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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 …

  • Gupta chosen to lead new Renault-Nissan Alliance LCV unit

    March 15, 2017

    The Renault-Nissan Alliance has created a business unit focused on light commercial vehicles (LCVs) as it looks to grow sales in the segment. Ashwani Gupta, vice-president of Renault’s LCV division since 2014, will lead the new unit. Mitsubishi, which became part of the Alliance following Nissan’s 34% share purchase last year, will also contribute to …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Hirschmann Automotive adopts Axit digital procurement platform

    February 10, 2017

    Hirschmann Automotive, a tier one supplier of wiring and cable technology, has adopted the AX4 platform from logistics IT provider Axit to manage procurement operations at its main production site in Rankwell, Austria. Axit specialises in cloud-based IT systems for the management of cross-company logistics processes. Up until now, Hirschmann has been sharing supply chain …