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UAW was unprepared for social media influence on talks, Williams says

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union took away several lessons from its rocky 2015 negotiations with Detroit automakers -- chief among them being the influence of social media on members.... Read More »

Toyota recycling program gives second life to parts

12:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

One automaker’s junk is becoming one of its treasures. Toyota Motor Sales, along with Boles Parts Supply, takes bumper covers and recycles them in the form of shredding.... Read More »

GM worker dies at Ohio plant; U.S. investigating

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a General Motors worker at its Defiance, Ohio, casting operations plant this week.... Read More »

GM to launch first compact sedan in India as part of market share quest

6:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

GM said it plans to build and sell its first compact sedan in India in 2017, entering the country's fastest-growing passenger car segment as part of efforts to double market share by the end of the decade.... Read More »

Toyota to suspend Japan output for 6 days as steel parts run low

8:54 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2016

Toyota will suspend production at all assembly lines in Japan for six days this month due to a parts shortage, hitting exports of such cars as Lexus luxury vehicles. The shutdown comes after a Jan. 8 explosion at a steel factory in Japan.... Read More »

FCA to idle plant that makes Chrysler 200 for six weeks

1:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will idle its plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., which makes the midsize Chrysler 200 sedan, for six weeks starting on Monday.... Read More »

Automakers, dealerships in recovery mode after historic snowstorm

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Manufacturers, dealerships and others in the auto industry find themselves digging out after the weekend's historic snowstorm that pummeled the eastern U.S. with as much as 3 feet of snow.... Read More »

U.S. suppliers urged to prepare for 'plateau' after record year

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

U.S. car and truck buyers drove up sales to an unprecedented 17.4 million units in 2015, beating the previous record set in 2000 and maintaining a pace of growth that has many wondering how long it can continue.... Read More »

Ford launches output of German-built Focus RS; hot hatch will be available by spring

10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

The Focus RS, the high-performance European version of Ford's popular hatchback, began production today in Germany, Ford said.... Read More »


BLOG: The enigmatic life and death of Julie Nguyen Brown

11:29 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

It didn't surprise me that the death of longtime supplier executive and entrepreneur Julie Nguyen Brown took place without a public obituary or announcement. That's exactly the way she would have wanted it.... Read More »

Ford plans new plant in Mexico's San Luis Potosi, report says

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Ford is planning to announce a new auto plant in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi during the first quarter, two government officials familiar with company plans told Reuters today.... Read More »

Toyota Tacoma engineer wins Steel Institute award

11:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Mike Sweers, chief engineer for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup, said his team turned to steel to meet aggressive targets to improve body and frame rigidity and strength while reducing mass.... Read More »

Denso adds 3,000 North America jobs since 2014

10:36 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso has invested more than $1 billion added 3,000 new jobs in North America since 2014 -- far more than its original plans first announced three years ago.... Read More »

Hyundai eyes Mexico output of new Accent car next year, report says

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Hyundai is planning to build the new version of its Accent small car at a Mexican plant owned by sister company Kia Motors, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, shifting some output of lower-margin vehicles out of high-cost South Korea.... Read More »

Heavy-duty Rams to stay in Mexico, Marchionne says

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Fiat Chrysler will keep producing its heavy-duty Ram pickups in Mexico but will announce Jan. 27 a “significant realignment” of what it makes and where across its North American production portfolio, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.... Read More »

Fisker, Lutz partner to retool VL

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Auto designer Henrik Fisker is joining former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz and entrepreneur Gilbert Villarreal to create a new luxury sports car company.... Read More »

Mitsubishi abandons effort to sell U.S. plant to rival automaker

6:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors said today it has given up trying to find an automotive buyer for its sole assembly plant in the U.S.... Read More »

Honda R&D worker dies after being hit with forklift

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

Police said a Honda worker died after being hit in the head with a forklift at the company's Ohio r&d facility.... Read More »

Faraday Future's racecar concept packs 1,000 hp

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Faraday Future, the Chinese-backed electric-car maker shrouded in mystery for much of 2015, shrugged off the notion that it's peddling vaporware by unveiling a 1,000-hp concept racecar Monday night in Las Vegas ahead of the annual CES technology expo.... Read More »


BLOG: Why suppliers need to take action on recall risks

9:13 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2015

In the past few years, major auto recalls have gone from the occasional front-page news story to what one consultant recently called the industry's “new normal.”... Read More »

Porsche union workers agree to concessions to produce electric car

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2015

Porsche workers have agreed to concessions worth several hundred million euros to secure production of an all-electric sports car at the manufacturer's biggest plant, a company spokesman said.... Read More »

VW refuses collective bargaining for Tenn. workers, UAW charges

11:17 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2015

The UAW said it filed charges against Volkswagen AG, claiming the company is refusing to enter into collective bargaining for a portion of workers at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.... Read More »

UAW members ratify contract with steering parts supplier Nexteer

6:37 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2015

UAW-represented workers approved a new contract with Nexteer Automotive nearly two weeks after overwhelmingly rejecting a previous deal and engaging in a one-day strike.... Read More »

Nexteer's new tentative pact bumps up wages, reduces health care costs

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

A new tentative labor deal between Nexteer Automotive and the UAW secured higher wage gains for most workers and scrapped a controversial health care provision that was a major factor in the previous deal's overwhelming rejection and subsequent strike.... Read More »

Ford worker in Ohio charged with stealing tire sensors, selling them on eBay

9:58 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2015

A Cleveland-area auto worker has been indicted for allegedly stealing thousands of tire sensors at a Ford plant and selling them on eBay, causing a brief interruption in vehicle production.... Read More »

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