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Friday 19 May 2017

Mitsubishi starts major renovation for R&D center in Okazaki

Mitsubishi has begun work on the modernization of its Japanese Okazaki research and development center, Aichi Prefecture, thanks to a 33 billion yen investment.

Particularly involved the main building within the facility, eco-sustainability tests (with simulation of the most extreme cold and warm conditions) and a renewal of the wind tunnel, especially in term of aerodynamics.

Jobs for the first two projects will be completed by the fall of next year, the wind tunnel will be ready for the beginning of 2020.

Mitsubishi believes that the new Okazaki research and ...

Friday 19 May 2017

First CR-V for Russia produced in Ohio

At the Honda factory in East Liberty, Ohio, production of the fifth generation of the CR-V for the Russian market began, where the SUV will make its commercial debut in the middle of the year.

The CR-V version for Russia has been designed to meet the country's particular climatic conditions and it features the most advanced technologies, especially in active and passive safety.

The CR-V for Russia is powered by the 2 and 2.4 liters Dohc V-Tec engines combined with the CVT transmission and the AWD system.

Friday 19 May 2017

Now is official. Volvo to start assembly operations in India this year

Volvo has officially announced that by the end of the year it will launch direct assembly operations in India to ride the wave of the premium segment's growing success in the Asian market, as recalled by CEO Hakan Samuelsson.

The Swedish carmaker has chosen as production location its plant near Bangalore, run by Volvo Group (truck and bus), and the first model to be produced will be the new XC90 SUV, which will be followed by other cars in the future.

According to Volvo, India is set to grow ...

Friday 19 May 2017

Ford starts production of new Fiesta in Cologne

Ford launches Fiesta's eighth generation production at its German factory in Cologne. To adapt the factory at the launch of the new entry, the carmaker invested nearly 300 million Euros in the plant where today a Fiesta rolls off the line every 68 seconds.

The Fiesta is a real world car. It will also be assembled at the plants in Nanjing (joint venture with Changan), Chennai (India), São Bernardo do Campo (Brazil), Rayong (Thailand) and Cuautitlán in Mexico.

Friday 19 May 2017

Hyundai begins production of its i30 estate in the Czech Republic

Hyundai has started production of the third generation of its i30 estate at the Nosovice plant in Czech Republic, alongside that of the sedan version, already assembled since last December.

The Nosovice factory also hosts the i30 N production and by the end of the year it will benefit from the debut of an i30 in fastback configuration.

The Korean carmaker aims to replicate the commercial success of the two previous generations of the i30 and it predicts that 2018 will be the peak year for both the sedan and ...

Friday 19 May 2017

Ford Sollers modernizes engine plant in Russia

The Ford Sollers joint venture has begun work to modernize its Yelabuga Russian engine factory.

Advanced high-tech systems have already been installed that will greatly improve engine assembly processes and a new test area will soon be operational.

Ford Sollers inaugurated the Yelabuga factory in September 2015 thanks to an investment of the equivalent of approximately 275 million dollars.

Production capacity is 105,000 engines a year (currently are assembled the Duratec 1.6 engines with 85, 105 and 125 HP), which is expected to grow to around 200,000 ...

Thursday 18 May 2017

Kia signs partnership to produce in Ethiopia

Kia has signed an agreement with local Belayab Motors to start production operations in Ethiopia.

The partnership will exploit the plant already active in the city of Adama and run by Belayab Motors where the Rio and Picanto models are initially assembled.

Shortly there will be also Soul, Sorento, Sportage and Mohave.

The factory employs 270 people and it is considered a flagship of production in Ethiopia, an African market that is trying to find significant spaces among those considered more emerging in the Continent.

Thursday 18 May 2017

Mercedes launches the 350e plug-in in Thailand

The new E350e hybrid version of the Mercedes E Class is now also available in the Thai market.

The car combines a 2-liter petrol engine with an electric powetrain for a total power of 213 kW and it can travel 33 km exclusively in electric mode.

Mercedes is also active at the manufacturing level in the emerging Southeast Asian country thanks to a joint venture with Thomburi Automotive Assembly Plant Company Limited which manages the Samut Prakan factory where are currently assembled (with parts that come from plants in Germany ...

Thursday 18 May 2017

New Subaru XV in Russia from second half of 2017

Next generation of seven-seat Subaru XV will also be marketed in Russia, starting from the second half.

It's not a restyling, but a real new car made on a brand-new platform created by the Pleiades brand.

The Crossover, in line with traditional all-wheel drive system, will consolidate Subaru's sales volumes in Russia, where the philosophy of the Japanese carmaker is "doing a minimum, but very good".

Thursday 18 May 2017

Geely to begin production operations in Belarus

Zhejiang Geely Automobile, the Chinese Group owner of Geely and Volvo brands, announced the start of production activities in Belarus with a plant that will have an annual capacity of about 120,000 units, divided into Boyue, Yuanjing and Emgrand models.

The Chinese carmaker is already active in Belarus since 2011 when it signed a joint venture with Belarusian Automobile.

The strengthening of Geely's local activities seemed to be done in 2015, but the project has been postponed to date.

The Chinese Group aims to strengthen its international cooperation ...