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Honda NSX Marysville Ohio

Acura Marysville, Ohio

2019-08-01T09:40:00+01:00By AMS

An inside look at production of the second-generation Acura NSX in Marysville, Ohio

VW e-golf

E for Electrified – AMS Podcast Episode 02


We focus on emobility for this episode as Gareth Price sheds light on Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory. The unconventional facility in Dresden repurposed to assemble the eGolf is also a showcase for VW’s e-mobility philosophy.

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Tariffs: controversy reigns with Trump and Brexit adding to confusion

2019-03-20T13:21:00+00:00By Ian Henry

In President Trump somewhat simplistic analysis, trade wars fought through the medium of tariffs are easy to win. Angered, apparently, by seeing too many Mercedes and BMWs on Fifth Avenue, Trump has threatened to invoke section 232 of the 1962 US Trade Expansion Act, raising tariffs from their current 2.5% ...

Honda Swindon Civic

Honda closure deals blow to UK

2019-02-19T13:06:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Honda has announced plans to close its Swindon plant at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle in 2021. The statement, which was published on the company’s website, refers to the changing nature of the global auto industry and Honda’s “commitment to electrified cars” as the main reasons behind ...

Mazda Thailand

Asia’s other powerhouse

2019-01-04T15:58:00+00:00By Ian Henry

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

FAW Changchung

Unease in the East

2018-11-21T14:15:00+00:00By Nick Gibbs

Falling sales, electrification and mega mergers: Nick Gibbs provides an overview of the current automotive industry trends in China

Gestamp Hot Stamping

Gestamp opens two new facilities

2018-10-29T10:52:17+00:00By AMS

Spain - The company has opened a new plant in Matsusaka - it's first in Japan. Costing around €40m (US$46m), the facility will be used to make body-in-white components using hot stamping, and will initially supply Honda.

HMMA Elantra line

Southern hospitality

2018-08-24T12:29:47+01:00By Gareth Price

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Pacific standard

2018-08-24T11:41:26+01:00By Ian Henry

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

Michael Nash GAF presentation copy

Travel blog: The American dream

2018-07-31T10:53:42+01:00By Michael Nash

Ian Henry

PSA and Nissan exploring new ground

2018-07-17T11:29:47+01:00By Ian Henry

An interesting news report caught my eye recently; the article suggested that PSA – whose Chinese plants are operating well below capacity – will lease one of its factories in China to Nissan later this summer. The report suggested that the factory and its workforce will move to Nissan in ...

VW Workshop e-mobility

VW invests in solid state batteries

2018-06-21T11:00:57+01:00By AMS

Germany - The OEM has started a new joint venture with QuantumScape - a start-up based in San José, California, that holds around 200 patents and patent applications for solid state battery technology. VW has promised to invest US$100m in the Stanford spin-off, and the two companies will now work ...

Land Rover discovery Solihull

JLR opts for EU over UK

2018-06-13T11:49:05+01:00By Michael Nash

Uncertainties surrounding Brexit are causing some OEMs to move car production from the UK to Europe. Michael Nash investigates

Ford Otosan Turkey

Raising the volume

2018-05-25T10:31:31+01:00By Ian Henry

Artist rendering of the FC stack production building within the Honsha Plant premises

Toyota to build fuel cell facilities

2018-05-24T12:27:42+01:00By AMS

Japan - The OEM has revealed plans to construct a new building next to its Honsha Plant in Toyota City for the production of fuel cell stacks. Work on the exterior has already been completed, with the facility covering an area of 70,000 sq.m, and work on the interior is ...

2019 Honda RDX Line Off

Acura RDX production starts in Ohio

2018-05-17T16:58:37+01:00By AMS

US - Honda is now making the all-new 2019 Acura RDX SUV at its East Liberty Auto Plant. This follows on from a US$54m investment in new technologies and processes at the facility, including a multi-layer paint system, a roller hemming process used specifically for the model's ultra-wide panoramic roof, ...

Honda Insight production in Indiana copy

Honda invests in Indiana and Ohio

2018-05-15T10:44:44+01:00By AMS

US - The OEM is spending US$61.5m to ready its Indiana and Ohio plants for the production of electrified vehicles. This follows after the company outlined its goal of ensuring two-thirds of its total vehicle sales would be electrified by 2030.

Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL; X253; 2017

Closer to commercialisation

2018-05-10T15:31:17+01:00By Lem Bingley

Fuel-cell electric vehicles have lagged behind other EVs, but upcoming models could help that to change

Toyota RAV4 production copy

Toyota invests in Canada plants

2018-05-09T10:02:18+01:00By AMS

Canada - The Japanese OEM has said it will spend C$1.4 billion (US$1.08 billion) to upgrade its three assembly plants in Woodstock and Cambridge, Ontario, in order to prepare for the production of new models that are based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). These include the all-new 2019 ...

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

More to follow

2018-03-07T15:43:25+00:00By Ian Henry

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