Correspondent, Detroit
Ben's Feed
Sep 13, 2013

UAW pushes VW to recognize union as rep for Tennessee workers

DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers would like Volkswagen AG to voluntarily recognize the U.S. union as the best choice to represent the German automaker’s workers at its Tennessee plant, the union’s president said on Thursday.

Doing so would eliminate the need for a more formal and divisive vote, UAW president Bob King said, and allow the union and VW to represent the workers using an “innovative model” that would be a milestone in the union’s long-running effort to organize foreign-owned auto plants.

Sep 11, 2013

No IPO for AutoTrader in the offing: president

DETROIT (Reuters) – AutoTrader has no plans at the moment to consider a public listing, its president said on Wednesday, eight months after the online automobile marketplace operator pulled the plug on an initial public offering.

The company, which owns the and Kelley Blue Book brands, pulled its $300 million IPO in January, citing market conditions. Privately held Cox Enterprises, which owns 75 percent of AutoTrader, as well as all of wholesale car auction company Manheim, prefers to nurture both auto assets itself, said Sandy Schwartz, president of both units.

Sep 10, 2013
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.

    • About Ben

      "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."
      Washington, DC
      Joined Reuters:
    • More from Ben

    • Contact Ben

    • Follow Ben