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Toyota Sorocaba plant

Toyota to invest in Sorocaba plant

2019-09-19T09:09:00+01:00By AMS

Brazil - The Toyota plant near Sao Paulo will soon make a new model alongside the Etios and Yaris


Nafta aftermath

2019-04-12T16:19:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

A new trade deal era will reconfigure Mexico’s automotive industry relations with the US, Nick Gibbs reports

2019 Ford Kuga home charge

Ford's future

2018-09-21T17:38:00+01:00By Ian Henry

The UK press was rather excited recently when one of the Sunday papers claimed that the Ford Mondeo would be axed. Given that this model is not, and has never been, made in the UK, such concern was perhaps surprising. This was part of a wide-ranging story that Ford was ...

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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

FCA Sergio Marchionne

The man who saved Fiat and Chrysler

2018-08-06T13:48:41+01:00By Ian Henry

Sergio Marchionne was a remarkable man. He dominated the auto industry’s headlines and news agenda and his passing robs the industry of one of its few star names

Nissan Navara Cordoba Argentina

Nissan boosts Navara production

2018-07-31T14:48:41+01:00By AMS

Argentina - The pick-up is now being built at the Renault plant in Santa Isabel, Cordoba. Nissan has cited rising global demand for the model as justification for the move.

Audi production in Brazil

A slow return to growth

2018-07-05T15:56:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

Vehicle-makers in South America are seeing signs of recovery, boosted by growing exports, reports Nick Gibbs

Mercedes-Benz do Brazil truck production Atego 2730

Mercedes-Benz do Brazil gets new line

2018-03-29T12:12:00+01:00By AMS

Brazil - A building has been constructed at the company’s plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo to house a new production line for light- and heavy-duty trucks. The project lasted for three years and cost a total of €125m (US$153.83m).

ArcelorMittal Technical Shot BIW HotForming

Lightweighting with laser-welded blanks

2018-02-28T15:28:16+00:00By ArcelorMittal

VW Wolfsburg

VW pours €22.8bn into production network

2017-11-20T16:12:18+00:00By aladmin

Germany – The OEM said the funds will be used to implement its Transform 2025+ strategy, focusing on “the further development of modular production, the continuation of the model offensive and further orientation towards e-mobility”. The investment, equivalent to $27 billion, will be spread over five years to 2022.

VW Pacheco

VW invests €560m at Pacheco for new SUV

2017-11-13T13:38:00+00:00By aladmin

Argentina – The OEM said the plant would undergo “modernisation measures” costing the equivalent of $660m to optimise the production process, enhancing quality and sustainability while enabling it to make the new SUV by 2020. The introduction of the model, based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, will create ...

Barry Engle GM

Engle to lead new GM region

2017-10-03T10:35:25+01:00By aladmin

US – The company announced that it will combine its International and South America regions after the retirement of Stefan Jacoby, executive vice-president and president of GM International, at the end of this year. Barry Engle, currently in charge of South America, will assume the leadership of both regions on ...

JLR appoints Marchand to Americas role

2017-09-19T10:47:33+01:00By aladmin

US – As vice-president Government and Industry Relations, Chris Marchand will direct the company’s interactions with governments and industry associations across North, Central and South America. He will take up the role on November 7.

Kosai 3

Autonomy drive

2017-09-08T16:04:10+01:00By Ian Henry

Suzuki has stayed independent of big joint ventures despite becoming increasingly dependent on markets outside Japan

HB_Leah by engine copy

Managing complexity

2017-08-18T17:58:48+01:00By Nick Holt

AMS spoke to Leah Bruce, Ford’s manufacturing business manager, diesel specialist, to find out more about the OEM’s plans for diesel engine production

Lake Orion Body Shop Chevrolet Aveo

Zero Downtime

2017-07-08T13:42:58+01:00By Mike Farish

GM has ambitious plans to implement a zero down time approach using cloud based computing to connect all of its production robots worldwide

Joining forces

2017-06-23T15:16:57+01:00By luis

Complex parts, precision fits, no margin for error; it’s no wonder automation is such a vital ingredient of successful powertrain assembly lines

ATI Robotic Tool Changer and Force-Torque Sensor mounted on the wrist of the robot

Joining forces

2017-06-23T10:25:24+01:00By ams_Steedwebzell

Complex parts, precision fits, no margin for error; it’s no wonder automation is such a vital ingredient of successful powertrain assembly lines

Gestamp Hot Stamping

Gestamp opens seventh plant in Brazil

2017-04-26T11:30:00+01:00By AMS

Brazil – The Spanish company has invested €24.9m to set up a new hot stamping plant in Betim (Minas Gerais, Brazil), that will serve Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA), supplying parts for the Fiat Palio and Siena models. The new plant, which will also be equipped with laser cutting and assembly ...

BOSCH; Common Rail; Bamberg

Around the block

2017-03-16T11:13:49+00:00By Ian Henry

The mix of in-house and external sourcing that OEMs regularly deploy in vehicle engine production make its supply chain quite distinct from that of all other components along the assembly line