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
Ford’s redesigned ’17 Escape CUV makes its world debut at the Los Angeles auto show, featuring two new turbo engines, updated interior and Ford-first SYNC Connect cloud-based vehicle information and control system....More
Annual production capacity at Vsevolozhsk is 160,000 units, but Ford built just 30,000 cars there in 2014, laying off 700 employees as a consequence. Output for full-year 2015 is estimated at only 15,000 units....More
Forget flat-plane cranks – it’s a new spray-in cylinder liner that makes the ’16 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang engine really rock. Plasma Transferred Wire Arc saves weight and space, allowing displacement to grow to 5.2L....More
The new MKX CUV is arriving in showrooms as dealers sell down the old model. Next year, Ford’s luxury brand will bring back the Continental nameplate based on a sedan concept that was well-received at auto shows in New York and Shanghai....More
Marchionne says the elimination of Opel reduces by about 15% the possible synergies FCA and GM could achieve, but he still thinks a deal would be worth pursuing, even though he spotted one big negative the day of the sale’s announcement....More
With the upper luxury Phaeton now out of production, the new Arteon will take over at the head of Volkswagen's car lineup in most markets except China, where the recently introduced Audi A6-based Phideon will sit above it.
Automakers are updating their vehicle interiors with unprecedented speed, eager to integrate new technologies, softer leather, better sound systems and richer colors. WardsAuto will announce winners April 17....More