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  • Presidential suite

    February 9, 2017

    As Donald J Trump entered the White House, Ford has elected to make a number of key financial and strategic changes

  • Change in CEO for BMW North America

    February 3, 2017

    US – Bernhard Kuhnt becomes new CEO for BMW of North America, responsible for the US market…

  • Gohl moves to new post at IAC

    January 26, 2017

    Germany – As chief operating officer (COO), Cockpit and Overhead Systems, Terrence Gohl will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of this division, with the aim of driving operational efficiencies and world-class quality. He will report to Brian Pour, global COO of IAC Group…

  • Toyota invests $600m at Princeton

    January 24, 2017

    US – The plant in Indiana will be modernised with new equipment and advanced technologies to make it more competitive and meet growing demand for the Highlander midsize SUV. Capacity will be increased by 40,000 units per year…

  • GM invests $1bn in American operations

    January 18, 2017

    US – The money will go towards new vehicle, advanced technology and component projects. The manufacturer emphasised that this is additional to the $2.9 billion announced in 2016 and more than $21 billion invested since 2009…

  • Saving energy

    January 17, 2017

    Whether lowering emissions, going landfill-free, reusing water or harnessing renewables, sustainability and energy management has long been a top priority for carmakers

  • The Trump factor

    January 12, 2017

    Donald Trump has arguably had more impact on manufacturing strategy than any US president in a very long time; and that is even before he has taken office. During his election campaign he lambasted US vehicle-makers, especially Ford, for building cars in Mexico, threatening to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to impose “a big border tax” on Mexican-made vehicles being sold in the US. At the time, he was dismissed as not understanding the industry and the car companies continued expanding in Mexico. Although there was parallel investment in the US, this did not detract from the Trump narrative that American jobs were being lost to Mexico…

  • Out now: ATS 2017

    January 5, 2017

    Putting together this first ATS supplement, we heard from key players among the automotive tier supplier market about shifting customer preference, greater connectivity and the drive to innovate…

  • Toyota announces reshuffle in America

    December 22, 2016

    US – Effective from January 3, 2017, the appointments are part of a move toward regional autonomy and self-reliance, incorporating the ‘One Toyota’ strategy. The location of business affiliates and senior personnel at a single site is aimed at improving decision-making, sharing best practices and maximising human resources…

  • GKN to expand in North Carolina

    December 21, 2016

    US – The driveline supplier announced an expenditure of $179m over the next five years to grow its manufacturing facilities in Alamance, Catawba, Lee and Person. The investment will support increasing demand for its all-wheel-drive (AWD) and eDrive products among North American vehicle-makers…