The ’13 sedan and coupe brought about a number of changes to the Japanese auto maker’s U.S. manufacturing processes, ranging from a new 200-ft.-long stamping press at Marysville to a new transmission assembly line for Russells Point....More
Toyota, which has installed some 1 million units of engine capacity in China, intends to raise local content to upwards of 95%. A similar capacity expansion by the auto maker’s main automatic transmission supplier, Aisin, is in the works....More
Making disparate transmissions on the same line is taking flexibility to a whole new level for the auto maker, but it is seen as a sound business move by top brass, says James Tetreault, vice president-North America Manufacturing....More
As part of the expansion program, some manufacturing-related R&D activities, such as launch costs, production development and implementation, will be transferred to Kechnec from the company’s innovation center in Cologne, Germany....More
With guidance from CEO Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler struck an agreement with ZF to build the automatic transmissions in Indiana. The German supplier will hold intellectual property rights as part of the deal....More
The transmission work secures the future of the Vrchlabi plant, where Skoda Octavia and Roomster assemblies will be phased out in favor of the auto maker’s larger plants in Mlada Boleslav and Kvasiny....More
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