Revised FCA contract deal boosts newer workers to top-wage status in 8 years

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

A new tentative agreement between Fiat Chrysler and the UAW provides a wage progression that will get lower-paid Tier 2 workers to the same rate of pay -- $30 an hour -- as Tier 1 workers after 8 years on the job.... Read More »


BLOG: Did the UAW pull the old 'Higher Power' gambit on FCA?

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

In Negotiating 101, it's known as the “Higher Power” gambit -- that move toward the end of the negotiation that says “Well, it's OK with me, but I gotta check with the boss.”... Read More »

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says fired employees go work for Apple

10:12 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Elon Musk called Apple a “Tesla Graveyard” where his fired employees go to work. The Tesla CEO, in an interview with a German newspaper, dismissed the notion that Apple hires top engineers away from his company.... Read More »


Volkswagen's U.S. boss blames 'individuals' for cheating

Oct. 9, 2015 09:18 CET

VW's rigging of diesel emissions tests was not a company decision but the result of actions by a small number of engineers, its top U.S. executive said.... Read More »

Volkswagen guarantees 4.2 billion euro investment in Spain, minister says

Oct. 9, 2015 13:28 CET

Volkswagen has guaranteed a 4.2 billion euro ($4.8 billion) investment in its Seat brand and VW plants in Spain despite saying the company faced "painful cutbacks" to meet the cost of its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »


VW will recall 100,000 vehicles with emissions-cheating devices in Australia

Oct. 9, 2015 14:17 CET

VW Group will conduct a voluntary recall of vehicles in Australia fitted with devices designed to cheat emissions tests, as it increased the estimated number of affected cars to nearly 100,000.... Read More »


BLOG: VW's emissions cheating has taken the gloss off my Touran

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Last year I bought a 2011 Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI with the promise of super-frugal motoring, clean diesel technology and a zippy little engine. But VW's emissions-cheating scandal now leaves me wondering whether my minivan will end up slower, thirstier and ultimately less valuable.... Read More »


Jaguar's leaner XF takes aim at BMW 5 series

Oct. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar has its sights on the BMW 5 series with its new lighter, smaller XF sedan, which it says is the new benchmark for driving dynamics in the large premium segment.... Read More »

3 Nishikawa Rubber execs indicted by U.S. for price-fixing

5:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. were indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in the auto supply chain’s ongoing price-fixing scandal.... Read More »

New FCA-UAW contract deal would raise Tier 2 pay to $29 an hour, report says

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is offering so-called second-tier UAW members as much as $29 an hour -- up from $25 previously proposed -- under a new tentative agreement which avoided a strike by 40,000 union members, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg today.... Read More »

Suppliers shouldn't pay for VW diesel scandal, executive says

11:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

VW should not try to make up for the costs of its emissions scandal by putting pressure on suppliers to lower their prices, the head of a German engine parts maker ElringKlinger said today.... Read More »


VW cheat software was switched on in Europe, report says

Oct. 8, 2015 09:08 CET

Volkswagen's software used to cheat emissions tests was switched on in diesel vehicles in Europe, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler workers skeptical of new UAW deal's impact on wages

10:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Workers outside the gates of a Fiat Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Ind., greeted news today of a new tentative agreement between the automaker and the UAW skeptically, giving an indication of the challenges the union may face in getting the deal ratified by members.... Read More »

UAW touts 'significant gains' after securing deal with FCA at deadline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

The UAW and Fiat Chrysler reached another tentative agreement on a new labor contract early this morning, averting a threatened strike that could have sent some or all of FCA's 40,000 unionized workers off the job.... Read More »

Why trouble for VW made in Germany means Mexico headache

10:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

As Germany warns of a disaster for domestic employees of Volkswagen AG, fallout from the company's emissions-cheating scandal threatens to reach Mexico -- its largest producer of cars for the U.S.... Read More »


BLOG: So long side mirrors, hello cameras

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Audi and Mercedes-Benz are among the automakers that believe they will be able persuade legislators in key global markets that side mirrors need to be replaced by cameras to make future models more aerodynamic and fuel efficient.... Read More »

Maserati trims production as Ghibli boom fades

Oct. 7, 2015 18:27 CET

Maserati is cutting production as a boom that was fueled by the Ghibli fades.... Read More »

Bosch's popular diesel engine software was not preprogrammed to cheat

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

A popular diesel engine management program used by several top automakers, including Volkswagen AG, was not pre-programmed to detect when a vehicle was undergoing laboratory emissions testing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a former EPA official.... Read More »


BLOG: Why TPP gives Japanese automakers an edge

7:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to this week's historic Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so.... Read More »


Pischetsrieder, Bernhard deny involvement in VW diesel scandal

Oct. 6, 2015 06:01 CET

Former VW Group CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder and ex-VW brand chief Wolfgang Bernhard deny involvement in the automaker's use of software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests.... Read More »


VW says 8 million cars in EU are affected by cheat software

Oct. 6, 2015 11:00 CET

VW has told lawmakers that 8 million diesel vehicles in the EU were fitted with software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests. Vehicles with 1.2-, 1.-6 and 2.0-liter diesel engines of the type EA 189 are affected.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler targeted with UAW strike deadline

11:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

The UAW notified Fiat Chrysler that it will cancel contract extensions under which 40,000 unionized workers have been working since Sept. 14 and could go on strike. The union set a “strike deadline” of 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday, though it's unclear if a walkout would be nationwide or target select plants.... Read More »


Jaguar Land Rover CEO Speth says brand's 'heart and the soul' will remain in the UK

Oct. 6, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is branching out of the UK with a factory in China and plans to build cars in Brazil and Slovakia. Another big change is Jaguar's addition of its first SUV. JLR CEO Ralf Speth explained to Automotive News Europe how both of the moves will help the automaker.... Read More »

PSA has no plans to return to India any time soon

Oct. 6, 2015 15:32 CET

PSA says it has no plans to re-enter India's car market any time soon after a report said the carmaker is in talks with Tata to form a local partnership that could oversee production and distribution in the market and share technology.... Read More »


VW sued by West Virginia over clean diesel claims

6:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

West Virginia is suing Volkswagen AG for deceiving car buyers after the EPA said last month that the company had installed software to hide that its diesel engines exceeded pollution standards.... Read More »

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