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PSA-FCA merger: Sergio Marchionne gets his wish, posthumously

2019-11-13T14:36:00+00:00By Ian Henry

As CEO of FCA, Sergio Marchionne tried and tried to find a mega-merger partner for the group. Less less than two years after his death, a likely candidate has emerged…

Electric fusion

FCA–PSA fusion: first of the electric shock waves?

2019-11-04T05:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

The merger attempt by FCA and PSA will be complicated but makes economic and operational sense, including for manufacturing efficiency. Whether or not it goes ahead, more consolidation is likely as the automotive industry gears up for electrification

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Weighing up the long-term future for Rüsselsheim

2019-10-18T16:25:00+01:00By Ian Henry

Opel management believe the Rüsselsheim plant is secure for the next decade but, with compact cars sales in decline and competition fierce, Ian Henry believes serious questions remain

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PSA and Toyota make the Czech list – AMS Podcast Episode 05 (Pt 01)

2019-08-06T11:25:00+01:00

The AMS Podcast returns with a three-part bumper episode. The team discuss the TPCA joint venture facility in the Czech Republic. Episode sponsored by SSAB

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Opel to build new Astra in two Europe plants

2019-06-27T16:24:00+01:00By AMS

Italy - The new Opel Astra will be built in Germany and potentially the UK, depending on the outcome of Brexit

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PSA's Poissy plant to add model

2019-03-04T16:30:00+00:00By AMS

France - Groupe PSA has revealed that it will start making the new Opel/Vauxhall B-SUV at its Poissy plant, which is located about an hour north west of the French capital Paris. As a result, the facility will become the first to assemble a vehicle based on the company’s common ...

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PSA juggles engines and motors

2019-01-23T12:01:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Engine manufacturing facilities around the world are changing. Pressure from governments and changes to legislation are pushing carmakers to develop new internal combustion engines (ICEs), the production of which often requires new assembly lines and equipment.

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Ford and VW confirm their alliance; and raise questions …

2019-01-18T12:13:00+00:00By Ian Henry

After months of rumours and speculation, Ford and Volkswagen have announced an alliance which would begin with the co-development and production of vans and pick-ups; it offers the prospect of wider forms of co-operation, in other segments, electric technology and support services. This is the latest move in the continuous ...

Peugeot 2008 milestone

Peugeot 2008 hits production milestone

2019-01-14T12:57:59+00:00By AMS

France - The one-millionth Peugeot 2008 rolled off production lines at the company's Mulhouse plant in eastern France. Launched back in 2013, the SUV is now one of the most popular vehicles in Peugeot's portfolio.

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Cobo is new production VP at Opel

2018-12-17T16:01:02+00:00By AMS

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New year, new arrangements

2018-12-10T16:41:00+00:00By Ian Henry

As 2018 draws to a close, the pace of change in vehicle manufacturing is accelerating. The move to EVs is gaining speed while the companies themselves continue to realign and optimise their manufacturing footprints.

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Groupe PSA opens powertrain plant

2018-12-05T10:54:09+00:00By AMS

India - Groupe PSA has recently inaugurated a new plant in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. Costing around US$85m, it is being used to house the production of powertrain components for both the global and domestic automotive market.

PPG Ferrari

Cool paint for hot cars

2018-11-27T17:18:00+00:00By Nick Holt

Ferrari is renowned for the high quality paint finish on its supercars. So creating a workable paint formulation that would cure at much lower temperatures without compromising these exacting standard would be a challenge. PPG’s Technical director, William Brunat, discusses the project with Nick Holt

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

Novares Leiria Plant inspection table

Set the controls

2018-11-06T12:19:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Expertise in plastic component manufacturing will be in ever greater demand during the emobility age. In preparation, global supplier Novares has taken on a new form

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Piecing it all together

2018-11-06T11:23:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry identifies six themes from the moves, mergers and makeovers underway in the global automotive tier supply sector

Alpine A110 Dieppe

Alpine scales new heights

2018-10-26T16:19:36+01:00By Nick Gibbs

One of the most interesting plant revivals in the last 12 months has been Renault’s overhaul of its factory in Dieppe, which now builds the A110 sports car. Nick Gibbs reports

Vauxhall Vivaro

Vauxhall builds 250,000th Vivaro

2018-10-19T10:07:26+01:00By AMS

UK - The OEM recently hit the milestone at its Luton plant, where it has been making the second generation Vivaro since 2014.

Novares plastics copy

Novares extends production footprint

2018-10-17T10:54:46+01:00By AMS

Serbia - The supplier has increased the size of its factory in Zrenjanin by a third. It is used to make complex plastics components for the automotive industry, including exterior and interior parts, body trims and engine parts.

Ian Henry

Food for thought in Paris

2018-10-09T17:22:05+01:00By Ian Henry

So many big names were absent from this year’s Paris motor show that the long-term future of these events must soon be called into question. Nissan, Volvo, Opel, Ford and Fiat in particular were notable no-shows. Audi and Skoda had a presence, but the Volkswagen brand was perhaps the biggest ...

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