Labor

Honda unveils radical assembly line makeover

8:27 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2016

Honda, in its quest for manufacturing efficiency, has turned the traditional assembly line model on its head. A new approach launched in Thailand in March has a team of workers follow the car down the line, with the workers and vehicle sitting on disc-shaped platforms like frogs floating on a lily pad.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Key to rev up Jaguar in U.S.?

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

Jaguar looks to F-Pace crossover to rev U.S. sales; Mexico slaps $1 million fine on Ford; BMW Q1 earnings slip; VW, UAW officials plan meeting, German union issues warning.... Read More »

VW, UAW officials to meet on labor dispute at Tenn. plant

2:27 pm U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Volkswagen AG and UAW officials will meet later this month in an effort to overcome a labor dispute at the VW plant in Tennessee.... Read More »

VW could face worker protests if wage talks delayed, union warns

May 2, 2016 16:38 CET

Volkswagen was warned by Germany's biggest trade union that it could face protests from workers if it sought to delay talks about wage rises for 120,000 staff who work for the carmaker in western Germany.... Read More »

VW CEO eyes solid 2016 growth despite crisis

April 28, 2016 13:00 CET

VW Group has a chance to post solid growth in its operating business this year even as it grapples with its emissions-cheating scandal and a strategic repositioning, CEO Matthias Mueller said. Cost reductions are "in full swing" at individual brands and across the group, he added.... Read More »

Ford will shut one F-150 line for a week over mechanical issues

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Ford is idling its F-150 assembly line in Missouri for one week in May to address mechanical issues that had been hindering the plant's output. The temporary shutdown comes as F-series inventory reaches its highest level in nearly a decade.... Read More »

FCA-Google talks? Marchionne may have dropped a hint

1:53 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Did Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne tip his hand at ongoing talks with Google earlier this week? During a call with analysts Tuesday as FCA delivered first-quarter results, Marchionne was asked about potential partnerships with nonautomotive companies.... Read More »

Auto industry must do more to close gender gap in leadership roles, report finds

10:24 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

The auto industry must do more if it wants to close the gender gap in its leadership positions, a report released today found. The survey was conducted by EY, a consulting firm.... Read More »

Why the Porsche-Piech clan is not rushing in to fix VW

April 27, 2016 10:41 CET

The Porsche-Piech clan, led by Wolfgang Porsche, that controls scandal-hit VW Group has the voting power to muscle through change at the automaker, but family members are not acting on it. That has left a power vacuum even as VW faces costs that could top $30 billion.... Read More »

VW's diesel scandal should not affect workers' wage increase, union says

April 26, 2016 15:19 CET

Volkswagen has no right to use the crisis over its emissions test cheating to deny workers a reasonable wage increase, the IG Metall union said, reiterating its call for a 5 percent pay hike for about 120,000 VW staff in western Germany.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Caddy, Jeep, Lexus, VW beam in Beijing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

At Beijing show: Cadillac's ambitions, FCA's Jeep push, Lexus's bolder IS, VW's T-Prime concept GTE; Mitsubishi delaying earnings forecast due to scandal?; VW's fight over UAW membership.... Read More »

VW to go to U.S. court to keep 160 Tenn. plant workers from UAW

11:03 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

Volkswagen said today it would go to a U.S. federal appeals court in an effort to keep the UAW from representing a portion of the company's plant workers in Chattanooga, Tenn.... Read More »

VW brand chief Diess 'confident' of solving cost-cutting row with labor

April 24, 2016 20:29 CET

Volkswagen brand CEO Herbert Diess is confident that management and labor will solve a dispute over cost-cutting at the core autos division. Diess signaled his readiness to meet some worker demands.... Read More »

Uber drivers' $100 million deal may set pace for gig economy

12:18 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2016

Uber resolved the biggest threat to its business by settling with California drivers suing to be treated more like traditional employees, a move that could have broad-ranging implications for companies across the sharing economy.... Read More »

Skoda unions approve wage agreement with management, labor boss says

April 21, 2016 11:00 CET

Skoda unions have approved an agreement with management on wage hikes that will see tariffs rise by 3.5 percent as of April and another 3 percent in January 2017.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2016

Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. That's the good news, The bad news is that its workers in Germany are asking for a 5 percent pay increase.... Read More »

VW labor chief calls for managers to waive bonuses, paper says

April 19, 2016 11:29 CET

Bernd Osterloh, Volkswagen Group's top labor boss, believes the automaker's management board members should volunteer to waive their bonus payments ahead of an April 22 decision on the subject, a German paper reported.... Read More »

Ford supplier in Ohio agrees to UAW representation

2:43 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2016

Detroit Chassis, a company that supplies axles to Ford, agreed to let temporary workers at an Ohio plant join the UAW after they threatened a strike that could have hit production of large Ford pickup trucks at a nearby plant, the UAW said today.... Read More »

Musk ahead of pace to profit from Tesla stock options

4:04 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2016

Elon Musk is ahead of schedule to get a huge payday from Tesla Motors even though he earns less than $40,000 in annual salary.... Read More »

Daimler says German labor rules may push new tech jobs abroad

10:45 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2016

German labor rules may force Daimler, the 130-year-old inventor of the motor car, to create more software and technology jobs abroad as it strives to develop a new generation of driverless vehicles, a senior official told Reuters.... Read More »

UAW election for VW skilled trades workers in Tenn. upheld by NLRB

1:19 pm U.S. ET | April 13, 2016

The U.S. National Labor Relations Board voted 2-1 to uphold a December election by a small group of workers at Volkswagen AG's Tennessee plant to join the UAW, the labor board said today.... Read More »

VW agrees to safeguard German jobs to quell labor unrest

April 11, 2016 14:46 CET

Volkswagen sought to defuse mounting tension with labor leaders by agreeing to negotiations to safeguard factories as it faces billions of euros in costs for its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

GM switches Michigan plant investment to Kansas

10:29 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2016

A $245 million investment slated for a Detroit-area General Motors plant will go to a Kansas facility instead, leaving one of GM's primary small-vehicle factories with a light workload.... Read More »

A HIRE CALLING

Tough competition for talent driving wage growth in dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2016

The dealership labor market is tightening as retailers hire additional employees and pay them more, the annual NADA Data report shows. The trend adds to the pressure dealers face to come up with better ways to recruit and retain talent.... Read More »

VW labor bosses clash with brand chief Diess over cuts

April 7, 2016 14:18 CET

Relations between VW's powerful labor bosses and VW brand chief Herbert Diess appear to have hit a new low at a critical time. Labor leaders have accused Diess of betraying workers and trying to use the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal as a pretext for job cuts.... Read More »

 
Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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