• The MX-30 EV is equipped with e-Skyactiv – Mazda’s new electric drive technology

    Mazda starts production of the MX-30 EV


    The company’s first all-electric vehicle, the MX-30 EV, has started production at Ujina plant No.1 in Hiroshima, Japan

  • Mazda Thailand

    Asia’s other powerhouse


    Already a dynamic and rapidly growing manufacturing hub, South-East Asia’s automotive industry is finding further opportunity in the growth of battery and hybrid vehicle production Two nations dominate South-East Asia vehicle production, namely Thailand (approximately 2m units per annum (upa)) and Indonesia (c1.1m upa). There is one mid-sized ...

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    Eisenmann to extend truck paint shop


    Mazda Thailand US - The German factory engineering specialist Eisenmann has won a contract to extend the paint shop at a major truck manufacturing facility in the east of the US. Construction starts at the end of 2018 and is due to finish in the summer ...

  • FAW Changchung

    Unease in the East


    Falling sales, electrification and mega mergers: Nick Gibbs provides an overview of the current automotive industry trends in China A fascinating year for China’s automotive industry has seen the world’s largest car market undergo a series of seismic shifts as it moves to a new level of maturity, bringing ...

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    Mazda appoints new R&D VP


    Japan - Hajime Seikaku has been named the new vice president of Mazda's European Research & Development Centre, which is located in Oberursel, Germany. He was previously working at Mazda's vehicle development division in Japan. "Mr. Seikaku brings a wealth of vehicle development expertise and knows the requirements and preferences ...

  • TOYOTA Final Assembly

    Expanding and restructuring


    As the move to electrified and autonomous vehicles accelerates, Toyota is expanding in both technology areas and restructuring its operations. Ian Henry reports Toyota is making a number of key organisational changes to simplify and rationalise its operations in response to the fast-changing automotive market. As of the end ...

  • HMMA Elantra line

    Southern hospitality


    Gareth Price visits Hyundai’s major manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Alabama, as it welcomes the return of an SUV to its production lines Back in 2005, Hyundai’s plans to open its first US manufacturing facility came to fruition and the $1.7 billion automotive assembly and manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Alabama, was ...

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    Pacific standard


    Responding to the boom in SUV and crossover markets, the OEMs of Japan and Korea continue to invest in manufacturing operations across their long-established North American networks. Ian Henry reports Cross-border Corolla After a period of not investing in North America, Toyota is once again expanding in the region. It ...

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    OEMs face tough choices over Iran


    When Iran reached agreement with the global community in 2015 regarding denuclearisation, resulting in the lifting of sanctions in early 2016, almost immediately Renault and PSA announced their return to the country. Prior to Iran being ostracised, both companies had been active there via joint venture (JV) manufacturing operations, mostly ...

  • Mazda Ujina

    Mazda hits 50m production milestone


    Japan - The company has recently announced that it has made over 50m units in the country, 86 years after it produced its first three-wheeled truck in October 1931. "Even making 1m cars a year, it would take 50 years to reach this milestone, showing just how long Mazda’s history ...

  • Toyota Panasonic

    A bigger bet on BEVs


    Most famous for its hybrids, especially the Prius, Toyota is now widening its focus to battery-electric vehicles Until relatively recently, Toyota positioned battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as a niche solution for short-range urban mobility. This stance led directly to the launch of models like the i-Road, an ultra-compact electric commuter ...

  • 2018 Ford Explorer copy

    Changan Ford to make next-gen Explorer


    China - At the 2018 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, Ford showcased several new models and claimed that it was starting its "biggest new vehicle launch ever" in the country. This follows soon after the company said it would launch 50 new vehicles by 2025. Part of the plan includes the ...

  • Toyota Mazda JV

    Mazda Toyota establish production JV


    US - The two companies have announced that they are establishing a new joint venture (JV) company called Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, USA (MTMUS). The news comes less than a year after they signed an agreement to enter a business and capital alliance, and follows on from a decision to build ...

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    Toyota-Mazda JV opts for Alabama site


    US – Toyota and Mazda have chosen Alabama for a new $1.6bn plant they will run together, which will make 300,000 vehicles a year. The investment will be split evenly between the two OEMs. The plant in Huntsville, where Toyota already has a large engine plant, will benefit from an ...

  • Lada Priora production line

    Russian resolution


    Russia’s automotive industry is cautiously expressing confidence again after the car market there emerges from a three-year slump Sales have increased in Russia every month for the last eight as the country adapts to its new economic normal of low oil prices and continued European economic sanctions; the two biggest ...

  • Francisco J Riberas

    New stamping ground


    Gestamp chairman and CEO Francisco Riberas tells AMS about the growth in outsourcing of press shop operations Spanish metal parts supplier Gestamp has grown to the point it is now the go-to company for European makers wanting to outsource body-in-white and chassis parts, particularly stronger hot-stamped steel parts. It ...

  • Steel coil, Tata Port Talbot

    Still going strong


    As November marks the 40 th anniversary of the original press-hardened steel patent, AMS takes a look at how the technology has evolved and where it is heading next in an era of mixed-material vehicle production The overriding merit of press-hardened steel (PHS) has always been the unique ...

  • Mazda CX-5

    Mazda Hofu starts making new CX-5


    Japan – Plant 2 in Yamaguchi Prefecture has joined Hiroshima Plant and other facilities in China and Malaysia as a producer of the new model. Mazda said this will enable it to “flexibly and rapidly” meet growing global demand for crossovers. At the production launch, Hidenori Kawakami, executive officer and ...

  • Aluminium

    Kobe investigates quality violations


    Metal producer Kobe Steel has admitted delivering aluminium and copper products in the past year which did not meet specifications agreed with customers, leaving Japanese car manufacturers concerned about the impact on their own output. Kobe is conducting internal quality and government-ordered safety checks, but has already stated that affected ...

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    Mazda makes CX-5 at revamped Kulim


    Malaysia – Production of the new model began at the end of August after an investment of 2.3 billion yen ($20.5m) to automate part of the body welding process and install a new paintshop. Mazda said the upgrade has brought its Malaysian operation into line with its “parent factories” at ...