All North America articles – Page 9

  • SEAT Algeria Ibiza Leon and Arona

    SEAT starts assembling Arona and Leon


    Algeria - The Spanish OEM has started building the two models in the city of Relizane, Algeria, at a plant owned by the Volkswagen Group and Sovac. It already assembles the Ibiza here, but as SEAT vice president for marketing and sales Wayne Griffiths explained, localising Arona and Leon assembly ...

  • Philip Calhoun named VP of Nissan Canton

    New VP to lead Nissan Canton


    USA – Nissan has announced senior management changes at its Canton, Mississippi facility. Effective 1 st September 2018, Philip Calhoun will take over as vice president Manufacturing at the plant. Calhoun will be based in Canton and report to Heath Holtz, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and ...

  • Volkswagen Rwanda assembly

    VW starts assembly in Kigali


    Rwanda - The OEM has unveiled plans to expand its activities in Africa. As well as launching an app-based car- and ride-sharing scheme, it has started assembling the latest generations of its Polo and Passat models at a facility in Kigali - Rwanda's capital city. "Rwanda has great potential," noted ...

  • Cooper Standard sealing

    Cooper Standard builds rubber facility


    Mexico - The company has started building a new rubber mixing facility in Aguascalientes. The plant represents an investment of US$11m, covers an area of 100,000 sq. ft, and will employ around 100 people when operating at full capacity. "The opening of our new in-house mixing facility in Mexico is ...

  • Manjit Singh Toyota

    Toyota North America appoints CIO


    US - Manjit Singh has become chief information officer and group vice president of information systems at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). He will work alongside Chris Tinto, group vice president of mobility, and Steve Basra, vice president of connected technology, to enhance profitability and develop digital systems. "We are ...

  • Jeff Moore

    Volvo reveals Charleston plant manager


    Jeff Moore US - Jeff Moore has been named vice president, manufacturing, Americas and plant manager for the Volvo Car Charleston plant - the OEM's first car manufacturing facility in the country. He has 33 years of experience in automotive manufacturing operations, having recently served as senior vice president ...

  • Mercedes-Benz six-cylinder engine production at Mannheim

    Mercedes makes 1m heavy-duty engines


    Germany - The company's plants in Mannheim, Germany and Detroit, Michigan have reached a joint milestone, producing 1m engines for heavy-duty vehicles. These have all been based on Daimler's heavy-duty truck engine platform that was introduced back in 2007. "Global Powertrain stands not only for integrated drivetrains, but also for ...

  • Ford Otosan Turkey

    Raising the volume


    Turkey is on Europe’s geographic fringes, but central to its automotive manufacturing network. Ian Henry reports According to the Turkish automotive trade association, OSD, at the end of 2017, Turkey’s automotive manufacturers had a total production capacity of close to 2m vehicles a year, divided c1.4m cars, c400,000 vans and ...

  • Volvo Cars XC60 production

    SPA in the DNA


    Rising global demand for Volvo vehicles and the arrival of models using the SPA platform is having a considerable impact on the company’s Torslanda plant. Michael Nash investigates As they typically employ thousands of people, mass-market vehicle production plants often have a significant influence on local and indeed national economies. ...

  • Bill Ford

    Heavy on the hybrids


    It may have been slow off the mark with electrification, but Ford is now stepping up its efforts through a new global growth strategy In October 2017, Ford’s new CEO Jim Hackett set out a strategy centred on a major cost-cutting exercise worth $10 billion over the next five years, ...

  • Mark Hernandez Navistar

    Navistar appoints manufacturing head


    US - Mark Hernandez has been named senior vice president of global manufacturing at Navistar. He was previously a practice expert in lean production for commercial vehicles at McKinsey and Company, and has also been general manager of the Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) plant in Mount Holly, North Carolina, ...

  • Toyota Blue Springs

    Toyota invests in Blue Springs plant


    US - The OEM is spending US$170m to ready its Blue Springs plant in Mississippi for the introduction of the 12th generation Corolla. The model is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), and will require a "complete replacement of current production lines" at the plant. "We will be ...

  • Mercedes-Benz EQC

    Lofty production plans


    AMS provides a summary of the latest electrification plans outlined by numerous OEMs across the world Barely a day goes by without a carmaker announcing the launch of a new electrified vehicle, or outlining projections for growth in the battery electric vehicle (BEV), hybrid or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle ...

  • The new Nissan LEAF

    Turning over a new Leaf


    At Nissan's Smyrna plant, assembly stations are being employed that can meet the particular demands that the Leaf's new version poses while doubling up to also serve ICE vehicles lines Until the early 1980s the US State of Tennessee simply did not register on any atlas recording places in the ...

  • Renault Valladolid AMS janfeb2017

    Alliance appoints new production team


    France - The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has outlined a new employee structure for executives and senior members in the hope of saving money and readying the business for growth. It has also appointed a new team that will oversee manufacturing, production engineering and supply chain management. Starting on 1 April 2018, ...

  • Constellium aluminium automotive

    EV trend boosts aluminium demand


    Constellium has opened a new facility in Mexico to serve the automotive industry, and predicts strong growth on the horizon. Michael Nash reports Aluminium supplier Constellium has opened up a new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico The rise of electrification is having a huge impact on vehicle manufacturers ...

  • New UK-built Honda Civic unveiled and all set for export success

    More to follow


    With Honda reporting record volume figures for the full calendar year 2017, Ian Henry takes a region-by-region look at how the company is reacting The third biggest Japanese car company after Toyota and Nissan, Honda has especially strong positions in North America, China and much of Asia outside Japan; it ...

  • 5-Laser cutting provides the highest level of precision for the shape and features of bumper beams. (Constellium White, GA)

    Aluminium allegiance


    Industry analysts are predicting a growth phase for aluminium content in the vehicle material mix. AMS reports on the new grades and applications that underpin this claim

  • Renault Espace - Cockpit of the future by Faurecia

    Faurecia constructs new facility in Missouri


    The Tier 1 supplier Faurecia is building a new production facility in Blue Springs, Missouri. Costing $60m, it will be used to manufacture and assemble both door and instrument panels for vehicles. "Faurecia is proud to open this new site and to provide new opportunities for local job seekers," commented ...

  • Tetsuo Ogawa - Toyota

    Toyota announces executive changes


    Tetsuo Ogawa - Toyota Japan – The moves are part of a revision of the company’s organisational structure which will be implemented next year in a bid to strengthen cooperation between different business divisions and to boost innovation. Appointments at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Toyota Research ...