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    Opel opens the doors to Japan

    2020-02-25T09:47:00Z

    German brand Opel is to start exporting vehicles to Japan after a break of more than a decade as part of a wider effort to sell to more markets. The recent return to Russia and planned entry into Columbia and Ecuador are other examples of the ongoing export offensive.

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    BMW Dingolfing developing industry 4.0 technology

    2020-02-24T11:34:00Z

    BMW Group and three partner companies from the Bavarian region of Germany are expanding the use of industry 4.0 innovations in production logistics at the OEM’s Dingolfing plant. The move comes as part of a three-year research project supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy.

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    Supply shortage hits Jaguar I-Pace assembly in Graz

    2020-02-14T17:00:00Z

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been forced to halt production of the I-Pace electric SUV because of “supplier scheduling issues”, thought to be related to battery supply. The I-Pace, which was JLR’s first electric vehicle (EV), is built under contract with Magna Steyr at its plant in Graz, Austria. 

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    Toyota begins exports of Tacoma from Guanajuato

    2020-02-06T13:32:00Z

    Following the start of production at its new $700m Mexican assembly plant in Guanajuato, Toyota has outlined its distribution strategy for the new model-year Tacoma pick-up trucks it is making there. The majority of the output from Guanajuato will be exported to the US on short-sea routes through the ports of Veracruz on the east coast and Lazaro Cardenas on the west. The remaining volume to the US will be shipped via rail through the border town of Laredo in Texas

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    Procurement a priority in Mercedes’ sustainability plan

    2020-02-04T15:28:00Z

    Mercedes-Benz Cars has launched a pilot project to improve transparency on how much CO2 is emitted in the transport of source materials, starting with recycled cobalt. It will extend the company’s existing use of blockchain technology by tracking climate-relevant gases and other material along battery cell manufacturers’ supply chains

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    BMW plans for local assembly in Russia hit a dead end

    2020-02-03T14:28:00Z

    BMW’s plans to invest in a local assembly plant in Kaliningrad, Russia have been shelved following its failure to agree on investment terms with the local authority. Stefan Teuchert, CEO of BMW Group Russia, said  inconsistencies in government policy at the federal level meant it was unable to reach a conclusion. Avtotor will continue to build vehicles from SKD imports under contract

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    Decline in UK car production a grave concern, says SMMT

    2020-01-31T11:46:00Z

    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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    Russia to tie vehicle utilisation fee to local production

    2020-01-24T15:23:00Z

    The Russian government is changing the rules of its utilisation scheme, through which it allocates state aid for the reimbursement of fees paid by carmakers that are intended to cover eventual vehicle recycling charges. Carmakers in the country are divided over whether linking the utilisation scheme to the localisation programme is fair.

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    DRS and STVA UK to support Ford finished vehicle shipments

    2020-01-22T09:38:00Z

    Ford has awarded a contract to Direct Rail Services (DRS) for the transport of finished vehicles from its UK factory in Dagenham to DRS’ rail terminal at Garston, near Liverpool. Services are to begin mid-2020. DRS will work with transport provider STVA UK, now owned by ...

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    Daimler Buses to start 3D printing of spare parts

    2020-01-08T10:35:00Z

    German OEM Daimler Buses enters the new year looking to develop a new business model: directly producing spare parts in-house for customers via 3D printing… 

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    Tesla launches sales of its Chinese-made cars

    2020-01-08T09:50:00Z

    Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has begun selling Model 3 sedans built at its new assembly plant in Shanghai, with plans for expansion. Tesla Model 3 The first cars for the public were handed over to ten customers on January 7 – a week after a ...

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    VW reveals concept for autonomous EV charging robot

    2020-01-07T14:55:00Z

    Volkswagen Group Components (VW Components) is developing an autonomous mobile charging robot for electric vehicles (EV)…

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    FCA and Groupe PSA agree terms of merger

    2019-12-18T14:58:00Z

    Following initial statements made in November, Groupe PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) have signed a 50:50 merger agreement that will create the fourth largest carmaker by volume, based on a current annual combined production of 8.7m units…

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    German carmakers fined for anti-trust activity on steel purchases

    2019-11-26T14:09:00Z

    BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen have agreed to pay penalties totalling around €100m ($111m) for anti-competitive practices related to downstream long-steel product purchasing

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    Hyundai successfully trials truck platooning in South Korea

    2019-11-19T15:06:00Z

    Hyundai Motor has successfully conducted its first platooning of trucks on the Yeoju Smart Highway in South Korea to replicate real-world traffic conditions

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    Tesla’s new factory: Berlin gets the gig

    2019-11-15T09:57:00Z

    Electric carmaker Tesla is to build its next Gigafactory in Germany, co-founder and CEO Elon Musk told an awards ceremony in the country on Tuesday.

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    BMW gets smarter at vehicle distribution

    2019-11-06T16:24:00Z

    The German OEM, which makes and distributes around 2.5m vehicles per year, is using smart technologies and new strategies to improve its outbound logistics, and to move to a customer-centric approach.

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    GM strike brings widespread disruption to US supply chain

    2019-10-16T08:12:00Z

    Month-long strike action taken by GM workers is costing the carmaker dearly and is now impacting the inbound and outbound supply chains across North America

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    Gaz cutting shifts in face of US sanctions and worsening Russian LCV market

    2019-10-09T10:19:00Z

    Russian vehicle maker Gaz could cut shifts at its plants this month as commercial vehicle sales continue to slump and the US readies to apply sanctions on businesses owned by Oleg Deripaska

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    GM Brazil explores alternatives to road to broaden regional sales

    2019-10-09T09:22:00Z

    In Brazil, General Motors is exploring various alternatives to road as a means of exporting finished vehicles from its plants there to other countries in South America. Under consideration are rail, river and coastal shipping, but all will require partnering with logistics companies. There are various aims behind making the ...