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  • Future EV
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    Greater expectations: brighter days will return for the automotive industry

    2019-09-24T06:00:00Z

    Although automotive OEMs will face years of stagnant vehicle sales, a stronger recovery thereafter will bring growth back up to long run averages and herald a return to stronger profits. By then, however, the industry is likely to have undergone further consolidation.

  • Toyota Sorocaba plant
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    Toyota to invest in Sorocaba plant

    2019-09-19T09:09:00Z

    Brazil - The Toyota plant near Sao Paulo will soon make a new model alongside the Etios and Yaris

  • FCA-Saltillo-Mexico
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    Nafta aftermath

    2019-04-12T16:19:00Z

    A new trade deal era will reconfigure Mexico’s automotive industry relations with the US, Nick Gibbs reports Mexico’s reign as the champion of export-led automotive manufacturing among emerging economies is looking distinctly shaky. Last year, production there fell for the first time since the global financial crisis in 2008, ...

  • 2019 Ford Kuga home charge
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    Ford's future

    2018-09-21T17:38:00Z

    The UK press was rather excited recently when one of the Sunday papers claimed that the Ford Mondeo would be axed. Given that this model is not, and has never been, made in the UK, such concern was perhaps surprising. This was part of a wide-ranging story that Ford was ...

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    Pacific standard

    2018-08-24T11:41:26Z

    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 ...

  • FCA Sergio Marchionne
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    The man who saved Fiat and Chrysler

    2018-08-06T13:48:41Z

    Sergio Marchionne was a remarkable man. He dominated the auto industry’s headlines and news agenda and his passing robs the industry of one of its few star names In an age when be-suited corporate types still bestride many auto sector boardrooms, Marchionne’s casual dress sense (sweater and no tie were ...

  • Nissan Navara Cordoba Argentina
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    Nissan boosts Navara production

    2018-07-31T14:48:41Z

    Argentina - The pick-up is now being built at the Renault plant in Santa Isabel, Cordoba. Nissan has cited rising global demand for the model as justification for the move. "With more than 15 million Nissan pickup owners across 180 countries, trucks are a growing segment across the world and ...

  • Audi production in Brazil
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    A slow return to growth

    2018-07-05T15:56:00Z

    Vehicle-makers in South America are seeing signs of recovery, boosted by growing exports, reports Nick Gibbs

  • Mercedes-Benz do Brazil truck production Atego 2730
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    Mercedes-Benz do Brazil gets new line

    2018-03-29T12:12:00Z

    Brazil - A building has been constructed at the company s plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo to house a new production line for light- and heavy-duty trucks. The project lasted for three years and cost a total of €125m (US$153.83m). According to the OEM, the line is 15% ...

  • ArcelorMittal Technical Shot BIW HotForming
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    Lightweighting with laser-welded blanks

    2018-02-28T15:28:16Z

    The latest generation of steels brings new opportunities for OEMs Laser-welded blanks (LWB) give automotive engineers the chance to design lightweight parts that ensure the right steel is in the right place for safety and performance. Combining LWBs with new hot-stamping grades, such as Usibor 2000 and Ductibor 1000, or ...

  • VW Wolfsburg
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    VW pours €22.8bn into production network

    2017-11-20T16:12:18Z

    Germany – The OEM said the funds will be used to implement its Transform 2025+ strategy, focusing on “the further development of modular production, the continuation of the model offensive and further orientation towards e-mobility”. The investment, equivalent to $27 billion, will be spread over five years to 2022. “The ...

  • VW Pacheco
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    VW invests €560m at Pacheco for new SUV

    2017-11-13T13:38:00Z

    Argentina – The OEM said the plant would undergo “modernisation measures” costing the equivalent of $660m to optimise the production process, enhancing quality and sustainability while enabling it to make the new SUV by 2020. The introduction of the model, based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, will create ...

  • Barry Engle GM
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    Engle to lead new GM region

    2017-10-03T10:35:25Z

    US – The company announced that it will combine its International and South America regions after the retirement of Stefan Jacoby, executive vice-president and president of GM International, at the end of this year. Barry Engle, currently in charge of South America, will assume the leadership of both regions ...

  • Article

    JLR appoints Marchand to Americas role

    2017-09-19T10:47:33Z

    US – As vice-president Government and Industry Relations, Chris Marchand will direct the company’s interactions with governments and industry associations across North, Central and South America. He will take up the role on November 7. Marchand will report to Joe Eberhardt, president and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, and ...

  • Kosai 3
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    Autonomy drive

    2017-09-08T16:04:10Z

    Suzuki has stayed independent of big joint ventures despite becoming increasingly dependent on markets outside Japan In an industry where mergers and collaborations between major players are increasingly common, Suzuki remains something of an outlier. It has largely eschewed wide-ranging, large-scale alliances with other vehicle companies, especially since its joint ...

  • HB_Leah by engine copy
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    Managing complexity

    2017-08-18T17:58:48Z

    AMS spoke to Leah Bruce, Ford’s manufacturing business manager, diesel specialist, to find out more about the OEM’s plans for diesel engine production Where does diesel fit into Ford’s powertrain strategy? Leah Bruce: From a production point of view, diesel is still very much part of Ford’s plans. We ...

  • Lake Orion Body Shop Chevrolet Aveo
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    Zero Downtime

    2017-07-08T13:42:58Z

    GM has ambitious plans to implement a zero down time approach using cloud based computing to connect all of its production robots worldwide Robots are now not just commonplace items of equipment on automotive factory floors they are absolutely vital to the implementation of automated manufacturing strategies that successfully combine ...

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    Joining forces

    2017-06-23T15:16:57Z

    Complex parts, precision fits, no margin for error; it’s no wonder automation is such a vital ingredient of successful powertrain assembly lines Modern lines are faster, safer and more reliable than ever before, thanks in large part to automation. While intensive, dedicated lines designed for high-volume throughput were the preserve ...

  • ATI Robotic Tool Changer and Force-Torque Sensor mounted on the wrist of the robot
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    Joining forces

    2017-06-23T10:25:24Z

    Complex parts, precision fits, no margin for error; it’s no wonder automation is such a vital ingredient of successful powertrain assembly lines Modern lines are faster, safer and more reliable than ever before, thanks in large part to automation. While intensive, dedicated lines designed for high-volume throughput were the preserve ...

  • Gestamp Hot Stamping
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    Gestamp opens seventh plant in Brazil

    2017-04-26T11:30:00Z

    Brazil – The Spanish company has invested €24.9m to set up a new hot stamping plant in Betim (Minas Gerais, Brazil), that will serve Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA), supplying parts for the Fiat Palio and Siena models. The new plant, which will also be equipped with laser cutting and assembly ...