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  • 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 - new Duratec 3.7-liter

    UAW contract agreements recently signed by Ford revealed a litany of new product details, including plans to manufacture the Ford Transit van in the U.S., introduce a new supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 in the 2013 Shelby GT500, and now details of a new downsized global V-6 engine. The contract documents have since been removed from the UAW’s website but not before Car and Driver managed to snag details of the mystery V-6. According to the documents, the new engine will be built at Ford’s Lima plant in Ohio at a cost of $400 million in investment. The engine is described as “a...

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    GM plans major changes for remaining dealerships

    General Motors already has plans to slash hundreds of its dealers late next year, but for the dealers who make it through the cuts it won't just be a case of 'business as usual'. Instead, the struggling automaker will be modifying its contracts with the remaining 4,100 or so dealers in its network...

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    GM planning to cut hundreds of metro Cadillac dealers

    General Motors has already announced plans to slash hundreds of dealerships across its brand portfolio, and now it appears even high-end Cadillac dealers won’t be spared from the latest cull. Most of the cuts are expected to occur in metro areas and affected dealers will be informed by...

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    Another round of dealer cuts imminent at GM

    Just a couple of weeks ago General Motors revealed that it would be cutting ties with over 1,100 dealerships, and the bad news keeps coming for dealers as the struggling automaker is expected to cut a further 450 dealerships in the coming months. Many dealerships are under franchise agreements with...

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    GM reveals plan to build new small car at idled assembly plant in U.S.

    In an atypically cryptic press release, General Motors today announced that it will be building a new small car at an unnamed idled UAW-staffed assembly plant here in the U.S. The new vehicle will be in addition to the already-planned 2011 Chevrolet Volt and Cruze, but it's not yet known which...

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    New UAW deal cuts GM's competitive gap on labor costs

    Labor has taken a lot of the blame for the current state of the U.S. auto industry, and to a degree, rightfully so. But without the labor, no cars can be built, so General Motors has been hard at work on a new contract with the UAW, which has finally been approved by 74% of union locals. Today GM...

  • GM Warren Tech Center

    Detroit has long been the heart of America's automotive industry, but 2009 has been a major period of upheaval for the city, with further shocks expected to come - including the possibility that General Motors will move its corporate headquarters out of Detroit downtown area and into a neighbouring city. Moving away from Detroit could make sense for a newly restructured GM, especially considering that a bankruptcy proceeding appears to be all but inevitable at this point and relocating the new company could do much for its public image. One of the new sites being proposed for the GM corporate...

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    Report: UAW agrees to 17.5% stake in restructured GM, bondholders reject tender offer

    In a hugely positive step for General Motors, the carmaker, together with the U.S. Treasury and United Auto Workers (UAW), reached a tentative bargain on how they'll deal with changes to the current agreement in the face of the industry's problems and GM's increasingly probably bankruptcy. The...

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    GM and UAW reach tentative deal

    The U.S. Treasury, General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative bargain on how they'll deal with changes to the current agreement in the face of the industry's problems and GM's increasingly probably bankruptcy. The details of the deal are being kept quiet until the local...

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    Chinese-built Chevrolet Spark, Aveo and Lova could hit U.S. showrooms by 2011

    Just a few days ago we brought you a story about General Motors considering bringing small cars from China to the U.S. in order to bolster its sales in the segment. Currently, the carmaker is looking to sell around 17,300 Chinese-made vehicles in the U.S. by 2011 and over 50,000 units by 2014...

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    GM reveals more details on 1,124 dealer cutback

    Cutting back production and right-sizing brands and lineups is just one aspect of the restructuring underway at the hands of the U.S. federal government. Earlier this week hard cuts in both labor and dealership numbers were discussed, foreshadowing the next steps to come, and just yesterday a...

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    Chrysler reveals more details on plans to cut 789 dealers by June 9

    Cutting back production and right-sizing brands and lineups is just one aspect of the restructuring underway at the hands of the U.S. federal government. Earlier this week hard cuts in both labor and dealership numbers were discussed, foreshadowing the next steps to come, and today a Chrysler memo...

  • U.S.-market 2010 Buick LaCrosse

    Just a few days ago we told you General Motors would be looking to build more and more cars overseas as part of its restructuring plans, and that China was one of the first places they'd look. Today news that GM will in fact be bringing Chinese cars to the U.S. has begun to trickle out into the open. Finding ways to get cars to market with less expense and more profitability is the name of the game, and with the U.S. federal government driving a hard bargain behind the scenes, GM's decision to go to China for its low-cost, high-volume vehicles makes sense. Initially, however, the number of...

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    Chrysler and UAW reach agreement, bankruptcy still likely

    It’s official. Chrysler and the UAW have come to an agreement, with members of the nationwide union group ratifying an earlier proposed agreement by a strong majority. According to UAW president Ron Gettelfinger, the union realizes that the contract concessions that have just been ratified...

  • 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8
    Chrysler and UAW reach agreement

    It’s official. Chrysler and the UAW have come to an agreement, with members of the nationwide union group ratifying an earlier proposed agreement by a strong majority. According to UAW president Ron Gettelfinger, the union realizes that the contract concessions that have just been ratified...

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    Report: UAW will get 55% stake in Chrysler

    In a hugely positive step for Chrysler, the carmaker announced on Monday that it had reached a deal with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union, while also agreeing to revised labor terms with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. With just a few days left before the April 30 deadline for...

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    Bondholders consider increased debt-for-equity-swap as GM bankruptcy looms

    GM's decline over the course of this year wasn't enough to convince bondholders and the UAW to grant any concessions, but recent reports that the carmaker was in precautionary preparations for filing a Chapter 11 may have galvanized action on the part of the bondholders. Allowing GM to go to...

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    Slow sales to keep Corvette plant closed through July

    Rick Wagoner was sent packing earlier this week, then GM debuted a new buyer assurance program and guaranteed warranties, and Fritz Henderson put out a message of determination in the face of difficulty today, but Corvette's plant in Bowling Green won't be back in full operation until at least...

  • UAW president Ron Gettelfinger

    The United Auto Workers (UAW) is one of America's most important unions, and the results of its dissatisfaction have been felt as recently as last year when a strike at American Axle left GM customers without cars for months in certain cases. Now, the UAW's ringleader, Ron Gettelfinger, has announced that he will be retiring as president in 2010 at the ripe old age of 65. His retirement will mark the completion of his second term as UAW president, a position he has held since 2002. Putting to rest earlier reports that Gettelfinger may try for a third term, the UAW president stated that his...

  • Ford VP Joe Hinrichs at the Oakville, Ontario plant
    Ford, Chrysler say GM should get more out of CAW

    Ford is projecting the strongest image of the Detroit 3 at the moment due to its refusal to seek government loans, but it says the deal General Motors and the CAW reached won't be good enough to keep Ford competitive in Canada. GM, on the other hand, seems pleased with its deal, and has announced...

  • Ford's Joe Hinrichs talks with workers
    Ford and UAW deal could save $500 million annually

    Taking care of its retirees is one of the things the American auto industry prides itself on, and for good reason. But it's also one of the things that are making it hard to compete with foreign carmakers - the expenses are getting out of control. To help keep both Ford and the UAW operating in the...

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    Chevrolet Volt driving day planned for Obama’s auto industry task force

    They did it in the nation’s capital at the first round of viability meetings and tomorrow in Detroit government officials will once again be able to drive a prototype for the upcoming Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. This time around the officials will include the Obama administration’s...

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    Mulally: electric vehicles are our future

    The times, they are a changin'. Carmakers that had seemed bulletproof, or at least too big to fail, are teetering on the brink of insolvency. Government regulations and stipulations on loan money are cinching down emissions and efficiency requirements. And tax incentives are spurring development of...

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    GM starts seeking concessions from UAW, bondholders

    The UAW's near-stranglehold on the domestic auto industry has taken a lot of the blame for the current condition of the carmakers. Whether it's a fair conclusion or not, however, for companies like General Motors to survive, there will have to be concessions from labor and investors alike. Formal...

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