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THE GM RECALL

Rattner says he saw 'GM nod' and 'GM salute' during rescue

3:26 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Steven Rattner, the former auto czar who led the government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler, says he witnessed GM's problematic management culture firsthand and was shocked -- and crash victim advocates are asking why he didn't act....
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Barra, Valukas summoned to Capitol Hill for hearings

11:19 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
The two congressional committees investigating General Motors' recall crisis said today that they will hold follow-up hearings, with GM CEO Mary Barra and independent investigator Anton Valukas invited to testify....
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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....
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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....
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U.S. wins WTO dispute with China over auto imports

11:16 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2014
In a victory for automakers exporting vehicles from the United States to China, the World Trade Organization ruled that Chinese duties on U.S.-made cars and trucks violated international trade rules....
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THE GM RECALL

Bailout architects deny knowledge of GM ignition woes

12:08 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
Leaders of the White House task force that orchestrated the government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009 said today that they knew nothing about GM's defective ignition switch at the time from talking to the top executives involved in crafting the company's turnaround plan....
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Ghosn succeeds Varin as ACEA president

May 12, 2014 14:40 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has been elected to succeed former PSA chief Philippe Varin as president of ACEA, the European auto industry's lobbying body....
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GABE NELSON

VW may be ready to give its SUV a home

4:14 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Volkswagen AG could be a few days away from naming a North American assembly site for a mid-sized crossover based on the CrossBlue concept from the 2013 Detroit auto show....
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Toyota move yields political fallout in Calif.

4:03 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Toyota's decision to move its North American headquarters to Texas is causing political fallout in California. A representative on the California Economic Development Commission criticized officials in Torrance for “having lost the world's largest automotive company,” the city's newspaper reported Wednesday....
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NHTSA won't urge GM drivers to park recalled cars

3:47 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2014
Federal safety regulators have refused a request from two senators to encourage owners of cars affected by General Motors' ignition switch recall to ground their cars until they can be repaired....
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GABE NELSON

Politics begins to steer driverless car's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2014
As frustrating as a tame problem might be, it can be solved. Wicked problems, on the other hand, defy engineering solutions. For self-driving cars, wicked problems are starting to pop up from state legislatures to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Texas politicians: Be careful what you wish for and what you hand out

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
Texas politicians are exchanging high-fives over Toyota's decision to relocate its United States headquarters to Plano. It's undoubtedly a great boon to the state. But will it really prove so good for the politicians' careers?...
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GABE NELSON

Toyota's image enhancement for Texas, and its governor

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
For all its job growth, Texas needs more global companies like Toyota with high-tech credentials to show its business climate is friendly to more than just ranchers and oil barons. Being the American home of Toyota, the world's largest car company and the seller of the eco-friendly Prius, makes that point better than advertising ever could....
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Ford faces renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

11:58 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Ford and IBM will again have to face a federal lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses decades ago in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases....
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Cadillac global chief expected to resume former Washington lobbying job

10:08 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
GM plans to shift its global Cadillac chief back to focus full time on his former lobbying position in Washington as the automaker deals with fallout from defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, a person familiar with the plans said Thursday....
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Pro-Tesla bill appears dead in Arizona Senate

10:33 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
A bill that would have allowed electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors to sell cars at its factory-owned showrooms in Arizona appears to be dead in the state's Senate. But Tesla vowed today to continue "re-engaging" the Legislature next year on the matter....
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THE GM RECALL

GM will update dealers Wednesday on recall parts status

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors told dealers it will hold a Web conference on Wednesday to update them on the status of parts needed to repair millions of small cars recalled for faulty ignition switches, as well as the procedures to follow for the recall....
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U.S. senators ask Justice Department to intervene in GM litigation

11:24 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A group of senators today urged the Department of Justice to oppose any efforts by General Motors to skirt financial responsibility related to the company's failure to promptly recall vehicles with ignition switch problems linked to 13 deaths....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board that it's an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure....
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GM hires Clinton administration crisis expert for recall advice

10:57 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
General Motors has retained crisis-communications expert Jeff Eller as it builds a team to help respond to the recall of small cars with faulty ignition switches tied to 13 deaths....
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THE GM RECALL

GM hires 9/11 victims' attorney Feinberg to aid recall response

12:40 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
General Motors has hired attorney Kenneth Feinberg to help the company evaluate how to handle its liability to families of victims of accidents involving cars that have been recalled for faulty ignition switches, GM CEO Mary Barra told a congressional panel today during 2 1/2 hours of testimony....
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GABE NELSON

2016 alert: Tesla's fight goes national

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The lights are on. The cameras are rolling. The flag pins are in place. And the topic of this unofficial Republican debate, taking place 30 months before the next presidential election, is whether Tesla Motors should be allowed to sell cars directly to the American consumer....
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Obama says U.S.-EU trade talks are moving forward

March 28, 2014 09:44 CET
President Barack Obama said his administration is moving forward on establishing a trade pact between the U.S. and EU. Automakers are lobbying hard for the pact to end import tariffs and adopt standard safety and environmental regulations....
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VW reassigns U.S. plant chief Fischer amid management shuffle

March 27, 2014 17:20 CET
Frank Fischer, who has led VW's operations in Chattanooga since the automaker announced its return to manufacturing in the United States in 2008, has been reassigned to lead an assembly plant in Germany....
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VW reassigns Chattanooga plant chief Fischer amid management shuffle

11:20 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
Frank Fischer, who has led Volkswagen AG’s operations in Chattanooga since the automaker announced its return to manufacturing in the United States in 2008, has been reassigned to lead an assembly plant in Germany, the company announced today....
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