Body http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53314/more en Mitsubishi Puts Aging Plant on Tech’s Cutting Edge http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mitsubishi-puts-aging-plant-tech-s-cutting-edge <div class="node-body article-body">The Okazaki plant produces Outlander, Outlander plug-in hybrid and RVR midsized CUVs . The RVR is sold in Europe as the ASX. More than 90% of output is exported, with Europe accounting for more than half of the total. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mitsubishi-puts-aging-plant-tech-s-cutting-edge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mitsubishi-puts-aging-plant-tech-s-cutting-edge#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Asia Pacific Japan Mitsubishi Body Manufacturing Technology Vehicle Assembly Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:31:00 +0000 1334991 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mitsubishi says continuous-dipping process cuts paint loss 50%.</strong></p> JLR’s New Slovak Plant Could Hit Personnel Snag http://wardsauto.com/politics/jlr-s-new-slovak-plant-could-hit-personnel-snag <div class="node-body article-body">JLR is expected to create up to 4,000 direct jobs at its Slovak plant. But its location within 100 miles of Volkswagen, PSA and Kia facilities has raised concerns the luxury automaker may have trouble finding enough qualified workers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/jlr-s-new-slovak-plant-could-hit-personnel-snag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/jlr-s-new-slovak-plant-could-hit-personnel-snag#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Suppliers Europe Vehicles & Technology Poland Slovakia United Kingdom Audi Bentley Jaguar Kia Land Rover Porsche PSA Volkswagen Politics Aluminum Body Employment Globalization Production Vehicle Assembly Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:41:00 +0000 1331091 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>JLR Slovakia plant could build next-gen Land Rover Defender.</strong></p> Famed Coachbuilder Bertone Bound for Auction Block http://wardsauto.com/europe/famed-coachbuilder-bertone-bound-auction-block <div class="node-body article-body">History does not favor family names under corporate management; marques including Vignale, Ghia, Francis-Lombardi and Frua disappeared from the scene shortly after being sold by their founders.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/famed-coachbuilder-bertone-bound-auction-block" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/famed-coachbuilder-bertone-bound-auction-block#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers Europe Vehicles & Technology Italy Alfa Romeo Cadillac Chevrolet Ferrari Fiat Lamborghini Lancia Body Exterior Restructuring Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:41:00 +0000 1322571 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Marcello Gambini&nbsp;<em>(right)</em>&nbsp;designed Lamborghini Miura for Bertone.</strong></p> BMW Plant Showcase for Carbon-Fiber Production http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production <div class="node-body article-body">The plant in Dingolfing, Germany, has upgraded paint and body shops and new “material trains” for moving components to the line as the sixth-generation 7-Series flagship sedan nears launch.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Suppliers Europe Europe - Regional Germany BMW Rolls Royce Aluminum Body Carbon Fiber Employment Manufacturing Technology Product Development Steel Vehicle Assembly BMW 7-Series body panels camera gates Carbon Core Deggendorf Dingolfing EDP material trains Moses Lake semi-anechoic structural components wind chamber Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:12:00 +0000 1300271 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Warehouse at Dingolfing complex converted to carbon-fiber production for all-new 7-Series.</strong></p> Spanish Companies Plan Homegrown Electric Vehicle http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/spanish-companies-plan-homegrown-electric-vehicle <div class="node-body article-body">The EV’s powertrain will be supplied by the electromobility division of Jofemar, a global leader in vending-machine production. The company likely will assemble the powertrain from components now on the market.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/spanish-companies-plan-homegrown-electric-vehicle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/spanish-companies-plan-homegrown-electric-vehicle#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Europe Vehicles & Technology Spain Nissan Tesla Politics Body Electric Vehicles Product Development Vehicle Assembly Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:55:00 +0000 1289261 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Prototype EV suggests designer&rsquo;s retro leanings.</strong></p> 3D Printers Offer New Dimension in Manufacturing http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/3d-printers-offer-new-dimension-manufacturing <div class="field-byline"> Kitty So </div> <div class="node-body article-body">From fabricating entire structures to specific parts, 3D printing can create most components of an innovative automobile and in the future could build an entire car.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/3d-printers-offer-new-dimension-manufacturing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/3d-printers-offer-new-dimension-manufacturing#comments Public Gated Plants & Production Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional Body Carbon Fiber Design Manufacturing Technology Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:46:00 +0000 1256331 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Local Motors Strati 3-D car printed, driven at 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show.</strong></p> JLR Launches Jaguar XE Output at Historic U.K. Plant http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/jlr-launches-jaguar-xe-output-historic-uk-plant <div class="node-body article-body">The start of XE production is the first step in making Solihull a dual-branded manufacturing operation. Earlier this year, JLR confirmed its breakthrough Jaguar performance CUV, the F-PACE, is to be built at the site. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/jlr-launches-jaguar-xe-output-historic-uk-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/jlr-launches-jaguar-xe-output-historic-uk-plant#comments Premium Auto Makers Plants & Production Suppliers Europe Vehicles & Technology United Kingdom Jaguar Land Rover Aluminum Body Flexible Manufacturing OE-Supplier Relations Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0000 1257931 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>New XE product of biggest single investment in U.K. plant&rsquo;s history.</strong></p> India’s Tata Gaining Traction After 3-Year Slump http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/india-s-tata-gaining-traction-after-3-year-slump <div class="node-body article-body">Demand for the recently launched Zest and Bolt provide some evidence of the transformation at Tata. Deliveries in December were almost double the industrywide rate.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/india-s-tata-gaining-traction-after-3-year-slump" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/india-s-tata-gaining-traction-after-3-year-slump#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Dealers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Land Rover Tata Retail Body Finance Product Development Sales Results Vehicle Assembly Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:44:00 +0000 1231731 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Bolt seeks to break with automaker&rsquo;s reputation for poor quality.</strong></p> New Top-of-Line Offering By VW’s Skoda Is Superb http://wardsauto.com/europe/new-top-line-offering-vw-s-skoda-superb <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Geneva Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Roomier and better-appointed than the model it replaces, the new Skoda is targeted at affluent buyers in China and elsewhere and billed as having the same functionality as a limousine.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/new-top-line-offering-vw-s-skoda-superb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/new-top-line-offering-vw-s-skoda-superb#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Europe Vehicles & Technology Czech Republic Switzerland Skoda Sales & Marketing 2015 Geneva Auto Show Body Design Product Development Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:30:00 +0000 1231161 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>New Superb latest application of VW&rsquo;s MQB architecture.</strong></p> Nissan Capacity Expansion Defies Russian Slowdown http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/nissan-capacity-expansion-defies-russian-slowdown <div class="node-body article-body">Nissan last fall launched production of a hybrid version of its fourth-generation Pathfinder CUV at St. Petersburg, making the plant the first in Russia to build a hybrid engine.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/nissan-capacity-expansion-defies-russian-slowdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/nissan-capacity-expansion-defies-russian-slowdown#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Suppliers Europe Vehicles & Technology Russia Nissan Body Capacity Utilization Globalization Hybrid Vehicles Production Sales Results Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:47:00 +0000 1204781 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>X-Trail fourth Nissan model in production at St. Petersburg.</strong></p>