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Toyota R&D Centers Expand in Michigan

Clearly in the gun sights of nit-twit Trump, Toyota claims to have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America. It currently runs 14 manufacturing plants – 10 in the U.S., but with Mexico and Canada left out of the exact count. Continue reading

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What Auto Companies are at Risk Under Trump?

The U.S. accounts for two thirds of North American vehicle production, but there are significant investment plans and decisions in place at major auto makers to re-source capacity from Asia and Europe to Mexico, according to consultancy LM. These are now under a Trump assault but are nonetheless expected to bring Mexican auto production from 19% of NAFTA today to 26% in 2020, no matter how bellicose Trump is. Continue reading

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General Motors Announces ~7000 US Manufacturing Jobs

GM also said it will begin work on in-sourcing axle production for its next generation full-size pickup trucks, including work previously done in Mexico, to operations in Michigan, creating 450 U.S. jobs. Continue reading

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Trump Triumphs? Ford Cancels Mexico Plant

This appears to be a partial victory for the twit tweets of Donald Trump that are centered around U.S. jobs. About 700 jobs will eventually be created. However, Ford will build its next-generation Focus at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico “to improve company profitability.” Continue reading

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Un-Sweet Tweet – Trump Outburst Against Chevrolet Cruze

Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump today raged against General Motors, threatening to impose a “big border tax” for making some Chevrolet Cruze cars in Mexico. Continue reading

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Collision Course – Trump, Mexico, NAFTA

Despite what appears to be Trumps ill-informed trade views – if they are informed at all – CAR using data, not diatribes, observes that the major reason for this rapid growth of the auto industry in Mexico comes from the injection of $13.3 billion in investment to move 3.3 million units of vehicle capacity from Japan, Germany, and South Korea to Mexico Continue reading

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Trump versus Auto Industry – Outcome Could be Ugly

The crucial question – and unknown – is to what extent campaign rhetoric translates into real policy decisions under a Trump administration. In gridlocked Washington, this won’t be known for, well, who knows how long? Continue reading

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Mexican Senate Approves Labor Law Reforms

The Mexican Senate has unanimously approved an initiative that amends Articles 107 and 123 of the Mexican Constitution, leading the way for what could be a serious advance for workers in the country. This would impact the auto companies doing … Continue reading

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Trade Agreement Data at Odds with Political Rhetoric?

No wonder President Harry Truman was looking for a “one-handed economist.” So is AutoInformed, and we suspect millions upon millions of workers. Continue reading

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Unifor Picks GM as Target in Canadian Auto Worker Talks

The union, an outgrowth of the Canadian Autoworkers union represents more the 23,000 Canadians workers at the Big Three Detroit automakers, and more than 310,000 members in every major sector of the Canadian economy. Continue reading

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U.S. August Vehicle Sales Slump

Pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers continued to take share with 910,476 sold  in August sales (+2.4%) or more than 60% of the market in the U.S.  The ongoing drop in car sales continued at 600,977 sold or -12.6% year-over-year for … Continue reading

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Ford Invests $1.6 Billion in Mexico. NAFTA Sucking Sound of Lost U.S. Jobs Continues During Fierce Presidential Race

In the midst of a Presidential race where Donald Trump is threatening to put a 37.5% tax on auto imports – specifically singling out Ford Motor, the Dearborn-based automaker announced today that it is investing in a new plant in Mexico’s San Luis Potosi State to produce more small cars. The $1.6 billion investment will create 2,800 additional direct jobs by 2020, according to Ford. Continue reading

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UAW Denounces US House Passage of Fast Track

No trade agreement adopted under “Fast Track” has ever been defeated. It is the UAW’s contention – supported by much data gathered after the jobs destroying NAFTA, agreement, that the American auto industry, which leads the country in manufactured exports today, will be hurt. Continue reading

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Kia Motors to Build $1 Billion Plant in Mexico

Kia Motors said today that it has reached an investment agreement with the Mexico government to build a manufacturing plant in Monterrey in the northeastern state of Nuevo León. Construction planned to begin in late September. Continue reading

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Milestones – Toyota Baja 10 Years of Tacoma Production

So much for the Obama Administration’s pledge, err political blather, to eliminate needless government regulations. The chicken tax stands after all these years. Moreover, so much for the Administration’s promise to create American manufacturing jobs. As to Ford’s conduct, well make up your own mind, but if the laughable proposition that “corporations are people” is used, then hypocrite applies. Continue reading

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