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Labor Dispute Cripples Production of Hot-Selling Equinox

Supplies at creeping toward critical levels.

by on Sep.19, 2017

Unifor President Jerry Dias said it's time for GM to reward the workers in Ingersoll for working lean and putting out best-in-class quality products.

The strike at an assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, has crippled production of one of GM’s hottest vehicles as negotiators from company and Unifor, the union representing some 3,000 workers, appear to have made little progress towards resolution to the unfolding dispute.

Unifor President Jerry Dias had said before the walkout began that workers would strike unless GM earmarked another vehicle for the CAMI plant in Ingersoll to replace GMC Terrain, which the automaker shifted to Mexico earlier this year. So far, GM hasn’t indicated it was prepared to meet the union’s demand.

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The strike by Unifor has cut production of the Chevrolet Equinox, which jumped 84.5% in the U.S. and by 33% in Canada during August.  (more…)

General Motors Hit by Canadian Strike

Work stoppage crimps hot-selling Equinox production.

by on Sep.18, 2017

Unifor's Jerry Dias is leading a strike against General Motors at the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario.

More than 3,000 Canadian autoworkers employed by General Motors at its assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, set up picket lines around the factory after GM and negotiators from Unifor Local 88 failed to reach an agreement on a new labor contract.

The strike is a tough blow for the company as it shuts down production at a plant that builds one of GM’s most popular vehicles, the Chevrolet Equinox. GM is in the midst of ramping up production of Equinox for the 2018 model year and inventories of the new vehicle are in relatively short supply.

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Dan Bothwick, president of Unifor Local 88, posted a message on the Local’s website calling for the strike, only moments before the old contract expired at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. (more…)

GM’s Barra Pushes For Government Help with China EV Sales

CEO says automaker will meet the mandates.

by on Sep.15, 2017

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said consumers in China will need government enticements to buy EVs in the numbers it wants.

If the Chinese government wants a flood of electric vehicles racing around the streets of its largest cities, GM CEO Mary Barra believes they’re going to need to provide some substantial incentives to consumers to lure them behind the wheel.

Barra, who was speaking at company event in Shanghai, said the move toward new-energy vehicles, or NEVs, will require the government to entice a market that is very comfortable with gasoline-powered cars to make the switch along with viable products.

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“While we are exploring all channels to boost NEV sales, building raw consumer acceptance of NEVs will depend on continued joint effort between the government and automakers,” Barra said, according to Reuters. (more…)

GM Facing Strike Deadline in Canada

Talks with Ingersoll employees down to economic issues.

by on Sep.15, 2017

Unifor workers at GM's CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, still angry about losing 700 jobs, are ready to strike.

General Motors faces a strike deadline at a key Canadian plant that builds one of its newest and hottest-selling vehicles.

More than 3,000 members of Unifor Local 88 in Ingersoll, Ontario, are poised to go on strike at 11:59 p.m., Sept. 17. Last month, members of Local 88 overwhelming approved a strike if their negotiators could not reach an agreement with GM.

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Workers at the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, which GM once operated as a joint venture with Suzuki, are covered by an agreement that is separate from the agreement that Unifor signed with GM in September 2016. (more…)

GM, Cruise Release Third-Generation Robot Car

New models produced at GM's Orion, Michigan, plant.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Cruise Automation introduced its third-gen automated vehicle. The new vehicles will be part of its San Francisco-based test fleet.

Cruise Automation, General Motors automated vehicle subsidiary, passed another milestone of sorts with the introduction of its third generation of fully autonomous factory-built test vehicles.

Kyle Vogt, Cruise Automation CEO, described the third-generation vehicle as “the world’s first mass-producible car designed to operate without a driver. This isn’t just a concept design, it’s assembled in a high-volume assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan, out of Detroit capable of producing 100,000’s of vehicles per year,” he said.

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Vogt said the development required “full alignment, teamwork, rapid communication, and compromise between dozens of teams.”  (more…)

General Motors Expanding U.S. Design Center

Company readying for mobility design needs.

by on Aug.30, 2017

General Motors is adding 360,000 square feet of new space to its design center in metro Detroit.

General Motors plans to alter the character of its iconic design center by adding a 360,000-square-foot studio expansion on the campus of the GM Technical Center in suburban Detroit.

The expansion is part of $1 billion investment in GM’s Global Technical Center, a National Historic Landmark site, in Warren, Michigan, GM officials said. The expansion will basically encircle the Design Dome designed by Eero Saarinen in the early 1950s and its hidden courtyard with new studios and offices, GM said.

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The new design digs will focus on GM’s future mobility efforts, the company noted. (more…)

Automakers Moving to Help Hard-Hit Houston

Companies offering donations, payment flexibility.

by on Aug.29, 2017

Texas dealerships are being devastated by Hurricane Harvey and automakers are rallying to help.

Automakers are mobilizing to provide assistance to customers and dealers in Texas caught in the devastating rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey by offering payment relief as well as cash for the recovery efforts going forward.

“On behalf of Ford Motor Co., our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted by this devastating storm. We know for certain that many dealers in the area have sustained significant damage. We are gathering information from local authorities and dealers so we can offer our assistance in the most effective way possible,” Ford said in a statement.

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The Ford Motor Company Fund is contributing $100,000 to disaster relief efforts in Texas, as well as matching up to $50,000 in contributions to the American Red Cross, raising potential assistance from Ford to $200,000. (more…)

GM’s Barra Takes Seat on Disney Board

CEO adds to list of board seats.

by on Aug.28, 2017

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra is joining the board of directors at The Walt Disney Co.

General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra has agreed to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Walt Disney Co.

“Beyond being an incredibly respected leader of a major U.S. company, Mary is recognized as an agent of change with a relentless focus on quality, safety and, most importantly, consumers,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Co.

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“Her ability to adapt to a changing technological and consumer-focused landscape makes her uniquely suited for the Disney Board.” (more…)

Bad Week for Those Suing Takata, GM

Courts side with airbag maker; GM derails $1b settlement over faulty ignition switches.

by on Aug.18, 2017

As many as 18 people are known to have died due to faulty Takata airbag inflators.

Motorists looking for settlements related to two of the biggest safety scandals in recent years were in for some unpleasant surprises this week.

General Motors derailed a deal that could have forced it to provide $1 billion in stock to thousands of plaintiffs suing over the company’s faulty ignition switches which were linked to more than 100 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

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Separately, a Delaware bankruptcy court halted a collection of lawsuits filed against the Japanese auto partsmaker seeking damages related to faulty airbags now linked to as many as 18 deaths and about 180 injuries worldwide – though the suits may continue after a 90-day ordered by Judge Brendan Shannon.

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End of Economic Councils Pose Trouble for Auto Industry

by on Aug.18, 2017

GM CEO Barra enjoyed a laugh with Trump during an automotive summit earlier this year.

Members of another White House advisory council resigned Friday, two days after President Donald Trump tweeted that he was “ending” a pair of economic advisory boards formed after his inauguration. In fact, the CEOs on those boards had voted to disband hours earlier in response to  the controversy over the president’s comments about the rioting in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend.

“General Motors is about unity and inclusion and so am I,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said, in a statement. “Recent events, particularly those in Charlottesville, Virginia, and its aftermath, require that we come together as a country and reinforce values and ideals that unite us – tolerance, inclusion and diversity – and speak against those which divide us – racism, bigotry and any politics based on ethnicity.”

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GM declined to comment when asked whether Barra would have joined the fast-growing list of executives who were quitting in response to the Trump’s comments on Charlottesville, but several company sources said the industry’s first female CEO was caught in a difficult position: needing to publicly express GM’s position on racism and the desire to maintain the close ear of the president. That’s especially significant considering the White House is addressing a wide range of issues that will have serious impact on the auto industry, including federal fuel economy standards and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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