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The UAW benefits failure that wasn't

10:42 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

Five years ago, GM, Ford and Chrysler, with the UAW's blessing, created an independent entity to provide health insurance for more than 700,000 retirees. Despite predictions of failure, the $61 billion UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust is thriving today.... Read More »

Toyota poised to restart production at China plant

10:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work today at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin. Workers at two lines in the Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area were expected to return today and start preparation to begin production on Friday, Toyota said in an e-mailed statement.... Read More »

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Why UAW VEBA could be model for contract talks between union, Detroit 3

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams recently said an independent health care cooperative might be formed to negotiate health care services contracts jointly with the UAW trust. The resulting clout of up to 1.7 million former and current autoworkers, and hundreds of thousands of other dependents, could reduce or slow health care costs for all, Williams said.... Read More »

GM suspends 800 job cuts in Brazil, ending strike

9:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Workers at a General Motors plant in Brazil ended a two-week strike on Monday after the company agreed to suspend nearly 800 job cuts, buying time in an industry where idle assembly lines have roiled labor tensions.... Read More »

Toyota extends halt in Tianjin operations through Wednesday

6:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Toyota said its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain shut at least through Wednesday due to safety concerns as fires continue to break out at the site of last week's deadly chemical explosions.... Read More »

GM, Ford use 'veiled threat' of imports to gain leverage with UAW

7:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

GM and Ford are contemplating building cars with lower-paid workers in Mexico and China, a strategy that would improve their hand in contract talks as the UAW seeks higher pay. The automakers and union are in their final weeks of talks to replace four-year contracts that end Sept. 14.... Read More »

Toyota may buy replacement airbag inflators from three Takata rivals

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota, recalling about 12 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata airbags, said it may tap three additional suppliers to boost supply of the components. The automaker said today it is considering using inflators from Autoliv, Daicel and Nippon Kayaku for replacement airbags.... Read More »

GM extends Oshawa assembly line operations until 2017

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

GM will keep an Oshawa, Ontario, assembly line operating until 2017, the company's Canadian unit said today, extending the life of a line that has been repeatedly scheduled for closure over the last decade.... Read More »

UAW calls potential China-made Buick 'alarming'

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

The UAW is criticizing the prospect of General Motors importing a Buick crossover from China, calling the potential move "alarming."... Read More »

Toyota loses China output as plants stay shut on Tianjin blasts

10:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Toyota will lose its biggest source of car production within China for at least three days, as automakers struggle to assess the damage of last week's explosions in the port city of Tianjin.... Read More »

Toyota says more than 50 staff injured in China port explosions

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Toyota said today more than 50 of its employees were injured by Wednesday night's explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin that killed 56 people. Several other automakers including Volkswagen and Hyundai scrambled to assess damage to their cars and facilities at China's largest auto import hub.... Read More »

Ford remains 'bullish on China' long term

12:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

Ford's head of global purchasing today said the company remains "bullish on China" despite a drop in auto sales recently. "Longer term, we're still very bullish on China," said Hau Thai-Tang, head of global purchasing for Ford.... Read More »

Mercedes R class production launched at AM General

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

AM General today launched production of the Mercedes-Benz R class at its assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind. The agreement with Mercedes-Benz makes AM General the German automaker's first U.S.-based contracted manufacturer.... Read More »

Thai stamping supplier to expand in Michigan

11:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Thai Summit America will break ground later this month on a 44,000-square-foot expansion in Michigan. The North American subsidiary of Thailand-based Thai Summit Group announced earlier this year it would spend $52.5 million to expand its metal stamping operations.... Read More »

Lear keeps investment plan unchanged in China

11:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Of the challenges facing global automakers in China, the recent downturn of the country's stock market is relative small potatoes, a top U.S. auto supplier executive says. That is because the big sell-off hurts just a tiny sliver of the country's car-buying customer base, said Jay Kunkel, Asia Pacific president of seat and electronics at Lear.... Read More »

Ford to build Rangers in Nigeria as it eyes West Africa

10:17 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Ford said it plans to assemble its Ford Ranger pickup truck in Nigeria by the fourth quarter, as it expands in Africa and the Middle East.... Read More »

GM workers strike in Brazil; Daimler cutting jobs

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

A strike on Monday paralyzed work at a General Motors plant in Brazil and a nearby Daimler truck factory threatened job cuts as labor tensions boiled over in a slumping market.... Read More »

Ford hires second supplier to help with F-150 frame production

2:43 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Ford is bringing a second supplier of steel frames for the F-150 on board to ease a supply shortage that has slowed production for months, a person with knowledge of the matter told Automotive News. The new supplier is said to be Tower International, which already builds body structures for the F series and several other Ford models.... Read More »

FCA will free purchasing staff from cost restraints to focus on quality

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler plans to no longer hold its purchasing staffers to individual cost-saving goals on parts. The goals had effectively tied the staffers' hands when suppliers sought pricing relief. Instead, the automaker says that cost savings goals will be managed by teams, allowing greater flexibility with individual suppliers.... Read More »

VW plans big role for Chattanooga engineers

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Volkswagen's new U.S. engineering office will have critical responsibility when it is fully staffed and operational later in this decade. The office will create new models adapted to U.S. tastes, a key goal for the German automaker.... Read More »

Local Motors details plans for street-legal 3-D car

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Local Motors, the Arizona start-up company that uses 3-D printing technology to make cars, said it plans to have a street-legal two-seat coupe ready for sale to consumers by the third quarter of 2017.... Read More »

Opportunities grow for U.S. parts suppliers moving into China

4:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The U.S. government would like you to know that China’s automotive market is beckoning, even to small companies who lack the funds to get in.... Read More »

EVs boom in China, but some hesitate to ramp up

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Given China's lack of public re-charging stations -- and the lack of garages -- it seems implausible for the world's largest car market to spawn significant demand for electric cars. And yet, it's happening.... Read More »

GM goes full speed ahead in China despite slowdown

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Unmoved by a sharp sales slowdown in China this year, General Motors is sticking with its $14 billion plan to expand production and introduce new models in that market.... Read More »

JCI boosts production of stop-start batteries

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Johnson Controls is betting that the market for stop-start systems in North America is about to take off. By 2020, the supplier expects 40 percent of light vehicles produced in North America will have stop-start systems, up from 10 to 12 percent this year.... Read More »

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