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  • Novares opens Mioveni plant

    September 21, 2017

    Romania – Until recently known as Mecaplast-Key Plastics, the company said it has established itself in the country in order to be close to its main customer, Dacia. The factory near Piteşti is Novares’ first in the country…

  • Toyota Indiana hits 5m units

    September 21, 2017

    US – The milestone was reached almost 20 years after the start of production. The five-millionth vehicle was a Sequoia Platinum…

  • Nissan hits 150m-unit milestone

    September 19, 2017

    Japan – The total has been reached 84 years after the company was founded; it took 73 years to make the first 100m but only 11 years to turn out the next 50m, following the increased expansion of the OEM’s production network beyond Japan. The majority of its vehicles are now manufactured overseas…

  • GM goes green in Ohio and Indiana

    September 19, 2017

    US – The OEM announced that its manufacturing facilities in the two states will by powered by 100% renewable energy, through the purchase of 200MW from wind farms. When the turbines come online at the end of 2018, renewable energy will account for 20% of GM’s global electricity consumption…

  • Ford and Mahindra consider strategic alliance

    September 18, 2017

    India – The two companies announced that their teams will work together for up to three years to explore potential areas of cooperation, before any further collaboration is confirmed. A statement from the OEMs said their alliance would “leverage the benefits of Ford’s global reach and expertise and Mahindra’s scale in India and successful operating model”…

  • Honda Marysville starts making 2018 Accord

    September 18, 2017

    US – The production of the tenth-generation model has been enabled by a $267m investment in new technologies and processes, plus the addition of 300 personnel. The Accord has been a bestseller in America for the past 41 years…

  • Alliance 2022 plan to boost synergies

    September 15, 2017

    France – The strategy aims to double annual synergies to €10 billion ($12 billion) through deeper cooperation between Renault, Nissan and the newest member of the group, Mitsubishi. This target follows a 16% increase in synergies last year to €5 billion…

  • Honda pledges electrification for Europe

    September 12, 2017

    Germany – The OEM promised that every new car model launched in the region will feature electrified technology, in an announcement at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At the same time, Honda unveiled its new electric vehicle (EV), the Urban EV concept, which it said will soon be in production…

  • Mercedes GLC F-Cell in pre-production

    September 12, 2017

    Germany – The OEM presented the vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show as “the next milestone on the road to emission-free driving”. The GLC F-Cell features a new fuel-cell system and a lithium battery which serves as an additional energy source for the electric motor. The car will go on sale in the US by the end of 2019…

  • VW launches electrification strategy

    September 11, 2017

    Germany – According to ‘Roadmap E’, the OEM will electrify its line-up by 2030, offering at least one electrified version of the 300 models across the Group worldwide. Volkswagen plans to introduce 80 models by 2025 and estimates that 25% of new Group vehicles, amounting to 3m per year, could be purely battery-powered by this date…