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Wrangler will remain body-on-frame, sources say

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won't switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned. As a result, the popular off-roader will likely remain built in Toledo, Ohio, where city and union officials have been fighting for weeks to keep the Wrangler in its historical home.... Read More »

 

Toyota says potential Mexico plant still far from approval

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Toyota, the last major carmaker without a high-volume assembly plant in Mexico, said the group assessing whether to build a factory there is far from getting clearance from top management.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Wrangler’s Toledo decision may depend on keeping the money spigot flowing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
It’s been just over two weeks since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne casually revealed that he might have to move Jeep Wrangler production out of its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. Why? Because it might cost too much to shut down the plant long enough to convert it for the use of aluminum parts.... Read More »

 

Ford hiring 850 workers to help build aluminum F-150 pickup

11:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Ford, on a hiring spree in advance of next year's labor contract negotiations, said it's adding 850 workers at its manufacturing site near Detroit to help make the new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup.... Read More »

 

Michigan truck driver files coercion claim against UAW

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
A truck driver in Michigan filed a charge of coercion against the UAW for keeping her from exercising her right to quit the union and stop paying dues, according to the National Right to Work Foundation.... Read More »

 

Toyota supplier Denso considers Japan expansion as yen weakens

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Denso is giving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a reason to believe his weak yen policy will eventually boost investment by manufacturers. The supplier, an affiliate of Toyota and the automaker's biggest supplier, said it’s considering expanding production in Japan.... Read More »

 

Shiloh acquires stamping firm Radar Industries for $58 million

7:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Ohio's Shiloh Industries has acquired metal stamping supplier Radar Industries for nearly $58 million.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Motor workers approve 2014 wage pact, end strikes

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Hyundai Motor's union workers in South Korea agreed to end strikes that may have cost the company more than 900 billion won ($847 million) in lost output after they accepted the carmaker’s proposal to increase wages.... Read More »

 

Honeywell revs up global turbocharger projections

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
The global use of turbochargers to amplify engine power, already on the rise in recent years, is expected increase even more than earlier projections -- to 49 million sales annually by 2019, supplier Honeywell said in its annual forecast.... Read More »

 

Brose launches output at $62M Michigan plant supplying Detroit 3

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
German supplier Brose North America launched production today at a $62 million factory in southeast Michigan to manufacture liftgates, door modules, latches and seat structures for the Detroit 3 automakers.... Read More »

 

Daimler works council to meet UAW in Alabama

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Daimler's works council boss will travel to the carmaker's factory in Alabama to explore possibilities for improving worker representation at a plant that is a key target for the UAW.... Read More »

 

UAW local ratifies Lear contract ending 2-tier wages

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014
UAW-represented employees at a Lear seat plant in Indiana ratified a new contract today ending a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran colleagues.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM recalls Cadillacs, Impalas; Chrysler to fix Jeeps, Dodges

9:26 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
General Motors is recalling some Cadillac and Impala cars while Chrysler Group called back some Jeep and Dodge SUVs, according to government reports.... Read More »

 

Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015

6:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year. GM declined to name the car, saying only that it would be slotted above the CTS midsize sedan and XTS large sedan.... Read More »

 

Alabama steel plant's new owners pledge more supply

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
North American auto plants soon should see an improved and greater supply of the high-strength steels needed to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy, thanks to a change in ownership earlier this year of an advanced steel-finishing plant near Mobile, Ala.... Read More »

 

Lear contract first step in eliminating two-tier wages, Canadian union chief says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
The head of Canada's largest auto worker union said a tentative UAW contract ending two-tier pay disparity at a Lear seat plant in Indiana was the first step in eliminating the practice at Detroit 3 plants in the United States.... Read More »

 

Toyota to boost Mexico truck plant capacity by 41%

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
As Toyota ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 percent to feed demand for trucks.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Scrap Nissan's Leaf battery plant? Hardly

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
News broke this week that Nissan and Renault are debating the future of their electric-vehicle battery technology sourcing. Frankly, it would be bigger news if the two automaker partners weren't debating it.... Read More »

 

Guardian automotive glass units to be acquired by Japanese supplier

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Japan's Central Glass Company has agreed to purchase the outstanding shares of two automotive units of Guardian Industries, a longtime Detroit area automotive glass supplier with roots dating to the 1930s.... Read More »

 

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The word “strike” has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear plant in Indiana that makes seats for Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. Workers were back on the job a day later.... Read More »

 

Toyota pauses on Mexico expansion to review growth strategy, report says

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Toyota is reconsidering a move to open a new compact car assembly plant in Mexico after company President Akio Toyoda told planners searching for a site to pause and review its rationale, executives familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 

UAW deal with Lear would shed two-tier wages at Ind. plant

10:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The agreement that ended a one-day strike at a Lear seat plant supplying Ford in Chicago would get rid of a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran colleagues, a union official said.... Read More »

 

Tesla's $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct sales

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno.... Read More »

 

Tesla tax breaks to be debated by Nevada lawmakers

6:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Nevada lawmakers convened a special legislative session in Carson City today to consider a package of tax breaks estimated at up to $1.3 billion aimed at cementing a deal with Tesla Motors for a $5 billion battery plant.... Read More »

 

James Harbour, a pioneer in manufacturing efficiency, dies at 86

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2014
Automotive industry veteran James Harbour, who developed unprecedented ways to analyze and improve manufacturing productivity, died Saturday at the age of 86.... Read More »

 

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