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UAW will propose works council at VW after partial recognition

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The UAW said it will propose a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and continue its push for collective bargaining for members there following the company’s recognition that the union represents at least 45 percent of plant workers.... Read More »

 

Chrysler poised to invest $266M to expand 8-speed transmission production

11:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to invest $266 million into its massive Kokomo Transmission complex in Indiana to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission. On Monday night, elected officials in Kokomo unanimously approved a request by Chrysler for a 10-year tax abatement for the project, local media reported.... Read More »

 

UAW gains partial recognition at VW plant in Tenn.

7:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
The UAW gained a partial and unconventional recognition from Volkswagen AG after proving to the company that it represents at least 45 percent of workers at the company's plant in Tennessee, the union and a company spokesman said Monday.... Read More »

 

Mexico auto output up 11% in November

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Mexico auto production increased 11 percent in November from the same month a year earlier to 284,816 units, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said today.... Read More »

 

Stagnant wages are a drag on new-car sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
One reason auto sales in the United States still aren't quite back to the 17 million-a-year pace seen during the boom years before the recession: Many consumers haven't gotten much of a raise since then.... Read More »

 

Bob Thomas led Nissan in tough times

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Bob Thomas, who served as CEO of Nissan's U.S. sales company in the 1990s as the Japanese automaker veered into financial trouble, has died. Thomas died Nov. 23 in Hawaii after a brief illness, according to friends and former colleagues. He was 69.... Read More »

 

Shiloh expands aluminum output for southern automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2014
Shiloh Industries plans to open an auto parts plant in Tennessee this month to continue its expansion of North American aluminum-casting capacity.... Read More »

 

VW buys stake in startup U.S. battery company, report says

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Volkswagen AG bought a stake in battery startup QuantumScape with the aim of developing technology that can more than triple the range of its electric cars, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Subaru plans new HQ in N.J. twice the size of its current one

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Fast-growing Subaru of America plans to expand its US headquarters by moving to a campus double the size of the current site. The new development, about 4 miles from the current headquarters in New Jersey, will house more than 500 employees and contractors in the sales, marketing, service and administration departments, a statement said today.... Read More »

 

Takata fixing lapses at Mexico airbag plant

6:33 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Takata said it will fix lapses identified by the Mexico government at the same airbag plant that Toyota prevented its own employees from visiting for unspecified safety concerns.... Read More »

 

October fuel economy static as gas prices drop toward $2 per gallon

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the United States last month remained unchanged from October and likely will remain unchanged in the near term as gasoline prices drop toward $2 per gallon, according to research posted this week.... Read More »

 

VW will give more power to brands, regions

Dec. 4, 2014 09:21 CET
VW Group will give more power to brand managers and regional bosses, its labor leader said, as the company looks to address poor performance in markets such as the U.S. and Brazil.... Read More »

 

Bob Thomas, former U.S. boss of Nissan, dies at 69

7:09 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Bob Thomas, who led Nissan's United States sales operations in the 1990s before joining AutoNation and Edmunds, has died in Hawaii. Thomas died November 23 after a brief illness, according to friends and former colleagues. He was 69.... Read More »

 

Takata Mexico airbag plant inspection finds safety shortcomings

6:37 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Takata, the airbag supplier at the center of a recall crisis, was told by Mexico’s government to take 171 measures to improve health and safety at a plant tasked with making millions of replacement air bags.... Read More »

 

Chrysler closes in on Ford in Canada

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Chrysler Canada gained on Ford's Canadian unit for the second month in a row in November, pulling within 920 vehicles of the sales leader.... Read More »

 

Backed by ruling, UAW says Mercedes must let Ala. workers discuss organizing

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
The UAW, backed by an NLRB ruling, pressed managers at the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Alabama to respect the right of workers to discuss organizing a local union while on the factory floor.... Read More »

 

TLX delivering on sales and image, Acura says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
With two full months of sales data behind it, Acura says the new TLX midsize sedan is beginning to fulfill its promise of reviving the luxury brand, whose U.S. sales and image have sagged in recent years.... Read More »

 

Cadillac to chart new brand course in N.Y.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2014
Uwe Ellinghaus doesn't like to see Cadillac explicitly comparing itself to German luxury competitors in its ads. But he's determined to see Cadillac adopt the marketing strategies used by those rivals, including his former employer, BMW. The results of that drive will show up in April, Cadillac's marketing chief says, when Cadillac unveils its range-topping CT6 sedan.... Read More »

 

Michelin to double budget-tire sales to counter Chinese

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Michelin will nearly double the proportion of budget tires in its global sales mix to as much as 30 percent to counter the huge rise in Chinese imports sold in Europe and the U.S., CEO Jean-Dominique Senard told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

In Mexico, a booming auto industry but stalled living standards for workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
Mexico’s booming automobile industry is generating more export dollars than oil, building more cars than Brazil and giving a job to Esmeralda Velazquez. What it isn’t doing is raising her living standards.... Read More »

 

BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico

Nov. 25, 2014 11:40 CET
Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories.... Read More »

 

Canada helped bail out GM, Chrysler with incomplete information, auditor finds

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Canada had limited information about the restructuring plans of GM and Chrysler Group when the government approved a $12.1 billion bailout for the automakers in 2009, federal auditors said.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Conviction of Saturn Ion driver thrown out after 10 years

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
A Texas judge today overturned a 7-year-old negligent homicide conviction against a woman whose boyfriend died when her Saturn Ion -- now known to have had a defective ignition switch -- crashed, her lawyer said.... Read More »

 

FROM HANDICAP TO HANDY SOLUTION

Ghosn: Nissan will fill gaps with Japanese imports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
As Nissan Motor Corp. pushes to boost U.S. market share and cut reliance on Japanese imports, it's clear which goal takes priority: selling more vehicles. Even if it takes more imports to do it. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the devalued yen has made his Japanese plants an acceptable solution to augment North American production as the company stretches for a 10 percent U.S. market share.... Read More »

 

Now that's what I call a comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
It's official. The comeback that has followed the bottoming out of auto sales in 2009 has some serious legs. In fact, it's the longest-lasting post-recession sales rebound in modern history.... Read More »

 

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