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U.S. auto plants get back to work after coronavirus halts

May 19, 2020 - 7:25 AM

Some workers express concerns about the risks of assembly line activity, but automakers say they will be able to work with safety measures in place

WARREN, MICHIGAN - MAY 18: United Auto Workers members leave the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Warren Truck Plant after the first work shift on May 18, 2020 in Warren, Michigan. Fiat Chrysler along with rivals Ford and General Motors Co., restarted the assembly lines on Monday after several week of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

General Motors profits dive, aims to reopen U.S. plants May 18

May 07, 2020 - 6:45 AM

United States auto giant General Motors reports that earnings plunged 86% to $294 million in the 1st quarter of 2020

ASSEMBLY LINE. General Motors vehicles go through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Michigan, on February 21, 2020. File photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

Automakers report lower Q1 U.S. auto sales on virus hit

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'Further historic declines' in United States car sales are likely in April as well

VOLKSWAGEN'S DIESELGATE. A Diesel Volkswagen that the company bought back from consumers is loaded on a trailer in the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome on August 4, 2017 in Pontiac, Michigan. File photo by Jeff Kowalsky/ AFP

Auto industry races to make ventilators during virus crisis

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Some experts say building critical care ventilators will require different techniques and procedures from what a car factory normally sees

This handout picture made available on March 30, 2020 by Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT shows workers assembling ventilators manufactured at the company's plant of Martorell. - Throughout Europe, in the face of a shortage of masks, gloves or ventilators, all kinds of industries are striving to adapt their production line to put it at the service of the fight against the coronavirus. (Photo by Handout / SEAT / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SEAT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Shifting to ventilators will be a challenge for GM

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The pivot from cars to ventilators for the coronavirus crisis will be no easy feat for General Motors

LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 21: General Motors Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave vehicles go through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant on February 21, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. The plant, which employs over 2,500 workers, is home to the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. Today the three millionth vehicle, a 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Redline Edition, rolled off the assembly line at the plant. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

GM, Ford promise more ventilators after Trump criticism

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:00 AM

General Motors says it will work with Ventec Life Systems to produce ventilators at its Indiana auto plant, while Ford says it is 'pulling out all the stops' to provide vital equipment

OPERATIONS DISRUPTED. General Motors is among the companies dealing with operational challenges due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo from Shutterstock

Trump invokes defense powers to order GM to produce ventilators

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:59 AM

Trump invokes the rarely-used Defense Production Act to order GM to speed up its commitment to make ventilators in one of its auto plants after delays in negotiations

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening Coronavirus crisis on March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. automakers to shut North American plants due to virus

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The 'Big Three' carmakers – General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Ford – will halt operations in North America through the end of March 2020

Workers leave FCA Chrysler Warren Truck Assembly after the Detroit three automakers have agreed to UAW demands to shut down all North America plants as a precaution against coronavirus, on March 18, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. - This plant produces the Ram 1500 trucks. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

General Motors to suspend Korea assembly line as virus hits parts supply

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:50 PM

One of the two assembly lines at GM Korea's Bupyeong complex will be closed next Monday and Tuesday, February 17 and 18

GENERAL MOTORS. Tens of thousands of General Motors workers are on strike in the United States. Photo from Shutterstock

General Motors workers struggle with daily expenses as strike continues

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:50 PM

With the General Motors strike in the United States going on for nearly a month now, struggling workers turn to other members of their community for help

Diana Reed, a United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 5960 member that works in the tire room at General Motors (GM) Orion Assembly at her Waterford, Michigan home on October 11, 2019. - Betty Johnson, a veteran of more than 34 working on General Motors assembly lines in Michigan and Tennessee, says she knew a strike by the United Auto Workers against GM would mean personal sacrifice. "Itís not easy," says Johnson. "Iíve got 45 dollars left from my 250 dollars in strike pay. Iím getting ready to hit up my 401K and borrow from myself," she adds she pickets outside the GMís Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Sheís already contacted the United Way, the local community services organization that helps families in distress, for help in stretching out their utility bills and mortgage payments. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

Auto suppliers hit as General Motors strike in U.S. grinds on

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The General Motors strike is also affecting companies that supply parts, computer systems, and raw materials to GM

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 22, 2019 Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and supporters picket outside of General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, Michigan. - The auto workers strike at General Motors, now in its third week, has cost the carmaker about $1 billion so far, according to a report released on October 1, 2019. The strike, launched last month by the United Auto Workers, halted US production immediately and Canadian and Mexican facilities were progressively affected soon thereafter, said a report by JPMorgan Chase. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

General Motors strike negotiations take 'turn for the worse' – union

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The United Auto Workers says General Motors 'has shown an unwillingness to fairly compensate' employees

STRIKE. United Auto Workers (UAW) members picket at a gate at the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant after the UAW declared a national strike against GM at midnight on September 16, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

General Motors temporarily lays off 6,000 workers in Mexico due to strike

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The temporary layoffs affect the Silao assembly and transmission plants in central Mexico

Auto workers' strike batters General Motors shares

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:26 AM

Workers from 31 plants opt to walk out after talks between the company and the United Auto Workers Union hit an impasse

FLINT, MI - SEPTEMBER 16: United Auto Workers (UAW) members picket at a gate at the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant after the UAW declared a national strike against GM at midnight on September 16, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike after their contract expired and the two parties could not come to an agreement. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP BILL PUGLIANO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Some 46,000 General Motors auto workers strike in U.S.

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:34 PM

The move to strike comes after General Motors' 4-year contract with workers expired without an agreement on a replacement

STRIKE. A sign hangs on the fence outside of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 22 that wants General Motors to invest in them on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. -Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

General Motors shuttering plants, cutting 15% of workforce

Nov 27, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The moves include shuttering 7 plants worldwide as the company responds to changing customer preferences and focuses on popular trucks and SUVs and increasingly on electric models

GENERAL MOTORS. Two electric vehicles are getting charged at the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ontario, on November 26, 2018. Photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

GM to recall 2.5M vehicles in China over Takata airbags

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:10 PM

GM and its joint venture partner Shanghai GM will start withdrawing vehicles fitted with the potentially faulty airbags beginning next month and will include Chevrolet and Buick cars

PRODUCTION LINE. In this file photo, laborers work in the Qingdao branch of SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province on January 9, 2014. Stringer/AFP

Trump touts new Wal-Mart, GM, and Bayer-Monsanto investments

Jan 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The companies unveil plans for job creations new stores research and assembly plants as US President elect Donald Trump prepares to take office

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 23, 2012 shows shoppers at a Walmart store in Paramount, California. The US retail giant Wal-Mart announced January 17, 2017 it wants to create 10,000 jobs in the United States in 2017, a few days before the inauguration of Donald Trump, who has been pressing companies to expand their business on US soil.  / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Ford cancels Mexico plant, will boost U.S. output

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:39 AM

Ford s decision to cancel the 1 6 billion investment in the state of San Luis Potosi is a big blow to Mexico

STAYING IN THE U.S. This file photo taken on January 7, 2015 shows a lineup of Ford Focus vehicles seen on an assembly line at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Saul Loeb/AFP

China fines GM unit $29M for 'price-fixing'

Dec 24, 2016 - 4:44 PM

SAIC GM – a joint venture between the American company and the state owned SAIC Motor Corporation – is ordered to cough up 201 million yuan approximately 4 of its mainland sales last year

This photo taken on September 23, 2014 shows a staff member working in the factory of Shanghai GM Wuhan branch in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province. Stringer/AFP

General Motors' Opel unit in hot seat over emissions

May 14, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Our software was never programmed to deceive or defraud says the carmaker

epa05303833 A dark cloud above the headquarters of the company in Ruesselsheim, Germany, 13 May 2016. The German Environment Relief (DUH) have intensified their accusations Opel may have manipulated emissions cleaning systems of their best selling Zafira and Astra diesel cars. At the same time, Opel has been asked to appear before an investigative committee following reports an environmental group claimed Opel diesel engines would reduce emission controls at certain speeds and temperatures. EPA/FRANK RUMPENHORST

Industry calls for fast lane for self-driving cars in US

Mar 16, 2016 - 3:00 PM

If every state is left to go its own way operating self driving cars across state boundaries would be an unworkable situation says Google s Chris Urmson

The Google self-driving car maneuvers through the streets of in Washington, DC May 14, 2012. The system on a modified Toyota Prius combines information gathered from Google Street View with artificial intelligence software that combines input from video cameras inside the car, a LIDAR sensor on top of the vehicle, radar sensors on the front of the vehicle and a position sensor attached to one of the rear wheels that helps locate the car's position on the map. As of 2010, Google has tested several vehicles equipped with the system, driving 1,609 kilometres (1,000 mi) without any human intervention, in addition to 225,308 kilometres (140,000 mi) with occasional human intervention. Google expects that the increased accuracy of its automated driving system could help reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths, while using energy and space on roadways more efficiently. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER / AFP / KAREN BLEIER

Takata airbag fault due to moisture – investigators

Feb 24, 2016 - 10:30 PM

The Independent Testing Coalition discovers 3 factors behind the airbag defect all linked to moisture

epa04758528 A general view of the Takata facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan USA on 20 May 2015. Under pressure from US transportation regulators, the Japanese manufacturer Takata on 19 May 2015 acknowledged a safety defect in airbags it supplied to 11 automakers and agreed to a recall of nearly 35 million automobiles in the United States. EPA/JEFF KOWALSKY

Toyota keeps top global automaker crown

Jan 27, 2016 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED The Japanese firm sells more vehicles in 2015 than scandal hit Volkswagen as well as General Motors

epa04999490 Toyota Motor Corp. displays its new Prius at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 in Tokyo, Japan, 28 October 2015. The Tokyo Motor Show will be open to the public from 30 October to 08 November 2015. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

General Motors recalls 70,000 autos from Russia

Oct 05, 2015 - 9:29 PM

Tests have shown the cars hydraulic assisted steering system could develop cracks in temperatures below minus 40 Celsius 40 Fahrenheit

Japan's Takata rejects creation of victims' fund – US lawmaker

Jul 10, 2015 - 3:50 PM

According to a letter from Kevin Kennedy an executive vice president at Takata Takata believes that a national compensation fund is not currently required

UNDER SCRUTINY. A picture dated February 5, 2015 shows a Takata company tag seen on a car seat for children, in Tokyo, Japan. File Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Takata doubles US airbag recall to record 34M vehicles

May 20, 2015 - 10:15 AM

After refusing for years Takata is also admitting for the first time that its airbags installed in the cars of 11 major automakers are defective

UNDER SCRUTINY. A file picture dated February 5, 2015 shows a Takata company tag seen on a car seat for children, in Tokyo, Japan. Franck Robichon/EPA

General Motors to shut down factory, axe jobs in Indonesia

Feb 26, 2015 - 6:26 PM

GM will stop making the Spin in Indonesia by end June and shutter the Bekasi factory which employs around 500 people

SHUTTERING SOON. Newly finished Chevrolet Spin are parked at the plant of the US giant carmaker General Motors in Bekasi located outside of Jakarta. GM invested $150 million in the new facility. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

How tech trends impact the auto insurance industry

Feb 07, 2015 - 5:36 PM

Modern cars built for safety mobility and comfort are likely to lower auto insurance premiums

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Feb 02, 2015 - 2:52 PM

Budi Gunawan s lawsuit vs KPK new scandalous allegations against KPK chairman more AirAsia victims found and more

RETRIEVAL. In this file photo, Indonesian rescuers inspect body bags of victims of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 on board of the Navy's war ship KRI Banda Aceh at sea off Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia, 23 January 2015. Stringer/EPA

Toyota still world's top car maker

Jan 21, 2015 - 2:32 PM

Toyota sold 10 23 million vehicles last year but a shaky outlook for 2015 could see it lose the title to its German rival Volkswagen

A Toyota Motors logo, shown on its vehicle 'SAI', at its headquarters in Tokyo on August 5, 2014. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Chevrolet Philippines drives toward ASEAN integration and beyond

Oct 11, 2014 - 5:38 PM

The company remains optimistic of its Philippine market despite challenges from the pending Philippine automotive industry road map and ASEAN integration

China factory explosion kills 68

Aug 02, 2014 - 6:32 PM

Preliminary investigations show that the blast was caused by dust produced as workers polished metal meeting with high temperatures or an open flame

GM recalls 7.6M more US cars after crashes, deaths

Jul 01, 2014 - 10:45 AM

About 8 2 million of the 8 4 million vehicles in the US Canada and Mexico are being recalled to address a problem of unintended ignition key rotation

MASSIVE RECALL. General Motors announced another massive recall on June 30 following 7 crashes and 3 fatalities. File photo from General Motors/John F. Martin

GM announces new recall: 1.5M vehicles

Mar 18, 2014 - 12:52 AM

General Motors announces its second massive recall in two months as it works to contain a growing scandal over the safety of its vehicles

The GM Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, USA, June 22, 2005. (General Motors/John F. Martin)

New GM CEO to join First Lady at Obama speech

Jan 28, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The White House announced that Mary Barra 51 a veteran of General Motors will be front and center when President Barack Obama delivers his speech on his policy outline for the year 2014

GM'S NEW CEO. Mary Barra, the new CEO of US carmaker General Motors GM addresses the media during a news conference at the headquarters of the company's German subsidiary Opel in Ruesselsheim, on January 27, 2014. Daniel Roland/AFP

General Motors welcomes first female CEO

Dec 10, 2013 - 10:52 PM

Company veteran Mary Barra succeeds Dan Akerson as chief executive becoming the first woman to lead the largest US automaker

GM'S FIRST FEMALE CEO. Mary Barra speaks onstage at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit on October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. Photo by Paul Morigi/AFP

Fortune 500 profits near record; Wal-Mart is #1

May 07, 2013 - 5:19 AM

The 500 largest US companies scored near record profits in 2012 and retailer Wal Mart replaced ExxonMobil as the biggest revenue maker on the annual list

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Toyota, Nissan announce record sales for 2012

Jan 28, 2013 - 2:38 PM

Toyota and Nissan on Monday January 28 posted record sales for 2012 as the Japanese car giants benefited from a pick up in demand with Toyota recapturing the world s biggest automaker crown from General Motors

GM loses global crown to Toyota

Jan 14, 2013 - 10:36 PM

General Motors lost the global sales crown once again to Toyota as its sales grew just 2 9 to 9 2M vehicles

Triumphant Detroit set to shine at auto show

Jan 13, 2013 - 10:19 AM

The Detroit Three carmakers return triumphantly to their hometown auto show Monday January 14 flush with profits from popular vehicles and the rewards of successful though painful restructuring

The GM Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, USA, June 22, 2005. (General Motors/John F. Martin)

Obama knocks Romney on auto industry

Nov 03, 2012 - 9:16 AM

President Barack Obama says his auto bailout saved jobs while Mitt Romney was willing to let the industry stall

General Motors cuts jobs as profit drops in third quarter

Nov 01, 2012 - 8:21 AM

General Motors announces plans to cut thousands of jobs in Europe after losses there contributed to a 12 drop in third quarter profit