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    Ford announces closure of UK engine plant

    2019-06-10T10:02:00Z

    Ford plans to shut its 1,700-employee engine factory in Bridgend, South Wales, and shift production to Mexico. Declining demand and excess capacity lie behind the decision. “We have seen global demand for the 1.5-litre, three-cylinder [Dragon petrol engine] decline, so we have additional global capacity and ...

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    Trust in Turkey: How exports are carrying the country through its economic crisis

    2019-04-11T12:01:00Z

    Turkey faces some difficult economic headwinds that have already impacted on its automotive industry. But there are still several reasons for optimism, especially the country’s strength as a vehicle export hub with easy access to the European market

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    Hanging in the balance

    2019-01-21T16:55:00Z

    Lower production output, slower growth in export markets and several regulatory and operational issues are threatening to unbalance Poland’s finished vehicle market

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    Ford reviews joint venture with Sollers in Russia

    2019-01-18T17:24:11Z

    Ford may close some or all of the plants it operates in Russia with local carmaker Sollers, according to the Russian government. The statement follows a recent announcement by the carmaker that it would be “addressing underperforming markets” and reducing structural costs in Europe as it aimed to improve ...

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    German automotive body warns on US trade tensions

    2019-01-16T12:54:00Z

    German sector association the VDA has warned that ongoing trade tensions between the US and Europe and, separately, the US and China should not be allowed to derail the mutually beneficial relationship its OEMs currently have with the North American country. The warning coincides with news that VW and Ford ...

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    Mexican car industry calls for action on fuel shortage

    2019-01-16T12:15:00Z

    Mexico’s new federal government has launched a radical strategy to combat the country's long-term problem of fuel theft. However, this has led to fuel shortages in central regions, which have closed gas stations, and is now threatening the transport and logistics supporting the automotive sector. States including Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacan, ...

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    Honda to halt UK production during Brexit

    2019-01-14T17:42:21Z

    Japanese OEM Honda is to suspend production at its British plant for six days in April after the UK leaves the European Union on March 29. The decision follows an assessment of how best to prepare for any logistics and border problems following Brexit. “These contingency provisions have been put ...

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    Storrs replaces Clarke at Ford of Europe

    2019-01-11T10:27:56Z

    Chris Storrs (pictured) has replaced Helen Clarke at Ford of Europe as finished vehicle logistics manager. Clarke, who was in the role for more than six years after taking over from Bert Bong, has moved to a new role in material planning and logistics for the carmaker. She is now ...

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    Ford Otosan and AVL join forces on platooning

    2019-01-08T12:24:41Z

    The commercial vehicle arm of Ford’s joint venture in Turkey, Ford Otosan, has begun developing platooning technology for its trucks with Austrian research company AVL. The first phase of the project is due to be completed by June this year and will see Ford Otosan’s product development team work with ...

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    Dealing with change

    2019-01-03T17:16:00Z

    In recent years, a number of shifts in the industry have begun to affect traditional dealership models, changing the types of relationships that exist between dealers, OEMs and customers. As OEMs move increasingly towards selling more vehicles directly to customers, there are growing indications of significant impacts for traditional ...