Inside the factory

  • Porsche
    Article

    Creating strong bonds

    2019-10-09T09:33:00Z

    While mixed-material vehicle body structures yield impressive weight reduction results, the joining processes present a challenge for OEMs. How do they fix the myriad materials but still maintain the requisite properties and structural integrity?

  • VW Kaluga a
    Article

    Russia’s powerhouse

    2019-10-04T13:08:00Z

    Volkswagen has recorded notable growth in Russia over the last few years, but management are being careful not to get excited. Michael Nash gets the inside view

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    Article

    Design by data

    2019-10-02T13:47:00Z

    Mike Farish looks at two examples of how increasingly sophisticated data management is transforming manufacturing outcomes

  • CEE production map AMS 2019
    Analysis

    Mapping out an eastward shift

    2019-09-18T12:50:00Z

    After many decades of vehicle production, the heartlands of European automotive manufacturing are undergoing a shift eastward. Highlighting the investments, innovations and impact, Ian Henry looks at a group of nations in a region that’s ramping up…

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    Article

    New horizons

    2019-09-18T10:41:00Z

    With a healthy automotive supply chain and financial incentives on offer, Slovakia was an attractive prospect for JLR to expand its production facility network, as Nick Gibbs reports 

  • Ford pickups
    Article

    Big vehicles, big profits

    2019-09-16T14:27:00Z

    Pickup trucks and SUVs drive profits and investment in US automotive production as cars are cut from model line-ups. Nick Gibbs reports

  • FCA Ram line US
    Article

    Staying on track

    2019-09-08T09:02:00Z

    FCA’s restructuring has proved successful and the Jeep brand continues to prosper with new models on the way, but there are still challenges to overcome. Ian Henry reports

  • BMW engine assembly training
    Article

    Quick learners

    2019-08-22T16:00:00Z

    From training, quality and work station design, OEMs are seeing a host of applications that can benefit from virtual and augmented reality technology

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    Podcast

    PSA and Toyota make the Czech list – AMS Podcast Episode 05 (Pt 01)

    2019-08-06T11:25:00Z

    The AMS Podcast returns with a three-part bumper episode. The team discuss the TPCA joint venture facility in the Czech Republic. Episode sponsored by SSAB

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    Article

    Canada feels the chill

    2019-07-22T13:43:00Z

    Trading challenges and dwindling investment is putting Canada’s automotive manufacturers under pressure. Nick Gibbs reports

  • Aston Martin DBX built at St Athan
    Article

    Made in Wales

    2019-07-22T12:12:00Z

    Nick Gibbs reports on the opening of Aston Martin’s SUV plant in South Wales, all set to build the new DBX

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    Article

    Powering up

    2019-07-09T11:25:00Z

    Key to the performance of an electric vehicle (EV) is its battery technology. Mike Farish looks at some of the latest developments to improve energy storage 

  • BMW 7 Series final inspection Dingolfing
    Article

    A blaze in Bavaria

    2019-07-09T10:58:00Z

    The foundations have been laid at BMW’s Dingolfing plant to make more electrified models and components, but more is yet to come. Michael Nash reports

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    Article

    The future on two-wheels

    2019-06-25T09:12:00Z

    The two-wheel sector is mirroring the car market with a host of new manufacturers challenging the established OEMs and launching a new generation of electric motorcycles and scooters. Nick Holt reports

  • Skoda Vision iV electric
    Article

    Vision of the future

    2019-06-10T10:41:00Z

    Skoda is set to make the leap into electro-mobility this year with the launch of the plug-in hybrid Superb and the all-electric version of the Citigo small car. Report by Nick Gibbs

  • 2019 Ford Kuga home charge
    Article

    Ford’s new electric offering

    2019-05-28T13:49:00Z

    Ford has recently announced it will bring 16 electrified vehicles to market in Europe over the next few years. Michael Nash provides a rundown of the first batch to be introduced

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    Article

    Keeping in focus

    2019-05-20T14:29:00Z

    Ford has invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Nick Holt visited the plant to get a look at the upgrades to the production process

  • Ford Chicago Assembly plant
    Article

    Hitting the reset button

    2019-04-29T16:01:00Z

    Given the scale and scope of its current restructuring programme, a very different Ford will eventually emerge. Ian Henry looks into the changes being made With one part or another of its shrinking global empire subject to significant change in terms of organisation or product focus, ...

  • Two tone cars
    Article

    A two-tone finish

    2019-04-29T13:53:00Z

    Bi-colour coats and enhanced quality assurance are high on the agenda in the paintshop at SEAT’s Martorell factory. Michael Nash gets an inside look

  • The 2019 Acura RDX making its way through the assembly line at the East Liberty Auto Plant
    Article

    At Liberty to explore

    2019-04-29T12:06:00Z

    Honda has a big presence in the North American market, a key part of its recent strategy has been to build big cars to meet consumer demand. Michael Nash visits the company’s East Liberty facility in Ohio