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Ford Motor Company refused to comment on speculations that it will add production of the EcoSport SUV and the Ka minicar to its underused Craiova plant in Romania. Accordingly, the car maker is planning to build the EcoSport for Europe in the said factory.
Presently, Ford imports the EcoSport from India for European distributors. The Ka is also reportedly being considered for production at Craiova. Currently, Ford is in an industrial tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to create the Ka at the latter's factory in Tychy, Poland together with the Fiat 500, Ka's platform sibling.
The production of Ka in FCA's Tychy plant will end by April. Ford is offering a new Ka, which is inspired by Ford's global B platform underpinning the Fiesta subcompact, in India and Brazil. It is produced in Chennai, India together with the EcoSport. Ford Europe President Jim Farley declined to comment on the matter, saying that "nothing new" is to be revealed.Read the entire article Ford refuses to react to rumors of EcoSport, Ka production at Craiova, Romania plant
Ford Motor Co.’s unit in Romania is temporarily stopping the production of the B-Max for 13 days in November, due to the still weak demand for vehicles in Europe. The stoppage came after the unit halted the output of the B-Max in September. Ford commenced producing the B-Max subcompact minivan in 2012 at the site formerly owned by Automobile Craiova.
Ford Romania now builds around 370 cars a day and 1,000 engines. Ford Romania spokeswoman Ana Maria Timis said that they are confident that the stoppages are temporary measures and that the situation will improve at the site once vehicle sales in Europe starts to slowly recover. She said that Ford Romania will adjust its production volumes in November and December depending on the market situation.
The production halt is affecting around 2,500 employees, or over half of Ford Romania's workforce. Affected workers, however, will receive 80 percent of their wages during the production stoppage. Ford sold 48,682 B-Max units in the first eight months in Europe, according to data from researcher JATO Dynamics.Read the entire article Ford Romania stops B-Max output for 13 days in November
Ford Motor will stop output for one week in September at its Craiova site in Romania to adjust to weak market demand in Europe. Ford commenced building its B-Max model at the Craiova site in 2013 and currently produces 370 cars and about 1,000 engines daily at the site.
Ford Romania spokeswoman Ana Maria Timis confirmed that the unit will have seven days of no B-Max production next month, adding that the instance is "a very common situation for the auto industry." According to Timis, around 2,500 employees -- representing around half of Ford Romania's workforce -- will be affected by the production halt.
The workers, however, will receive 80 percent of their wages for the week. In July, Ford revised upwards its earnings forecast for full year 2013 following unchanged pre-tax loss in Europe of around $1.8 billion from $2 billion.Read the entire article Ford Romania to halt B-Max output for 7 days next month
If a pay dispute in Romania worsens, Renault's Dacia unit could transfer production to less expensive sites in Morocco. To pressure the company to approve a 40% increase in pay, the workers at Dacia's assembly line in Pitesti (117 km west of Bucharest) stopped working for two days last month. The company responded to its workers’ demand with an offer of only a 9% raise.
Automobile Dacia Vice-President Constantin Stroe said that if its workers insist on making “unrealistic demands” and if no mutually beneficial resolution is reached, it’s likely that a significant aspect of production will be moved to Morocco. The automaker posted losses of 20 million euro ($26.1 million) from the strike last month.
Renault’s Dacia unit is the biggest exporter in Romania, making up about 3% of the gross domestic product. About 90% of what Dacia produces in this country is exported. Last year, it sold around 360,000 cars around the world, standing for a 4.8% increase from 2011. At Dacia, the average monthly pretax wage was 3,965 lei ($1,200) in 2012 compared with a national average of 2,100 lei.Read the entire article Dacia could transfer production in Morocco, due to pay dispute in Romania
After confirming in 2017 that its midsize pickup would be coming back to the United States, Ford took the wraps off the 2019 Ranger early last year. It featured an all-new design especially made for the US, and is a bit different from the Rangers sold overseas. Now, Ford is finally commencing the production of the 2019 Ranger at its newly transformed Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit.
To mark the kickoff of the production of the new Ford Ranger, the carmaker had special celebrations at its Michigan Assembly Plant. The celebrations essentially mark the rebirth of the Ranger, which is slated to return to the US early 2019 following an eight-year hiatus. Likewise, the celebrations mark the rebirth of the plant that has been a witness to the ups and downs of the American auto industry in the past six decades.
Invited in the celebrations aren’t just leaders from Ford, but also from United Auto Workers. A large of number of the plant’s workforce – numbering more than 3,000 employees – was also present. These employees, as well as media members and others, were given an opportunity to ride in the new Ford Ranger a custom-built, off-road course in the plant’s parking lot.Read the entire article Ford marks start of Ranger production at its Michigan Assembly Plant with celebrations
SEAT SA is commencing production of an all-new car at its Martorell facilities in Spain. However, its plant won't be assembling a new SEAT car. The Spanish carmaker is now assembling the next generation of Audi’s small city car – the new 2019 Audi A1.
The sight of SEAT producing Audi vehicles isn't surprising as both carmakers are members of the larger Volkswagen Group. In addition, the A1 isn't the Audi vehicle produced at SEAT’s Martorrel site. In the middle of 2011, the VW Group assigned the SEAT facility to produce the Audi Q3 luxury subcompact crossover. Since then until July 2018, the Martorrel site had been producing the previous generation of the Audi Q3 and total Spanish production of the subcompact crossover reached nearly 800,000 units.
When the second generation of the Audi Q3 was unveiled, it was decided that the production of the subcompact crossover will be moved from Martorell to the Gyor facilities in Hungary. On the other hand, the previous generation of the A1 was assembled in Brussels. The idle manufacturing capacity at Martorrel left by the Audi Q3 might have prompted the VW Group to transfer the production of the second generation from Brussels to Martorell.Read the entire article Martorrel site is now producing the second generation of Audi A1
When Ford unveiled its new Ford GT nearly four years ago at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the supercar was received very well even through the US carmaker only disclosed a few details. When the company started to produce the Ford GT, one thing was very apparent – the demand for the supercar greatly outstrips the supply. Two years into the supercar’s production, Ford is building more units than previously earmarked.
Even before it started production of the Ford GT, the US carmaker had said only 1,000 units of the supercar will be built. Ford had set the annual production pace for the Ford GT at 250 units every year. This means that supercar would have a production run that would last for around four years.
But when the US carmaker started accepting orders for the Ford GT, the total number of applicants quickly grew to more than 6,500. This number was just for the 2016 iteration of the supercar. Unfortunately, Ford can only accommodate 1,000 of the applicants, which means that the Ford GT is practically sold out.Read the entire article Ford extends production run of Ford GT supercar to 1,350 units through 2022
The new Porsche Taycan is considered as revolutionary at the German sports car maker as the upcoming model is its first all-electric vehicle. Nonetheless, the new Taycan four-door EV will also be the starting point of a new revolution in the company. As Porsche is committing itself to electric mobility, it also has to undergo a significant change, especially in terms of production.
Porsche is currently building its conventionally powered vehicles, including its 911 sports car, using the traditional principle of an assembly line. But when it commences the production of the Taycan, Porsche will be implementing major changes for the production and assembly facilities of the new EV.
Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Board responsible for Finance and IT at Porsche, remarked that starting 2025, more than 50 percent of the Porsche models delivered are expected to be electrified. While this will require substantial investments in development, production, and staff training, Porsche believes that the carmaker will still be able to achieve a target profit margin of at least 15 percent.Read the entire article Porsche to implement flexi-line production system for new Taycan EV
By the start of the new decade, customers won't be able to buy a new Opel Adam. Opel Karl and Opel Cascada won't also be available. This is because Opel will stop selling the Adam and Karl city cars as well as the Cascada compact convertible starting 2020 as the carmaker shifts its focus and comply with future emissions regulations.
According to Opel, it will not replace the current iterations of the Adam, Karl and Cascada when they reach the end of their life cycles. However, the Adam, Karl and Cascada will still be sold until the end of 2019. That gives customers planning to acquire any of these to-be-ditched models more than a year to make their plans a reality. Opel said the decision was meant to help the carmaker comply with future carbon dioxide emissions guidelines and to help it shift its focus to high volume segments.
This decision to discontinue the Adam, Karl and Cascada forms part of greater scheme at Opel -- the PACE! Plan. This PACE! Plan is essentially a new product offensive meant to meet the needs of customers while ensuring compliance with the stiff carbon dioxide guidelines that will take effect in 2020.Read the entire article Opel will discontinue sales of Adam, Karl and Cascada by end of 2019
The Chevrolet City Express small cargo van has been in the market since 2014 (2015 model year). Designed for customers seeking a small fuel-efficient, cargo vehicle, the City Express has silently reached the end of the road, as General Motors has already stopped taking orders and building of this small work van.
While it is now too late for the Chevrolet City Express to make a sales comeback, GM was literally silent about the fate of Chevy’s small cargo van. According to a report by the Automotive News citing a spokesman from GM, dealers were informed of plans to drop the City Express as early as Summer 2017. Chevrolet received orders for the small cargo van only until September 2017, with the production of the last units of the 2018 City Express officially ended in February 2018.
In 2013, GM and Nissan Motors inked an agreement for the Japanese carmaker to build a small cargo van – the Chevrolet City Express – as based on the Nissan NV200. The Nissan NV200 is a compact yet spacious commercial boasts of low cost of ownership. Designed as both a passenger and a commercial vehicle, the Nissan NV200 is being sold in several markets around the world, including in the United States and Canada.Read the entire article Chevrolet City Express small cargo van discontinued due to low sales
The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 (Porsche 993) is already considered as an icon. Gunther Werks, a company from Southern California, has dedicated itself into re-mastering this icon by embedding modern technologies and features. Its Gunther Werks 400R is seen as a modern yet classic masterpiece, and the company has already commenced the limited production run of this bespoke 993 conversion.
The Gunther Werks 400R is essentially a high-performance, bespoke vehicle that pays tribute to the naturally aspirated Porsche 993. Featuring both the silhouette and soul of the classic 993, the 400R is lighter yet stronger and more rigid than the original model. This is thanks to the use of carbon-fiber composite for the body panels, roof, deck lid and spoiler.
Gunther Werks ultimately decided to limit the production run of the 400R to 25 examples. However, each example is completely bespoke. Providing their own 993 as a base, customers could choose from a limitless palette of exterior finishes and even personalize the interior according to whims, choosing their choice of colors, patterns and materials. Even the suspension setup could be configured to the preferences of each Gunther Werks client. As Gunther Werks founder Peter Nam puts it, each 400R is tailored to its owner like a handmade suit.Read the entire article Production of Porsche 993-based Gunther Werks 400R modern classic starts
It was back in 1899 when Fiat was first established in Turin, Italy. It has remained in one form or another for over a century. However, current CEO of the company, Sergio Marchionne, has said that the company will soon get rid of mass market vehicle production in the country. This June, the CEO will introduce new measures that will most Fiat production out of Italy.
Bloomberg has said that the Turin plant, which was inaugurated in 1939, will have the most major changes. What will happen is that the facility that presently produces fewer than 50,000 vehicles annually will have to accommodate a Maserati SUV together with the Levante, as well as several more Jeep products - this seems like a lot to handle.
As for Fiat models, the Panda will be moved to the Poland plant, while the MiTo’s production will have to be stopped. Its future has yet to be determined. The people who are in charge of this project do not want to be named since it is not meant to be public.Read the entire article Fiat will terminate production of mass-market cars in Italy
Mercedes-Benz’ mother company, Daimler, is very optimistic about the company’s performance. And it is pretty obvious because the company plans to increase production this year, assuming to boost their sales up to three million vehicles annually.
We can’t blame them though, because last year, the company sold approximately 2.4 million units. So if they could produce more vehicles yearly, then they will be able to deliver more too.
According to German weekly Automobilwoche, Markus Schaefer, the Daimler board member in charge of manufacturing and procurement at Mercedes-Benz said that the sites in their global production network are running high on usage rates. And this is mainly their reason for expanding their capabilities, also when basing it on market demand, that is already moving towards 3 million units.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz has exponentially upped their production targets
With all the issues going around the automotive industry, car makers have to be more mindful of their moves, especially when it comes to the development and production of cars.
Like now, European spec cars had just been given a new set of requirements, and this will mean a production shutdown for BMW’s flagship 7 Series sedan for an entire year. To be more specific, this shutdown really only affects gas powered vehicles, and diesel engine will still be produced. This is quite an odd thing considering that diesel variants have a reputation of being the more polluted engines, especially with the Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal.
The decision to shut down engines began when the new requirements of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (also known as WLTP) were implemented. These rules began in 2017 after new forms of emissions testing has been done, and apparently, these are a better way to measure vehicle emission in real world driving.Read the entire article BMW will halt production of gasoline-powered 7 Series
If you were not able to reserve yourself a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and think that perhaps you could get your hands on a brand new 2019 model year of the car, we are now telling you that it is impossible. This is because the automaker has no plans to produce more than what they initially announced. It will be limited to 3,300 units only. This number has not changed since they first announced the vehicle. The company now reiterates that there won’t be an extension.
This is because over the last few weeks, Demon enthusiasts have been spreading rumours that their local Dodge dealerships are talking about another model year for the Dodge. This is why the company wants to clarify things now, saying that the Demon will not get a 2019 version.
In fact, Tim Kuniskis, Dodge boss said in his interview with Allpar.com that “2018 only, one and done”, meaning to say that those who did not get the 2018 model year missed out because there will not be a 2019 version if that is what they expected. Furthermore, he told the media several times last year that the Demon will remain to be a 2018 model only, so it is not his fault that Dodge enthusiasts assumed otherwise as he made it very clear.Read the entire article Dodge will not produce a 2019 model year of the Challenger SRT Demon
BMW has been steadfastly working on developing the all new version of the 3 Series and M3. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the existing model’s production will end when the new version comes along. But then, it seems like production will end sooner than we expected. In fact, there have already been reports of the discontinuation of the current F80 M3 taking place in a few months.
It was actually BMWBlog that announced this, as they said that the F80 M3’s production will be capped off as early as May 2018. One of the reasons for this is because of the introduction of the new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle. This new procedure will act as the new standard when determining levels of pollutants, C02 emissions, fuel or energy consumption for cars worldwide.
Once this becomes effective, BMW will have to fit the M3 F80 with a complex new Otto particle filter beginning in June. But instead of doing this, they have decided to just completely stop production in May, also so that they may focus on developing the 3 Series and the M3 - both models are slated to begin production within the next couple of years. Production will only be halted for the M3 though, as the M4 will remain unaffected by this change. Therefore, production of the M4 will continue for a few more months after May.Read the entire article Production of the current BMW M3 (F80) might already end in May
Volkswagen recently launched a teaser video of what they will be launching in the next 12 months. And one of the models they featured was the T-Cross. This confirms that the production version of the model will finally be able to join us later this year as the automaker’s smallest crossover to date.
Here is the thing, the video is merely a brief teaser of each of their upcoming cars and that they did not provide specific details about when or where the T-Cross could make an official debut. However, based on the latest speculations, it might come out sometime earlier in the year. We might actually be able to see it debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. If you remember, it was back in 2016 that VW first premiered the T-Cross Breeze concept as a preview for their smallest crossover.
However, unlike the concept that we saw two years ago, the production version will not be a droptop. And from the spy shots we saw earlier, the road-going variant has been going through tests in the snow. The vehicle looks like a smaller version of the Tiguan, the automaker’s existing SUV. While it does share the same MQB platform as the polo, it is a shorter version of it.Read the entire article Expect VW T-Cross to arrive in Europe dealerships in 2018 and in the US by 2019
It appears that the Volkswagen e-Golf is doing really well. A couple of weeks ago, they announced that the production of the e-Golf with increased range will have to be doubled because of its strong demand. One major factor is the move by several automakers to offer rebates for drivers who get rid of their old cars in exchange for environmentally friendly cars, which is a good move - not just for the car manufacturer, but also for the environment.
To meet the rising demand, the German automaker will have to switch from single-shift operation to 2 shifts at their Transparent Factory Dresden so that output can be increased from 35 units per day to 70 cars daily. If you add that up, that will give you a total of 2,100 per month as opposed to the original figure of 1,050 only. The increase is said to be gradual with the additional shift to begin only in March 2018.
The e-Golf, as we know, comes equipped with a 35.8 kWh battery that is capable of reaching 125 miles (201 kilometers) EPA. That is a huge improvement (83 miles / 134 kilometers) from the previous version that comes with a 24.2 kWh battery.Read the entire article VW e-Golf production volume will double this March
It is not the first time that we have heard rumours about the discontinuation of the Chevrolet Volt. In fact, it has been years since we first heard of it, and today, the rumours are back. And it seems like it will actually happen in 2022. According to GM Authority, sources from AutoForecast Solutions say that the automaker plans to focus more on developing electric crossover and utility vehicles, and this is why the automaker sees no future for the Volt.
Apart from the idea of discontinuing the Volt, General Motors is actually considering getting rid of six passenger cars from its United States lineup by 2020. Of course, since these models will be gone for good, the company has plans of replacing them with a plug-in crossover of some sort, or a fully electric vehicle. That isn’t such a bad thing to be honest.
So if rumours are true, and if Chevrolet goes as planned, it will not be a big surprise to many anymore. This is also because passenger cars have not been moving as well in the United States. Moreover, the American automaker’s long term plan is to launch a total of 20 new electric cars by 2023, so do not be too sentimental about the discontinuation of the Volt, because you will have a lot more to choose from as a replacement to it.Read the entire article Chevrolet Volt production could end in 2022, most likely to be replaced by electric crossover
Volkswagen proves just how big of an automotive company it is as it is celebrating a very important milestone on the last day of the year. It is set to roll out its 6 millionth car on Sunday, the 31st of December. Most of the cars that were built this year were familiar nameplates, but of course, new members of the family like the T-Roc, Tiguan Allspace, and Atlas also played an important role as their production numbers have increased significantly as well. It should be mentioned though that for this calculation, the Arteon has been excluded because it is considered as the CC’s successor.
As mentioned earlier, it was the more popular models like the Polo, Golf, Jetta and Passat that took up the majority of the percentage of cars produced this year. Alongside those models, the Santana that is available in several versions in China, had an impact too.
The automaker has a total of about 60 models in their lineup globally, and this will still increase as models like the T-Cross and the Phaeton are currently being developed. Apart from all that, Volkswagen also has plans of expanding their current electric vehicle lineup, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they easily break the 6 million record by next year.Read the entire article VW breaks own production record with 6 million units built in 2017
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