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  • Alpine A110 Dieppe
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    Alpine scales new heights

    2018-10-26T16:19:36Z

    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 reportsThis is the home of Alpine, the revived sporting brand that Renault may or may not expand to become a ...

  • Vauxhall Vivaro
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    Vauxhall builds 250,000th Vivaro

    2018-10-19T10:07:26Z

    UK - The OEM recently hit the milestone at its Luton plant, where it has been making the second generation Vivaro since 2014. "As a British brand since 1903, we are very proud to celebrate this milestone at our Luton manufacturing plant and handover the landmark vehicle to BT Fleet ...

  • Novares plastics copy
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    Novares extends production footprint

    2018-10-17T10:54:46Z

    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. "Zrenjanin site has proven excellent performance and quality records and this extension ...

  • Ian Henry
    Article

    Food for thought in Paris

    2018-10-09T17:22:05Z

    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 ...

  • Luc Chatel - PFA
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    A European focus

    2018-09-13T13:01:00Z

    The third edition of the French automotive forum offered insights into the region’s production footprint and OEM e-mobility strategies. Nick Holt reports The 3rd FEAL Auto forum placed its focus on the Hauts-de-France, seen as a primary region for automotive manufacturing. The event highlighted the strong commitment from both ...

  • Josephine Payne, Plant Manager, Ford Craiova
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    Leading a winning team

    2018-09-12T13:05:34Z

    Nick Holt talks to Ford Craiova’s award-winning engine plant manager, Jo Payne, about the facility’s award-winning engines Jo Payne is no stranger to accolades, having been crowned winner in the manufacturing category of this year’s Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry awards. She also won the award ...

  • TOYOTA Final Assembly
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    Expanding and restructuring

    2018-09-12T12:48:00Z

    As the move to electrified and autonomous vehicles accelerates, Toyota is expanding in both technology areas and restructuring its operations. Ian Henry reports Toyota is making a number of key organisational changes to simplify and rationalise its operations in response to the fast-changing automotive market. As of the end ...

  • Škoda Karoq SUV production
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    Skoda produces 1m SUVs

    2018-08-21T13:01:57Z

    Czech Republic - The OEM has announced that it has made 1m SUVs, suggesting that the milestone reflects its continued success in the segment which began with the launch of the Skoda Yeti back in 2009. "It is a great achievement to have produced 1,000,000 SUVs," said Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda ...

  • Ian Henry
    Article

    PSA – setting a new pace with Opel

    2018-08-20T11:58:41Z

    Having bought the perennial loss-making Opel-Vauxhall operations from GM last year, PSA has lost no time in starting with the turnaround required. And the early signs are that it has already had a notable impact, something which may surprise many, myself included. When the acquisition was announced in early 2017, ...

  • central europe Kecskemet Mercedes
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    Centre of operations

    2018-08-17T09:56:02Z

    Investment in new plants and expansion of existing facilities shows central Europe to be at the heart of vehicle manufacturers’ regional strategies At first glance, vehicle production in central Europe – essentially the former communist bloc countries west of the Russian border – appears to centre on Volkswagen with its ...

  • Ian Henry
    Article

    PSA and Nissan exploring new ground

    2018-07-17T11:29:47Z

    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 ...

  • PSA overview
    Article

    A future European giant?

    2018-07-05T14:25:20Z

    New models and increased market share: Ian Henry reports on PSA’s improving fortunes under Carlos Tavares’ leadership When Carlos Tavares arrived at PSA from Renault in 2014, he set about turning around the loss-making company. His plan, embodied under the strapline ‘Back in the Race’, aimed to restore PSA to ...

  • Ellesmere Port
    Article

    Gaining PACE!

    2018-07-05T14:24:50Z

    Groupe PSA’s acquisition of GM’s loss-making European operations raised a few eyebrows. Ian Henry looks at the plan to turn around the Opel/Vauxhall brands After several months of due diligence, the deal was completed on August 1, 2017. Come early November, a new strategy, PACE!, was announced. Having been making ...

  • PSA Mangualde Plant
    Article

    A little goes a long way

    2018-07-05T14:23:46Z

    Gareth Price visits Groupe PSA's plant at Mangualde, Portugal – a factory with a famous 2CV heritage but a secure LCV future Earlier this year, Groupe PSA announced its plant in Mangualde, northern Portugal, would take on a third shift for its Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo production lines. The ...

  • Groupe PSA van production copy
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    Groupe PSA adds shifts to LCV plants

    2018-06-27T11:40:08Z

    France - The OEM has recently hired a new team of 225 people to work a third shift at its Mangualde plant, and another of 900 for a fourth shift at its Vigo plant. This is part of its plan to strengthen its market share in Europe's van segment (B-LCV), ...

  • Groupe PSA Rennes
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    PSA adds fourth shift to Rennes plant

    2018-06-25T15:23:02Z

    France - Growing demand for the Peugeot 5008, as well as strong sales for SUVs in general, has warranted the creation of a fourth shift at the facility. 350 people will be hired as a result, and will begin working at the plant on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December ...

  • IRAN-MAP_0
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    OEMs face tough choices over Iran

    2018-06-21T10:36:30Z

    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 ...

  • Renault Flins
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    Renault invests in EV production

    2018-06-19T11:11:23Z

    France - The OEM has said it will spend €1 billion (US$1.16 billion) on the development and production of electric vehicles (EVs) in France. This will play an important role in its 'Drive the Future' plan, in which one of the goals is to bring 8 pure electric models and ...

  • Land Rover discovery Solihull
    Article

    JLR opts for EU over UK

    2018-06-13T11:49:05Z

    Uncertainties surrounding Brexit are causing some OEMs to move car production from the UK to Europe. Michael Nash investigates In November 2016, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said that it would make its all-new Discovery in the UK and Slovakia in order to meet soaring demand in the segment. But news ...

  • Groupe PSA Sochaux SUV copy
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    Groupe PSA increases SUV capacity

    2018-05-30T11:23:15Z

    France - The OEM has said that it will bolster the output of its SUVs due to growing demand for several different models. It plans to start making the Peugeot 5008 at its plant in Sochaux once production in Rennes reaches full capacity. Following this, if capacity tops out in ...