The latest logistics developments at OEMs.



Renault forecasts bigger production losses for 2021

2021-10-26T12:39:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

In its latest results Renault estimates that its vehicle production shortfall thanks to parts shortages for 2021 will reach around 500,000 units, above the 200,000 it previously forecast for the year. However, the company is making efforts to meet is projected operating margin.


BMW aims at zero-emission transport logistics at Munich plant

2021-10-26T10:31:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

To coincide with the start of production of the fully electric BMW i4 at its Munich assembly plant in Germany, the carmaker has also launched a project to completely cut local emissions from the transport logistics used to feed parts into the plant.


Stellantis and LG to form EV battery joint venture in US

2021-10-25T15:42:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Stellantis and LG Energy Solution have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a joint venture plant to produce battery cells and modules for the North American automotive market. The move is part of the carmaker’s aim to make 40% of the cars it sells in the US electric by 2030, in line with the aims of the US government.


GM extends shutdown to deal with batteries and Bolt recalls

2021-10-19T11:41:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

GM has extended the temporary closure of its Orion plant in Michigan while it deals with battery supply issues for Chevy Bolt EV and works on recall repairs


Further cutbacks to Toyota’s global output but recovery is in sight

2021-10-19T08:22:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Toyota is having to make further reductions to planned global production in November because of the shortage in the supply of semiconductors and other Covid restrictions


Greater visibility is a wonderful and challenging thing

2021-10-12T10:40:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

At last week’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global Live conference, leading carmakers discussed how crisis management has realigned the logistics and supply chain function within their organisations, and put it front and centre


Daimler separates business into strategic management of cars and trucks

2021-10-06T12:51:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Daimler is realigning its business, spinning off the commercial vehicle divisions into a new company called Daimler Truck Holding and renaming the car and van business Mercedes-Benz Group


Wolfspeed ahead for GM’s Ultium Drive supply

2021-10-04T14:14:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

GM has signed supplier agreement with US electronic subcomponents supplier Wolfspeed (formerly Cree) to secure the supply of silicon carbide devices that the carmaker said will enable it to install more efficient propulsion systems for its electric vehicles (EVs).


Chinese carmaker GAC begins selling SUVs in Mexico

2021-10-04T08:16:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Guangzhou Automobile Group (Gac) is exporting vehicles from China to Mexico. The SUVs are being shipped under the Dodge brand, which is a division of Stellantis, as part of an established joint venture between the two companies in China


XPeng continues to increase deliveries and launches P5 sedan

2021-09-21T09:56:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

XPeng has delivered almost 46,000 cars in the first eight months of the year, made of the P7 and G3 EVs, and in October will start deliveries of the P5 family sedan EV


Bolt battery fires add to GM’s production problems

2021-09-21T09:45:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Following a spate lithium battery fires affecting the Chevrolet Bolt EV, GM has extended the closure of its Orion assembly plant, which joins a number of other lengthy closures in North America because of semiconductor shortages

Toyota Takaoka plant 2020

​Toyota makes further cuts to output because of Covid and chip shortage

2021-09-13T16:21:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Supply chain disruption as a result of the ongoing global semiconductor shortage continues as the imbalance between chip production and demand is forecast to maintain into 2022.


BMW to cut carbon from Neue Klasse EV lifecycle

2021-09-13T11:20:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

BMW is cutting the emissions generated from the supply of parts and production of its Neue Klasse EV platform in an effort to meet strict sustainability targets by 2030


Semiconductor shortage disrupts production at Ford and Volvo

2021-09-01T08:48:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The shortage in the supply of semiconductors along with ongoing disruption caused by the Covid pandemic is hitting production at Ford and Volvo in the US and Europe this week


Audi recycling packaging to make 3D assembly tools at Neckarsulm

2021-08-31T13:52:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Audi is recycling the plastic packaging used to ship sensitive parts to its Neckarsulm plant in Germany and turning it into 3D-printed tools for assembly operations


GM changes strategy in the scramble for secure battery and chip supply

2021-08-26T16:51:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

GM is looking for supplier partnerships to secure the supply of semiconductors and lithium-ion batteries as the automotive industry battles post-pandemic supply shortages and prepares for its electric future

Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept

Nissan and Envision AESC to build battery plant in Japan - reports

2021-08-10T11:46:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Nissan Motor will reportedly build a lithium-ion battery plant in Japan to support EV production as part of a joint investment project with battery manufacturer Envision AESC.

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Renault to partner with Geely on hybrid vehicles in China and South Korea

2021-08-09T22:21:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Renault has agreed a framework with Geely to share production and supply chains for hybrid vehicles in Asia, including using Geely plants in China and localising Lynk & Co platforms in South Korea.

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DB Cargo to open rail hub to transport Toyota vehicles between the UK and Europe using vegetable oil power

2021-08-09T13:20:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Fleets of Toyota cars will be shipped from a new train depot in Nottinghamshire as the UK’s largest rail freight company initiates a double-pronged push towards sustainability.

Honda Swindon closes

Driving home the reality of global market changes: Honda Swindon factory closure makes way for logistics site

2021-08-03T09:17:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Honda has closed its Swindon, UK plant, as it ends European production. The carmaker is focusing electric vehicle investment and scale in Asia, and is a sign of how electrification could reshape manufacturing footprints.

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