Chrysler loses money in Q1 despite big sales gains
Automaker Chrysler Group lost money in the first quarter of 2014 despite big sales gains for the new Jeep Cherokee and Ram pickup models.
Quebec’s BRP building $55M off-road vehicle plant in Mexico
Quebec-based recreational vehicle maker BRP Inc. has announced plans to build a new $55 million plant in northern Mexico, the company’s third manufacturing facility opened there since 2001.
Chrysler to axe Dodge Grand Caravan in 2016
As part of an effort to make the brands more distinct, automaker Chrysler Group is dropping the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and introducing a new Chrysler compact car.
Geographic diversification “crucial” for Canadian auto exporters: report
Geographical diversification is “crucial” for Canada’s auto exports, but it appears to be stuck in neutral while most other major vehicle producing countries, including the U.S., have diversified their markets by expanding…
Ford reports weak North American results in Q1 2014
Spurred by growing strength in Asia and Europe, automaker Ford Motor Co.’s worldwide sales rose in the first quarter of 2014…but weakness in North America dragged down the company’s profit.
ABC Group sells U.S. subsidiary to Chinese holding company
Toronto-based global automotive parts maker ABC Group Inc. has sold its ABC Group Fuel Systems Inc. subsidiary to China’s state-owned firm Rongshi International Holding Company Ltd.
GM restructures engineering staff
In response to a massive safety recall, General Motors is restructuring its Global Vehicle Engineering organization.
Charged and ready: Engineering resins for electric and hybrid vehicles
As any blackjack player could tell you, doubling down involves a big risk. But it’s one thing to chance it at the local casino for half a day’s pay, quite another when careers, reputations, and hundreds of millions of dollars are on…
Brazilian auto parts maker Torcomp building first U.S. plant
A Brazilian car parts manufacturer is planning to begin construction in Pennsylvania later this month on its first facility in the U.S.
U.S. equipment firm Kingsbury Corp. buys Negri Bossi
Italy-based Sacmi Group has sold its plastics division – including the Negri Bossi injection molding machine brand – to U.S. machinery firm Kingsbury Corporation.
Lanxess opens new compounding plant in Brazil
Materials supplier Lanxess has officially opened its thermoplastics compounding facility at the company’s site at Porto Feliz, Brazil.
GM invests $449M in Michigan electric vehicles facilities
General Motors has announced a US$449 million investment to upgrade manufacturing processes at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly plants in Michigan, to support the next generation of electric vehicles and battery…
Magna investing $1.5M in Ontario closures plant, adding 75 jobs
Canadian auto parts supplier Magna International Inc. is investing $1.5 million and adding 75 jobs at a plant north of Toronto as part of an expansion of its closures division.
Light vehicle sales in Canada mostly flat in March
Light vehicle sales in Canada were flat for automakers overall in March, as an increase in light truck sales was offset by a drop in passenger cars.
Ontario program offers $1M for autonomous vehicle technology
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) has launched a $1-million program designed to develop autonomous and connected vehicle technologies in the province.
Chrysler’s Windsor, Ont. plant gets top manufacturing designation
Chrysler’s minivan plant in Windsor, Ont. continues to lead the automaker’s pack of North American manufacturing facilities, becoming the first on the continent to receive a silver designation in its internal World Class…
Invista planting deep roots in China
Chemical supplier Invista has broken ground on new hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and nylon 6,6 polymer plants in China.
Canadian auto sector to help economy less than in U.S., Mexico in Q2: Scotiabank
The global auto industry hit a record-high output in the first quarter of 2014, despite a slow start in North America due to weather-related issues, according to a new report from Scotiabank.
Synventive opening new service centre in Windsor, Ont.
In a move to better support its customers in the automotive sector, hot runner systems supplier Synventive Molding Solutions will be opening a new service centre in Windsor, Ont.
Chrysler adding 800 jobs at Michigan plant once slated for closure
A Michigan assembly plant slated for closure just four years ago has now added 800 jobs as Chrysler gets set to ramp up production of its redesigned midsize sedan.