The Korean Metal Workers Union actively campaigned against the agreement, which failed by the largest margin in union history. Labor unrest is cited as the reason GM CEO Mary Barra canceled a planned trip to Korea.
In the Korean language, V and B have a common pronunciation, and the Hangul written or printed symbols for Bolt and Volt are identical. To distinguish the two marques’ names, GM Korea is adding the English letters “EV” after the Hangul spelling of Bolt.
Sources in the prosecutor’s office say Johannes Thammer is suspected of faking emissions, NVH and fuel-efficiency test documents to win government certification for more than 80 variations of 32 basic models sold in Korea since 2009.
The Ministry of the Environment’s latest action brings the total number of Audi VW vehicles banned for sale in Korea to 209,000 units, roughly 68% of all vehicles sold by the automaker in the country since 2007.
Prosecutors want RSM CEO Park Dong-hoon arrested for his role as CEO of VW Korea during the Dieselgate scandal, as well as for alleged obstruction of justice that occurred when he was questioned on the matter earlier this month.
Audi VW Korea Managing Director Johannes Thammer and Vice President and Executive Director Jung Jae-kyum admit mistakes had been made in documenting emissions and NVH certification test results, but the vehicles still met Korean standards.
Negotiators representing 48,000 Hyundai workers held a 14th bargaining session with management Thursday, but the talks broke off after two hours. Both sides say they are far apart on most of their respective demands.
The Hyundai Motor Branch of the Korean Metal Workers Union’s demands include a 7.2% wage increase, bonuses equivalent to 30% of each union member’s net 2015 income and reinstatement of all laid-off workers.
Tesla could become Korea’s top seller of all-electric vehicles almost overnight, because the market is minuscule. According to the Korean Automobile Manufacturers Assn., only 1,183 all-electric vehicles were sold in the country in 2014.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.