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MIKE COLIAS

Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup. In a few years, it might literally be European.... Read More »

 

Tesla's Q2 net loss widens to $62 million as r&d expenses soar

4:39 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Tesla's net loss widened to $61.9 million in the second quarter even though it assembled and delivered record numbers of Model S electric cars. Revenues surged nearly 90 percent.... Read More »

 

Superior’s Q2 net income drops 21%; Ark. plant to close

3:17 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Aluminum wheel supplier Superior Industries International said today that its second-quarter net income tumbled 21 percent from the year-earlier period to $5 million on flat sales of $199 million.... Read More »

 

Tesla, Panasonic agree to team on U.S. gigafactory

7:02 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Tesla Motors and Panasonic have agreed to cooperate on the construction and operation of the American carmaker's so-called gigafactory, its envisioned large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States.... Read More »

 

GM resumes pickup output at Indiana plant

12:53 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Production resumed today at one of GM's three pickup plants after being idled because of an interruption in sheetmetal supplies, the company said.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz violated Alabama workers' organizing rights, judge rules

4:52 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
An administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Mercedes-Benz violated the organizing rights of workers at its Alabama plant by not allowing the distribution of union literature in common areas during off-work hours.... Read More »

 

Robotics suppliers post record business in North America

3:29 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Robotics suppliers, paced by automakers preparing for new-product launches, posted records for orders in North America during the second quarter and first half of the year, an industry trade group reported today.... Read More »

 

GM, Toyota plan to resume production in South Africa

4:07 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
GM and Toyota plan to resume production on Tuesday in South Africa and the nation's largest union agreed to end a four-week strike in the metals sector after accepting a wage increase offer from employers.... Read More »

 

Tesla, Panasonic reach agreement on U.S. battery plant, report says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Panasonic has reached a basic agreement with Tesla Motors to initially supply the electric automaker's proposed lithium-ion battery plant in the United States with machinery to make battery cells, the Nikkei said.... Read More »

 

GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal, averting strike

6:30 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors' South Korean unit reached a tentative wage deal with its labor union today, averting a potential strike at one of its key Asian production bases.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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