Labor

First round of VW pay talks end without deal

Dec. 11, 2017 15:43 CET

IG Metall said a first round of wage talks at Volkswagen failed to produce a result. The union said it was disappointed VW did not present a counter-offer to its demand for a 6-percent wage hike.... Read More »

Why the auto industry needs a new toolbox

8:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

As the auto industry perches on the edge of a drastic technological disruption, its mechanical engineering prowess is no longer enough. The autonomous and connected future is going to require a new set of tools.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Opioid crisis demands a more forceful industry response

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

A crisis like this calls for leadership and transparency, an end to the culture of secrecy and stigma that discourages drug abusers from getting help.... Read More »

Regional director, accountant Gary Jones slated to become next UAW president

5:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2017

Gary Jones, a UAW regional director and certified public accountant, is slated to become the union's next president. The UAW Administrative Caucus -- consisting of national and local officers and members -- on Thursday selected Jones, 60, as its choice to lead the union next year. He will stand for election in June.... Read More »

VW brand lifts midterm profit outlook on higher-margin cars, cost cuts

Nov. 30, 2017 15:14 CET

Volkswagen brand raised its midterm outlook for profitability on cost cuts and a planned rollout of higher-margin models, and expects deliveries to hit a new record this year.... Read More »

UAW caucus to nominate new leadership slate for 2018 election

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2017

Following failed organizing drives and an ongoing federal corruption probe, hundreds of UAW officials are expected to meet in Detroit this week to select a slate of candidates for the union's 2018 elections.... Read More »

Hyundai workers stop building Kona over job cuts fears

Nov. 28, 2017 11:05 CET

Hyundai workers in South Korea have stopped building the Kona SUV this week ahead of a U.S. launch - a protest against what the automaker's labor union says are plans to trim assembly line headcount.... Read More »

Hyundai workers resume production of Kona SUV after 2-day strike

11:22 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2017

Hyundai workers resumed production of the Kona SUV late Tuesday, ending a near two-day strike over the company's decision to expand the model's output ahead of its launch in the United States.... Read More »

Opioid crisis arrives on industry's doorstep

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2017

The nation's opioid crisis has permeated auto plants, where the physically demanding, repetitive jobs workers perform can foster dependence on pain relievers.... Read More »

Health benefits spur drug rings on shop floor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2017

Generous health benefits and the national opioid crisis has made manufacturers prime targets for sales of the addictive drugs and for acquiring them.... Read More »

How the Detroit 3 deal with drugs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2017

Under the UAW's contracts, seeking help for subtance abuse could save your job.... Read More »

Injury leads to addiction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2017

Recovering from surgery for an injury suffered on the assembly line, Patrick Kullman was in pain and began seeking out co-workers with drug connections. They weren't difficult to find.... Read More »

2017 ALL STAR | LABOR RELATIONS

Jerry Dias

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2017

Unifor President Jerry Dias this year made two of the toughest calls any North American labor leader has had to make in decades.... Read More »

Tesla to challenge suit claiming racial discrimination

9:27 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2017

Tesla said it would fight a class-action lawsuit filed against it earlier this week claiming the electric automaker's California production plant was a "hotbed for racist behavior."... Read More »

Ford signals cost-cutting will avoid layoffs, plant closures

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2017

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global operations, said the company's latest effort to become more financially efficient won't involve major layoffs or plant closures.... Read More »

Opel's production shift to Europe worries S. Korean workers

Nov. 13, 2017 09:32 CET

Opel's plan to stop importing cars from South Korea is worrying workers at GM's Korean unit, which is already grappling with slumping sales.... Read More »

UAW loses bid to organize auto supplier plant in Ohio

6:27 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2017

Workers at a Chinese-owned auto glass plant in southwestern Ohio voted heavily against union representation in a major blow for the UAW's strategy to unionize foreign-owned auto factories.... Read More »

Opel turnaround plan will seek to end years of losses under GM

Nov. 8, 2017 14:40 CET

Opel's first business plan under its new French owners, PSA, will set out how the German automaker will reach profitability that has eluded the former GM division since 1999.... Read More »

Nissan resumes Japan production as fresh inspection issues emerge

Nov. 7, 2017 11:43 CET

Nissan said it is resuming most domestic production suspended in the wake of a scandal over uncertified technicians signing off on final inspections. The automaker also said it has found new evidence that inspection staff had not been properly trained.... Read More »

Feds questioned Marchionne in FCA-UAW training center probe last year

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2017

Federal investigators met with Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne more than a year ago as part of the FCA-UAW corruption investigation, according to published reports.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Temp part-time 
workers are abused

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2017

Poorly negotiated agreements have all levels of workers at the Detroit 3 losing out, but the issues facing temporary part-time workers should be highlighted.... Read More »

Tesla losses prompt some caution from analysts

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2017

Tesla posted its largest quarterly loss in company history on Wednesday. Here's how some analysts reacted.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Fed probe of UAW funds reaches GM, Ford

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2017

GM, Ford cooperate with feds as probe expands; GOP plan would kill EV credits, 'death tax'; How Continental propels women with 'high potential' to next level; VW open to trucks IPO.... Read More »

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 »

 
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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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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Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain
European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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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
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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
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
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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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