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Jeep Cherokee production threatened by supplier labor walkout

2:22 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Production of the hot-selling 2014 Jeep Cherokee was temporarily disrupted today after workers at a key supplier walked off the job this morning in a union dispute.... Read More »

 

Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing

6:27 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices. And a fourth executive formerly employed by Bridgestone agreed to plead guilty in a related case today.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why new world Tesla needs old world factory relief

7:27 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Despite all the ongoing Wall Street chatter about Tesla, there really is a larger issue closer at hand worth watching: How long will it take Tesla to sort out its manufacturing blocking and tackling?... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board that it's an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure.... Read More »

 

Weather-related rail congestion keeps vehicles parked near factories

2:48 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Across the Rust Belt, thousands of freshly built cars, pickups and SUVs are parked, waiting for a ride that’s late. A brutal winter and the highest automotive production in a decade have strained railroads and moved automakers to use more expensive over-the-road trucks to get their vehicles to dealerships.... Read More »

 

Rainbow PUSH targets new imbalance with Japan

11:36 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Mention trade deficits with Japan, and the phrase usually conjures the 1980s trade wars with Tokyo over the flood of made-in-Japan imports to the United States. But for civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, there is a new trade gap with Japan.... Read More »

 

Toyota's future manufacturing plans see humans replacing robots

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota’s next step forward in manufacturing is counter-intuitive in an age of automation: Humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process.... Read More »

 

GM to upgrade Detroit plant to build next generation Volt, paper says

12:30 pm U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $450 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and battery assembly facility to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt, a Detroit newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

UAW membership rises for 4th straight year as industry rebounds

1:13 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
The UAW said its membership rolls expanded by 2.3 percent to 391,415 last year, aided by rising production at the Detroit 3. The tally marked the fourth straight year of increases.... Read More »

 

Bill Ford says UAW's Gettelfinger deserves more credit 'for helping save Ford'

11:40 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford today credited the UAW for helping to “save” the automaker and stood by the track record of Ford's dealer network as Tesla Motors pushes its direct-sales model.... Read More »

 

BMW plans 7-seat crossover for Spartanburg

9:56 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2014
The long-rumored BMW X7 will be built at the company's plant in South Carolina, a person familiar with the plans said. The German automaker will make the announcement on March 28, said the person, who was not authorized to discuss the move publicly.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to idle Viper plant for two months on slow sales

2:13 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2014
Chrysler Group has suspended production of its SRT Viper sport coupe for at least two months because of slow sales.... Read More »

 

Marchionne: 'Done' discussing minivan plant's future

4:12 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2014
A terse Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters that he was “done” discussing the long-term future of the automaker's Windsor assembly plant after the company withdrew its controversial request for Canadian government support for the plant's upgrade.... Read More »

 

Union opponents sue Volkswagen, UAW over Tennessee plant

4:18 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
Three workers opposing unionization have sued Volkswagen and the UAW in a federal court, alleging that VW and the union improperly colluded in the run-up to a union election in Tennessee that the UAW lost.... Read More »

 

3 years later, rebounding from quake, tsunami

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake-tsunami devastated Japan and also torpedoed much of the nation's auto industry for the better part of a year. But as Japan marks the three-year anniversary, the country's carmakers have rebounded to precrisis highs. Last year, Japan churned out 9.6 million vehicles, just topping 2010's prequake result.... Read More »

 

Ford to move medium-duty truck line from Mexico to Ohio

7:34 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2014
Ford, which plans to cease making the Econoline van later this year, will revive the Ohio factory where the vehicle is made by investing $168 million to move truck production there from Mexico early in 2015.... Read More »

 

GM weighs increasing South Korean car exports to Australia

12:45 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2014
General Motors may increase exports of cars built in South Korea to Australia to offset production declines after the automaker decided to pull its Chevrolet brand from the European market.... Read More »

 

Mercedes considers expanding production in North America

7:38 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
Daimler AG is looking to add production capacity in North America for both its compact and rear-wheel drive models, CEO Dieter Zetsche said today. Plans are in the "very early" stages for the rear-wheel drive vehicles and "it is totally open," Zetsche said at the Geneva Motor Show.... Read More »

 

Honda's Celaya plant boosts Mexico factory presence

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
In opening its $800 million assembly plant here to build the 2015 Fit subcompact hatchback and crossover variant, Honda is joining a rapidly growing slate of automakers and suppliers in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato.... Read More »

 

UAW appeals VW plant election to U.S. labor board

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
The UAW filed an appeal today with the federal government, asking it to set aside the results of an election last week where workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant voted not to join the union.... Read More »

 

Dealers order more than 8,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500s in 3 days

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2014
Chrysler Group dealers ordered more than 8,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 pickups in the first weekend that they could do so -- a figure that represents nearly half of the light-duty pickup's normal monthly production.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Why Australia's auto industry is going the way of the dodo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2014
Toyota will end Australia's run as an automaking nation when it pulls the plug on local assembly in 2017. The move follows similar cut-and-run announcements by Ford and General Motors and triggered an outcry Down Under about the demise of local manufacturing.... Read More »

 

Obama weighs in on contentious union vote at Volkswagen plant

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
President Barack Obama today waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than American workers.... Read More »

 

Chattanooga mayor: Don't 'let politics trump jobs'

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Regardless of how Volkswagen workers vote on UAW representation, Chattanooga's mayor has just one thing on his mind: winning a plant expansion to build a new SUV.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

UAW vote at VW: not the top story in Chattanooga?

10:02 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Reporters have descended on Chattanooga from all over the country to see the result of the UAW vote that concludes today. But here in town, the election at Volkswagen AG's plant may not even be the most closely watched vote.... Read More »

 

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