Labor

GM, Ford 'cooperating' with feds as probe into UAW training centers widens

11:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2017

General Motors and Ford said they are "cooperating" with federal investigators who have subpoenaed information about jointly operated training centers with the UAW.... Read More »

UAW files complaint against Tesla representing terminated workers

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2017

The UAW said on Thursday it filed a complaint against electric carmaker Tesla Inc. on behalf of the company's terminated workers.... Read More »

UAW files complaint against Tesla after hundreds of workers fired

2:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2017

The UAW filed an unfair labor practices complaint against Tesla with the National Labor Relations Board after the automaker fired more than 400 employees.... Read More »

VW's German workers seek 6% pay increase

Oct. 25, 2017 15:27 CET

Growing profit and vehicle sales at VW justify calls for strong wage gains even as the company faces billions of costs for its diesel-emissions test scandal and a strategic shift to electric cars, the IG Metall union said.... Read More »

Survey finds tech can help draw millennials to dealership jobs

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2017

Results from a new survey show that incorporating modern technology may help attract more millennials to dealership jobs.... Read More »

Techs' strike in Chicago highlights work-force issues affecting all dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

The terms of the Chicago tech strike's settlement deserve attention because they address challenges that confront all dealership service departments — not just unionized shops in one city — as they seek to recruit and retain productive technicians.... Read More »

New Chicago tech contract addresses pay, seniority

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

Demands for changes in pay and seniority practices were at the heart of the summer strike by union-represented service technicians at Chicago-area dealerships. The contract settlement addresses both issues.... Read More »

PSA CEO Tavares signals possible cost cuts at Opel

Oct. 20, 2017 16:30 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has signaled possible cost cuts at Opel, noting in a newspaper interview that production costs were at least 50 percent higher than at the company's French factories.... Read More »

Ford stamping plant worker fatally shoots himself

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2017

A Ford employee shot and killed himself at the company's stamping plant in Woodhaven, Mich., on Friday.... Read More »

Tesla agrees to raise pay at German division

Oct. 18, 2017 17:26 CET

Tesla and labor leaders at its German engineering unit agreed a new pay structure that will raise workers' salaries by about 30 percent from current levels.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

How GM forced Unifor to stand down

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

It isn't what Unifor's leadership was hoping for, but the new four-year labour contract at CAMI Assembly in Ontario is as good as they were going to get.... Read More »

Unifor ratifies contract at GM's Equinox plant in Canada; 86% of workers approve

10:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Union workers at a GM plant in Ingersoll, Ont., have ratified a new contract, ending a four-week strike that threatened to pinch sales of the Chevrolet Equinox. A total of 86 percent of members who cast ballots favored the four-year deal, sending employees back to work at 7 p.m. ET Monday for early startup, according to the Unifor union.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

BLOG: How GM forced Unifor to stand down

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

It isn't what Unifor's leadership was hoping for, but the new four-year labor contract at CAMI Assembly in Ontario is as good as they were going to get.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM Canada workers ratify contract

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

GM Canada workers ratify contract, Equinox output to resume; Cadillac shifts virtual showroom strategy to larger stores; Steel a sticking point for Tesla Model 3?; Daimler recall.... Read More »

Union calls for talks after PSA cuts Vauxhall jobs

Oct. 16, 2017 13:06 CET

Union leaders at PSA's Ellesmere Port factory, which builds Opel/Vauxhall Astras, are calling for talks with the French automaker after PSA said it would cut a quarter of the UK plant's workforce.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Back to work tonight at GM plant?

8:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Workers at GM Equinox plant voting on deal to end strike; Daimler to split divisions; Pair of Toyota self-driving concepts; Vauxhall, Tesla job cuts; A key element in EV revolution.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Unifor is fighting 
for the future of jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

For the past nine years, we at CAMI Assembly have worked mandatory overtime, six days a week, 24 hours per day.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Ford could stand to
 cut salaried workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

It has been a constant running joke in my 23 years working for Ford Motor Co. in regards to the ratio of salaried workers compared to hourly.... Read More »

PSA will cut 400 Vauxhall jobs in UK; says production not competitive compared with France

Oct. 13, 2017 20:41 CET

PSA is cutting a quarter of the workforce at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port factory in England. The plant builds Opel and Vauxhall Astra cars for European markets.... Read More »

GM warns Canadian union it could wind down striking CAMI plant

7:53 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

General Motors is growing frustrated by the impasse in contract talks with Unifor and warned the union it will look to produce the Chevrolet Equinox elsewhere unless workers call off a month-long strike at the plant in Ingersoll, Ont.... Read More »

Skoda will add jobs despite VW union fears

Oct. 11, 2017 09:47 CET

Skoda will only make use of parent VW Group's wider manufacturing network to cope with peaks in demand, CEO Bernhard Maier said, amid worries that the brand could lose some production to VW factories in Germany. Maier said Skoda's capacity is hitting its limit and the company is adding more jobs in its home country.... Read More »

Canadian union blasts GM over tweet, Equinox

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

President Donald Trump isn't the only one who can take to Twitter and call automakers on the carpet.... Read More »

Chevy Equinox inventory could hit 5-year low due to union strike

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

U.S. inventory of the Equinox dropped to 43,453 vehicles, or a 41-day supply, at the beginning of October. Estimated inventory stood at an all-time high of 74,400 units, or a 66-day supply, in June.... Read More »

Unifor strike puts dent in Chevrolet Equinox inventories

10:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2017

A strike by workers at a General Motors factory in Canada could begin to impact consumer choice and dealer stocks of the Chevrolet Equinox -- one of the top-10 selling vehicles in the U.S.... Read More »

UAW presses Ford to protect factory jobs amid EV push

2:56 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2017

The UAW is talking with Ford about ways to avoid layoffs as the automaker builds more electric vehicles. Ford's new CEO told investors this week the company is aiming for a 30 percent reduction in "hours per unit" to build EVs.... Read More »

 
How China plans to create a giant state-owned automaker

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12 2017

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BYD bets big on buses in Europe, cars can't be far behind

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10 2017

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China's BYD has built up a production network in Europe to make electric buses. ...
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Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW

Larry P. Vellequette
3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2017

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Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions ...
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Why an electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles

Richard Truett
12:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. ...
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VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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VW is considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. ...
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Tesla shows why VW, Daimler should keep their heavy trucks businesses

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24 2017

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Tesla's punt at the heavy truck market shows VW and Daimler that there may be meaningful synergies b ...
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BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Nick Gibbs
5:14 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22 2017

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As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW see ...
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Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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European car sales rise 6%, helped by extra selling day
European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toy ...
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European light-vehicle sales rise in November
European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toy ...
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VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car sales in Russia rose 15 percent in November. VW and Ford sales both jumped 29 percent. ...
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German sales likely to fall next year on lower diesel demand, VDA says
New-car registrations in Germany will grow to one of their highest-ever levels this year but will li ...
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German sales rise 9% but diesel sales hit hard
New-car sales in Germany rose 9.4 percent in November with Peugeot and Dacia showing strong growth. ...
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UK sales fall 11% in 8th month of decline
UK new-car registrations slumped 11 percent in November as weaker consumer confidence and uncertaint ...
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Western European car sales rise 5% despite UK woes
Western European car registrations rose 5.4 percent in November, with the key French and German mark ...
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Fiat falls in Italy despite 7% market rise
New-car sales in Italy rose 6.8 percent in November, despite a slump in market leader Fiat brand's v ...
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Renault, Peugeot gain in Spain while diesel, VW sales fall
Renault and Peugeot were among the winners as sales of new cars in Spain rose 12 percent in November ...
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Skoda, Peugeot SUVs help French market grow by 10% in Nov.
Skoda and Peugeot were among winners as French new-car registrations increased 10 percent in Novembe ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Toyota Europe sets up mobility, connectivity units; shuffles r&d, purchasing leadership
Toyota Europe will establish two business divisions to focus on mobility services and connectivity a ...
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PSA names veteran exec as chief digital officer
PSA has shuffled its digital leadership by appointing veteran executive Christophe Rauturier as chie ...
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Bugatti's sales chief quits to head luxury beds brand
Bugatti's sales and marketing chief, Stefan Brungs, is leaving the supercar brand to become CEO of bedding specialists Bico. ...
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Porsche France boss to head Canada ops
Marc Ouayoun will become CEO of Porsche Cars Canada, moving from his current role heading the autom ...
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VW brand gets outsider as powertrain chief
VW Group named an executive from outside the company, former Daimler engineer Kurt Blumenroeder, to head powertrain development at its core VW brand. ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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