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Oct 10, 2013
Oct 10, 2013
Oct 10, 2013

Exclusive: VW divided on union for U.S. plant but worker vote a must

DETROIT (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) top executives are divided over whether and how workers at the company’s Tennessee assembly plant should be represented by a union, but ultimately will insist on a formal vote by those employees, a person with knowledge of the board’s thinking said.

While VW’s U.S. executives are hostile to the United Auto Workers, the eight-member management board may still ask the union to help set up a German-style employee board at the Chattanooga plant, said the person, who asked not to be identified.

Oct 10, 2013

GM’s tweaked Malibu arrives 18 mos after major redesign

, Oct 9 (Reuters) – General Motors Co
is taking the unusual step of offering a mildly restyled version
of the Chevrolet Malibu in an effort to reverse the last 18
months of disappointing sales since the mid-sized sedan’s last
major redesign in early 2012.

The 2014 Malibu, hitting dealer showrooms now, was reworked
to improve fuel efficiency and interior space, update the
styling and add more technology and a new base 2.5-liter engine.

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‘Look ma, no hands’ on the car steering wheel still some way off

DETROIT (Reuters) – When General Motors Co Vice Chairman Steve Girsky slid into a Cadillac SRX luxury crossover vehicle specially equipped to drive itself, his reaction echoed that of many consumers as more self-driving technologies are rolled out.

“It’s a little unsettling at first when you take your hands off the wheel and then it’s one of these ‘Oh wow’ moments,” Girsky said in a September 27 interview about the vehicle he test drove over a year ago.

Oct 9, 2013

GM’s tweaked Malibu arrives just 18 months after major redesign

PLYMOUTH, Michigan (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is taking the unusual step of offering a mildly restyled version of the Chevrolet Malibu in an effort to reverse the last 18 months of disappointing sales since the mid-sized sedan’s last major redesign in early 2012.

The 2014 Malibu, hitting dealer showrooms now, was reworked to improve fuel efficiency and interior space, update the styling and add more technology and a new base 2.5-liter engine.

Oct 4, 2013

Tesla grapples with impact of battery fire in U.S.

DETROIT (Reuters) – Two days after a video of a burning Tesla electric car went viral, the “green car” maker grappled with ways to contain the damage as investors shaved $2.4 billion off the company’s market value.

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has confirmed that the car caught fire after the driver ran over a large metallic object on Tuesday morning just south of Seattle, causing extensive damage to the front end of the Model S sedan. Emergency officials at the accident said the fire occurred in the electric vehicle’s lithium-ion battery.

Oct 3, 2013
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      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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