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Exclusive: Ram Australia moves to 24-hour production, $10 million investment, local jobs boost

Stand by for more US-style pick-ups on our roads: our appetite for “full size” utes has exceeded all expectations, prompting the local factory to triple output to fill back orders...

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Mini, PSA pause UK plants due to Brexit uncertainty
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Mini, PSA pause UK plants due to Brexit uncertainty

Both BMW Group and PSA Group have put operations on hold at their UK manufacturing plants, as they prepare for disruptions from Brexit. According to the Oxford Mail, the Mini factory in Cowley will be put on hold for four weeks. It was initially meant to kick off when Brexit took place on March 29, but Britain is still a part of the European Union as of April 6...


Mercedes-Benz opens factory in Russia
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Mercedes-Benz opens factory in Russia

Daimler has opened a new plant near Moscow as part of a €250 million ($394.73m) investment, which will see Mercedes-Benz models produced in Russia, for Russia. The facility will create more than 1000 jobs, and initially produce the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Daimler says "SUV models will follow"...


Skoda Superb hits 500,000 units
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Skoda Superb hits 500,000 units

Skoda has manufactured the 500,000th example of the third-generation Superb, with the milestone vehicle rolling down the production line at its Kvasiny facility in the Czech Republic this past week. Produced at five different factories across the globe – including Kvasiny, Aurangabad (India), Nanjing (China), Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) and Solomonovo (Ukraine) – Skoda says it has made 1...


Ford closes factory in Brazil, exits heavy truck business
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Ford closes factory in Brazil, exits heavy truck business

Some time in 2019 Ford will close its São Bernardo do Campo factory located in the suburbs of Sao Paulo, and its oldest manufacturing facility in Brazil. The factory's closure will see the loss of an estimated 2700 manufacturing jobs, and the end of local production of the previous-generation Fiesta...


Honda officially closes UK manufacturing operations
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Honda officially closes UK manufacturing operations

It’s not just vehicle manufacturing in Australia that has felt the strain in recent years, with Honda officially announcing this morning it will close its UK plant in the English town of Swindon. While claiming the closure has ‘nothing to do with Brexit’, chief executive Takahiro Hachigo did confirm 3500 jobs would be lost...


Honda preparing to announce UK factory closure - report
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Honda preparing to announce UK factory closure - report

Honda looks likely to announce the closure of its plant in Swindon, UK, thanks to a combination of import tariffs in the USA, declining diesel demand, and uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Reports from Sky News have suggested the announcement could come as soon as this afternoon Australian time, Tuesday morning in the UK...


Nissan cancels UK production plans for next-gen X-Trail - report
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Nissan cancels UK production plans for next-gen X-Trail - report

Nissan will not continue building the next-generation X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant in the UK, blaming "uncertainty" surrounding Britain's impending exit from the European Union. First reported by industry journal Automotive News Europe, the manufacturer will only build the next-gen crossover in Japan, making its home country the global production hub for its top-selling SUV model...


Ford Australia job losses, as VW joint venture ramps up
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Ford Australia job losses, as VW joint venture ramps up

Ford will axe more than 200 jobs locally as part of a global restructure of the company’s engineering divisions, however Australia will retain a key role in the recently-signed joint development of the next generation Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok utes...


Jaguar Land Rover: 5000 jobs on the chopping block
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Jaguar Land Rover: 5000 jobs on the chopping block

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will next year slash up to 5000 jobs as part of its turnaround plan, according to new reporting from the UK. According to the Financial Times, the brand will announce a £2.5 billion ($4.3 billion) turnaround plan to deal with falling demand...


Trump threatens fresh tariffs in wake of GM plant closures
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Trump threatens fresh tariffs in wake of GM plant closures

US president Donald Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on imported cars, in the wake of General Motors' announcement that it would close up to five manufacturing plants in the USA. In a series of tweets, Trump said that plans to introduce car tariffs are currently being studied...


PSA to cut 240 jobs at Vauxhall factory
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PSA to cut 240 jobs at Vauxhall factory

The PSA Group has announced another round of job cuts, this time at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port facility in northwest England. As reported by industry journal Automotive News Europe, it's the third round of cuts for the former GM-owned British brand, after it announced 400 axings at the site in October last year, and a further 250 in January – at the time of the first announcement, there were around 1900 people employed at the Ellesmere factory...


Ford: Spanish plant to pause for nine days due to low demand
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Ford: Spanish plant to pause for nine days due to low demand

Ford will halt production at its Spanish facility in Almussafes, near Valencia, for over a week next month due to a "lower demand for its vehicles". According to a new report by industry journal Automotive News Europe the Blue Oval will hit pause for nine days at the plant – which builds the Mondeo and Escape for our market – for nine days...


Holden halts Commodore, Equinox production as stock overflows
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Holden halts Commodore, Equinox production as stock overflows

The decision to halt production on two of Holden's most important models comes as new boss Dave Buttner, a respected industry veteran with more than 30 years under his belt, works to reverse the company's sales slide. VFACTS figures up to the end of September show Holden registrations are down by nearly 17,000 vehicles compared to the same period in 2017, with the bulk of that – almost 10,000 cars – being the new Commodore...


Nissan Juke hits one million units
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Nissan Juke hits one million units

Nissan has produced its one-millionth Juke at its manufacturing facility in Sunderland, UK, some eight years after the boldly-styled crossover hit the market. According to the manufacturer, one Juke is built every 105 seconds, and 95,000 units were sold in Europe alone last year...


Tesla Model 3: 5000-car week achieved
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Tesla Model 3: 5000-car week achieved

Tesla has built 5000 Model 3s in a week – thanks in part to a hastily-erected tent in the brand's Fremont factory parking lots – marking the completion of an Elon Musk promise. The strong Model 3 output, combined with good demand for Model S/X, drove second-quarter production to 53,339 vehicles, a new record. Meeting the goal hasn't been easy for Tesla...


Volkswagen planning short factory closures due to WLTP - report
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Volkswagen planning short factory closures due to WLTP - report

Volkswagen will close its factory in Wolfsburg for one or two days per week between August and late September, as it tackles problems caused by the new Worldwide Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Reports from Automotive News in Europe say Volkswagen told employees about the closures over email on Tuesday...


Land Rover Discovery production moving to Slovakia from 2019
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Land Rover Discovery production moving to Slovakia from 2019

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will move production of its Discovery SUV to Slovakia from early next year, the company has confirmed this week, in a bid to prepare its Solihull, UK, facility for a new generation of electric vehicles (EVs)...


Tesla Model 3 production halted
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Tesla Model 3 production halted

Tesla has paused Model 3 production for up to five days, as it seeks to improve automation processes in its Fremont, California, factory. According to a report in BuzzFeed, the break in production came as a surprise to employees, who have allegedly been forced to use annual leave or stay home without pay...


Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 jobs in the UK - report
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Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 jobs in the UK - report

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has cut 1000 jobs at its Solihull base this week, according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar reports the British manufacturer has restricted the layoffs to agency workers, with JLR citing a decline in diesel vehicle sales for the decision...