Automakers and Suppliers

Anti-UAW workers begin effort to create union at VW Tenn. plant

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Employees at the Volkswagen AG auto plant in Tennessee are forming a union that is to include hourly and salaried workers, as a counter to the UAW Local 42 that was established last month, a leading anti-UAW worker said today.... Read More »

 

Ex-Porsche CEO Wiedeking to be tried for VW share manipulation

Aug. 26, 2014 12:29 CET
A German court revived criminal charges against former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and ex-finance chief Holger Haerter involving a failed takeover of Volkswagen, saying prosecutors' findings indicate it "seems quite likely" the company hid its plan.... Read More »

 

Ford's Quick Lane brand buys naming rights to Detroit bowl game

10:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Ford's Quick Lane brand of dealership auto service centers will be sponsoring Detroit's new college football bowl game in December at Ford Field. Members of the Ford family also own the NLF's Detroit Lions, organizers of the bowl. Financial terms of the multiyear title sponsorship were not disclosed.... Read More »

 

Consumer Reports judges Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tops among half-ton pickups

11:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Consumer Reports says the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel outscored competitors from Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Nissan to claim the magazine's top spot among full-size light-duty pickups.... Read More »

 

Volvo unveils new XC90 flagship SUV

Aug. 26, 2014 14:51 CET
Volvo unveiled the new XC90, a key part of the automaker's plan to nearly double annual vehicle sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2020.... Read More »

 

GM turns to employee bike share program to get around tech campus

10:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
General Motors introduced a bike sharing program on its 330-acre technical center campus in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

Asian, European brands dominate satisfaction survey, but U.S. brands close gap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Asian and European brands dominate the top of an annual survey of customer satisfaction in the United States with auto brands, though overall satisfaction with the industry dropped for the second year in a row.... Read More »

 

Volvo counts on high-cost Sweden for crucial XC90

Aug. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Volvo is sticking to its Scandinavian roots with its first model since being acquired by Chinese owners four years ago. Rather than chase low wages, Volvo will build the new XC90 SUV in Sweden, where auto workers get about $62 an hour.... Read More »

 

GM, Ford, Toyota and VW among automakers hit by antitrust penalties in India

Aug. 26, 2014 10:21 CET
India's antitrust regulator fined 14 carmakers a combined $420 million for stifling competition in the market for spare parts. Among the companies fined were the local units of GM, Ford, Toyota, VW, Fiat, Nissan, BMW and Mercedes.... Read More »

 

VW Group sales rise 7% in July on Europe, China gains

Aug. 26, 2014 12:22 CET
VW Group sales increased 7 percent in July to 808,500 vehicles as gains in Europe and China outweighed declines in the Americas. Through seven months the automaker's volume is up 6 percent to 5.78 million.... Read More »

 

China's corruption watchdog investigates execs at Volkswagen JV

Aug. 26, 2014 12:51 CET
China's corruption watchdog says it is investigating one former and one current executive at VW Group's Chinese venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive, for "seriously violating the law."... Read More »

 

Tata brand plans upscale SUVs with Jaguar Land Rover tech, report says

Aug. 26, 2014 11:41 CET
Tata Motors is developing two upscale SUVs for its Tata brand using technology from Jaguar Land Rover, a Delhi-based business newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

The incentives debate: Who's being 'stupid'?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Some big rivals dismiss American Honda sales boss John Mendel's grim warning that extended loan terms and other strategies being employed by competitors hurt resale values, customer loyalty and ultimately profits. So who's right?... Read More »

 

VW will launch new Golf in 2017, report says

Aug. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen plans to launch the eighth generation of its best-selling Golf hatchback in 2017, five years after launching the current model, a German magazine reported.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi to tweak design for a unified look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Mitsubishi will improve its U.S. lineup with some fresh design touches next year, but few all-new vehicles will be introduced stateside during the next three years.... Read More »

 

German suppliers asked to form JVs in China, report says

Aug. 25, 2014 10:39 CET
China has told three German suppliers they can no longer manage their Chinese units independently but need to form partnerships with local peers, the CEO of partsmaker ElringKlinger told a German newspaper.... Read More »

 

Ford begins 'massive undertaking' to manufacture aluminum pickup

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford has begun an eight-week closure of its F-150 pickup plant near Detroit to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the United States.... Read More »

 

Ram makes a power move in heated rivalry with Ford Super Duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
The rivalry between Ford's venerable F series and Chrysler's hard-charging Ram truck brand is heating up again. Chrysler today announced that it will offer a 2015 diesel-powered Ram Heavy Duty pickup with 865 pounds-feet of torque.... Read More »

 

Subaru moves to 1 platform, new generation of engine technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Subaru is riding on the success of its strategy to redesign all of its vehicles primarily for the United States and equip them with competitive features.... Read More »

 

JCI, Unifor labor deal averts threat to GM output in Canada

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
About 300 unionized workers at a Johnson Controls interiors plant in Ontario ratified a new three-year contract, heading off a potential strike at the factory and work stoppage at General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex.... Read More »

 

Cadillac's big sedan plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A large, range-topping sedan Cadillac that will launch in 2015 is a prerequisite to competing against BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus, said General Motors global product chief Mark Reuss.... Read More »

 

Cash surge, lighter batteries power A123 comeback

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A123 Systems LLC is in the midst of a recharge. Despite political opposition, it emerged from bankruptcy last year under the ownership of Chinese supplier conglomerate Wanxiang Group, made sweeping business plan changes and is expected to be cash flow positive for the first time in its history this year.... Read More »

 

Mazda making big changes fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Mazda continues to roll out product changes at a pace that's more associated with the world of apps than autos.... Read More »

 

Subaru shows glitzy new global HQ befitting new stature

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Subaru today christened a glistening new global headquarters more befitting of the hot brand's bigger international profile. The glass-and-steel digs, in Tokyo's trendy Ebisu district, replaces a cramped, gloomy 48-year-old monolith it sold in 2010.... Read More »

 

Auto-shop class is a win-win for high school grads, dealerships that need mechanics

8:16 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Two years out of high school, Evan Fischbach is earning $40,000 a year. His secret: shop class. Fischbach, 19, has known he wanted to work on cars ever since he took an automotive class in his junior year of high school in Saline, Mich. His college-educated parents wondered if he was aiming too low.... Read More »

 

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