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  • New CLS line starts at Sindelfingen

    January 23rd 2018

    Germany – Mercedes-Benz has started production of its latest CLS model at the Sindelfingen plant. The CLS will share the same assembly line as the E-Class sedan and T-models…

  • Aston production returns to Newport

    December 14th 2017

    UK – The OEM is to build a special run of 25 DB4 GT Continuation cars at the site where the original DB4 GTs were made almost 60 years ago. Aston Martin described the move as “another landmark” in its ‘Second Century Plan’…

  • Skoda starts building new paintshop

    December 4th 2017

    Czech Republic – The facility at Mladá Boleslav is being developed at a cost of €214.5m ($253.8m) and will have capacity for 600 vehicle bodies per day, bringing the onsite total to 2,700 units including the existing paintshop. Operations are due to begin by mid-2019…

  • Audi to build electric SUVs at Ingolstadt

    December 1st 2017

    Germany – The model allocation was announced by CEO Rupert Stadler alongside confirmation of job security for all Audi AG employees until 2025. In total, the ‘Audi. Future’ agreement will see the OEM produce 20 electrified models by 2025, including more than ten pure electric vehicles (EVs)…

  • Toyota announces executive changes

    November 28th 2017

    Japan – The moves are part of a revision of the company’s organisational structure which will be implemented next year in a bid to strengthen cooperation between different business divisions and to boost innovation. Appointments at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will be effective from January 1, 2018…

  • BMW divests stake in carbon-fibre supplier

    November 24th 2017

    Germany – SGL Carbon SE will acquire the OEM’s 49% share in SGL ACF, comprising SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (Germany) and SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (US), according to an agreement signed in late November. BMW said the company would remain a key supplier, with procurement for the i3 and i8 remaining unaffected “into the next decade”…

  • Volvo Ghent starts XC40 production

    November 22nd 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…

  • Out now: ATS 2018

    November 21st 2017

    For this, our second issue of the ATS supplement, we have spoken once again to key players in this crucial sector of the market, revealing their insight on the current state of automotive manufacturing…

  • Interview: Thomas Rennemann, MAN

    November 21st 2017

    From next year, the non-driven axle (NDA) production at MAN’s Salzgitter plant in northern Germany will double daily production volumes to 900 units. As part of a €30m joint project between the Volkswagen Group brands, a new assembly line is taking shape that will accommodate MAN’s existing NDA production alongside that of Scania. “We took a white piece of paper and came up with new methods of working, a comfortable working environment, lots of light; a state-of-the-art production line for 2018,” says plant manager Thomas Rennemann…

  • VW pours €22.8bn into production network

    November 20th 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…