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GAC Motor GM8 Minivan at 2018 NAIAS. Sold in US by 2019

GAC Motor is expected at NAIAS in 2018 with a extensive lineup, including he GM8, GA8, GS8, a new mass-production sedan GA4 and an all-new concept car. Continue reading

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Mazda CX-5 Crossover Build Starts at Hofu Plant

The reasons for Mazda’s struggles are many – a bias toward old architectures, single or limited joint ventures, different operating philosophies and systems, no true mergers, lack of trust and inequality. However, the potential savings are just too large to ignore, especially for CEOs, but not necessarily for middle managers and workers. Continue reading

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Unifor Workers Agree to Weak CAMI Deal from GM

In a clear victory for General Motors the agreement does not get what Unifor said it wanted since workers walked out on Sept. 17 – a pledge from GM that Ingersoll jobs wouldn’t be sent to the carmaker’s two plants in Mexico. Those plants also assemble the company’s strong selling Chevrolet Equinox. Continue reading

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DENSO to Spend $1 billion in Tennessee

Globally, DENSO claims to be a leading developer of electrification systems for automobiles, tasks involved in vehicle safety and security, and newer areas that connect vehicles and society. These systems will play a crucial role in meeting increasing electric vehicle demand, says DENSO. Continue reading

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GM CAMI Workers on Strike in Canada, NAFTA at Root

“NAFTA is a non-starter without trilateral commitment and compliance to higher labor standards,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Today we clearly stated our concerns to both countries and stressed the needs of all working people.” Continue reading

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Annual CAR MBS Conference Under Way in Changing Industry

It’s summer in northern Michigan, a time when people flock there for fun, relaxations such a swimming, sailing and fine dining amid verdant rolling hills. There is, however, a significant number of people who come each year at the beginning … Continue reading

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Silly, but Serious Safety Recalls from Mercedes and Kia

Recalls continue to bedevil automakers as airbag and software issues at Mercedes-Benz and a bad brake vacuum hose at Kia show. These are the result of quality control and development issues in what are admittedly complex automobiles. Continue reading

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Machinery Orders, Shipments, Inventories Rising in 2017

The U.S. Census Bureau* released its monthly advance report on manufacturers’ shipments, inventories and orders for February 2017 that says new orders for manufactured durable goods in February 2017 rose 1.7% to $235.4 billion. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.4%. … Continue reading

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SEAT Sets Profit Record of €143m in 2016

Worldwide sales were nearly 410,000 vehicles. SEAT is a member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. Continue reading

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2 Millionth Duramax Diesel Engine Built

DMAX has increased its employment during the past few years as the economy recovered from the Republican-induced Great Recession and currently employs 554 I.U.E.-CWA Local 755 hourly, and 114 salaried employees for a total of 668. Continue reading

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FCA Dedicates World Class Manufacturing Academy

FCA employees and community members can take classes to earn an Associate’s degree through Ivy Tech, then work toward a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue. Continue reading

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U.S. Trade – Three-Year High for Imports

This means a trade deficit of 48.7 billion up $4.2 billion from $44.3 billion in December, including a whopping $10.9 billion in the automotive sectors during January. For NAFTA fans: The deficit with Mexico increased $1.0 billion to $5.5 billion in January. Exports decreased $0.2 billion to $20.5 billion and imports increased $0.8 billion to $26.0 billion. Year-over-year, the goods and services deficit increased $5.1 billion, or 11.8%, from January 2016. Exports increased $13.3 billion or 7.4%. Imports increased $18.4 billion or 8.3%. Continue reading

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2017 SAE World Congress – Automated Technology, Autonomous Vehicles Star

Serving as a global forum of industry leaders, inventors, and disruptors from Detroit to Silicon Valley and everywhere in-between, th SAE World Congress promises three days of “active learning, high-powered collaboration, and technological discovery.” Continue reading

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General Motors India to End Manufacturing, Sell Halol Plant

GM’s presence in India since 1996 – but going back to 1928 with Opel and forced out by the government in 1954 – revolves around the Chevrolet brand – Cruze, Sail, Sail Hatchback, Beat, Spark. GM is the 5th largest automobile manufacturing company in India after Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors and Mahindra. Continue reading

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General Motors Sells Opel/Vauxhall to PSA Group for €2.2B

The deal includes all of Opel/Vauxhall’s automotive operations, comprising Opel and Vauxhall brands, six assembly and five component manufacturing facilities, one engineering center (Rüsselsheim, Deutschland) and approximately 40,000 employees. GM will retain the engineering center in Torino, Italy. Continue reading

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