant in the east of the country as part of a €200m ($213m) investment by 2022 that will include the installation of the first press line in France in two decades. A dedicated team has been on site for three years to formulate the ‘Sochaux 2022 project’, …

  • Chemicals firm Ineos to start producing new 4×4 off-roader

    February 15, 2017

    Chemicals company Ineos has confirmed it is to invest “many hundreds of millions” in producing a new 4×4 off-roader. Following a six-month feasibility study, the firm said this week that it saw a gap in the market for an “uncompromising” off-road vehicle, following Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to stop producing the Land Rover Defender at …

  • VW starts making Taigun in Portugal; Neptune Lines takes it to Italy

    February 15, 2017

    Volkswagen has started production of the Taigun subcompact SUV at its AutoEuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal. The carmaker announced last year that its was “significantly expanding” its range of SUVs in a variety of classes and the Taigun, which until now was reported to be in the development phase, is described as “a compact model …

  • Ritchie Kim takes over as CEO of Glovis Europe

    February 15, 2017

    Glovis Europe, the logistics division of Hyundai Glovis established in 2006, has appointed Soo Chul Kim (Ritchie) as its new CEO. He replaces Suk Yong Kim (Sean), who steps down from the role after seven years and is retiring from the company. Ritchie Kim (pictured) moves from his role as CEO of Glovis Turkey. He …

  • PSA may buy Opel to become Europe’s second largest carmaker

    February 15, 2017

    French carmaker PSA Group has confirmed it may acquire General Motor’s European business, which includes the Opel and Vauxhall brands. The move could lead to further logistics synergies between the carmakers and logistics provider, Gefco. The deal may be the car industry’s biggest since the Fiat-Chrysler merger was completed post the global financial crisis, and also …

  • Growing exports lead GM-Uzbekistan to consider plant in Russia

    February 14, 2017

    Uzbekistan managed to significantly expand its vehicle exports last year, the country’s Ministry of Economy has confirmed, with deliveries to Middle East and Africa markets including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Ghana, Senegal, Somalia and Nigeria. The growth in exports was wholly accounted for by GM-Uzbekistan, the joint venture between state-owned OJSC …

  • Mercedes-Benz Trucks expands contract with Ceva in Brazil

    February 14, 2017

    Mercedes-Benz has extended its contract with Ceva Logistics in Brazil covering inbound and aftermarket services for its Juiz de Fora assembly facility in Minais Gerais. The deal means a three-year extension to its existing contract with Ceva, which covers materials handling, line feeding and external warehousing. However, the latest deal also includes two new agreements that will …

  • McLaren to insource carbon fibre chassis production by 2020

    February 14, 2017

    McLaren Automotive has announced the first details of its Composite Technology Centre, a £50m ($62.5m) investment in Sheffield, England, that will allow it to produce its own carbon fibre chassis by 2020. The centre will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of the Monocell and Monocage carbon fibre chassis in future McLaren cars. The …

  • Police recover stolen Jaguar Land Rover engines

    February 13, 2017

    Police have recovered the engines stolen late last month from a Jaguar Land Rover facility in Solihull, UK. West Midlands police have also arrested four men on suspicion of conspiracy to steal, according to a statement. All four have been bailed pending further enquiries. The news comes just under two weeks after thieves stole two …

  • Mercedes-Benz Trucks looks to double exports from Brazil to the Arab world

    February 9, 2017

    Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Brazil has said it expects to more than double its exports of trucks to the Middle East and North Africa during 2017. Last year it exported 348 units to the region, consisting of 202 medium-weight Atego trucks and 146 light and medium-weight Accelo trucks. In 2016, the majority of these went to …