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Sep 10, 2013
Sep 10, 2013

US VW execs ‘forced’ by German boss to sign UAW letter -Sen Corker

DETROIT, Sept 10 (Reuters) – U.S. executives at Volkswagen
AG’s plant in Tennessee were “forced” by a German board member
to sign a letter disclosing the United Auto Workers’ efforts to
organize the factory, a move that created tension within the
company, U.S. Senator Bob Corker said on Tuesday.

VW executives said last week in a letter to employees at the
Chattanooga plant they are in talks with the UAW about the U.S.
union’s bid to represent workers at the factory using an
“innovative model,” which would be a milestone in the union’s
long-running effort to organize foreign-owned auto plants.

Sep 7, 2013
Sep 6, 2013
Sep 6, 2013

Volkswagen in talks with UAW on Tennessee plant workers

DETROIT (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG and the United Auto Workers said they are in talks about the U.S. union’s bid to represent workers at the German carmaker’s Tennessee plant, which would be a milestone in the UAW’s long-running effort to organize foreign-owned auto plants.

Volkswagen officials, in a letter distributed to workers at the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant on Thursday night and Friday morning shifts, said worker representation at the plant can only be realized by joining with a U.S. trade union.

Sep 4, 2013

U.S. auto sales on pace for best month since November 2007

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. auto sales were on a pace to show a gain as high as 17 percent in August as the industry raced toward its strongest month since just before the start of the 2007-2009 recession.

Last month’s sales will top 16 million vehicles on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, several automakers said, which would be the first time U.S. sales topped that level since November 2007.

Aug 28, 2013

Toyota says 2015 Prius hybrid will be lighter, more economical

DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which introduced most consumers to hybrid technologies with its Prius more than 15 years ago, said on Wednesday that the next generation of that popular series will offer improved fuel economy due to smaller, lighter critical parts that cost less.

The next Prius, which is expected in 2015, will include improved batteries and smaller, more powerful electric motors, and will be built on the company’s new global vehicle architecture, Toyota managing officer Satoshi Ogiso said at a company hybrid vehicle event outside Detroit.

Aug 28, 2013

Toyota needs more production in Mexico, Brazil -board member

DETROIT, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp needs
to add production capacity and sell more types of cars to boost
its market share in Brazil and Mexico, Latin America’s two
largest economies, the American board member for the No. 1
Japanese automaker said on Wednesday.

“The real solution to Toyota’s growth in Latin America and
Brazil would be more product and eventually more production
capacity,” Mark Hogan told reporters at a company event outside
Detroit. “The market for Toyota vehicles in Brazil is only
limited by the company’s capacity to be able to export or build
them there efficiently.”

Aug 26, 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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