After a contentious organizing drive, hourly workers at a Flex-N-Gate Corp. plant in Arlington, Texas, voted last week to join the UAW. The bumper supplier, which has more than 12,000 employees at 59 sites worldwide, has been a high-profile target of the UAW.
Profit margins on new vehicles are slipping for the nation's largest dealership groups as manufacturers and retailers slug it out for market share. New-car margins dropped for all the public dealership groups during the first quarter of 2013.
Audi of America President Scott Keogh is presiding over a brand with momentum, with U.S. sales up 16 percent through April and a batch of new vehicles launched or on tap. Keogh, 44, became president of Audi of America in June, a promotion from chief marketing officer.
Last year, Colin Dodge juggled a long list of responsibilities for Nissan Motor Co. He was global chief performance officer and in charge of Nissan's markets in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.
There's little chance that the flashy Buick Riviera concept will ever grace a Buick showroom. But dealers should view the Riviera as a signal that GM is serious about adding pizazz to the Buick lineup.
The staff at Fields Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram noticed that many of the Jeeps they sold looked different when their owners came in for an oil change or other service appointment. The vehicles might have new tires, flashier wheels or modifications such as suspension lift kits.
Having reshaped a big piece of the world's economy around its Windows software, Microsoft Corp. now wants to do the same thing in the car business. What the Seattle giant sees there says as much about the future of cars as it does about itself.
GM will recall more than 38,000 sedans equipped with its "eAssist" mild hybrid system to repair circuit boards that may overheat leading to a loss of battery charge or in extreme cases, a fire in the trunk.
Hyundai Motor Group does not immediately plan to build a new car factory in the United States, Chairman Chung Mong-koo said today, downplaying speculation that the South Korean automaker would soon announce production facilities in the key market.
Daimler is recalling 3,500 Mercedes-Benz Citan vans in Europe because of faulty airbags. The Citan is a derivative of the Renault Kangoo and recently scored only three out of five stars in an NCAP test.
General Motors reported sales growth in China accelerated last month while Toyota's sales continued to lag. GM sales climbed 15 percent to 261,870 units in April, according to figures released today by the carmaker. Toyota reported sales fell 6.5 percent to 76,400 units, the ninth drop in 10 months.
Ferrari's limited-edition supercars are special. Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo says the new LaFerrari is no exception because of features such as the supercar's gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, F1-inspired carbon fiber cockpit and a state-of-the-art aerodynamics.
April's auto sales rate was the lowest since October, but the parade of high-margin pickups and SUVs rolling off dealership lots gave the Detroit 3 double-digit increases for the month, hefty profits and a spike in market share.
Ford Motor Co. is modifying its vehicle-launch procedures to catch problems earlier, said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas. The changes come after quality problems hobbled several important launches of Ford vehicles, including the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKZ.
By Akio Toyoda's own admission, his beloved Lexus luxury brand has a big problem. Unlike its German rivals, Lexus has no heritage, no narrative. Now the Toyota Motor Corp. president is investing himself personally in the brand by taking direct control of all things Lexus.
Lexus Group was rechristened Lexus International in June 2012 in an effort to lend an air of worldwide reach and urbane globalism. Despite efforts to internationalize the brand, there is still one big hurdle: The limited allure of the company's bland industrial hometown of Toyota City.