US Automotive News

GM lands four on car/truck of the year ballot – Detroit Free Press

Monday, September 28, 2015

Media surround the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that was named North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show at Cobo Center on Jan.13, 2014.(Photo: Diane Weiss) Story Highlights GM leads with four semi-finalists for industry’s top honor Three semifinalists each for Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Toyota General Motors tops the list of automakers with vehicles on the short list for 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year with…

Henry Ford Health System to build $110M cancer center – Detroit Free Press

Monday, September 28, 2015

A rendering of the planned Henry Ford Cancer Center in Detroit. It is projected to open summer 2018(Photo: Henry Ford Health System) Henry Ford Health System will build a $110 million cancer center in Detroit as part of a $500 million expansion and neighborhood improvement project spanning 300 acres, officials said Monday. The planned five-story, 144,000 square-foot cancer center in the city’s New Center neighborhood will include a rooftop garden and skywalk to…

Pope Francis and the little black car – BBC News

Monday, September 28, 2015

One of the big hits of the Pope’s visit to the US, for many Americans, was his little black car – a Fiat 500L. It’s a far cry from the huge Sports Utility Vehicles, pickups and muscle cars often associated with the country, but there are signs that some American drivers may have been converted. It began the moment the Pope stepped on US soil. “Pope Francis scoots around DC…

Detroit workers deal another blow to FCA-UAW contract – Detroit Free Press

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant voted against a tentative labor agreement by a 66% to 34% margin.(Photo: A Photo/Paul Sancya)) Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant have resoundingly rejected a four-year tentative agreement between the UAW and the automaker, further jeopardizing chances of approval nationwide. At UAW Local 7, whose workers make the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango at the Detroit assembly plant, 66%…

Why General Motors Overhauled the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado – Motley Fool

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado will get new front-end styling and a bunch of new high-tech features. Source: General Motors. General Motors (NYSE:GM) on Thursday took the wraps off the new 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The 2016 Silverado isn’t all-new, but it has been overhauled with a new face and a bunch of new features. It’s an intriguing move. The Silverado was new-from-the-ground-up just two years ago, and automakers usually wait…

Done deal: Furniture Row Racing moving to Toyota, Truex re-signs for 2016 – FOXSports.com

Sunday, September 27, 2015

It’s official: Furniture Row Racing will field Toyotas next season in the Sprint Cup Series, ending a long-term relationship with Chevrolet. Officials from the Denver, Colorado-based team joined Toyota representatives in making the announcement on Sunday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where it was also formally announced that driver Martin Truex Jr. has re-signed with Furniture Row for the 2016 season. “The toughest part of this sport is when…

Embarrassed Alonso fumes at Honda’s ‘GP2 engine’ – ESPN

Sunday, September 27, 2015

McLaren Honda still unable to challenge ESPN F1 Assistant Editor Nate Saunders discusses McLaren Honda’s inability to challenge Mercedes for points.

Lies make VW scandal worse than GM, Toyota – Detroit Free Press

Sunday, September 27, 2015

An activist of the environmental protection organization ‘Greenpeace’ holds a protest poster in front of a factory gate of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (Photo: Michael Sohn, AP) Premeditation. That’s the difference between Volkswagen’s faked diesel emission tests and earlier auto scandals. It’s what makes this worse than GM’s ignition switches, Toyota’s runaway cars or Ford-Firestone’s exploding tires. Volkswagen set out to cheat…

Fiat Chrysler deal meets opposition in early UAW voting – Automotive News

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Honda and McLaren’s long and winding road set to continue in F1 – The Guardian

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Honda were hoping for a heroes’ homecoming when they returned to their very own track in preparation for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. Instead, it would have been more appropriate if their Formula One operation had worn blankets over their heads and sneaked in the back entrance as they made their way to the circuit. Their reunion with McLaren this year was always going to be difficult but no one expected…

Fiat Chrysler US labor deal meets opposition in early voting – Reuters

Saturday, September 26, 2015

DETROIT A proposed four-year labor agreement between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the United Auto Workers union encountered strong opposition from rank-and-file union members in early ratification voting. Final results of voting at 37 U.S. UAW local union halls aren’t expected until the middle of next week, and the contract could still win enough support from Fiat Chrysler’s 40,000 UAW-represented workers to go into effect. But the pact, which would…

Honda and McLaren’s long and winding road set to continue in F1 – The Guardian

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Honda were hoping for a heroes’ homecoming when they returned to their very own track in preparation for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. Instead, it would have been more appropriate if their Formula One operation had worn blankets over their heads and sneaked in the back entrance as they made their way to the circuit. Their reunion with McLaren this year was always going to be difficult but no one expected…

FCA contract under fire in local votes – Detroit Free Press

Friday, September 25, 2015

UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell at an event to mark the ceremonial beginning of its contract talks with Fiat Chrysler at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell) There were more signs of trouble on Friday as UAW members who work at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Trenton, Perrysburg, Ohio and Kokomo, Ind. voted against a proposed four-year contract. The biggest blow…

Thanks to Pope Francis, the Fiat has truly arrived in America – Washington Post (blog)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Francis departs from Washington, D.C. on Thursday at Joint Base Andrews. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images) There’s a black Fiat 500L sitting beside the highway outside Safford Fiat of Tyson’s Corner with the doors open. It isn’t the pope’s, but Mark Cowdin, the general sales manager there, thinks he can sell it all the same. Pope Francis arrived in Washington in what appeared to be an identical car, and is also…

VW faces ‘about the worst situation’: Ex-GM exec – CNBC

Friday, September 25, 2015

Former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz said Friday he would not know where to start if he were the next CEO of Volkswagen to address the fallout from the U.S. emission tests cheating scandal. “This is about the worst situation any automobile company could be in because there really isn’t any way to make those 11 million engines run on the legal cycle as well as…

UAW-Fiat Chrysler contract deal faces early opposition – The Detroit News

Friday, September 25, 2015

A majority at Local 1264 voted against proposed Fiat Chrysler contract.(Photo: Michael Wayland / The Detroit News) The tentative four-year contract between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is experiencing some early opposition from rank-and-file members. More than half of skilled trades and production workers for Local 1264 in Sterling Heights and Local 1248 in Warren on Thursday opposed the proposed deal, while voting in Indiana garnered mixed…

Assessing the Sins of Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors – blogs.hbr.org (blog)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Something seems to have gone seriously awry in the global auto industry. First, highly revered Toyota was accused of selling cars with unintended acceleration problems that the company failed to take seriously for over one year. Then General Motors had a faulty ignition switch that led to hundreds of accidents and 124 deaths. And most recently, Volkswagen has admitted that it added software to its diesel engines to fool environmental…

Volkswagen scandal splits Asia’s auto stocks – CNBC

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Volkswagen‘s emissions cheating scandal has divided investors in Asia’s auto stocks, providing a fillip for South Korean carmakers that hope to get an edge, while depressing Japan’s with worries about heavier testing. South Korea’s Hyundai Motor closed up 0.6 percent on Thursday, while its sister firm Kia Motors erased early gains to finish flat. Shares of both companies powered up more than 3 percent on…

Volkswagen scandal splits Asia’s auto stocks – CNBC

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Volkswagen‘s emissions cheating scandal has divided investors in Asia’s auto stocks, providing a fillip for South Korean carmakers that hope to get an edge, while depressing Japan’s with worries about heavier testing. South Korea’s Hyundai Motor closed up 0.6 percent on Thursday, while its sister firm Kia Motors erased early gains to finish flat. Shares of both companies powered up more than 3 percent on…

UAW members rally against Fiat Chrysler deal – Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Buy Photo UAW members and supporters protested for a better contract outside the UAW headquarters on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit on Wednesday.(Photo: Jessica J. Trevino, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo About 30 UAW workers and retirees marched with signs and chanted “same work, same pay” in front of the union’s headquarters in Detroit on Wednesday as they rallied against a proposed contract between the union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Those who marched…