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Amazon HQ Bids Raise Bar for New Auto Plants

Competition creates new incentive floor for auto projects.

by on Oct.20, 2017

Toyota President Akio Toyota and his Mazda counterpart Kogai announce their alliance.

Proposals for Amazon’s second headquarters were due last night and communities from across the United States e-mailed their bids hoping to be selected as the host for a $5 billion project that could eventually produce as many 50,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The battle royal now underway for Amazon is also expected to have a major impact on other economic and job development projects, which when combined are also expected to boost the amount of cash automakers will get for new future projects

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In a culture where even the opening of the equivalent of a new warehouse for a distributing almost anything is hailed by local politicians, Amazon is expected to attract dozens of proposals. Denver has been proclaimed by the New York Times as the front runner because it’s located near the center of the country; has a skilled workforce, lots of land and a public transportation system.  (more…)

Tesla Caves to German Workers’ Salary Demands

Big raises in Germany may heighten tensions in California plant.

by on Oct.19, 2017

Tensions are reportedly high at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant after the company reportedly fired hundreds of underperforming workers.

Facing what it admits are production bottlenecks as it moves to roll out its critical Model 3 from its big factory it Fremont, California, Tesla has agreed to give workers at its German engineering unit a substantial pay increase.

German daily newspaper Die Welt reported the wage pact that included a new pay structure that will raise workers’ salaries by about 30% from current levels, the division’s works council said.

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“We will now get to a competitive wage level,” a spokesman for the company’s works council, which is required by German law, said this week after a staff gathering at Tesla Grohmann Automation GmbH. (more…)

Chevy Unveils Two Special Edition Colorados to Mark Truck Centennial

GM kicks off truck part at State Fair of Texas.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Chevrolet is marking 100 years of truck production with two new Colorado ZR2 special editions: Dusk and Midnight.

As Chevrolet celebrates a century of building trucks during the 2018 Model Year, it is expanding its midsize truck line-up with two new editions for the Colorado as it readies for the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The 2018 Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition features an all-black exterior finish, black Chevy bowtie emblems and 17-inch five-spoke black accessory wheels, including the spare. The ZR2 Midnight also features a black sport bar with off-road LED lighting and ZR2 logos on the sport-bar sail panels.

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The ZR2 Dusk Edition offers the same content as the ZR2 Midnight, but can be purchased in all other ZR2 exterior finishes, with black accents throughout. (more…)

NAFTA Talks Bog Down as Sides Take Recess

Canadians suggest U.S. demands undoing 23 years of progress.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Mexican Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo said that each country in the NAFTA talks has its "limits" and warned against rash decisions.

Top trade officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico squabbled openly as they wrapped up the most recent round of negotiations aimed at changing the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has become a key prop for auto production in the U.S.

Representatives were openly critical of each other’s positions, acknowledging in a joint statement that “new proposals had created significant conceptual gaps” between them.

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Talks are expected to resume in Mexico Nov. 17, but are not expected to be completed until sometime next year, which means they would bump into the Mexican presidential campaign. Observers have warned pushing the talks into the next year could lead to serious political problems, particularly in Mexico. (more…)

Average Price for Gasoline Continues Sliding

Inventories building so prices likely to keep falling.

by on Oct.17, 2017

Gas prices are falling as inventories continue to build after the hurricanes. (Photo credit: Brendan Strong)

The price of gasoline continued to drop in states east of the Mississippi River, with the exception of a handful around the Great Lakes, paying as much as eight cents less at the start of this week, according to AAA.

While gas prices are more expensive than a year ago, the past five weeks of sustained weekly declines indicate that demand may be leveling out as travel declines after a busy summer alongside refineries and pipelines returning to pre-hurricane operations, AAA reported.

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“Gas stations are steadily dropping pump prices for the majority of motorists, especially regional markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South and Southeast,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Drivers will see stabilized or decreasing prices at the pump throughout this month due to high refinery production rates and seasonal demand.” (more…)

BMW Expects to Sell 100K Electrified Vehicles in 2017

German maker's already set new record.

by on Oct.17, 2017

BMW Board Member Ian Robertson stands alongside the updated i3 and new i3s models.

The sales of electrified vehicles by the BMW Group in the first three quarters of 2017 have increased 64.2 % and have exceeded those achieved in the whole of 2016, the German automaker reports, adding it now expects to sell 100,000 electrified units for the first time ever this year.

Carmakers all over the world have made commitments, under pressure from government policy makers in places such as China, to build and sell more electric vehicles despite consumer resistance.

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In September, BMW’s sales of electrified exceeded 10,000 units for the first time in a single month, the automaker reported. With the company’s electrified line-up totaling nine models, the automaker’s sales of electric vehicles increased by 50.5%. In all, BMW delivered a total 10,786 BMW i, BMW iPerformance and Mini Electric vehicles were delivered during September, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,687. (more…)

Canadian Workers Ratify New Pact with GM

Longest strike in nearly two decades over.

by on Oct.16, 2017

The strike by Unifor workers at GM's plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, ended with a new four-year deal.

This story contains updated information.

Striking workers at the General Motors plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, have ratified a new four-year contract with the automaker, ending the longest walkout at a GM plant in nearly two decades.

Unifor Local 88 announced the results of the ratification vote Monday afternoon and said workers would begin returning to work begin immediately. The agreement was passed by 85.9% members and 78.7% of trades, the local said.

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“The ratification of a new four-year agreement between GM Canada and Unifor Local 88 at CAMI Assembly is welcome news for our company, employees and the community,” Steve Carlisle, president and managing director, General Motors Canada, in a statement. (more…)

Tesla Purges Hundreds of “Underperforming” Employees

EV maker says workers will be replaced.

by on Oct.16, 2017

Tesla reportedly fired hundreds of underperforming workers at its plant in Fremont, California, as well as its Palo Alto headquarters.

Claiming it was weeding out underperforming employees, Tesla dismissed hundreds of employees at its Palo Alto, California, headquarters campus and its Fremont assembly facility, according to multiple reports.

The San Jose Mercury News puts the number of firings at between 400 and 700 people, and they affected everything from factory workers to engineers to managers. According to that report, workers were not given advance notice of the decision.

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Tesla, in a statement, cited a company-wide annual review and said that it had not laid employees off, but rather that it let employees go based on lackluster job performance. (more…)

GM Reaches Deal with Canadian Auto Workers

Uniform Local 88 holding ratification vote on Monday.

by on Oct.15, 2017

After four weeks on the picket lines, it appears Unifor employees have struck a deal with GM. (Photo credit: Arnie De Vaan)

Striking Canadian auto workers said late Friday they had reached a tentative deal to end a four-week-old walkout at a key GM assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario.

“The Master Bargaining Committee, along with our Unifor National Representatives, is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been achieved,” Unifor Local 88 said on its website.

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“Details of the Tentative Agreement will not be released until the membership ratification meeting,” the Local said in its announcement, adding it would hold a ratification meeting and vote on Monday. (more…)

First Drive: 2018 Volvo V90 R-Design

An engaging package of style, performance and luxury.

by on Oct.13, 2017

The Volvo V90 may be the leader of the pack when it comes to the resurgent station wagon segment.

Don’t look now but the station wagon is quietly making something of a comeback.

It might not be a huge comeback and a fair number of manufacturers are loath to even mention the words “station wagon” in their various sales pitches. However, with the appearance of the V90, Volvo is definitely embracing the station wagon.

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Moreover, the V90 is hardly a retro-vehicle eager to get in touch with some kind Mad Men-era chic. Instead it’s a fully updated vehicle with a luxurious interior and an exterior that completely re-invents the appearance with fresh lines, curves and angles kept well within envelope traditionally occupied by station wagon with its low but elongated profile.  (more…)