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  • Scratching the surface

    April 13, 2017

    All customers want a flawless paint finish to their new car – a uniform, generally glossy appearance without any hint of inconsistency. The main choice that needs to be made is the colour. But some buyers may want even more than that: the ability to add unique, personalised graphics such as their name or an image. If the car in question is an Audi R8 Coupé or Spyder, they now have the option to do so. The vehicle-maker has recently initiated a process at its headquarters plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, which enables such additions…

  • Audi picks plants for new Q models

    April 11, 2017

    Slovakia/Hungary – The vehicle-maker has announced that it will make the Q8 in Bratislava from 2018 and the Q4 in Győr from 2019. From next year, Audi Hungaria will also take responsibility for the Q3 compact SUV, which until then will be produced in Martorell, Spain…

  • TMMK receives $1.33bn for TNGA

    April 10, 2017

    US – The factory in Kentucky will become the first in North America to produce vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), beginning with the 2018 Camry. In addition to modifications relating to TNGA, Toyota says the plant will install new equipment and build a new paintshop to “modernise and streamline” its production…

  • VW’s new workforce scheme, Chattanooga

    April 6, 2017

    US – The Volkswagen Neighbourhood Talent Pipeline has been established in partnership with the Chattanooga 2.0 coalition to familiarise participants with the manufacturing process and prepare them for careers at VW Chattanooga. The programme lasts for five weeks and is free for qualified participants…

  • Ford Changan to make Mondeo Energi

    April 6, 2017

    China – The joint venture will produce the plug-in hybrid from next year, alongside the Mondeo Hybrid which went on sale in November 2016. Ford added that it will introduce a new, fully electric small SUV as part of its “China electrification plan”, which will also see electrified powertrains produced locally by 2020…

  • Nissan opens Tennessee training centre

    March 31, 2017

    US – The 162,000 sq.m facility in Smyrna, a public-private partnership between the OEM and the Tennessee Board of Regents, will train local students and Nissan employees in advanced manufacturing and automotive technology. It will operate as an extension of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Murfreesboro…

  • Mazda’s February production data

    March 29, 2017

    Japan – The OEM’s domestic output decreased by 9.7% year-on-year, with a drop in both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Overseas production in February increased by 21.3% due to higher demand in both segments…

  • New assembly line at MAN Salzgitter

    March 29, 2017

    Germany – From 2018, non-driven axles for MAN and Scania vehicles will be produced on the same line. The project cost €30m ($32m) and has created 200 jobs at the plant…

  • BMW celebrates ten years at Chennai

    March 29, 2017

    India – A decade after launch, the factory is able to produce up to eight car models on two assembly lines, courtesy of sophisticated systems engineering and 500 personnel. The cumulative output has now exceeded 57,000 vehicles…

  • Honda spends $85m at Lincoln

    March 28, 2017

    US – The investment is for the first stage of a multi-phase project aimed at improving vehicle manufacturing flexibility and logistical efficiency as well as preparing for future technologies. The initial phase at the Alabama plant, which will involve expansion in assembly, is due to be completed in 2018…