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Friday, 28 February 2014 14:27

APA Luncheon-Nissan

(DETROIT) -- The Automotive Press Association held a luncheon Thursday, February 27 at the Detroit Athletic Club hosted by Nissan. Having just completed the launch of five completely redesigned core products in the past 18 months, Nissan now turns its attention to expanding engagement with customers and dealers. Fred M. Diaz, Senior Vice-President, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Parts and Service, USA, discussed the mission to market products in new ways, improve the quality of the sales and service experience, increase the value of dealer franchises and deliver on Nissan's drive for growth.

PICTURED: Fred M. Diaz, Senior Vice-President, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Parts and Service, U.S.A.


Upcoming models to be featured at the New York Auto Show

Chattanooga, Tenn. (February 14, 2014) - Volkswagen Chattanooga employees have voted in a secret ballot election against United Auto Workers (UAW) representation. Participation in the election was 89 percent. 53 percent of the eligible employees who voted decided against the UAW as their bargaining representative in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) between February 12 - 14.

"On behalf of Volkswagen Group of America, I want to thank all of our Chattanooga production and maintenance employees for their participation in this week's vote. They have spoken, and Volkswagen will respect the decision of the majority," said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga. "The election results remain to be certified by the NLRB," Fischer, said.

"Our employees have not made a decision that they are against a works council. Throughout this process, we found great enthusiasm for the idea of an American-style works council both inside and outside our plant," Fischer noted. "Our goal continues to be to determine the best method for establishing a works council in accordance with the requirements of U.S. labor law to meet VW America's production needs and serve our employees' interests," Fischer said.

Sebastian Patta, Vice President for Human Resources, said: "While there was intense outside interest in this election, our managers and employees inside the plant maintained high quality production and continued to work together in a calm and respectful manner."

"Our commitment to Tennessee is a long term investment. We look forward to continuing to work with the State of Tennessee and the City of Chattanooga to support job creation, growth, and economic development today and into the future," Fischer added.

Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:38

GM recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem. The recall affects Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the 2005 through 2007 model years. U.S. safety regulators say the weight of the key ring and rough roads can move the ignition switch out of the run position, cutting the engine and electricity. If that happens, air bags may not work. GM says there have been 22 crashes from the problem. All were off the road and happened at high speeds. Dealers will replace the ignition switch for free. GM says owners should remove nonessential items from key rings until the problem is fixed. 

(DETROIT) -- U.S. auto sales of light vehicles in January 2014 indicated decreases by most of the U.S. automobile companies.

GM sold 171,486 with a decrease of 11.9% from 2013
Ford sold 153,494 with a decrease of 7.5% from 2013
Toyota sold 146,365 with a decrease of 7.2% from 2013
Honda sold 91,631 with a decrease of 2.1% from 2013
Chrysler sold 123,961 with an increase of 7.6% from 2013
Hyundai sold 44, 005 with an increase of 0.7% from 2013
Nissan sold 90,470 with an increase of 11.8% from 2013

All car sales in January 2014 decreased by 3%. The weather played a role in the decreased sales. The prediction for 2014 is an increase of at least 1.5% in sales for all domestic automakers for a total of 15.2 million vehicles.

G.B.V & J.B.

Monday, 03 February 2014 11:15

Ford's US sales tumble 7 percent in January

DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Co. is blaming the harsh weather for its 7-percent sales decline in January. Nearly every Ford brand vehicle saw sales fall from last January. Sales of the Focus small car fell 26 percent, while the Fusion sedan was down 8 percent. The company's best-seller, the F-Series pickup was flat from last January, with sales of 46,536. Ford got a surprise boost from its Lincoln brand, which has been struggling to break back into the luxury market. Lincoln sales were up 42.5 percent. Sales of the MKZ sedan, which was introduced last spring, more than quadrupled over last January's anemic levels. Ford sold 2,122 MKZs in January. Sales of the MKX crossover were also up 35.5 percent. Ford says it was Lincoln's best January in four years.

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says its U.S. sales fell 12 percent last month as harsh weather kept customers out of its dealerships in several regions. Nearly all of GM's high-volume models showed sales declines in a month that featured a barrage of snowstorms and freezing temperatures. Sales of the Chevy Silverado pickup, GM's top-selling vehicle, were down more than 18 percent. Malibu midsize car sales were off 25 percent. GM says it sold just over 171,000 vehicles for the month. The company blamed extreme weather in the South, Midwest and Northeast for the sales slump. But it expects sales to recover when the weather warms up. Like many analysts, GM is predicting total U.S. auto sales of 16 million to 16.5 million this year. That would be the best year since 2007.