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  • Valmet to make next-gen Mercedes

    March 22, 2017

    Finland – The manufacturing contract is described as being comparable in duration and extent to existing deals for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and GLC SUV. The manufacturing engineering project for compact cars will begin immediately…

  • Nissan changes North America team

    March 21, 2017

    US – The appointments, effective from April 1, range across production and engineering; R&D; customer satisfaction; marketing and sales; communications; and legal matters. Most of the roles relate to Nissan’s Franklin site, Tennessee…

  • Toyota invests £240m at Burnaston

    March 16, 2017

    UK – Work will begin this year to upgrade the Derbyshire plant with new equipment, technology and systems to produce vehicles based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. The overall investment, equivalent to $296.7m, will be supported by £21.3m from the UK Government for training, R&D, and improvements to Burnaston’s environmental performance…

  • Schuler press for Borgward Beijing-Miyun

    March 15, 2017

    China – The German car brand will be able to increase capacity when the five-station servo press line goes into operation from August 2018. The equipment will produce body panels for the BX7, BX5 and BX6 models…

  • Mazda boosts engineering team

    March 13, 2017

    Japan – The OEM released its graduate recruitment plan for fiscal year ending (FYE) March 2019, showing that it will offer 220 engineering positions on home territory, plus 45 administrative roles. This is an increase on the number of new employees estimated for FYE March 2019 (205 and 40 respectively)…

  • Mazda Hofu to make new CX-5

    March 13, 2017

    Japan – The plant in Yamaguchi prefecture will start producing the vehicle in November, joining the Ujina factory in Hiroshima where it is already manufactured. Mazda says the production launch is in response to growing worldwide demand for SUVs…

  • VW and Tata initiate strategic alliance

    March 10, 2017

    Germany/India – The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will form the basis of long-term cooperation in specific areas, with the overall objective of jointly developing components and potentially also vehicle concepts. The project will be led by the VW Group’s Skoda brand…

  • Vojvodich joins Ford board

    March 10, 2017

    US – Taking up the role on April 1, Lynn Vojvodich will sit on the Nominating and Governance, Sustainability and Innovation and Audit Committees. Last month, Vojvodich completed her tenure with software company Salesforce, where she had served as executive vice-president and chief marketing officer since 2013…

  • Detroit Electric enters Far East JV

    March 9, 2017

    UK – The deal with Far East Smarter Energy Group of China has helped to secure investment of $1.8 billion for the development and manufacture of electric vehicles (EVs) over three years. Detroit Electric’s European operations will receive $370m during the next four years, enabling it to complete the homologation phase for its SP:01 sports car and to start volume production at Leamington Spa…

  • GM and Honda pick Fuel Cell team

    March 7, 2017

    US – Suheb Haq of GM will become the first president of the newly created Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (FCSM) while Tomomi Kosaka of Honda will serve as its vice-president. The board of directors will comprise three executives from each company and will include a rotating chairperson…