Labor

How VW is being reshaped by a former GM Europe boss

Dec. 8, 2016 09:48 CET

When Matthias Mueller took over the top job at VW Group, he inherited a company in turmoil over its emissions-cheating scandal. Mueller turned to industry veteran Thomas Sedran, who restructured GM's European operations.... Read More »

Audi extends job guarantees for German workers until 2020

Dec. 5, 2016 15:32 CET

Audi has extended employment guarantees for its 61,000 workers in Germany until 2020, even as it grapples with the fallout from parent VW Group's emissions scandal.... Read More »

VW Group's Porsche and Audi brands battle for EV jobs

Nov. 28, 2016 10:52 CET

Porsche and Audi are known as fierce competitors on the racetrack, but now the VW Group brands are also locked in a battle to develop and manufacture the next generation of electric cars. Porsche appears in the ascendant as Audi struggles with the group's diesel-scandal fallout.... Read More »

2016 ALL STARS | LABOR

Jerry Dias

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

When Unifor President Jerry Dias entered 2016 labor negotiations with the Detroit 3 in Canada, he faced an auto manufacturing sector on the verge of collapse. He won agreements that at least stopped the bleeding.... Read More »

Mercedes' Hungarian plant hit by brief wage strike

Nov. 24, 2016 14:09 CET

Mercedes' plant in Kecskemet, Hungary, was hit by a two-hour strike on Wednesday involving 80 workers demanding higher wages and threatening a further walk-out if a deal is not agreed.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

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

VW Group's decision to save $3.9 billion in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has nothing to do with emissions cheating.... Read More »

Christiaan Hetzner

BLOG: Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

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

VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has nothing to do with emissions cheating.... Read More »

VW brand targets 6% operating margin by 2025

Nov. 22, 2016 11:03 CET

VW Group aims to raise the profitability of its core VW brand to 6 percent by 2025. The operating margin at Europe's largest automaker is expected to reach 2 percent this year and 4 percent in 2020.... Read More »

VW revamp spares North American jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Volkswagen's North American operations will be spared from most of the 7,000 job cuts being made outside of Germany as part of a massive cost-saving effort.... Read More »

Mueller sees case for building VW's own battery plant, report says

Nov. 21, 2016 09:59 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller sees the production of batteries for EVs and plug-in hybrids as a logical move as the automaker expands its production of greener vehicles after its emissions-cheating scandal, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

Blindsided by Trump tweet, UAW meets with Ford on Lincoln MKC

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2016

UAW leaders huddled with Ford executives today after the union was caught off guard by President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet last night he helped prevent another Ford model from going to Mexico.... Read More »

Ford, UAW commit $6 million toward $50 million Motown Museum project

7:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2016

Ford Motor and UAW-Ford have made a joint, $6 million commitment to help fund the Motown Museum expansion in Detroit. With the grant, the automaker and the union become the lead donor in the campaign, which was announced in mid-October.... Read More »

VW will cut 30,000 jobs to revive core brand

Nov. 18, 2016 06:01 CET

VW Group will cut 30,000 jobs globally -- with 23,000 coming in Germany -- to help achieve 3.7 billion euros in annual savings by 2020. The automaker aims to turn around its core brand and help fund a shift to electric and self-driving cars following its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

Renault unions order stoppages over flexible working demands

Nov. 14, 2016 19:34 CET

Unions at Renault have called for work stoppages in France as they resist demands for greater working time flexibility. The stoppages could hit production of the Renault Clio and Zoe hatchbacks, and the Nissan Micra.... Read More »

Dinosaur Dodge appears to put off doomsday

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2016

The current version of the budget-conscious Grand Caravan minivan has been in Dodge's lineup largely unchanged since 2008, and it remains in production even after Fiat Chrysler launched the Chrysler Pacifica in early 2016. In automotive lifetimes, that's nearly an eternity.... Read More »

Unifor deals leave unanswered questions

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

Although Canadian Detroit 3 contract deals seem to have improved the country's industry, a number of unanswered questions remain.... Read More »

Canada 'ready to come to the table'

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

Canadian trade experts -- and one government official -- seem quite open to renegotiating NAFTA, possibly replacing it with a bilateral trade deal with the United States.... Read More »

Could this be a victory for the UAW?

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

Donald Trump's populist message, especially on free trade, resonated among the union's 408,000 members and gives the UAW immediate common ground with what would be an otherwise hostile Republican administration.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Safety watchdog Ditlow dies at 72

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2016

Ditlow remembered as dogged advocate for safety; New questions for Audi's Stadler?; FCA to resume minivan output; Helping women find a voice in industry; An 'Allroad' adventure.... Read More »

BMW labor chief urges management to accelerate EV rollout

Nov. 11, 2016 12:47 CET

BMW Group's top labor representative offered a rare public rebuke of the company's leadership, warning that the automaker risks falling behind rivals in the race to develop battery-powered cars.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: UAW sides with Trump on NAFTA

8:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2016

UAW sides with Trump on NAFTA; Unifor chief calls for Canadian government to support industry; FTC revises Used Car Rule; Kia back to Super Bowl; L.A. show preview.... Read More »

FCA's minivan plant in Canada to resume operations Monday

3:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2016

Fiat Chrysler said its Windsor assembly plant will be operational Monday, Nov. 14, after a parts shortage idled production there for a week.... Read More »

Unifor's Dias calls on Canada government to aid Detroit 3 plant investments

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2016

Unifor President Jerry Dias is calling on Canada's federal, provincial and municipal governments to support the auto industry now that his union successfully won Detroit 3 commitments of nearly C$1.6 billion ($1.2 billion U.S.) to invest in Ontario operations.... Read More »

Unions brace for pro-business shift in U.S. labor policy

9:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2016

Unions face sweeping changes to U.S. labor law and regulations under a new Republican administration that is expected to tilt policy toward employers. Republican nominees will also control the National Labor Relations Board, which under Democratic President Barack Obama has sought to make it easier for unions to organize.... Read More »

Labor union anger fueled Trump in Midwest

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2016

Union members helped Republican Donald Trump win surprising victories in the industrial Midwest. In Ohio, Trump won a majority of votes from union members, according to exit polling, which also showed added strength for Trump in union households nationally and in other auto-producing states.... Read More »

 
Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2016

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Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. ...
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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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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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Russia sales rise nearly 1% in first increase for 2 years
New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market sinc ...
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UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says
German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand wil ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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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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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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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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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
Volkswagen Group's late arrival to Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is expected to make one of t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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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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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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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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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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