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Daimler will invest 1.5 billion euros in its biggest German plant

July 31, 2014 10:51 CET
Daimler plans a 1.5 billion euros investment its Mercedes plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, after employees agreed a labor deal that the company says will save 100 million euros in costs.... Read More »

 

Daimler reaches labor deal on overhauling Mercedes' German sales network

July 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has reached a labor agreement that will allow it to sell some Mercedes dealerships in Germany as part of a wider plan to overhaul its sales network in the market.... 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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

South African union said to reject wage deal to end strike, resume car output

9:49 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
South Africa's biggest union will probably reject the latest pay offer from employers to end a three-week strike that has idled light-vehicle output and other manufacturing because of a clause related to workplace bargaining, a union official said.... Read More »

 

GM may put Brazil workers on paid leave

9:21 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
GM wants to put nearly a fifth of its workers at a factory in Brazil on paid leave, an auto workers union says, amid falling output in Latin America's largest economy.... Read More »

 

GM Korea could make next-gen Cruze if union calls off strike

7:22 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
GM's South Korean subsidiary told its employee union that the automaker could consider making the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in South Korea if the union calls off a wage-related strike.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Good news in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
It has been a tumultuous year at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, but VW ultimately decided to expand production there instead of in Mexico to build a crossover starting in late 2016.... Read More »

 

Visteon transferring $350 million in pension assets to Prudential

1:40 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Visteon entered into an agreement to transfer a portion of its U.S. pension assets to Prudential Insurance of America as part of its ongoing restructuring.... Read More »

 

Nissan latest automaker to suspend South Africa production amid strike

8:18 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Nissan joined carmakers including Toyota and Ford in halting production in South Africa as a strike by metalworkers cut auto-component supplies.... Read More »

 

VW aims to save 5 billion euros to lift profitability

July 15, 2014 15:27 CET
VW Group plans to reduce costs at its namesake brand by 5 billion euros ($6.8 billion) by 2017 as it seeks to lift sagging profitability after efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs.... Read More »

 

VW targets $6.8 billion in annual cuts to close profit gap with rivals

11:18 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to cut costs and boost productivity at the VW brand by $6.8 billion a year by 2017 to lift sagging profitability. Efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an internal presentation to company managers.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Ford halt output in South Africa as strike spreads

7:49 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Toyota and Ford are suspending production at South African plants as a two-week strike in the manufacturing industry disrupts the supply of components.... Read More »

 

Ford, Toyota models will help boost Turkish car output to record

July 13, 2014 20:01 CET
New models from Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are expected to help boost Turkish automotive production to a record this year as a recovery in European demand drives up exports.... Read More »

 

BMW's gamble on U.S. factory provides export windfall

July 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's U.S. factory in South Carolina -- its first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany -- has become a bona fide success. The plant is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and remain ahead of rivals.... Read More »

 

BMW bet on S.C. plant pays off with export windfall

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
BMW's first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany has become a bona fide success after initial hiccups. The factory in Spartanburg, S.C., -- already the nation's biggest light-vehicle exporter -- is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and keep ahead of rivals Audi and Mercedes.... 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 »

 

Penske Logistics to close site servicing Ford

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Penske Logistics, the lead logistics provider for Ford in North America, plans to shut down a site south of Detroit in September and cut 183 jobs.... Read More »

 

GM Korea workers vote to strike as wage talks continue

6:29 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
GM's South Korean workers today voted to go on strike over salaries and production volume, signaling tough annual wage talks for automakers already grappling with falling earnings because of the stronger won.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW's struggles in key markets threaten momentum as post-Piech era looms

July 7, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech has succeeded in creating an automotive giant with huge cash reserves. However, problems gaining a foothold in key markets and a delicate power balance could threaten VW after Piech departs.... 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 »

 

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