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  • BMW plans Leipzig extension

    July 24, 2017

    Germany – The OEM’s development plans for the facility in eastern Germany include new bodyshop and assembly areas. The central element of the building works, however, is an extension to the paintshop.

  • Untertürkheim leads Daimler EV focus

    July 20, 2017

    Germany – The OEM’s global lead plant on conventional powertrain production will also become a competence centre for electric vehicle components.

  • Renault-Nissan Tangier hits 1m vehicles

    July 10, 2017

    Morocco – The milestone unit, a diesel-powered Dacia Lodgy destined for Turkey, rolled off the production line five years after the start of operations. The plant has now made 193,191 Lodgys, plus 474,840 Sanderos and 320,078 Dokkers…

  • Nissan Sunderland makes new Qashqai

    July 7, 2017

    UK – The improvements to the model cover four areas: exterior design, interior quality, driving performance and the addition of intelligent mobility technologies. The new Qashqai will also be available with ProPILOT autonomous driving capability…

  • Smarter and safer

    July 3, 2017

    Automotive manufacturing is entering what Christian Dunckern, head of BMW Group Production System, Planning, Toolmaking and Plant Engineering, calls “the time of smart devices and digitalisation”, during which modern robots, smart devices and exoskeletons will support employees “as a direct part of people’s work environment”. According to Dunckern, this developing manufacturing landscape provides “a growing range of options on how to advance the production system”. However, it also creates safety challenges as the boundaries between man and machine quite literally disappear…

  • Dennis steps down from McLaren role

    June 30, 2017

    UK – After 37 years of leadership, Ron Dennis has resigned as chairman of the Automotive and Technology businesses, selling his shareholdings in both. A new McLaren Group encompassing all activities will be led by Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa as executive chairman…

  • New group unifies McLaren businesses

    June 30, 2017

    UK – McLaren Automotive, the manufacturer of luxury sports vehicles and supercars, is being combined with McLaren Technology Group, the high-tech specialist, after Ron Dennis decided to step down as chairman and sell his shareholdings in both businesses. Other senior personnel will remain in post…

  • Man or machine?

    June 29, 2017

    As the robots used in automotive manufacturing become more human, able to work collaboratively and intelligently, in one sense human operatives are becoming more machine-like. Wearable technology such as ‘medical’ gloves or scanner gloves, plus exoskeletons for the upper and lower body are starting to give line workers a distinctly cyborg look. Of course, it’s not about aesthetics but ergonomics; the alleviation of stresses and strains plus the fatigue which makes errors more likely, therefore improving production efficiency and quality…

  • Rupp steps up at Porsche Leipzig

    June 23, 2017

    Germany – Taking over as Chair of the Executive Board at the factory from July 1, Gerd Rupp will succeed Siegfried Bülow, who is retiring from his full-time role with the company.

  • Groundbreaking for Mercedes Moscovia

    June 20, 2017

    Russia – Daimler has announced the construction of a “fully flexible” car factory in the Moscow area, with an investment of over €250m ($278.1m). The plant will produce Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans from 2019, followed by the GLE, GLC and GLS SUV models…