AN Daily E-mail -- WEDNESDAY
FCA’s labor talks in Canada, like GM’s, to focus on plantsWed, 28, Sep 2016
Securing investments at key Canadian plants is again Unifor's top priority in the latest round of labor negotiations with the Detroit 3, this time with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Negotiations between Unifor and FCA resumed this week after General Motors workers ratified a four-year contract on Sunday.
VW targets a Beetle for the electric-car eraWed, 28, Sep 2016
VW is laying out a bold plan to bring EVs to the masses with dozens of new models and unprecedented driving ranges, challenging other carmakers to keep pace a year after an emissions scandal rocked the company. The process will get a boost at the Paris auto show this week when the company unveils a battery-powered hatchback concept car, the I.D.
Land Rover replaces LR4 with lighter, roomier DiscoveryWed, 28, Sep 2016
Land Rover wants to expand its base of buyers and more aggressively attack the full-size SUV market with the all-new Discovery -- a larger, roomier and more fuel-efficient replacement for the LR4 sold in the U.S. since 2009.
Vinnie Johnson's Piston Group closes on $175 million deal for Takata subsidiaryWed, 28, Sep 2016
U.S. auto supplier Piston Group closed today on the $175 million acquisition of Takata subsidiary Irvin Automotive. The acquisition adds Irvin's interiors manufacturing operations to Piston's assembly and sequencing business
VW sets EV launch for 2020Wed, 28, Sep 2016
Volkswagen will launch a compact electric car in 2020 with a range of up to 370 miles as it seeks to sell 1 million EVs per year by 2025, the automaker said Wednesday. VW revealed a concept car, dubbed the I.D., to hint at the compact EV.
U.S. dealerships' employee retention slides, study findsWed, 28, Sep 2016
U.S. car dealerships suffer from rampant employee turnover, an industry study released today found. In fact, the three-year employee retention rate at dealerships reached a new low last year, dropping two percentage points to 45 percent, vs. a 67 percent rate in the overall U.S. nonfarm private sector.
VW suspends ties with some Indian suppliers after expose of child deaths in mica minesWed, 28, Sep 2016
German carmaker Volkswagen has stopped buying mica from some suppliers in India, following a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation that found child workers were dying in illegal, unregulated mines, a company official said.
Focus hatchbacks recalled for latch software fixWed, 28, Sep 2016
Ford is recalling 64,038 Ford Focus hatchbacks in the U.S. to fix potentially faulty interior latch release software. Ford has recalled 4 million vehicles in North America for various door-latch problems since 2014.
Ford's Fields says Trump accusations about jobs are 'really disappointing'Wed, 28, Sep 2016
Ford CEO Mark Fields said he's disappointed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's accusations that the automaker is moving jobs to Mexico and reiterated that the transfer of small-car production will result in “zero” job loss in the U.S
Uber to move freight, target trucking for the long haulWed, 28, Sep 2016
With its recent acquisition of self-driving truck startup Otto, Uber Technologies is plotting its entry into the long-haul trucking business, aiming to establish itself as a freight hauler and a technology partner for the industry.
Elon Musk outlines Mars colonization planWed, 28, Sep 2016
SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday.
Honda reports another Takata airbag rupture in fatal Malaysia crashWed, 28, Sep 2016
Honda said today that the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured during a fatal crash in Malaysia, in the fourth death this year in the Southeast Asian country linked to airbags from supplier Takata Corp.