Labor

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW's product pledge to dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2016

VW said to pledge lower prices, broader lineup; No to Hyundai wage deal; Takata short list; Mazda recalls CX-7; Starting presses at FCA; Dog Day with Subaru, AutoTrader and Blake.... Read More »

Hyundai's S. Korean union overwhelmingly rejects wage deal

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2016

Hyundai's unionized workers in South Korea overwhelmingly voted down a tentative wage deal reached with the automaker, signaling more strikes and production losses at its biggest manufacturing base.... Read More »

VW labor boss suggests taking stakes in suppliers

Aug. 26, 2016 12:52 CET

Volkswagen Group should consider taking stakes in key suppliers, VW's labor boss said. His comments came after two parts makers caused production stoppages at six of the automaker's German factories by refusing to deliver components.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Amazon accelerates in automotive

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

Amazon accelerates into autos; VW, dealers agree on compensation; UAW wins in Tenn.; U.S. approves Tesla's SolarCity buy; U.S. road fatalities rising; Boston to Detroit in '57 Chevy.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Robo-taxis hit Singapore streets

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

Self-driving robo-taxis hit Singapore streets; Honda's NSX returns to Japan; Tough emissions bill passes in Calif.; VW plant update; Hyundai labor deal; Buyers get into safety tech.... Read More »

UAW organizes Magna seating plant in Tennessee

10:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Workers at Magna's new Spring Hill, Tenn., plant voted nearly unanimously to join the UAW, giving the union a key victory in a right-to-work state. The UAW said workers voted 192-1 to join the union. About 230 workers are employed at the 122,500-square-foot plant, which opened in 2015 and produces seats for the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia.... Read More »

Hyundai Motor reaches tentative wage deal with union

7:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Hyundai Motor reached a tentative wage pact with its South Korean labor union, potentially avoiding more strikes and production losses at its biggest manufacturing base.... Read More »

Obituary

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

Ernie Lofton, former head of the UAW's Ford department, died Aug. 4. He was 84.... Read More »

Automakers, suppliers struggle to find and keep talent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2016

The increasing stream of engineering openings -- coupled with lower unemployment, less labor force participation and growing North American vehicle production -- underscores the need for the auto industry to attract and invest in younger workers. And not just engineers.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

BLOG: Will industry trends undercut Unifor's mission?

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2016

If Unifor has trouble persuading the Detroit 3 to invest in Canada, it will largely be due to factors out of its control.... Read More »

Suspect arrested in Ford plant killing

11:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2016

A suspect was arrested late Thursday and charged today in connection to the killing of a Ford employee outside the automaker's Kansas City Assembly Plant.... Read More »

Ford, FCA begin Canada contract talks with Unifor

10:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2016

Unifor opened talks on new labor contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler, kicking off a round of negotiations the union has framed as critical to the future of auto manufacturing in Canada. Unifor President Jerry Dias on Thursday said Ford and FCA were more open to addressing union's hard line on new investment than GM, with whom it opened talks on Wednesday.... Read More »

Ford employee shot and killed outside Kansas City plant

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2016

A Ford employee was shot and killed this morning in the parking lot outside the Kansas City Assembly Plant, which makes the F-150 pickup and Transit van. The shooting occurred around 4:07 a.m. local time during a shift change at the plant in Claycomo, Mo.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: 'Miles away' from GM, Unifor says

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

'Miles away' from GM, Unifor says; Per-store sales drop predicted for '16; Audi exec questioned; Cox personnel move; Nissan anthropologist adds human element to autonomous cars.... Read More »

GM, union 'miles apart' in Canada negotiations, Unifor chief says

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2016

Unifor President Jerry Dias said he is confident the union will reach a deal with General Motors on a new labor contract by the mid-September deadline while acknowledging today that the two sides are “miles apart.”... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Unifor: Invest or we may strike

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2016

Unifor stands firm on Detroit 3 factory investments; BMW pokes fun at Tesla in ad campaign; Volkswagen Group fined in Italy; Trump on trade issues.... Read More »

Unifor president says no Detroit 3 deals without Canadian plant investment

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Unifor President Jerry Dias will draw on his nearly four-decade career in labor to prevent a potential “death spiral” for Canadian auto manufacturing when negotiations with the Detroit 3 kick off this week. Unifor will exchange labor contract proposals with General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles beginning Wednesday... Read More »

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Audi, Daimler, Volvo re-think automation

Aug. 7, 2016 06:01 CET

Automakers are testing production methods that would see flexible robots working alongside humans on the assembly line. However, future "smart" factories will still need humans on the shop floor because their problem solving capability can better deal with the complexity of individualization options.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

BLOG: Need talent? Women have the answer

6:12 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2016

Terry Barclay has a solution for the shortage of talent in the auto industry. Hire more women.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford's plan to battle weak Q3

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

How Fields plans to boost Ford profits, 'play through' stock swings; UAW's beef with Nissan; Renault trims Ghosn's bonus; Ferrari to lighten up with next-generation platform.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

BLOG: Could Trump expose another UAW disconnect?

1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams faces another potential headache less than a year after a contentious contract ratification process with the Detroit 3: Donald Trump.... Read More »

UAW blasts Renault-Nissan for denying French lawmaker a meeting

12:37 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2016

The UAW criticized the Renault-Nissan Alliance after it turned down a meeting with a member of the French parliament at its Canton, Miss., plant, which the UAW hopes to unionize.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Grand jury probes FCA sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2016

FCA dealers subpoenaed in sales probe; Nissan and Mitsu profits slide, FCA rises; UAW: Clinton open to NAFTA changes; Tesla-Mobileye split; Snyder: Service nirvana.... Read More »

Clinton, if elected, plans to renegotiate NAFTA, UAW chief says

1:56 pm U.S. ET | July 26, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has assured him she would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement if she is elected president. The UAW wants an updated treaty to help foster stronger unions in Mexico, where many automakers operate factories.... Read More »

Suspect in shooting of 2 UAW officials in Chicago pleads not guilty to attempted murder

5:00 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2016

The man who allegedly shot two UAW local officials outside of a union hall in Chicago was charged with eight counts of attempted murder. William Cowart, 50, was also charged last week with two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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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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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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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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