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Aug 28, 2014

GM plans to move some Chevy Equinox assembly to Mexico – source

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and the United Auto Workers on Wednesday trumpeted the news that production of the Cadillac SRX would be shifted from Mexico to Tennessee, but Reuters has learned that GM also plans to move some other assembly work in the opposite direction.

The company plans to shift some production of the Chevrolet Equinox from Spring Hill, Tennessee, to Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, when the crossover vehicle is redesigned in 2017, according to an industry source familiar with GM’s plans. That move could partially offset any new jobs created by the shift of SRX work from Ramos Arizpe to Spring Hill, which is expected in mid-2016, the source said.

Aug 28, 2014

Exclusive: GM plans to move some Chevy Equinox assembly to Mexico -source

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co and the United Auto Workers on Wednesday trumpeted the news that production of the Cadillac SRX would be shifted from Mexico to Tennessee, but Reuters has learned that GM also plans to move some other assembly work in the opposite direction.

The company plans to shift some production of the Chevrolet Equinox from Spring Hill, Tennessee, to Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, when the crossover vehicle is redesigned in 2017, according to an industry source familiar with GM’s plans. That move could partially offset any new jobs created by the shift of SRX work from Ramos Arizpe to Spring Hill, which is expected in mid-2016, the source said.

Aug 27, 2014

Exclusive: GM moving some production between Mexico and Tennessee

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co is shifting some production of the Cadillac SRX from Mexico to Tennessee, but will partly offset that by moving some Chevrolet Equinox manufacturing from Tennessee to Mexico, an industry source told Reuters.

GM announced the Cadillac move on Wednesday at its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant outside Nashville, but declined to comment on the Chevrolet move.

Aug 26, 2014

Anti-UAW workers seek to form union at Volkswagen plant

DETROIT (Reuters) – Employees at the Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) auto plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are attempting to form a union that will include hourly and salaried workers as a counter to the United Auto Workers Local 42 established last month, a leading anti-UAW worker said on Tuesday.

Mike Burton, who helped anti-UAW workers defeat the UAW’s effort to represent VW Chattanooga hourly workers six months ago, told Reuters he hopes the new union will force VW to hold another vote to determine which one is favored by hourly employees.

Aug 21, 2014

Exclusive: Chrysler’s Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020 – sources

DETROIT (Reuters) – Chrysler Group [CHRY.UL] is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals General Motors and Ford Motor Co in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters.

While Ford and GM are shifting to lighter aluminum body panels to dramatically reduce the weight of their best-selling full-size pickups – this fall and in the fall of 2018, respectively – Chrysler is planning to stick mainly with steel when it updates the big Ram pickup in 2017, according to two sources familiar with the automakers’ plans.

Aug 21, 2014

Cadillac considers moving some functions to Manhattan

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) premium Cadillac group is considering expanding its offices from Detroit to Manhattan, GM said Thursday, as part of an effort to remake the brand’s image and broaden its appeal outside North America under new boss Johan de Nysschen.

“As Cadillac grows, it’s possible we could look to add to our team or expand,” said Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell. “But as of now, no changes.”

Aug 21, 2014

Honda to modify Fit to boost test score, calls back 12,000 cars

DETROIT (Reuters) – The first 12,000 U.S. customers who bought the 2015 Honda Fit subcompact cars will be asked to have the vehicles retrofitted to attain top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Honda Motor Co (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and the IIHS said Thursday.

The action – which is not a safety recall aligned with U.S. safety regulators – is aimed at allowing all 2015 Fit cars to have the same, more robust front bumpers as cars made after June 9, when Honda changed the way they were produced, Chuck Thomas, chief engineer for vehicle safety at American Honda, said.

Aug 15, 2014

UAW says union membership near majority at VW Tennessee plant

DETROIT, Aug 15 (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers, which
lost a controversial organizing vote in February at a Volkswagen
AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has nearly enough members in
its newly formed local for the automaker to recognize it as
exclusive bargaining agent for the plant, a top union official
said on Friday.

If the union is able to prove to Volkswagen that
it has support from a majority of the plant’s approximately
1,500 hourly workers, VW can select it as the exclusive
bargaining agent for all of them, despite the loss to UAW foes
in the vote.

Aug 8, 2014

Nissan closes gap with Honda in U.S. thanks to stylish designs, discounts

DETROIT (Reuters) – For more than 25 years, the contest among Japanese car makers in North America has been a two-horse race, led by Toyota with Honda in second place and Nissan in the rear view mirror -trailing far behind. Not anymore.

    Nissan (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), thanks to the launch of models that are getting high marks for styling, its wider range of vehicles and aggressive discounting, is catching up with Honda. In the next couple of years it could easily pass its rival in U.S. car sales for the first time since 1987.

Aug 8, 2014

Analysis – Nissan closes gap with Honda in U.S. thanks to stylish designs, discounts

DETROIT (Reuters) – For more than 25 years, the contest among Japanese car makers in North America has been a two-horse race, led by Toyota with Honda in second place and Nissan in the rear view mirror -trailing far behind. Not anymore.

Nissan (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research), thanks to the launch of models that are getting high marks for styling, its wider range of vehicles and aggressive discounting, is catching up with Honda. In the next couple of years it could easily pass its rival in U.S. car sales for the first time since 1987.