Production

Panasonic: Tesla Model Y Will Cause Battery Shortage

May 13, 2019 at 4:53 PM

Panasonic Corp. warns it may run short of batteries for Tesla Inc. when the carmaker begins selling its Model Y crossover vehicle.

Mercedes Begins Production of EQC Electric Crossover

May 06, 2019 at 5:29 PM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit has begun assembling its all-electric EQC small crossover vehicle at its factory in Bremen, Germany. The company says it is taking orders now.

Daimler Touts Low-Cost 3D Printing Process

May 03, 2019 at 4:35 PM

Daimler AG has completed a two-year pilot program for a fully automated additive manufacturing process that promises to cut costs in half for 3D-printed parts.

Car Production Skids Another 14% in U.K.

April 30, 2019 at 2:10 AM

Vehicle output in the U.K. shrank 14% to 126,200 vehicles in March, the 10th consecutive month of year-on-year decline, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Nikon to Produce Lidar for Velodyne

April 26, 2019 at 8:27 AM

Camera giant Nikon Corp., which invested $25 million in Velodyne Lidar Inc. last year, will produce lidar systems for the California-based company through its Sendai Nikon subsidiary in Japan.

UPDATE: Nissan Denies Plan to Cut Production 15%

April 19, 2019 at 10:43 AM

Nissan Motor Co. denies a Nikkei report that the carmaker intends to reduce its global production 15% in the fiscal year that began this month.

PSA May Move U.K. Astra Production to Germany

April 18, 2019 at 1:09 AM

PSA Group is near a decision shift as much as 75% of its output of Opel Astra small cars from the Ellesmere Port, England, to Russelsheim, Germany.

Volvo Launches XC40 Production in China

April 12, 2019 at 3:13 PM

Volvo Car Corp. has expanded production of its XC40 small crossover, which had been built exclusively in Europe, to a plant in Luqiao, China, to meet surging demand.

Report: Tesla, Panasonic Halt Battery Plant Expansion

April 11, 2019 at 8:51 AM

Tesla Inc. and Panasonic Corp. are shelving plans to expand their Gigafactory battery plant in Nevada, sources tell The Nikkei.

Nissan to Hike Pickup Truck Capacity in South Africa

April 11, 2019 at 1:44 AM

Nissan Motor Co. says it will spend 3 billion rand ($215 million) in South Africa to add capacity and tool up to build the next-generation Navara midsize pickup truck.

Ford Says “No-Deal” Brexit Could Kill Its U.K. Operations

April 03, 2019 at 1:19 AM

Ford Motor Co. warns it could end manufacturing operations in Britain if the U.K. ends up exiting the European Union this month with no new trade deals in place.

BMW, Microsoft Team on Digital Manufacturing Platform

April 02, 2019 at 12:49 PM

BMW AG and Microsoft Inc. plan to develop a digital platform for “smart” factories.