Automotive Logistics News

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    Coronavirus hits FCA in Europe, but signs of restart for OEMs in China

    2020-02-19T11:59:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has confirmed that it has had to halt production at its Kragujevac plant in Serbia because of a shortage of unnamed components supplied from China, which are thought to be electrical…

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    Coronavirus latest: a message to our audience

    2020-03-11T09:47:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    To all of our automotive audiences, customers and partners globally, the Automotive Logistics team is keen to let you know that we are mindful of the effect that the coronavirus (Covid-19) is having on businesses and individuals, as well as families and friends.

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    Trade barriers threaten automotive sector after Brexit

    2020-02-18T11:35:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    The UK government has confirmed that almost all imports from Europe will be the subject of trade barriers when the UK leaves the EU at the end of this year. All imported goods will need customs declarations and mandatory safety and security certificates..

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    Water woes: how European river transport projects have ground to a halt

    2020-02-10T16:48:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

    In Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland the authorities are embarking on big projects aimed at boosting cargo flows along key rivers. Potentially, this could provide more opportunities for the European finished vehicle logistics industry, but for a number of reasons it is not clear that river transport in the region will become more popular.

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    US rail: tracking in the right direction

    2020-03-04T10:51:00+00:00By Karen McCandless

    Rail transportation offers an efficient, reliable option for the distribution of finished vehicles, and in an age of increased concern over sustainability, it is also relatively environmentally friendly. This helps to explain why it remains a popular mode for moving vehicles, despite drawbacks such as limited flexibility.

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    6 questions in 60 seconds…with Missy Pearlman

    2020-03-02T09:44:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

    Missy Pearlman, group manager, vehicle transportation operations, Toyota Motor North America, talks singing, respect and working in an open environment

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    Seat claims AGV first with Slam

    2020-02-10T16:13:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

    Spanish carmaker Seat says it is the first industrial manufacturer in Europe to use automated guided vehicles (AGVs) with the Slam navigation system outdoors…

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    Mazda changes Californian ports of entry for finished vehicles

    2020-01-28T11:34:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

    Carmaker Mazda is now dividing dispatch of its vehicles from Japan to California between Benicia and Los Angeles ports, instead of sending them all to National City port, San Diego, in the state’s far south…

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    Decline in UK car production a grave concern, says SMMT

    2020-01-31T11:46:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

    On the point of the UK leaving the EU, British car manufacturing was revealed to be at its lowest level since 2010, falling for a third consecutive year to 1.3m units in 2019 (-14.2%), according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Wednesday..

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    Horizon aligns terminal operations in US with Mexico

    2020-01-06T09:40:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    All US vehicle-handling terminals previously operated under the Horizon Terminal Services (HTS) brand has switched to operating as Horizon Auto Logistics (HAL), as the company aligns its business in North America

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    Weighing the cost of the EV revolution

    2020-01-14T13:10:00+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley

    The rise in the number of electric vehicles being transported in Europe is bringing with it some significant challenges for those carriers tasked with volume shipments. They are having to deal with heavier and higher voltage vehicles that need charging on routes that cross countries with differing regulations on load dimensions

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    Running short: US trucking sector battles driver deficit

    2019-12-19T16:39:00+00:00By Andrew Williams

    Car transporters across the US are feeling the effects of a significant shortage of drivers across the finished vehicle logistics sector – and are searching for the best solutions to tackle the continuing difficulties it poses to operations…

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    Autodoc expands European logistics base to meet demand

    2019-12-10T14:32:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

    German online auto part retailer Autodoc has added to its storage capacity in Berlin and Szczecin, with another expansion to come…

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    Room for manoeuvre with Glovis at Philaport

    2019-12-16T18:23:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Glovis America is now operating a new $110m vehicle terminal at the port of Philadelphia on the US east coast, providing much-needed capacity at a time when larger car-carrying vessels are loading and discharging greater volumes

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    Barcelona and Santander ports expand car storage capacity

    2019-11-19T16:00:00+00:00By Barry Cross

    The Spanish ports of Barcelona and Santander have each made recent moves to provide more space for vehicle handling as ports in northern Europe face capacity constraints

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    Brexit uncertainty is death by a thousand cuts for UK car industry

    2019-11-15T14:48:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    At last week’s Regional Forum event, held by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in Luton UK, Helen Foord, head of government relations and public policy at Vauxhall Motors, summed up a sentiment shared across the UK automotive sector as it continues to struggle against the economic and political uncertainty of leaving the EU…


    Agreement on USMCA promises to remove trade uncertainty

    2019-12-11T15:01:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    The US, Mexico and Canada have finalised the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is to replace the existing North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta)…

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    VW pushes the boat out with LNG-fuelled car transport

    2019-11-26T10:13:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

    Volkswagen Group Logistics (VW Logistics) says it will be the first company to use car carriers powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in overseas traffic. The vessels, chartered from Siem Car Carriers, will be deployed in the new year

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    Gefco launches latest digital services in Europe

    2019-10-28T16:44:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Logistics provider Gefco held a meeting in the French capital Paris last week to provide details of its ongoing digital supply chain strategy and the launch of two new services that support the freight and finished vehicle sectors: Chronotruck and Moveecar…

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    European finished vehicle industry not in crisis, says PwC

    2019-10-23T11:03:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

    Despite the fact that real GDP growth in the EU has slowed down from 1.96% in 2018 to 1.11% in 2019, PwC Autofacts’s global lead analyst Christoph Stürmer does not believe the automotive market is in trouble…

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    Car-carrying trains derail in San Diego

    2019-11-19T14:25:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

    Two BNSF trains transporting automobiles have derailed in as many weeks in the centre of San Diego, California

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    Haah announces cloud platform to enhance vehicle sales and distribution

    2019-11-19T16:22:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Haah Automotive Holdings is using a cloud-based platform powered by Oracle Netsuite to manage sales and distribution of Zoyte vehicles and parts in the US

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    Groupe Cat joins Vinturas blockchain platform

    2019-10-21T15:22:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

    Groupe Cat, one of Europe’s biggest finished vehicle services company, has signed up to the Vinturas consortium, which is developing a blockchain-based platform providing digital services to OEMs, fleet owners and dealers.

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    JLR moves into larger VPC in North America

    2019-11-04T15:11:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

    British OEM JLR has relocated to a larger, renovated vehicle processing centre (VPC) in Brunswick, Georgia, to cater for increasing demand for its vehicles…

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    Jack Cooper will emerge from Chapter 11 with more flexible operating model

    2019-09-30T11:12:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Jack Cooper Transport has been working with its stakeholders on a way of getting its business back in line with its balance sheet and its president Alex Meza says that following reorganisation under Chapter 11 proceedings, and with a new owner, the company is best placed to invest for the future

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    US automotive market to struggle against backdrop of global challenges

    2019-09-17T17:37:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Vehicle sales in the US are predicted to slow down from next year, and with a possible recession on the way carmakers and their suppliers could face a difficult few years, delegates heard at last week’s 20th Automotive Logistics Global Detroit conference.

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    Nissan back to normal after IT systems crash in North America

    2019-09-02T09:24:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

    Nissan has restored its communication system in North America after a power outage hit its data centre and took out the NNANet system controlling production, dealer and customer systems for five days

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    Ford to import EcoSport to Canada via Vancouver

    2019-08-21T11:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

    Ford will start importing EcoSports through the Canadian port of Vancouver next month for the first time. The carmaker has previously only used the port of Halifax on the east coast and used rail to distribute the vehicles to rest of the country.