A striking feature of this year’s talks was the union’s ability to win higher wages at a time when raises of any kind have been difficult to come by for most Americans, including those in relatively safe jobs, labor expert Harley Shaiken says....More
Toyota says the recall involves counterfeit brake pads sold by online supplier Westend Spares between June 2013 and October 2015. The fakes were found to contain asbestos, a cancer-causing substance....More
If EVs are to attract mainstream buyers in the absence of high fuel prices, they will have to be so appealing they do not require buyers to switch political parties or care about climate change. The ’16 Volt comes closest to solving that riddle....More
GM is doubling down on the ’16 Volt with a top-to-bottom revamp. It is extending electric range to an EPA-certified 53 miles, redesigning it inside and out and making it more fun to drive. It also brought the base price down to $33,170 before the $7,500 federal tax incentive for EVs.
In the latest talks, regulators discussed mutual recognition of EU and U.S. automotive standards, notably on braking systems, and harmonization of rules, such as for seatbelt anchorages. Tariff-reduction proposals are being exchanged as well....More
The inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay infotainment systems in the 1.2L, 3-cyl. Mirage offers functionality “today’s young buyers are absolutely going to love,” Mitsubishi Motors North America executive Don Swearingen says....More
Spokesman Michael McHale calls the Impreza Sedan Concept the first example of a new generation of vehicles developed on a modular, less angular platform and employing the automaker’s Dynamic x Solid design language....More
In the initial aluminum-to-steel production program, GM will be moving cautiously, replacing only a couple of the rivets currently used to test the manufacturing process and prove part durability before moving on to more extensive applications....More
Each vehicle nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors is scored based on aesthetics and design harmony as well as materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value and fit-and-finish. Editors also test the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface.
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
New-car sales in China are expected to grow at least 5% this year. But margins on those sales, already small, have vanished for many dealers. Retailers now are looking to look to areas such as finance and insurance and used-car sales for profits....More