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
The UAW says 165 skilled-trades workers at the Chattanooga, TN, plant, which assembles VW Passat sedans, will vote Dec. 3-4 on whether to join the union, which lost a February 2014 election to represent all blue-collar workers....More
Martin Winterkorn resigned as Volkswagen CEO last month as the scandal over falsified emissions-test results unfolded, then quit Wednesday as Audi chief after similar allegations against the VW luxury brand surfaced....More
Chung Eui-sun, the only son of Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo, held only 6,445 shares in Hyundai Motor prior to last month's purchase of 1.85 million shares that raised his stake in the automaker to 2.28%....More
“Beliefs can divide people but good values unify people,” says Antoine Raymond, president and CEO of French auto supplier ARaymond. “Everyone agrees that respect for others is the most important” factor....More
The distinctive profile of the automotive executive may well be a factor in the industry’s success to date. Yet there are elements in this profile that may hinder – rather than enable – fundamental transformation. Today’s “car guys” need to evolve....More
The anticipated arrival of self-driving cars has automakers rethinking interiors and how they will look and feel in the future, as seen in several concepts exhibited at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
For the first time in 23 years of testing, a V-8 fails to earn a spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list, but many high-output turbocharged 6-cyl. engines are generating enough horsepower and torque to fill the void....More
WardsAuto editors evaluated the 40 vehicles in October and November, driving to and from home, work, school, the hardware store and on weekend roadtrips. There is no instrumented testing. Vehicles must have a base price no higher than $62,000 to be eligible.
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.