Where it all comes together


Uusikaupunki, Valmet Automotive

Valmet expands production at Uusikaupunki

2019-07-12T11:42:00+01:00By AMS

Finland - A new production line is being installed to speed up production and increase flexibility

EvoBus Daimler Mannheim

Solar flair

2019-07-09T11:32:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Sven Schulz, CEO of battery systems supplier Akasol, speaks to Gareth Price about the company’s involvement with Daimler’s next generation electrified bus

BMW 7 Series final inspection Dingolfing

A blaze in Bavaria

2019-07-09T10:58:00+01:00By Michael Nash

The foundations have been laid at BMW’s Dingolfing plant to make more electrified models and components, but more is yet to come. Michael Nash reports

Mercedes GLC Bremen

Mercedes starts GLC production at Bremen

2019-07-04T16:15:00+01:00By AMS

Germany - The latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz GLC is now being made at the company’s Bremen plant

Mercedes-Benz Cars MoU Egypt assembly

Mercedes to assemble cars in Egypt

2019-06-25T10:38:00+01:00By AMS

Egypt - Mercedes-Benz Cars is looking to strengthen its position in Egypt by starting local assembly and establishing a training centre

Shenyang battery

Cutting battery production costs

2019-06-20T13:46:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Automation and economies of scale could see a reduction in battery production costs. Michael Nash takes a look

GM Flint Assembly Chevrolet Silverado

GM hedges bets on pick-ups

2019-06-13T09:40:00+01:00By AMS

GM has made two recent investments in order to boost production of its best-selling pick-up trucks in the US

Aston Martin DBX St Athan 11

Aston Martin St Athan

2019-06-12T14:13:00+01:00By AMS

Production has started at Aston Martin’s second UK manufacturing plant. Located in St Athan, Wales, it is the company’s sole production facility for the DBX - Aston Martin’s first SUV. 

EV batteries

Gaining momentum

2019-06-10T10:58:00+01:00By Ian Henry

Vehicle makers and tier suppliers are embarking on huge changes to their production operations and range line-ups to supply electrified vehicles. Ian Henry looks at who’s charging ahead and who’s falling flat

Skoda Vision iV electric

Vision of the future

2019-06-10T10:41:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

Skoda is set to make the leap into electro-mobility this year with the launch of the plug-in hybrid Superb and the all-electric version of the Citigo small car. Report by Nick Gibbs

GM Fort Wayne plant

GM upgrades Fort Wayne plant

2019-05-31T13:58:00+01:00By AMS

General Motors is spending a significant amount to increase production of two new pick-ups

TPCA bodyshop 4

TPCA at Kolin, Czech Republic

2019-05-22T13:10:00+01:00By AMS

Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile (TPCA) is a joint venture of Toyota and PSA currently assembles the platform-sharing A-segment cars - Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1. In 2019, a total of 199,000 vehicles were produced at the plant located at Kolin in central Czech Republic. Last year, it was ...

Ford Chicago Assembly plant

Hitting the reset button

2019-04-29T16:01:00+01:00By Ian Henry

Given the scale and scope of its current restructuring programme, a very different Ford will eventually emerge. Ian Henry looks into the changes being made

The 2019 Acura RDX making its way through the assembly line at the East Liberty Auto Plant

At Liberty to explore

2019-04-29T12:06:00+01:00By Michael Nash, By Michael Nash

Honda has a big presence in the North American market, a key part of its recent strategy has been to build big cars to meet consumer demand. Michael Nash visits the company’s East Liberty facility in Ohio

Nextsense GapMeasurement

No room for error

2019-04-25T12:08:00+01:00By Sponsored by Nextsense

Monitoring the complex geometrics of the car body exterior in early development stages can raise the quality and avoid misalignment. Nextsense’s Calipri range is helping to fill the gaps


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


US plants – stick or twist?

2019-04-10T13:42:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Several carmakers have recently outlined plans to alter their production activities in the US. Some announcements have been positive, with large investments being made to build new facilities as well as upgrade existing ones. Others have detailed plant closures.

BMW scooter

Look to the future, it’s only just begun – AMS Podcast Episode 03


With absolutely no apologies for quoting Slade, AMS Editor Nick Holt and AMS Deputy Editor Gareth Price see this Christmas as the ideal time to look back at a selection of topics featured in AMS magazine during 2018.


FFC/FPC connectors

2019-03-22T08:30:00+00:00By AMS

Two FFC/FPC connectors designed for the growing information market needs of automakers are now available from Molex. The Easy-On FFC/FPC connectors are offered in 0.5mm pitch and 1.0mm pitch forms and both feature a double-bottom contact terminal design that removes dust and contaminants from the connection, claims the company.

Ford autonomous vehicle

Ford invests in EV and AV production

2019-03-21T11:18:00+00:00By AMS

US - Ford has said it will spend US$900m on its facilities in Michigan in order to ready for the production of both electric and autonomous vehicles. This is the latest in a string of investments that the OEM has recently announced it will make in US plants.