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The GM strike marches on

Sep 20, 2019

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UAW says its 49K members at GM plants will go on strike

by Associated Press Sep 15, 2019
After contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers Union and General Motors break down, strike action planned for midnight on Sunday.
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Workplace Culture

High stakes in automaker labor negotiations

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jul 15, 2019
The Big Three have a profitable decade behind them. But from changing consumer tastes to the advent of the autonomous car, threats loom on the horizon.
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Fiat Chrysler and Renault might be headed toward a merger

by Andy Uhler May 27, 2019
A team-up between the two companies could lead to a huge boost in production, but a decrease in demand for new cars is expected.
The logos of automobile companies (LtoR) Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant on May 27, 2019 in Turin, northern Italy. - French and Italian-US auto giants Renault and Fiat Chrysler are set to announce talks on an alliance, with a view to a potential merger.
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U.S. automakers seek advantage at Shanghai Auto Show

by Jennifer Pak Apr 18, 2019
American manufacturers are eager to win Chinese customers.
Ford Lincoln unveils a luxury SUV with seven seats at the Shanghai auto show. Other carmakers have pushed new SUVs and electric models to drive sales amid a slowdown in the industry.
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Electric vehicles in the spotlight at Shanghai Auto Show

by Jennifer Pak Apr 18, 2019
Electric cars are drawing attention and Chinese automakers are to the fore.
Chinese automaker BYD, a firm backed by Warren Buffet, unveiled an electric sports car at the Shanghai auto show. It’s not available for sale yet but many live streamers and car bloggers were surprised that this sleek design came from a Chinese automaker.
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Closing Mexico border could bring U.S. auto production to a halt

by Tracey Samuelson Apr 2, 2019
The White House is backtracking slightly on President Trump’s recent threats to close the U.S.-Mexico border on security concerns. Today, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said there’s no specific timeline and that it’s “not our first choice,” but she also said…
A Mexican girl walks near by the metal fence between Ciudad Juarez, Cihuahua state, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, U.S., on May 3, 2018.
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Brexit

As Britain plans to leave the EU, automakers plan to leave Britain

by Stephen Beard Feb 21, 2019
Some foreign automakers are abandoning their U.K. operations, resulting in job losses and further uncertainty.
A car transporter loaded with Honda vehicles is driven in to the Honda manufacturing plant in Swindon, southwest England on February 19, 2019.
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Why Detroit is going all-in on heavy-duty trucks

by Ben Bradford Feb 6, 2019
General Motors this week announced plans to build a new heavy-duty Chevy Silverado pickup truck in Michigan as it cut 4,000 jobs.
The heavy-duty chassis of the new General Motors 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is shown at the GM Flint Assembly Plant on February 5, 2019 in Flint, Michigan.
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New NAFTA labor standards may be difficult to enforce

by Andy Uhler Aug 29, 2018
As part of the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the United States and Mexico have tentatively agreed to new higher labor standards. One provision that has automakers’ attention requires 40-45 percent of a car be made…
Traders and financial professionals work at the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), August 27, 2018 in New York City. The Dow was up over 200 points at the open, following news that the United States and Mexico are closer to a deal on NAFTA. 
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Automakers release sales figures and ponder the road ahead

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 1, 2018
The big U.S. and foreign automakers release their July sales numbers Wednesday. Car and light-truck sales have been strong so far this year — with consumer confidence up, the job market good, and people banking a little more income from…
Cars are prepared for distribution at a Ford factory on January 13, 2015. 
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