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DETAILED PLANT


INVESTMENT
INFORMATION


CHRYSLER


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


January 2012

Chrysler Group announced an investment of $500 million to expand its plant in Saltillo, Mexico. Assembly of the Ram branded version of the Fiat Ducato commercial van for North America will be added to Ram series assembly at the Saltillo plant. The Saltillo plant will become the center for production for light-commercial vehicles for Chrysler in North America.




$500 million

Additional

45,000


2013

NA

Saltillo, Mexico

February 2012

Fiat Spa announced that Chrysler Group LLC along with Russian partner Sberbank will invest $1.14 billion to build a new assembly plant outside of St. Petersburg, Russia. The plant will have a capacity of 120,000 units and will assemble Jeep sport utility vehicles.





$1.14 billion

120,000

2014

NA

St. Petersburg, Russia



FORD


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


April 2012

Ford Motor announced an investment of $600 million to expand capacity at its Changan Ford joint venture facilities in Chongqing, China. Ford will add 250,000 additional units of capacity at the Chongqing complex. Currently, Ford assembles the Ford Mondeo, Focus and S-Max at the Chongqing complex. To this mix of products assembled in Chongqing will be added the all new EcoSport and all new Kuga.




$600 million

Additional

250,000


2014

NA

Chongqing, China

April 2012

Ford announced an investment of $760 million for a new assembly plant to be located in Hangzhou, China. The plant will have a capacity of 250,000 units when opened in 2015. The vehicles to be assembled at this plant will include the Ford Escape (Kuga in China) and Ford EcoSport. This new plant will give Ford 1.2 million units of capacity in China.




$760 million

250,000

2015

NA

Hangzhou, China


GENERAL MOTORS


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


April 2012

General Motors announced a $2.2 billion investment in a new plant to be located in Wuhan, China as part of the Shanghai General Motors Co. joint venture. The plant will have a capacity of 300,000 small and medium passenger cars and SUVs (not identified). The plant will also have significant parts making capacity.




$2.2 billion

300,000

2014

NA

Wuhan, China

June 2012

General Motors announced an investment of $500 million to expand capacity at its assembly plant in St. Petersburg, Russia. Capacity at the plant will be increased from 98,000 to 230,000. The plant assembles the Opel Astra sedan and Chevrolet Cruze compact car.




$500 million

Additional

132,000


2015

Additional

1,500


St. Petersburg, Russia

November 2012

General Motors announced an investment of $1.06 billion for a new vehicle and engine assembly plant to be located in Chongqing, China. The JV plant with SAIC Motor Corp. and Wuling Motors Holdings Ltd. will open in 2015. The vehicles to be assembled at the plant were not announced. This investment will expand GM’s capacity in China to 1.8 million units.




$1.06 billion

400,000

2015

NA

Chongqing, China



HONDA


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


July 2012

Honda announced an investment of $40 million to add 50,000 units of capacity to its plant in Greensburg, Indiana. Total plant capacity will grow to 250,000 units. The Civic Hybrid will be added to assembly of the Civic sedan and Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid.




$40 million

Additional

50,000


2013

Additional

300


Greensburg, Indiana


NISSAN


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


May 2012

Nissan announced an expenditure of $315 million to expand capacity at its joint venture plant with Dongfeng Motor Group in Xiangyang, China. Two Infiniti models would be added to assembly of the Teana and Murano models at the plant. Plant capacity will expand from 130,000 units to 250,000 in 2014 when the expansion is complete.




$315 million

Additional 120,000

2014

NA

Xiangyang, China

June 2012

Nissan announced an expenditure of $785 million for a new assembly plant with joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor Group Co. The plant will be located in Dalian, China and will have a capacity of 150,000 units when opened in 2014 with the ability to expand to 300,000 units. The plant will assemble unnamed upscale SUVs, sedans and MPVs.




$785 million

150,000

2014

NA

Dalian, China

November 2012

Nissan announced an investment of $358 million for a second assembly plant to be located in Thailand. The plant will have a capacity of 150,000 units and will open in 2014. The plant’s first product will be the Navara pickup.




$358 million

150,000

2014

NA

Thailand



TOYOTA


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


January 2012

Toyota announced an investment of $400 million to expand its plant in Princeton, Indiana. The expansion will accommodate the assembly of an additional 50,000 hybrid and gas powered Highlander SUVs and will add 400 jobs.




$400 million

Additional

50,000


2013

Additional

400


Princeton, Indiana

March 2012

Toyota announced an investment of $80 million to expand capacity at its plant in Woodstock, Ontario. Plant capacity will be expanded from 150,000 units to 200,000. The Woodstock plant assembles the RAV4 SUV.




$80 million

Additional

50,000


2013

Additional

400


Woodstock, Ontario

July 2012

Toyota announced an investment of $100 million to expand capacity to assemble the Lexus RX350 luxury crossover and a hybrid version of the vehicle at its plant in Cambridge, Ontario. Lexus capacity at the plant will increase by 30,000 units to 102,000. This will expand Toyota’s capacity in Canada to 500,000 vehicles and Toyota employment at its plants to 7,300 workers.



$100 million

Additional 30,000

2014

Additional

400


Cambridge, Ontario



OTHER JAPANESE


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


May 2012


Subaru, a unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., announced an expansion of its plant in Lafayette, Indiana to expand assembly of its Outback crossover and Legacy sedan and wagon. The $75 million expansion will boost plant capacity from 170,000 to 200,000 units. The Lafayette plant also assembles the Tribeca SUV and the Toyota Camry.


$75 million

Additional

30,000


2014

Additional

100


Lafayette, Indiana

August 2012


Isuzu Motors Ltd. announced an investment of $128 million in a new plant to be located in Nanchang, Japan. The plant will have a capacity of 100,000 units. Jiangling Motors Corp. of China will be a partner in the venture and engines will be supplied by Qingling Motors Group. The plant will assemble commercial trucks.


$128 million

100,000

2014

NA

Nanchang, Japan

November 2012


Mazda announced that capacity at its currently under construction plant in Guanajuato, Mexico will be expanded. Capacity at the plant will be expanded from 140,000 to 190,000 units. The additional capacity will be used to assemble 50,000 new subcompact vehicles for Toyota off of the Mazda2 platform.


Additional

$125 million



Additional

50,000


2015

NA

Guanajuato, Mexico


SOUTH KOREAN ASSEMBLERS


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


July 2012


Kia Motors announced a new assembly plant with joint venture partners Dongfeng Motor Corp. and Jiangsu Yueda Investment Company. The plant, located in Jiangsu province, will have a capacity of 300,000 units when opened in 2014. Kia assembly capacity in China will grow to 720,000 units.


$1 billion

300,000

2014

NA

Jiangsu province, China


EUROPEAN ASSEMBLERS


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


February 2012


Daimler AG and Chinese partner Beiqi Foton Motor Co. announced a $1 billion investment in a new plant to assemble medium and heavy-duty commercial trucks. The plant will have a capacity of 160,000 trucks and will be located in Beijing.


$1 billion

160,000

2014

NA

Beijing, China

April 2012


Volkswagen Group announced a new assembly plant for its premium Audi brand to be located in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico. The plant will have a capacity of 150,000 units when opened in 2016 and will assemble the Audi Q5 SUV. The new plant will be near to Volkswagen’s plant (Beetle and Jetta) in Puebla, Mexico.


$2 billion

150,000

2016

NA

San Jose Chiapa, Mexico

September 2012


Daimler AG and joint venture partner Beijing Automotive Group announced the second phase of its expansion of assembly facilities in Beijing, China. The new Beijing Benz Automotive Co. plant will assemble A class, B class, and GLA SUV compact vehicles on the same MFA platform. Capacity at the Beijing complex will grow from 100,000 units to 300,000.


$900 million

Additional

200,000


2014

NA

Beijing, China

October 2012


BMW announced a new assembly plant to be located in Joinville, Brazil. The plant will have a capacity of 30,000 vehicles when opened in 2014 and will employ 1,000 workers. The vehicle(s) to be assembled in the plant were not announced but it could be the 3-series.

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$261 million

30,000

2014

1,000

Joinville, Brazil



INDIAN ASSEMBLERS


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


June 2012


Jaguar Land Rover, owned by Tata Motors Ltd., announced a joint venture agreement with Chery Automobile Co. of China to build an assembly plant in Changshu, China. The plant will have an assembly capacity of 130,000 units when opened in 2014 and will assemble Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.


$1 billion

130,000

2014

NA

Changshu, China


CHINESE ASSEMBLERS


Announcement Date

Description


Amount

(U.S. $)


Units

Per year


Completion

Date


# of Jobs


Where


July 2012


Chery Automobile Co. announced plans for an assembly plant in Malaysia. The plant will supply vehicles to Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan.


$80 million

10,000

2014

NA

Malaysia

September 2012

Chinese truckmaker Beiqi Foton Motor Co. announced an investment of $300 million for a new truck assembly plant to be located in Camacari, Brazil.




$300 million

30,000

2013

NA

Camacari, Brazil

November 2012


Chery Automobile Co. announced an investment of $400 million for a new assembly plant to be located in Brazil. The plant will have a capacity of 150,000 units when opened in late 2013. The first vehicle to be assembled at the plant in Sao Paulo will be the subcompact Chery Celer.


$400 million

150,000

2013

NA

Sao Paulo, Brazil

November 2012


Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp. announced a joint venture plant with the Industrial Development Corp. of South Africa. The plant will assemble minibus taxis. The plant will be located in Springs, South Africa and will be able to assemble 10,000 minibuses per year.


$23 million

10,000

2014

NA

Springs, South Africa


INFORMATION SOURCES


A. Associations

American Association of International Automakers


American Automobile Manufacturers Association
Association of Indonesian Automotive Industries
Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada
Automotive Industries Association of Canada
Automotive Resources Asia Ltd.
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association
Korean Automobile Manufacturers Association
Mexican Automotive Industry Association
Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Canada
Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association of the U.S.
National Association of Automotive Vehicle Makers of Brazil
Original Equipment Suppliers Association
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers


B. Publications

Auto Age
Auto Authority


Auto Data
Auto Vision
Autofutures
Automobile
Automobile Topics
Automobile Year
Automotive Business News
Automotive Components Analyst
Automotive Engineering
Automotive Industries
Automotive International
Automotive Manufacturing
Automotive News
Automotive News Europe
Automotive News International
Canadian Auto World
Early Warning Report (AutoFacts)
Europe Automotive Insights
Far Eastern Economic Review
The Globe and Mail
Insights (Automotive Industries)
The Japan Automotive Digest
Journal of Asian Business
Korean Auto Industry Outlook
Vehicle News
Ward’s Automotive Reports
Ward's Auto World
Ward's Automotive Yearbook


C. Research Organizations and Other Sources

A. T. Kearney, Inc.


AutoFacts International, Inc.
Automotive Branch, Industry Canada
The Automotive Consulting Group
Automotive Industry Action Group
The Baan Company
DRI/McGraw Hill
ELM International
Global Insight
IRN, Inc.
J. D. Power and Associates
Korean Auto Research Inc.
Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation - University of Michigan
R. L. Polk & Co.
Ward's Communication
D. Web Sites Monitored

All Things Automotive


Auto Directory
Autofacts
Auto Home Page
Automotive Industries
Automotivedigest
AutoNews.com
Auto Source
Autos Insider
BMW
DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Detroit News Auto Talk
Ford Motor Company
General Motors Corporation
Honda
Hyundai
Kia
Land Rover
Mercedes-Benz
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
Nissan
Saab
Society of Automotive Engineers
Strategis
Toyota
Volkswagen
Volvo
Ward's Communications

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