February 26, 2012

Auto Briefs

GM, Peugeot might partner; Hyundai aims to boost production



GM, Peugeot may be talking partnership
General Motors is in talks about a possible tie-up with French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen, a French government official said last week. An alliance would be a surprising twist for the U.S. company, which has been struggling to boost its European operations for years. While the companies declined to confirm the talks, it appeared that any deal would focus on joint development and production of some parts or models. GM, which last year reclaimed the title of world's largest automaker from Toyota, already has a major presence in Europe through its Adam Opel unit, based in Ruesselheim, Germany.
New York Times News Service



Hyundai looking to boost output in U.S.
Hyundai Motor America President John Krafcik said recently that the Korean automaker is looking at ways to boost auto production in the United States. Hyundai's 815 U.S. dealers have faced low supply of many models, and have asked Hyundai to send them more cars. The company produced 420,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2011 and was able to squeeze about 10 percent more vehicles out of its plant in Montgomery, Ala. (shown), to meet consumer demand. The fast-growing automaker is now the sixth-largest seller of vehicles in the United States.
The Detroit News


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