For the second time in five years, a majority of hourly workers at Volkswagen's 8-year-old Chattanooga assembly plant has rejected a bid to unionize under the UAW, marking yet another union setback to organize employees at a foreign-owned assembly plant across the South.
The automaker said it will upgrade a system that issues a two-step alert to request the driver to turn off the engine after a predetermined period at idle. Another upgrade will automatically shift the vehicle into park when the driver exits without shifting into park.
Product saturation within automakers' current and future crossover offerings is leading to increased competition and profitability levels at or below those of sedans, while also leaving dealers short of entry-level new vehicles to sell, according to the annual "Cars Wars" study.
For those who value absorption rate as a reliable measure of dealership health, the current average rate of 57 percent implies that many dealers have to up their fixed ops game to keep their businesses on sound financial footing.