Restructuring http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53312/more en Global Platforms Drive GM's $1 Billion Tech Center Investment http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/global-platforms-drive-gms-1-billion-tech-center-investment <div class="node-body article-body">The investment follows a recent move by GM to consolidate advanced design and engineering work in Southeast Michigan as the automaker shifts to global vehicle platform architectures.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/global-platforms-drive-gms-1-billion-tech-center-investment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/global-platforms-drive-gms-1-billion-tech-center-investment#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. General Motors Product Development Restructuring Thu, 14 May 2015 15:42:00 +0000 1281581 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GM&rsquo;s Reuss details $1 billion technical center investment.</strong></p> UPDATE 2-Toyota, Mazda plan long-term partnership to confront tech challenges http://wardsauto.com/update-2-toyota-mazda-plan-long-term-partnership-confront-tech-challenges <div class="node-body reuters_news-body"><p>* To seek broad collaboration, including in environment and safety</p> <p>* Industry-wide trend for tie-ups to share costs, build up scale</p> <p>* Toyota, Mazda already cooperate in tech, manufacturing (Updates with companies' announcement)</p> <p>By Chang-Ran Kim</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/update-2-toyota-mazda-plan-long-term-partnership-confront-tech-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Japan Product Development Restructuring Vehicles & Technology Wed, 13 May 2015 10:34:17 +0000 1280061 at http://wardsauto.com Russia to Stabilize Ruble, Protect Global Automakers http://wardsauto.com/europe/russia-stabilize-ruble-protect-global-automakers <div class="node-body article-body">The government says it will take fluctuations in the value of the ruble and other currencies into account when determining the percentage of locally sourced components required in foreign automakers’ car-assembly operations. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/russia-stabilize-ruble-protect-global-automakers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/russia-stabilize-ruble-protect-global-automakers#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing Europe Russia General Motors Opel/Vauxhall Finance Local Content Restructuring Sales Results Tariffs Trade Tue, 12 May 2015 17:04:00 +0000 1278061 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GM pullout prompted Russian government to act.</strong></p> GM’s Barra Says Automaker Upping U.S. Product Cadence http://wardsauto.com/north-america/gm-s-barra-says-automaker-upping-us-product-cadence <div class="node-body article-body">The increased activity comes on the heels of GM’s decision last year to increase overall capital spending 20%, an outlay hike in new-product spending that puts it on par with other leading global OEMs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/north-america/gm-s-barra-says-automaker-upping-us-product-cadence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/north-america/gm-s-barra-says-automaker-upping-us-product-cadence#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Cadillac Chevrolet Product Development Restructuring Sales Results Mon, 04 May 2015 17:29:00 +0000 1272961 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GM CEO Barra, center, at Fairfax, KS, assembly plant.</strong></p> GM Marks 500 Millionth Build, Plans Customer Givebacks http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-marks-500-millionth-build-plans-customer-givebacks <div class="node-body article-body">GM celebrates the milestone today at its Fairfax, KS, assembly plant, where GM CEO Mary Barra and GM North America President Alan Batey announce a $174 million investment in the facility.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-marks-500-millionth-build-plans-customer-givebacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-marks-500-millionth-build-plans-customer-givebacks#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production North America U.S. General Motors Capacity Utilization Employment Globalization Production Restructuring Vehicle Assembly Mon, 04 May 2015 14:15:00 +0000 1272111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Redesigned &rsquo;16 Chevy Malibu cornerstone of 500 millionth vehicle celebration.</strong></p> GM Details $5.4 Billion of U.S. Facility Investments http://wardsauto.com/north-america/gm-details-54-billion-us-facility-investments <div class="node-body article-body">The investment, which GM North America President Alan Batey details at the automaker’s Pontiac, MI, Metal Center, also comes ahead of pivotal UAW contract negotiations this summer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/north-america/gm-details-54-billion-us-facility-investments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/north-america/gm-details-54-billion-us-facility-investments#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production North America U.S. Buick Cadillac Chevrolet GMC Finance Restructuring Vehicle Assembly Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:28:00 +0000 1271301 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Pontiac Metal Center site of GM&rsquo;s $5.4 billion U.S. investment announcement.</strong></p> GM Expects to Halt Venezuela Production in July http://wardsauto.com/gm-expects-halt-venezuela-production-july <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The automaker, which builds four vehicles and employs 3,000 people in Venezuela, is the latest U.S. corporation acting to protect its profits against the country's currency fluctuations.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/gm-expects-halt-venezuela-production-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production South America Venezuela Finance Production Restructuring Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:02:00 +0000 1270601 at http://wardsauto.com Marchionne Pleads Case for Mergers http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/marchionne-pleads-case-mergers <div class="node-body article-body">Sergio Marchionne declines to reveal potential partners or whether he is in discussions with other OEMs, but says financial analysts must play role in promoting the need for industry consolidation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/marchionne-pleads-case-mergers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/marchionne-pleads-case-mergers#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Chrysler Fiat Product Development Restructuring Sales Results Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:35:00 +0000 1270491 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>FCA CEO says current capital expenditure levels unsustainable.</strong></p> New-Look Camry Final Chapter in Toyota Oz Production http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-look-camry-final-chapter-toyota-oz-production <div class="node-body article-body">About 70% of Camry builds will be exported to the Middle East, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands and, for the first time, Thailand.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-look-camry-final-chapter-toyota-oz-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-look-camry-final-chapter-toyota-oz-production#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Asia Pacific Australia Toyota Employment Production Restructuring Trade Vehicle Assembly Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:20:00 +0000 1269471 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Clock winding down on first Toyota production outside Japan.</strong></p> Ford Remains Confident in Russian Market as Profits Plunge http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-remains-confident-russian-market-profits-plunge <div class="node-body article-body">Ford posted a $924 million profit in the first quarter despite a $185 million loss in Europe. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-remains-confident-russian-market-profits-plunge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-remains-confident-russian-market-profits-plunge#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Ford Restructuring Sales Results Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:42:00 +0000 1269211 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford recently took operating control of Russian automaker Sollers. &nbsp;</strong></p>