Labor

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Nissan, Toyota view on U.S. dims

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2016

Nissan, Toyota view on U.S. dims; Tesla's German buy; Unifor ratifies pact with Magna unit; JLR scraps racetrack plan; Chevy Bolt, Kia Optima among Green Car of the Year finalists.... Read More »

Integram Seating workers approve labor pact at Canada plant

7:02 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Workers at Integram (Magna) Seating in Windsor, Ontario, ratified a new four-year labor agreement by an overwhelming margin late Monday, avoiding a strike that threatened output at two Ontario vehicle assembly plants it supplies.... Read More »

FCA LIVING LARGE

FCA's big cars extended to 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Fiat Chrysler will refresh and stick with its stable of large cars until at least 2020, two sources told Automotive News.... Read More »

Unifor secures $1.2B in Detroit 3 investments in Canada after Ford contract ratified

7:50 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2016

Unifor went into negotiations with the Detroit 3 seeking significant investments in their Canadian operations, hoping to put an end to two decades of job losses in the auto sector. Following Sunday's ratification of a new contract with Ford, the union has secured $1.2 billion in investments in key plants.... Read More »

Unifor reaches new deal with Integram Seating, ending brief strike

12:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2016

A brief strike by members of Canada's auto workers' union at Integram (Magna) Seating is over after the two sides reached a new tentative agreement Monday, a day after rejecting a prior four-year deal.... Read More »

Ford's Canadian union workers to vote on new contract

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2016

Ford workers represented by the Canadian union Unifor were set to vote this weekend on whether to ratify a four-year contract that includes $530 million (C$713 million) in investments.... Read More »

Strike averted at Canada seating supplier for FCA, GM

6:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2016

Unifor and Integram (Magna) Seating in Windsor, Ont., have reached a tentative agreement, avoiding a strike and the possible shutdown of two Ontario assembly plants.... Read More »

Parts shortage to idle FCA's Canada minivan plant, union says

10:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2016

Fiat Chrysler will idle its minivan assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, beginning Monday, Canadian union officials said, because of a parts shortage.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: FCA output hangs on union deal

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2016

FCA Canada output hangs on union deal; U.S. plans EV-charging networks; Snyder's Oct. sales lessons; Chinese vendors raided at SEMA; A U.S. Impreza; Toyota's home-field advantage.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

Why the pattern could be a problem for Unifor at Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2016

It was pattern bargaining that allowed Unifor to secure the most significant gains it has received from the Detroit Three in years during this year's labor negotiations. But it could also prove to give union leadership major headaches when membership votes on a tentative deal with Ford this weekend.... Read More »

Ratification of Ford tentative agreement is last hurdle for Canada's Unifor

12:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2016

Canadian union Unifor faces just one more hurdle before it can wrap up this round of labor talks with the Detroit 3: Persuading its members to ratify a tentative deal with Ford. Ford reached a tentative labor agreement with Unifor early today that includes C$700 million ($522 million) in investment commitments at the automaker's Canadian facilities.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

BLOG: Why the pattern could be a problem for Unifor at Ford

2:43 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2016

It was pattern bargaining that allowed Unifor to secure the most significant gains it has received from the Detroit 3 in years during this year’s labor negotiations. But it could also prove to give union leadership major headaches when membership votes on a tentative deal with Ford this weekend.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford, Unifor avert strike

8:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2016

Ford, Unifor avert strike: Engine investment planned, Flex production said to end in '20; Fire delays Ford sales data; Toyota ride-sharing pilot; Mexico auto industry eyes U.S. election.... Read More »

Ford, Unifor 'close to a deal' as talks continue

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

Ford Motor Co. and Canadian union Unifor are “close to a deal,” the union said on Twitter just minutes following the midnight strike deadline. “Negotiations continue w #Ford,” the tweet reads.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Honda profits surge

8:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

Honda profits surge; FCA to build old, new Rams at same time; Strike deadline looms for Ford, Unifor; Auto group appeals to Clinton, Trump; Snyder on the race to beat 2015 sales.... Read More »

VW expects five-digit number of job cuts, personnel chief tells paper

Oct. 28, 2016 17:06 CET

VW Group expects the company's shift to electric cars to cost a five-digit number of jobs in coming years, the automaker's human resources chief, Karlheinz Blessing, told a German business paper.... Read More »

VW labor leaders threaten to block investment without production deal

Oct. 28, 2016 16:53 CET

VW Group's worker representatives will block investment decisions unless the automaker's management commits to production programs that secure jobs, VW's top labor leader Bernd Osterloh said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Sweeping changes at AutoNation

8:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2016

AutoNation to launch no-haggle used-car stores, reports Q3 profit drop; Mitsu posts loss; VW Atlas reveal; Ford-Unifor update; Dealer Stewart sues rival; Musk's reply to Lutz jab.... Read More »

Ford, Unifor make little progress in Canada contract talks, Dias says

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2016

Ford and Canadian union Unifor have yet to resolve any of the major issues pertaining to economics and investments ahead of Monday's strike deadline, union president Jerry Dias said.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs

7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2016

Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the importance of its domestic operations in the transformation to zero-emission electromobility. In contrast, Audi has chosen to build its first EV in Belgium.... Read More »

Hyundai net income falls 11th straight quarter as strikes cut production

6:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2016

Hyundai posted a drop in quarterly profit after labor strikes hurt domestic production and a stronger currency eroded repatriated earnings. Operating profit declined 29 percent to 1.07 trillion won ($943 million) while net income fell for an 11th consecutive quarter to its lowest level in more than four years.... Read More »

Hyundai group execs to take 10 percent pay cut

6:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2016

Hyundai Motor Group said about 1,000 of its executives will take a 10 percent pay cut, the first such move in seven years at South Korea's second-largest conglomerate that shows the harsh impact of market share woes and labor strife at its flagship firm.... Read More »

Canada labor deals may only slow the bleeding

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

The roughly $900 million Canadian in investment commitments that Unifor has secured from the Detroit 3 thus far might not be enough to fully reverse the long-term trend of auto manufacturing jobs leaving Canada, labor experts say.... Read More »

VW said to target $4B savings in turnaround plan

Oct. 20, 2016 09:17 CET

VW Group wants to cut costs by about $4.1 billion at its core VW brand by 2021, leaving it at odds with labor leaders over the automaker’s turnaround plan, sources said.... Read More »

Audi, Mercedes face labor shortage in Hungary

Oct. 19, 2016 14:40 CET

Audi and Mercedes executives say a shortage of labor in Hungary is presenting problems for the automakers, which have both invested heavily to build cars in the country. Efforts should be made to improve worker mobility and local infrastructure to help solve the issue, they said.... Read More »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France
Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to o ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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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
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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