DEARBORN, Mich (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as strength in the No. 2 U.S. automaker’s core North American market offset losses in Europe and South America.
The company, whose shares rose more than 3 percent, also affirmed the 2014 profit outlook that it presented to investors last month. Ford has described 2014 as a transition year that will test the strength of Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally’s team and the company’s restructuring since he took over in 2006.
(Reuters) – Honda Motor Co (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) last year exported more cars out of the United States than it imported into the country, claiming a first among major Japanese automakers.
More than 30 years after it began building cars in the U.S., the company’s North American arm said it shipped 108,705 Honda and Acura brand vehicles out of the U.S. in 2013. The company imported 88,537 vehicles into the U.S. from Japan.
DETROIT (Reuters) – The general counsel office of the U.S. National Labor Relations Board has recommended that allegations brought by workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee against VW and the United Auto Workers union be dismissed.
The recommendation is expected to be approved by the NLRB’s director of the region that includes Tennessee. That means it is unlikely to rise to the level of a complaint to the five-member board that heads the NLRB, but the workers can appeal the recommendation.
DETROIT, Jan 23 (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s new
chief executive, Mary Barra, said on Thursday she has no plans
to deviate from predecessor Dan Akerson’s strategy as GM seeks
profitability everywhere it operates.
“There is no right or left turn,” said Barra, who took the
wheel from Akerson last week as chief of the biggest U.S.
(Reuters) – Johnson Controls Inc (JCI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Thursday reported a fiscal first-quarter profit that met Wall Street expectations and reaffirmed its fiscal 2014 outlook, while sales beat forecasts, helped by higher automobile production, particularly in China.
Revenue rose 5 percent to $10.91 billion, beating expectations of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S of $10.73 billion.
DETROIT (Reuters) – Now that Italy’s Fiat SpA (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has almost closed its deal to buy the portion of Chrysler it does not already own, one of the main items on the to-do list of Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne is expanding the global reach of the Jeep brand.
And Marchionne, the CEO of both Fiat and Chrysler, wasted little time this week in making a prediction that some analysts regard as bold: Jeep will achieve its goal this year of selling 1 million sport utility vehicles around the world.
DETROIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) – United Auto Workers President
Bob King said on Wednesday that he is confident the U.S. union
will be able to organize workers at the Volkswagen AG
plant in Tennessee by the time he leaves office in
King said talks with Volkswagen officials are continuing
apace, but he did not say when or if a vote by the plant’s
workers will be held.
DETROIT/TORONTO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The chief executive
officer of Chrysler Group LLC, which is planning to invest more
than $1 billion to modernize a Canadian minivan plant, said on
Tuesday it could scrap the upgrade and move production and jobs
elsewhere if government and labor officials fail to come through
with financial incentives.
To keep production at the assembly plant, across the river
from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, Chrysler must get a deal to
cut costs, Sergio Marchionne told reporters at the Detroit auto
DETROIT/MILAN (Reuters) – Sergio Marchionne has pledged to stay on as chief executive of Fiat-Chrysler for at least three years to see through the full merger of the Italian carmaker and its U.S. business, and a new strategy to turn around its loss-making operations in Europe.
Marchionne, who took the helm of Fiat a decade ago and in 2009 also started running Chrysler, had previously said he could step down in 2015 and some analysts feared uncertainty over his future at the combined company could cloud its prospects.
DETROIT/MILAN (Reuters) – Sergio Marchionne will remain the chief executive of Fiat (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for another three years at least, Chairman John Elkann said on Monday, ending speculation that the architect of landmark deal with Chrysler may soon retire.
Marchionne, who took the helm of Fiat a decade ago and in 2009 also started running Chrysler, had previously he could step down in 2015.