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Dongfeng Maxion to build wheel plant

2019-03-13T12:00:00+00:00By AMS

China - Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group has formed a new joint venture company with Maxion Wheels - a division of the Brazilian wheel and structural component manufacturer Iochpe Maxion. The new company is called Dongfeng Maxion Wheels, and will look to serve the global market.

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Augmented assistance

2019-03-04T11:36:00+00:00By Michael Nash

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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 ...

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Is Korea set to become a low-cost country?

2019-02-11T15:14:00+00:00By Ian Henry

In what may be a portentous move for the industry, Hyundai has chosen to try to revive its domestic fortunes by opening the first new car factory to be built in Korea for over 20 years; what is intriguing about this move is that the workers in this plant will ...

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Hyundai/Kia test wearables

2018-10-25T16:57:25+01:00By AMS

South Korea - The companies have recently demonstrated the use of the Hyundai chairless exoskeleton (H-CEX), and now plans on testing the Hyundai vest exoskeleton (H-VEX) technology. These could then be used at plants across North America before the end of 2018.

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Out now: North America 2018

2018-08-24T16:24:26+01:00By Gareth Price

When it comes to America and automotive manufacturing, some things are impossible to ignore. Foremost among them are: The Big Three, the light truck segment and Trump. In our latest global region supplement, we bring you the full set.

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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

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Transatlantic ventures

2018-08-24T11:22:20+01:00By Ian Henry

Volvo is the latest European marque to take up a North American manufacturing base. As Ian Henry reports, it joins Germany’s giants in exploring the benefits while coping with the complexities…

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Centre of operations

2018-08-17T09:56:02+01:00By Ian Henry

Investment in new plants and expansion of existing facilities shows central Europe to be at the heart of vehicle manufacturers’ regional strategies

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OEMs face tough choices over Iran

2018-06-21T10:36:30+01:00By Ian Henry

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 ...

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Travel blog: China’s mountainous technology challenge

2018-06-14T17:12:01+01:00By Michael Nash

The 2018 Global Automotive Forum brought together government officials, senior executives, academic experts and journalists from all over the world in order to discuss China’s automotive industry. Key themes included technological innovation in the fields of autonomous driving, new energy vehicles and connectivity. There were also several debates centred on ...

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Hyundai starts making new Santa Fe

2018-06-11T15:42:45+01:00By AMS

US - Production of the 2019 Santa Fe has started at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA). The OEM expects to make over 84,000 units of the model before year end as demand for SUVs continues to rise.

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Hyundai builds new engine plant

2018-05-30T09:58:28+01:00By AMS

US - The OEM is spending US$388m on a new factory in Alabama that will house the production of engine heads for its next-generation engine. It will also use some of the cash to prepare an existing engine plant, adding new technologies and components in the assembly process.

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Raising the volume

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

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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

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Lofty production plans

2018-04-26T15:36:07+01:00By Ian Henry

AMS provides a summary of the latest electrification plans outlined by numerous OEMs across the world

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HBPO breaks ground on Vaihingen plant

2018-04-09T12:18:11+01:00By AMS

Germany - The company, which designs and assembles front-end modules for a long list of OEMs, has started building a new plant near Stuttgart. Initial production is expected to start in autumn 2018.

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Datsun production starts in Pakistan

2018-03-29T10:10:31+01:00By AMS

Pakistan - The OEM has secured a manufacturing and licensing agreement with Ghandhara Nissan, which is owned by Bibojee Services Limited (BSL), to make Datsun models in the country. The cars will be built at Ghandhara's plant in Port Qasim, Karachi.

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A race for third place

2018-03-02T12:24:48+00:00By Nick Gibbs

India’s vehicle sales are booming to the benefit of a handful of established manufacturers, but it’s still a tricky market for those on the sidelines