Production

Toyota Delays Launch of New Plant in Mexico

August 10, 2017 at 12:12 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. says production at its new factory in Guanajuato, Mexico, won’t begin until the first half of 2020, roughly a year later than planned.

Mercedes to Kill B-Class EV

August 01, 2017 at 9:06 AM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit will discontinue its slow-selling B-Class Electric Drive at the end of the 2017 model year.

The Digitally Connected Factory

July 28, 2017 at 6:49 PM

The digitally connected factory is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to huge leaps in affordable data handling capabilities. The next step, says Dan Janka, president of Mazak Corp., a major global supplier of advanced manufacturing systems, is to develop apps that can tap the vast database created by connected machines.

VIEWPOINT | THE DIGITALLY CONNECTED FACTORY

July 25, 2017 at 12:27 AM

The digitally connected factory is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to huge leaps in affordable data handling capabilities. As more machines begin to communicate with each other, production efficiency goes up.

Report: BMW Favors U.K. for Electric Mini

July 20, 2017 at 12:48 AM

BMW AG would prefer to produce an all-electric version of its Mini small car at its main Mini factory in Oxford, England, than outsource the car to facilities in Europe, sources tell Reuters.

Honda to Source SUVs for Europe from Japan

July 19, 2017 at 12:26 AM

Honda Motor Co. will tap unused production capacity in Japan to supply the European market with its compact CR-V and subcompact HR-V crossover vehicles.

JLR to Build Second SUV Model in Austria and China

July 13, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. says it will make its upcoming Jaguar E-Pace compact crossover in Austria and China because its British factories are already running at or near full capacity.

Labor Chief Says Audi Lacks Production Strategy

July 12, 2017 at 5:44 PM

The head of Audi AG’s works council grouses that the company is losing factory jobs in Germany because of the lack of a coherent product strategy.

Stratasys Enables 3D Printing to Go Long

July 10, 2017 at 12:31 AM

Three-dimensional printing, which literally builds objects out of thin air, debuted more than 25 years ago.

Toyota Cut Last-Minute Production Inventories

July 03, 2017 at 12:41 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. is rolling out a technique in Japan that can reduce 90% of supplier inventory space needed to adjust for last-minute changes in final assembly schedules, The Nikkei reports.

Vehicle Product in U.K. Slows Again

June 29, 2017 at 12:58 AM

New-vehicle output by the U.K., which plunged 18% in April, sagged 10% year on year to 136,100 units in May, says the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

China’s SAIC to Build MG Cars in India

June 28, 2017 at 4:11 PM

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. says it will launch local production of MG-branded cars in India in 2019.