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  • Volvo Ghent starts XC40 production

    November 22, 2017

    Belgium – The company’s first small premium SUV is based on the Compact Modular Architecture which will underpin all new cars in the 40 series. Volvo has already taken more than 13,000 orders and deliveries will begin early next year…

  • VW pours €22.8bn into production network

    November 20, 2017

    Germany – The OEM said the funds will be used to implement its Transform 2025+ strategy, focusing on “the further development of modular production, the continuation of the model offensive and further orientation towards e-mobility”. The investment, equivalent to $27 billion, will be spread over five years to 2022…

  • Al-Futtaim to assemble Renault vehicles

    November 20, 2017

    Pakistan – The two companies have signed definitive agreements for the exclusive assembly and distribution of Renault models in the country. The new subsidiary Al-Futtaim Automotive Pakistan will start building a factory in Karachi in Q1 2018…

  • Gordon Murray joins seats project

    November 20, 2017

    UK – During its participation in the Manufacturability of Advanced Passenger Seats (MAPS) programme alongside Formaplex, the company will focus on reducing structural weight by using composite panels made from recycled carbon fibre, while maintaining high volume and controlling costs. The goal is to develop a seat frame which is 30% lighter than a conventional steel structure…

  • Polestar starts building Chengdu plant

    November 20, 2017

    China – The company is following a nine-month construction plan, with the aim of beginning tooling installation and pre-production testing halfway through next year. The facility will produce the brand’s first model, Polestar 1…

  • MAN to invest €2.4 billion by 2020

    November 13, 2017

    Germany – The funds, equivalent to $2.8 billion, will go towards modernising the company’s sites and improving efficiency across all divisions, and will include a €1.1 billion upgrade at its main plant in Munich between 2015 and 2020. In Munich, MAN is opening a new paintshop, expanded bodyshop, a combined heat and power plant, plus an R&D centre…

  • BMW opens Mexican training centre

    November 8, 2017

    Mexico – Located at the OEM’s San Lui Potosí plant which is due to open in 2019, the new training centre covers 6,000 sq.m and has 11 workshops for employees plus apprentices from three educational institutions. The centre was built at a cost of $9m…

  • Honda breaks ground at motorbike plant

    November 6, 2017

    Bangladesh – The joint venture Bangladesh Honda Private Limited (BHL) is building a factory on 101,171 sq.m of land at Abdul Monem Economic Zone in Munshiganj District, Dhaka Division. The investment for land purchase and construction amounts to 2.3 billion taka ($30m)…

  • BMW opens Shenyang battery plant

    October 24, 2017

    China – The new facility will supply the nearby Dadong vehicle factory, which is operated by the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture and will soon produce the 5 Series plug-in hybrid for the local market. It is the first battery factory of any premium vehicle-maker in the country, and the third in BMW’s production network after sites in Germany and the US…

  • Gordon Murray’s new manufacturing company

    October 23, 2017

    UK – The business, Gordon Murray Automotive, will produce limited-run models, beginning with a car launched under a new brand which will “buck the current trend for ever more complicated and heavy vehicles”, according to a statement. Vehicles will be built using a new version of Gordon Murray Design’s iStream production system…