Aspiring skilled workers can request assignments in plants outside their home country, as well as earn degrees in engineering and management to prepare them for careers within the company's automotive empire....More
Several new diesel vehicles are entering the U.S. market, including five Audis and the Mercedes E250 sedan. A University of Michigan study finds favorable long-term cost of ownership for diesels....More
Some analysts think Park may have left for the same reason as other VW Korea executives: frustration with senior administrators from Germany who allegedly are interfering with the Korean managers’ successful programs....More
The only thing wrong with diesels is the technology was invented in 1893. If it had been developed by Elon Musk last year, Congress would be mandating auto makers to offer diesel engines in passenger cars....More
Industry official Joerg Schreiber says there are indications the rate of decline peaked in the second quarter, and “a gradual improvement to the point of stabilization in the coming months” can be expected....More
The U.S. factory captures rainwater to cool equipment and flush toilets. It is surrounded by buffalo grass, which doesn’t need watering, and ponds developed during construction are retained for their environmental benefits. Outdoor LEDs light the night....More
VW has been promising for months that a decision whether to green-light the vehicle and determine its sourcing strategy is near, with Chattanooga considered the leading candidate for the project....More
Auto makers looking for a way to kick-start sales want the government to roll back excise-duty rates to 2008 levels, and introduce compulsory scrapping of passenger vehicles at least 15 years old....More
Luxury-segment cars typically launch new technologies before the features begin to show up in conventional mass-produced vehicles. So it’s no surprise that the new S-Class is studded with innovations, including 20 active safety features in the S550....More
The Bentley facility in northwest England, once bombed by the Germans, was puttering along until VW took over in 1998, launched new vehicles, improved efficiency and ramped up production to record levels....More
Some of the biggest share gains of 2013 have been registered by the Detroit Three, specifically Ford and Chrysler, while Asian auto makers, notably Kia and Hyundai, experienced some of the biggest losses....More
Some suppliers are investing in additional facilities because they are confident current production levels will be sustained and because they have exhausted most of their avenues to stretch available...
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