Labor

GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing, labor relations

11:47 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2016

General Motors has named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the latest in a string of high-profile appointments for the long-time GM engineer. Boler-Davis, 47, succeeds Jim Deluca, 55, who is retiring after a 37-year career.... Read More »

UAW begins reaching out to Tesla workers, official says

10:58 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2016

UAW officials have had contact with employees at Tesla Motors' Fremont, Calif., assembly plant, a top union official said in the latest acknowledgment that the union is interested in organizing the automaker's workers.... Read More »

Arrest made in shootings at UAW local in Chicago

12:26 pm U.S. ET | June 8, 2016

A man has been arrested and charged in the shootings of two UAW officials who represent Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. William Cowart, 50, was charged on Saturday with aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm, Chicago police said in a statement late Tuesday.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: FCA in Uber, Amazon talks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2016

FCA in talks with Uber, Amazon - report; Suzuki chair to quit CEO job; Nissan ads ditch glitz; Toyota tops brand-value list, Tesla cracks top 10; Mercedes targets U.S. sales record.... Read More »

Marc Stepp, head of UAW's Chrysler department in rocky 1970s, dies at 93

3:15 pm U.S. ET | June 7, 2016

Marc Stepp, who as head of the UAW's Chrysler department negotiated steep cuts in pay and other benefits for thousands of factory workers as the ailing automaker teetered near bankruptcy and angled for a historic U.S. government rescue in the late 1970s, has died. Stepp, 93, was the first African-American to lead bargaining for the union at a Detroit automaker.... Read More »

Ford, Fiat Chrysler truck plants to keep humming this summer

6:01 pm U.S. ET | June 7, 2016

Ford and Fiat Chrysler are cutting production of smaller cars and idling workers at some North American factories, while boosting output of crossovers and SUVs in reaction to a long-term shift toward larger vehicles. U.S. light-truck sales have climbed 8.8 percent this year through May while car demand has slipped 8 percent.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Cadillac retail overhaul takes shape

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Cadillac retail overhaul takes shape; 2 shot, wounded during fight at UAW Ford local in Chicago; Sonic brings in help to expand EchoPark; Mercedes seeks more women buyers.... Read More »

Two UAW local officials at Ford Chicago plant shot outside union hall

6:12 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2016

Two UAW officials who represent Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant were shot Friday night during an argument outside the Local 551 union hall shortly after they won re-election.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Loan market 'overheated,' execs say

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2016

Auto loan market overheated, bank execs say; Report: Ad firms pad bottom line; Canadian workers push for plant spending; Google car's big honking lesson; Nissan's spin on Donut Day.... Read More »

Czech car industry needs more workers to grow, automotive group says

June 2, 2016 15:52 CET

A lack of workers is acting as a brake on growth for the Czech car industry, an automotive group said. The body estimates that the Czech industry as a whole, of which automakers are a major part, currently needs an additional 52,000 employees.... Read More »

GM may shift some pickup production from Mexico to Michigan, report says

1:47 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2016

Some General Motors light-duty pickup production is going to shift to Flint, Mich., from Mexico, according to a report.... Read More »

Ford to launch pilot program to employ adults with autism

3:18 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2016

Ford is launching a pilot program on June 1 to hire adults with autism. Ford will create five positions in product development suited to the skills and capabilities of workers with autism for the program, called FordInclusiveWorks, the automaker said in a statement Wednesday.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Investors eyeing Takata?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2016

Investors eyeing Takata?; UAW endorses Clinton; Google plans Detroit-area facility; Milestone at FCA factory; At Ford: Autism, opportunity; Automakers building on JFK's challenge.... Read More »

Daimler's Detroit Diesel union workers ratify new labor contract

10:31 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

UAW members at Detroit Diesel ratified a contract Tuesday that includes a wage increase and commits Daimler Trucks North America to new engine production.... Read More »

Flex-N-Gate to supply Ford from new Detroit plant

3:01 pm U.S. ET | May 24, 2016

Auto supplier Flex-N-Gate plans to invest $95 million and buy 30 acres of city land to build a new plant that will create up to 750 jobs in Detroit, after approval today of a $3.5 million performance-based state grant.... Read More »

Tesla case puts plant labor in spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2016

Eisenmann Corp., a construction contractor at the center of a report about labor abuses and safety lapses at a Tesla plant, is investigating all supplier contracts, a probe that could touch other automakers.... Read More »

VW agrees to lift wages for German workers despite scandal costs

May 20, 2016 10:45 CET

Volkswagen agreed to raise German workers' pay by nearly 5 percent after labor leaders vowed that employees won't foot the multi-billion-euro bill to resolve its diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

UAW chief blasts Detroit 3 for shifting output to Mexico

3:34 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams criticized automakers for moving vehicle production to Mexico while taking issue with the notion that the union negotiated such moves last year in return for the end of tiered wages for workers and investments in U.S. plants.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: UAW chief decries Mexico moves

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

UAW chief: Mexico investments 'about cheap labor'; Self-driving Bolts; GM expands ride-share service; Jeep output snag; Cadillac kills ELR; Mopar expansion; Google patents a sticky safety feature.... Read More »

Tesla probes how subcontractor's worker was hurt in California plant

4:20 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Tesla said it is investigating how a worker from Slovenia was critically injured in a fall while on the job last year at the company’s plant in Fremont, Calif. The Mercury News newspaper in San Jose, Calif., published an investigative story on Sunday, May 15, about the incident.... Read More »

Politicians not wanted for this Fiat Chrysler party

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

There were plenty of executives and workers and even kids on hand May 6 as Fiat Chrysler marked the launch of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica at its renovated Windsor, (Ont.) Assembly Plant. But one group that is traditionally a mainstay at such celebratory factory events was notably absent from the shindig: politicians.... Read More »

FIGHTING FICTION

Grandpa's 'grease monkey' label hampers tech recruitment

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Despite the high-tech skills required of technicians, the grease monkey label persists. Recruiters say that can make it tough to convince parents that it's a wise career choice for their children.... Read More »

High alert

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Health and safety officials are paying more attention than ever to risks in service bays, says Bob O'Gorman, president of the Automotive Lift Institute.... Read More »

Service advisers and the Supreme Court?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

When the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case on whether salaried service writers should get overtime pay, their questions centered on a basic question: What do service writers do?... Read More »

RAISING LIFT SAFETY

Fixed ops boss and supplier innovate to light the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Here's how the fixed ops boss at Larry H. Miller Dealerships and a lift supplier worked together to improve the safety of mechanics working under two tons of automobile.... Read More »

 
PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7 2016

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Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals woul ...
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How to push self-driving tech to the limits without the risks

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6 2016

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There's a risk-free way to push autonomous cars to their limits. A simulator in the UK is going to d ...
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Volvo defies gravity

Luca Ciferri
8:33 am U.S. ET | July 5 2016

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Volvo doesn't consider itself a true global player in the premium segment. ...
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BMW CEO scores first big win with Intel, Mobileye deal

Christiaan Hetzner
10:40 am U.S. ET | July 2 2016

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Led by CEO Harald Krueger, BMW's strong push into autonomous driving with Intel and Mobileye could b ...
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Why Europe's car buyer categories need a shake-up

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:49 am U.S. ET | July 1 2016

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Johnson Controls says current car buyer categories aren't telling the full story. ...
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Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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UK's June car sales fall; gov't asked for support
UK car sales fell for only the second time in more than four years in June, prompting an industry bo ...
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W. Europe car sales up 6% in June despite UK decline
Western European car registrations increased nearly 6 percent in June as demand rose last month in G ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. ...
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
VW Group's Seat brand has recruited Audi veteran Wayne Griffiths as its new sales and marketing boss ...
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Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes
Daimler has hired a former Citroen executive to run a new department focused on technology sales and ...
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FCA's U.S. communications chief Ranieri returns to Italy
Gualberto Ranieri, the senior vice president for communications for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' subsidiary, FCA US, has returned to Italy, seven years after arriving to work... ...
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Former Audi, Mercedes exec named new Cadillac Europe boss
GM has appointed former Audi and Mercedes executive Felix Weller as head of Cadillac Europe as it tr ...
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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