#FACILITIES

Batteries

Chinese Battery Maker Ramps Up Plans

Cobalt-free units due next year, $2.4 billion European plant to open in 2023

Design

Honda Restructures North American Operations

Initiatives target reforms for design, R&D, production and retail operations.

Sales

Tesla Posts 3Q Profit, Affirms 2020 Sales Target

Company sheds startup status, moves into full-fledged carmaking

Assembly

GM Preps Third U.S. Plant to Make EVs

Spring Hill plant will continue to make piston-powered vehicles.

Production

2021 NY Auto Show Pushed to August

Delay paves way for expansion…assuming large gatherings are allowed by then

Production

Factory ZERO by the Numbers

Some key digits about a transformed factory in the 313

Hybrid

FCA Pledges $1 Billion in Canada for EV Production

First electrified model to go into production in 2024

Additive Manufacturing

Learning Additive at General Motors

Kevin Quinn, GM director of Additive Design and Manufacturing, talks about why teaching people about additive is important to the OEM’s efforts to advance the use of the technology

Economics

Nissan, Toyota Want U.K. to Pay for Higher Brexit Tariffs

"Hard" Brexit threatens demise of Britain's auto industry

Labor

Unifor Ratify Record Canadian Labor Pact with Ford

4:1 approval for new programs, higher pay

Assembly

Tesla Tweaks Battery Plans in Germany

Company envisions in-house battery production at all its vehicle assembly plants

Hybrid

Ford Offers to Turn Canadian Plant into EV Factory

Plan would give Canada a role in shift to electrification

Marketing

2021 Detroit Auto Show Moves to Late September

New date puts space between other shows

Batteries

FCA Hikes Credit Line for Hybrids, EVs to Nearly $1 Billion

European line-of-credit cover research, plant retooling in Italy.

Batteries

LG Chem Spins Off Battery Unit

Wholly owned subsidiary aims to nearly triple sales in four years.

Labor

Stalled Plant Sale Stymies GM’s Exit from India

Deal hampered by tensions between India and China

Economics

Brexit Fumble Could Cost Carmakers $130 Billion

Deadline looms for last-minute trade deal on U.K. exit from European Union

Hybrid

Who Needs an EV Battery Plant? Not Ford

Company sees more pros than cons to shopping around

Production

Beijing Auto Show to Open Next Month

No details yet on OEM participation

Production

Bollinger Expands Operations Ahead of Late-2021 EV Launch

Startup moves to new headquarters in Michigan and plans to double its staff

Batteries

Northvolt Gets $525 Million German Loan Guarantee

Startup’s funding war chest tops $3.1 billion

Production

Toyota, Mazda Hike U.S. Plant Budget by 55%

More spending for advanced production technologies

Business

Phillips 66 to Convert Oil Refinery to Renewable Fuels

800-million-gallon capacity would be largest green fuel capacity in the world