Politics

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

GM recall prompts bill that would make early-warning safety reports public

12:48 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
Two United States senators introduced a bill today to expand the public's access to automakers' safety filings with regulators, saying federal reforms could prevent fatal crashes like those linked to a defective General Motors ignition switch.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Why Tesla vs. dealers debate could become a 2016 presidential talking point

12:17 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
It’s looking like Tesla’s corporate-owned showrooms could be a political flashpoint in the 2016 presidential election now that Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio has come out as a defender of Tesla’s right to sell cars without franchised dealers.... Read More »

 

Senator urges U.S. to 'require' GM compensation fund

1:51 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
A senator asked the federal government to force General Motors to establish a fund to compensate consumers affected by a long-running problem that prompted a major recall of some GM vehicles he characterized as "lethally defective."... Read More »

 

Rough road ahead for GM as U.S. Congress plots safety probe

4:01 pm U.S. ET | March 21, 2014
The congressional investigation into General Motors auto defects will bring aggressive scrutiny to a company with powerful lobbying clout and strong ties on Capitol Hill. GM's recall of 1.6 million vehicles, due to an ignition-switch problem linked to 12 fatalities, has put the Detroit automaker in Congress' cross hairs, with potentially dramatic hearings kicking off in April.... Read More »

 

Tesla direct sales bill moves forward in Arizona

4:13 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
An Arizona Senate committee has pushed forward a bill that would let electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors sell its cars directly to consumers.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

GM: Back in Congress' cross hairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15, 2014
It was only December when then-CEO Dan Akerson came to Washington to give a speech marking GM's exit from partial government ownership, which for executives seemed to mark the end of five turbulent years as a target on Capitol Hill. The runway was cleared, all right. But the plane is now headed back to Washington, and lawmakers don't seem too proud of what GM built.... Read More »

 

Tesla vs. dealer issue creates political firestorm in N.J.

12:13 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
The controversy surrounding Tesla Motors selling cars directly to consumers has become part of New Jersey's ongoing political drama involving Governor Chris Christie -- one of the Republican Party's top potential candidates to run for president in 2016.... Read More »

 

UAW slams decision giving anti-union workers voice in VW dispute

3:58 pm U.S. ET | March 12, 2014
The UAW sharply criticized and vowed to appeal a federal agency's decision to let anti-UAW Volkswagen workers defend the results of an election that the union lost last month at a Tennessee VW plant.... Read More »

 

Ford, GM, Renault fear Ukraine crisis may hit key Russian market

March 4, 2014 12:29 CET
Top executives from Ford, General Motors, Renault and other global automakers said they're watching with keen interest the impact on automotive markets from Russia's territorial dispute with neighboring Ukraine.... Read More »

 

Ford, GM, others monitor Russian dispute with Ukraine

6:29 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
Top executives from Ford, General Motors, and other global automakers said they're watching with keen interest the impact on automotive markets from Russia's territorial dispute with neighboring Ukraine.... Read More »

 

UAW appeals VW plant election to U.S. labor board

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
The UAW filed an appeal today with the federal government, asking it to set aside the results of an election last week where workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant voted not to join the union.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

At VW, labor is full partner -- please tell southern U.S. politicians

8:05 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Especially in an election year, I expect political rhetoric over UAW organizing in the South. But, frankly, I was shocked by two southern politicians so eager to score points with local conservative voting bases that they insulted half the board members of the German automakers whose plants they so covet.... Read More »

 

S.C. governor tells unionized companies to stay away

2:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2014
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, in the wake of the UAW's failed attempt to organize Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, is advising companies with union work forces to stay out of her state.... Read More »

 

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