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2021 Opel Astra to be built in Rüsselsheim, will offer electrified model
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1st Jul 2019
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2021 Opel Astra to be built in Rüsselsheim, will offer electrified model

Opel has announced the next-generation Astra small car will be built at its Rüsselsheim facility in Germany from 2021, also confirming an electrified variant. Currently, the Astra is assembled at Ellesmere Port in the UK, and Gliwice in Poland – the former supplying Australia’s now-axed Holden Astra Sportwagon, and the latter the source of the Holden Astra hatchback which remains on sale.
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James Wong
Mini, PSA pause UK plants due to Brexit uncertainty
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5th Apr 2019
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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.
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Scott Collie
Ford closes factory in Brazil, exits heavy truck business
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20th Feb 2019
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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. It will also see the automaker exit the local heavy commercial truck market, with the plant responsible for manufacturing the Cargo (above), F-4000 and F-350 models.
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Derek Fung
Ford: Spanish plant to pause for nine days due to low demand
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25th Oct 2018
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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.
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James Wong
Volkswagen planning short factory closures due to WLTP - report
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27th Jun 2018
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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).
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Scott Collie