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CHATTANOOGA — CEO Scott Keogh is reorganizing Volkswagen of America using his onetime boss — luxury veteran Johan de Nysschen — as a relief valve and focusing his own efforts on the things he knows and does best: marketing and selling automobiles and working with dealers. The management restructuring comes as Keogh, 50, finishes his
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Vans are awesome—they haul stuff and take you on epic adventures along with seven other people (you like). But what if said van also gives you thrills? That’s exactly what Hyundai Australia added to a humble iMax (also known as Starex in other global markets) passenger van. However, it didn’t just give it a couple
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DETROIT — With plans to reshape its vehicle lineup, cut its work force, shut down several plants and invest heavily in electric-vehicle production, General Motors is transforming its business model for the future, CFO Dhivya Suryadevara said. That transformation includes cultural shifts within the company. “We will be taking deliberate, tough decisions that we need
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DETROIT — A proposed contract with General Motors that more than 46,000 UAW members are voting on this week contains lucrative bonuses and wage gains, but it doesn’t bring any production from Mexico to the U.S. or save three plants that shut down this year.The UAW’s national strike against the automaker will extend at least
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General Motors on Friday said it temporarily halted production of its Chevy Blazer midsize crossover in Mexico because of a parts shortage due to a month-old strike by 46,000 U.S. hourly GM employees. The UAW on Wednesday reached a tentative agreement with the Detroit automaker on a new four-year-contract but will remain on strike until
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DETROIT — The industry’s push into electrification is bringing innovations out of some of its key suppliers in the growing field of battery technology. New solutions are emerging in battery safety, performance and thermal management. In some cases, suppliers are reaching beyond their traditional expertise to carve out roles in the realm of battery components.
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Ignore the dogs. We’ve already seen photos of the upcoming Aston Martin DBX wearing trippy camouflage and bright red lipstick, but a new batch of undisguised detail shots provide fresh clues about the super-SUV. Bundled with a news blast covering accessories that can be optioned on the high-performance high-rider, the photos hint at its capabilities,
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DETROIT — The UAW’s tentative agreement with General Motors would give full-time hourly workers a signing bonus of $11,000, provide wage or lump-sum pay increases of at least 3 percent annually and allow new hires to reach top wages in four years instead of eight, according to a summary of the deal provided by the
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An African American former employee of a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Indiana has sued the store and Mercedes-Benz, alleging a hostile work environment where racial slurs were used. Jeffrey Turner says in the federal lawsuit filed last week that Mercedes-Benz of Lafayette fired him in October 2017 after he reported offensive conduct to the automaker. He
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DETROIT — The UAW has called a Thursday morning meeting of its national General Motors council as negotiations continue amid a nearly month-long strike against Detroit’s largest automaker. In an email sent Monday, the union called local presidents to Detroit for a meeting regarding a “contract update” and other yet-to-be-determined agenda items. The council is
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China’s new-vehicle market has contracted for the 15th straight month, with sales declining 5.2 percent from a year earlier to 2.27 million in September, as the nation’s weakening economy continues to weigh on light vehicle demand.  Last month, new light-vehicle deliveries slipped 6.3 percent to around 1.93 million, according to the China Association of Automobile
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The luxury segment is having a tough time these days. Despite resilient sales volumes this year, the brands’ residual values are falling. And Tesla isn’t helping matters. According to data from industry sources, a growing abundance of used luxury-class vehicles is eroding values for their 3-year-old vehicles. The supply of used premium vehicles is up
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If you’re looking for a family vehicle with seating for more than five, chances are you’re in the market for either a minivan or an SUV. The latter segment is currently growing and dominating the automotive industry. Even if you’re looking exclusively at SUVs with a 3rd row, there are plenty to choose from across
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TOKYO — Organizers of the Tokyo Motor Show, led by Akio Toyoda as chairman of the country’s industry lobby, are pulling out all the stops to reverse the expo’s falling attendance. Their goal is to morph it into a different kind of auto show, with plenty of action outside the main halls to draw people
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