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    Kia suspends production in Slovakia on supply shortages

    2020-04-21T21:38:00Z

    Kia has had to halt the assembly lines two weeks after restarting them, demonstrating the challenges that OEMs face in restarting vehicle production during the ongoing lockdown and coronavirus crisis.

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    Marelli and BMW light the way with blockchain

    2020-04-21T10:20:00Z

    Marelli Automotive Lighting is working with the BMW Group on the introduction of blockchain technology to connect suppliers’ and carmakers’ plants to improve the management of automotive supply chains. Together, the companies have designed and developed the PartChain application, which is being used initially as a pilot focused on the traceability of headlamps, rear lamps and lighting modules supplied by Marelli Automotive Lighting to a number of BMW Group vehicles

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    Germany allows car dealerships to reopen as assembly restarts

    2020-04-21T10:08:00Z

     German car dealerships have been given the go-ahead to reopen by the federal government as carmakers across the country restart production. The actual timing for reopening of the dealerships will be determined by individual states…

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    Production could resume at end of April, says Seat

    2020-04-14T14:05:00Z

    Spanish carmaker Seat could restart operations at its Martorell and Componentes plants near Barcelona by the end of April, in view of the latest government announcements and the negotiations the carmaker has had with its union representatives…

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    VW and Faurecia collaborate to combat coronavirus

    2020-04-08T09:29:00Z

    In the latest example of how car manufacturers and their suppliers are turning their operations over to fight the coronavirus pandemic,Volkswagen is collaborating with Faurecia to produce medical gowns and facemasks at the latter’s Puebla facility in Mexico…

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    Ford brings in ‘no touch’ servicing during coronavirus outbreak

    2020-03-31T14:09:00Z

    Cars and vans are now being thoroughly sanitised before being returned to customers in Europe after repairs and servicing, says Ford…

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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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    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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    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 France’s ...

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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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    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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    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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    Toyota to invest in Sao Paulo plant with focus on exports

    2019-09-25T11:48:00Z

    Japanese OEM Toyota has announced plans to spend 1 billion reals ($242m) on its Sorocaba car assembly plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The focus will be on adding a third model to the Etios and Yaris cars the factory already builds for domestic and foreign markets. “It’s ...

  • US light vehicle sales, PWC forecast
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    US automotive market to struggle against backdrop of global challenges

    2019-09-17T17:37:00Z

    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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    Daimler tests automated trucks on public roads

    2019-09-11T13:35:00Z

    Daimler Trucks and its newly acquired business, Torc Robotics, which specialises in automated driving technology, have moved to the next stage of their autonomous truck trials in the US. The companies announced that they have been trying out automated lorries with Level 4 technology on highways in ...

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    VinFast ramps up production in Vietnam

    2019-09-11T13:19:00Z

    LUX SA2.0, VinFast Vietnamese carmaker VinFast is now in the third month of production at its $3.5 billion assembly plant in the northern port city of Hai Phong, with two models now being distributed to the domestic market: the Lux A2.0 saloon and an SUV called the ...