All South America articles – Page 4

  • Audi Curitiba

    Audi starts South American production


    Brazil – The factory at Curitiba, Paraná state, is not only the newest of 13 sites in the Audi production network but the OEM’s first in South America. The plant is now making the A3 sedan and will soon add the Q3. The A3 sedan 1.4 TFSI Flex is ...

  • Keishi Egawa

    Interview: Keishi Egawa, Mazda


    The OEM’s president and CEO in Mexico explains what its first North American factory means to Mazda Keishi Egawa, president and CEO, MMVO AMS : To what extent has the new Salamanca factory been inspired by Mazda’s plants in Japan, and is the level of production technology just as high? ...

  • Thomas Karig

    Interview: Thomas Karig at VWdM


    The vice-president of corporate affairs tells AMS how the OEM’s manufacturing complex at Puebla is still growing after five decades of production, with the addition of bodyshops for the new Golf and Tiguan Thomas Karig, VP of corporate affairs, VWdM AMS : Which models is Puebla currently ...

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    A magnet for manufacturing


    Low-cost labour and free-trade deals are attracting investment in Mexico by global OEMs and suppliers Vehicle production is booming in Mexico. In 2014, a record 3.22m vehicles were made there, an increase of nearly 10% on 2013. Much of the rising production was in response to strong demand from the ...

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    Nissan's A-team in Mexico


    As the Japanese OEM adds new facilities for Infiniti and Mercedes production at its complex in the north-central state of Aguascalientes , AMS examines the reasons behind the long-standing success of this operation Nissan is close to hitting capacity in Mexico again thanks to the continuing success of its ...

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    Interview: Renault's Mendi Ammad


    The director of Cléon Plant and the OEM's powertrain facilties across Europe discusses his challenge of integrating the R240 electric motor into an already expanding operation – and ramping up production AMS : What is your capacity for the new electric engine plant ? MA: It's 50,000 and we ...

  • Barry Engle, GM

    Engle lands EVP and president role at GM


    South America – The current CEO of Agility Fuel Systems will join the vehicle-maker in September to replace Jaime Ardilla as GM’s executive vice-president (EVP) and president of South America. Ardilla will retire after serving the company for nearly three decades. In his new role, Engle will oversee the OEM’s ...

  • VW Puebla

    Travel blog: Shooting for the stars (and stripes) in Puebla


    If NASA, in this era of budget cuts, should need to find alternative premises, I know a little place down in Mexico that might suit. Not that its current occupant would be eager to vacate, having only started operations there last year. I’m talking about VW and its new bodyshop ...

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    Ford's annual sustainability report


    US – The OEM’s 16 th such publication highlights environmental achievements at its manufacturing facilities plus mobility experiments to tackle transportation challenges and address future trends, in line with the Ford Smart Mobility plan. Ford is targeting a drop of 30% in CO 2 emissions per ...

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    China's big chill


    As the world’s largest CV market cools down, OEMs are finding themselves burdened with excess capacity In this article: Economic slowdown Collaborations Deutz and FAW MAN and Sinotruck Daimler and Beiqi Foton Volvo and Dongfeng Iveco and SAIC Hyundai and Nanjun Auto Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Anhui Hualing Automobile Shaanxi ...

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    Manufacturing technologies for hybrid lightweight


    At the very cutting edge of design, material mixes are becoming ever more prevalent and, in order to stay ahead of the curve, you’ll need to be utilising this technology to its maximum potential.Some of the key benefits of this new materials approach are:Improved ductilityimproved stiffness and increased strengthIncreased reliability ...

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    Ford to build new Mexican plants


    Mexico – The engine facility in Chihuahua will be constructed within the OEM’s existing engine plant at a cost of $1.1 billion and will make a new gasoline unit; a further $200m will expand existing lines for I-4 and diesel engines. The $1.2 billion transmissions plant will be built ...

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    South American sunset?


    Sliding towards recession, Brazil and its neighbours no longer seem like such bright prospects for global vehicle-makers, which have made significant investments in what looked to be a highly promising market Vehicle-makers in South America, and especially Brazil, are having to take evasive action as the once-promising ‘Latin Tigers’ enter ...

  • Nissan NP300

    Daimler and Renault-Nissan co-operation expands


    Germany/Japan – The five-year partnership will extend into the pick-up truck segment, with the development of a one-ton model for Mercedes-Benz. The pick-up will share some architecture with the new Nissan NP300 but be engineered and designed by Daimler, displaying “all of Mercedes-Benz’ distinctive characteristics and features”, say the ...

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    Seeing green


    Every major OEM has laid out bold sustainability targets, but how much concrete progress has been made? Automotive manufacturers have set themselves some ambitious targets regarding their use of renewable energy and how it will affect their emissions output. Honda is aiming to reduce CO 2 emissions by 30% ...

  • Lex Kerssemakers

    Volvo restructures senior management


    Sweden – The OEM has created three new business regions, each led by a senior vice-president (SVP) and member of the executive management team. Each of the three SVPs will have total operational responsibility for his region. Volvo Cars has also established an SVP role for its chief information ...

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    Perfect balance


    With a presence on the sub-continent that stretches back almost three decades, Schenck RoTec India Limited can offer unrivalled expertise in balancing technologies, writes Manish Khanna, Managing Director, Schenck RoTec India In the automotive industry, balancing and diagnosis technology is an opportunity to improve component performance quality. The launch of ...

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    BMW: Global growth


    While the OEM remains strong on home territory, its production is expanding significantly outside Europe In this article: The US: Spartanburg South Africa: Rosslyn China: Shenyang Brazil: Araquari Mexico: San Luis Potosí Russia: Kaliningrad Thailand: Rayong India: Chennai Egypt: Cairo Indonesia: Jakarta Malaysia: Kulim BMW may be a German company, ...

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    Brazil’s new battle


    Re-elected President Rousseff must tackle signs of stagnation in the world’s fourth-largest auto market The next four years of automotive manufacturing in Brazil will be marked by the second presidential term of Dilma Rousseff, winner of the general election in October. Among the greatest challenges facing her will be a ...

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    Investing in India


    While its growth has so far failed to match that of China, global automotive OEMs and suppliers are still eager to strengthen their production footprints in the countrySmall cars & SUV/MPVsFordGMFiat ChryslerVWRenaultBMWMercedesJLRHondaToyotaHyundaiSuppliersThe political uncertainty which has affected India in recent times has resulted in an uncertain environment for the automotive ...