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Volkswagen announces new affordable European EV


Volkswagen Group has announced that it will make all-electric entry-level mobility widespread across Europe, with affordable EVs made in the continent, for the European market.


Weak demand dims electric future


Consumer resistance and trade disputes mean the future may not be so electric after all as vehicle makers express caution on zero emission vehicle targets.

Danny Auerswald to lead VW Saxony, bringing global production expertise

Danny Auerswald to lead VW Saxony, bringing global production expertise


Danny Auerswald, with a track record of excellence in VW production worldwide, steps up to lead VW Saxony, promising innovation in tech and logistics


Ford Otosan manufacturing for an economy in transition


Ford Otosan has upgraded its manufacturing facilities in Turkey to ensure the Transit is ready for an electrified future

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Bentley prepares electric future with groundbreaking for new paintshop


Bentley Motors advances towards electrification with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new paintshop, marking a key milestone in its sustainable luxury journey


VW focuses on Chinese market boosting cost competitiveness and local partnerships


VW seeks to strengthen its position in the Chinese automotive market through achieving cost reductions in production and boosting local partnerships


Volkswagen workers in Tennessee vote to join UAW


The result of the vote was clear, with 2,628 workers casting their support for the union against 985 nays. This victory makes VW’s Chattanooga’s the first foreign-owned car plant in the southern US to unionise through an election since the 1940s, marking it as a monumental win for the UAW.

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Impacts of global geopolitics on European production


From Brexit’s influence on battery production to global conflicts impacting shipping routes and semiconductor supply, these are geopoltical forces shaping manufacturing strategies.

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The changing shape of Europe’s automotive production operations


European vehicle manufacturing is having to adapt to weakening EV demand and increasing competition. 

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Europe: OEMs face multiple challenges ahead


Ian Henry shares his thoughts on the notable challenges facing the European vehicle manufacturing sector.

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Volkswagen shifts ID.3 production amidst wavering demand


Volkswagen’s decision to consolidate ID.3 production from Wolfsburg to Zwickau reflects a shift towards efficiency amid evolving market dynamics, emphasising cost-effectiveness and operational streamlining.

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Challenges looming for US vehicle production


EV production in the US is facing headwinds from both weakening demand and foreign competition.


Antolin expands its production footprint in Asia with a new plant in India


The new plant will produce lighting, HMI systems and electronics for leading automotive manufacturers in the Indian market.


Is cost-cutting the newest trend among OEMs in Europe 2024? Watch this space…


As Renault and VW move towards major and comprehensive cost-cutting projects, with the squeeze of uncertainties and inefficiencies, is this liable to spread?


The state and stipulation of automotive production: Retrospect 2023 to prospect 2024


In 2023, the automotive industry underwent a transformative journey, adapting to trends such as sustainable materials, electric vehicle dominance and digitalisation. But what clues does 2023 provide about the vehicle manufacturing landscape in 2024?

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AMS Winter 2023/24 – BMW’s battery boost


BMW is aiming to achieve ‘expertise in every cell’ of its generation six batteries

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How battery and electric motors and EVs are reshaping the European automotive supply chain


How major automakers adapt to the EV surge, transforming manufacturing and supply chains. Delve into the strategic shifts at Ford, JLR, and Volkswagen, the rise of Chinese suppliers, and the regulatory forces reshaping the automotive landscape. Join us on a concise journey through Europe’s electrifying automotive future

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How Europe’s Big 3 are evolving their manufacturing ecosystems


An in-depth look at the shifts in manufacturing dynamics and strategies as the industry adapts to the era of electric mobility

The introduction of the fourth-generation Škoda Superb involves a production shift from Kvasiny to the Volkswagen brand's facility in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Skoda Superb’s fourth generation hits production milestone at Volkswagen’s Bratislava plant


Skoda’s fourth-gen Superb production is in full swing at the revamped Bratislava plant, a key move in the Beta+ project with Volkswagen Passat. This strategic shift optimizes production capacities, making room for more Octavia units. The upgraded plant now boasts hybrid lines, EV battery facilities, and an eco-friendly paintshop. The diverse powertrains of the Superb, a symbol of Skoda’s legacy since 1934, underscore its commitment to efficiency and synergies within the Volkswagen Group

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New materials drive electric motor development


Original equipment manufacturers need electric motors that are more energy-efficient and power-dense than those currently available

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