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Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers.... Read More »

 

UAW creates union local for VW workers in Tennessee

8:32 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The UAW formed a union local to represent workers at VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, where it lost a bitter organizing vote earlier this year. Membership in Local 42 will be voluntary and the unit will not have power to bargain on behalf of all employees at the plant, UAW officials said today.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

How UAW can leverage minority support in Chattanooga and elsewhere

2:15 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Today's surprising news that the UAW will set up a union local for Chattanooga's Volkswagen AG factory -- despite losing the organizing vote there -- signals a new strategy under President Dennis Williams. Start with the devotees. Win over the doubters later.... Read More »

 

Ford says it remains committed to South Africa despite strikes

12:13 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Ford has a long-term commitment to South Africa, its regional head said, playing down any concerns about strikes that an engineering federation said had prompted the carmaker to consider pulling out of the country.... Read More »

 

Ford's Odell says European recovery still shaky

11:49 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Ford's European operations are sharing in the industry's modest sales recovery this year, but Ford of Europe President Stephen Odell warned today that some of the region's underlying economic weaknesses still pose a threat.... Read More »

 

Kia confirms interest in Mexico assembly plant

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Kia has confirmed that it's considering putting its next overseas assembly plant in Mexico. A statement from the company last week was its first official acknowledgement that it's interested in a Mexican assembly plant, following several unconfirmed news reports about the possibility.... Read More »

 

Detroit 3 to shorten, eliminate summer break at some plants

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Summer vacation will be shortened or won't come at all for some Detroit 3 assembly plants in the United States as light truck and SUV sales continue to heat up.... Read More »

 

GM halts South Africa production after wage talks collapse

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Wage talks to end an indefinite strike by more than 220,000 metalworkers in South Africa failed Thursday as the stoppage forced General Motors to halt output at its vehicle-assembly plant.... Read More »

 

BMW to invest $1 billion in new plant in Mexico, employ 1,500 workers

1:40 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
BMW plans to spend $1 billion to build a plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, with capacity of about 150,000 units per year, the company said today. Start of production is planned for 2019, with a work force of about 1,500 employees, said Harald Krueger, BMW board member for production, in a statement. BMW did not disclose what models it will build at the plant.... Read More »

 

GM says one worker killed, four hospitalized in metal plant explosion

4:58 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
General Motors said one person died and four people were hospitalized Tuesday after a chemical explosion at a factory near Fort Wayne, Ind.... Read More »

 

BMW plans for Mexico factory to be unveiled Thursday, government official says

12:08 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
BMW AG's plans to build a new factory in Mexico will be revealed on Thursday, a government official said today. The Mexican official, speaking on condition of anonymity with Reuters, said details of the plans would be made in an announcement scheduled for July 3.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to sell Mitsubishi-supplied small cars in Mexico

10:28 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors will supply Chrysler with a Thailand-built compact sedan for sale in Mexico starting in November. The car will be based on the Mitsubishi Attrage, the sedan version of the Mirage hatchback sold in the United States. Mitsubishi will supply Chrysler over a five-year period.... Read More »

 

Cooper-Standard to sell thermal and emissions business to Visteon unit for $46 million

11:23 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Cooper-Standard Automotive has agreed to sell its thermal and emissions product line to Halla Visteon Climate Control in a transaction valued at $46 million.... Read More »

 

Fiat 500 Abarth with automatic transmission should broaden appeal, exec says

4:11 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The North American head of the Fiat brand said that adding an optional automatic transmission to its performance Fiat 500 Abarth would open up the sporty minicar to a much wider number of potential customers.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan, Daimler plan $1.4 billion small-car plant in Mexico

9:46 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
Global technology partners Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance will spend 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion) to produce 300,000 compact Infiniti and Mercedes vehicles a year at a Nissan factory in Mexico, starting in 2017. The partners announced this morning that they are co-developing a family of new compact luxury models to be sold around the world.... Read More »

 

Preh acquires European assembly line design firm

12:24 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Automotive assembly line designer Preh said it has agreed to acquire IMA Automation Amberg from Switzerland’s Feintool International Holding AG.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Alcoa, Novelis face new competition as aluminum gains in auto segment

10:16 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
Aluminum giants Alcoa and Novelis triumphed in landing Ford's aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck, but the victory also has brought new aluminum players into the competition for future automotive business.... Read More »

 

New UAW chief vows to keep pressure on transplants

4:30 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams said today that the union will intensify efforts to organize transplants, with Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel stationed in Tennessee to coordinate the drives.... Read More »

 

Dennis Williams elected UAW president as King retires

2:15 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Dennis Williams was elected president of the UAW today at its 36th Constitutional Convention. Williams, 61, takes the helm of the United States auto workers union for four years, replacing Bob King, 67, who officially retired at the convention. Williams and his slate of vice presidents were elected overwhelmingly by the 1,100 delegates here.... Read More »

 

Tesla won't select final gigafactory site until late 2014, Musk says

4:50 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Tesla Motors won't decide until year end where to build a battery “gigafactory” even as it readies multiple plant sites, CEO Elon Musk told investors on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

UAW delegates approve 25% dues hike in contentious vote

3:58 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
UAW delegates -- following a contentious debate -- today approved a 25 percent dues rate increase for members that will raise about $50 million annually by taking an extra half-hour of pay a month from rank-and-file workers. The increase takes effect in August.... Read More »

 

VW weighs tripling SUV lineup to overtake Toyota, report says

6:33 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Volkswagen AG is considering tripling the namesake VW brand's SUV lineup in a bid to overtake Toyota in global sales, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Kia plans first assembly plant in Mexico, report says

11:10 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Kia Motors plans to break ground soon on a new plant in Mexico, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, a further sign that the company and its affiliate, Hyundai, are easing an unofficial moratorium on capacity growth.... Read More »

 

King makes the case to UAW delegates for dues hike

4:05 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
UAW President Bob King today appealed to delegates for an increase in member dues without using the word “dues.” During his state-of-the-union address, King asked the 1,100 assembled delegates at the UAW Constitutional Convention to strongly consider “constitutional changes” that clearly alluded to a 25 percent dues increase needed for organizing and rebuilding the union’s declining strike fund.... Read More »

 

VW works councils rep vows continued support for UAW in Chattanooga

1:04 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The UAW must and will “start anew” at Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga assembly plant to represent workers there in collective bargaining and on works councils that create labor co-determination with management, the chief labor representative to VW’s works councils worldwide said.... Read More »

 

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