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VW Workers Voting on UAW Representation in Chattanooga Plant

Union hoping third time is the charm.

by on Jun.14, 2019

The UAW's third election in five years at VW's Chattanooga plant is going on now.

It’s going to come down to the wire.

For the third time in the last half decade, hourly workers are Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are voting to decide if they want the United Auto Workers union to represent them. It was a contentious vote the first time around and only slightly less so this time.

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The UAW hasn’t fared well in its organizing efforts in the South, losing by significant margins in recent attempts in Mississippi and Alabama. A variety of factors played into those defeats: a strong anti-union group of workers named Southern Momentum, Republican politicians claiming doom and gloom and the UAW itself as stories of union leaders stealing money to do home repairs, pay off mortgages and other things for themselves have splashed across newspapers and television screens. (more…)

Ford, Volkswagen Nearing Second Agreement

Two automakers working on EVs and autonomous vehicles.

by on Jun.13, 2019

Ford CEO Jim Hackett, left, and VW AG CEO Herbert Diess downplayed the immediate impact their new deal. The two companies are on the verge of their second deal.

Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG are finalizing a deal to work together on autonomous and electric vehicles, according the German automaker’s top executive.

Herbert Diess, VW’s CEO, told a group of employees that the two sides were negotiating the final parts of the deal, which would be the second since the two automakers agreed to start working together earlier this year.

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The first deal called for Ford to provide VW with assistance on developing a new pickup truck that it would sell in global markets, but not the United States. This new deal centers on Ford getting use of Volkswagen’s MEB EV platform. (more…)

Automakers Push Back on Trump Plan to Relax Mileage Rules

Expected White House plan would trigger legal actions and “untenable” uncertainty, 17 OEs warn.

by on Jun.07, 2019

Pres. Donald Trump thought he would win industry support from industry leaders over CAFE cuts but has seen opposition, instead/

In an unusual move, 17 automakers, including giants General Motors, Ford and Toyota, have sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him not to move ahead on plans to roll back federal fuel economy standards – a move that puts the industry more in line with environmentalists than the anti-regulatory White House.

The Trump Administration has signaled since it was first inaugurated its intention to roll back Obama-era guidelines that would have seen the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard rise to 54.5 mpg by 2025. The administration’s draft plans would freeze the numbers at 2021 model-year levels, or about 37 mpg.

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The proposal has already generated significant opposition from environmental and consumer groups, as well as the State of California which would effectively lose its current right to set standards higher than those established by the federal government. California has played lead in the various legal actions that have been filed to block any rollback even before the original outline of a plan the White House announced was formalized.

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First Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Golf 1.4T S

Small, but mighty and continuing to evolve.

by on Jun.07, 2019

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf continues the little car's big legacy of being small, but mighty.

In automotive years, the Volkswagen Golf seems to have been around forever.

But its survived because, while the Golf is a compact, it also offers solid performance and an impressive array of technology for less than $25,000, which makes it a relative bargain when sport-utility vehicles routinely roll into showrooms with price tags in excess of $50,000 and current generation of road-worthy pickup trucks can exceed $60,000.

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The Golf rides on a 103.8 inch wheelbase, stands a shade over 58 inches tall and weighs a bit less than 3,000 pounds when it is equipped with an automatic transmission as the model I tested was. (more…)

Electrify America Puts in 120 EV Chargers at Walmarts

Goal is get in 180 units by year's end.

by on Jun.06, 2019

Electrify America is installed 120 charging stations at Walmarts across the country.

Seems like you can get just about everything at Walmart these days, and if you own an electric vehicle, you can even get your vehicle charged up while you’re there … well, at some of them anyway.

The world’s largest retailer is home to 120 new chargers from Volkswagen AG unit Electrify America in 34 states with plans, according to Reuters, to add 180 more by the end of the year. The move is part of Electrify America’s goal having 2,000 charging stations at 484 sites in 17 large metro areas.

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Partnering with Walmart gives the company an easily identifiable place for EV owners to go to get their vehicles charged. There multiple benefits to the Walmart partnership as it allows users to shop at the store or head over to other locations, such as restaurants, that are often near a Walmart. (more…)

Volkswagen’s New Ad Campaign Brings Automaker into the Light

New commercial jump starts automaker's EV sales campaign.

by on Jun.06, 2019

Volkswagen kicked off its new Drive Bigger campaign with a new commercial, "Hello Light," during the NBA Finals.

Volkswagen has paid billions of dollars as part of the company’s punishment for cheating on diesel emissions testing on vehicles in the U.S. and around the world in 2015. Since then, the company has been working to move away from diesels and develop a new family of EVs to replace them.

During the past two years, the German automaker has unveiled a slew of new battery-electrics that will show up in dealerships starting this fall. Now, the automaker is looking to convince American buyers that it has learned from its mistakes and to trust them again.

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The new ad campaign, Drive Bigger, began with a commercial titled “Hello Light” during Game Three of the NBA Finals. The ad shows a designer listening to a mashup of the reports about the scandal as he sketches out a new vehicle. The rest of the commercial follows the evolution of that vehicle from idea to finished product.  (more…)

Auto Stocks Taking a Beating as Industry Prepares for Mexican Tariffs

Domestic, import automakers alike hammered by Trump plan.

by on Jun.03, 2019

GM imports more vehicles from Mexico than any other automakers, including the Chevy Silverado.

It’s a bear market, at least when it comes to automotive stocks, with Pres. Donald Trump’s planned tariffs on Mexican imports set to go into effect a week from today.

Last Friday, the president tweeted that he was prepared to enact a new 5% tariff on Mexican goods in an effort to pressure that country to stem illegal immigration across the southern border. Barring any resolution, Trump said that would continue to climb to 25% by October 1.

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Nearly a dozen manufacturers would quickly be forced to either raise prices on vehicles imported from Mexico and risk weakening sales, or absorb the tariffs and take a hit to their bottom lines. But even vehicles produced in the U.S. would face tariffs on imported parts and components, such as engines, wiring harnesses and body and interior trim, according to industry analysts.

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VW Tennessee Workers Get Another Chance for Unionization

Plant's new vote comes in mid-June.

by on May.30, 2019

The UAW's third election in five years at VW's Chattanooga plant will take place in mid-June.

The UAW is getting its another kick at the can when Volkswagen of America hourly workers in Tennessee will vote yet again to decide if they want to be represented by the Detroit-based union.

Workers at the Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant will vote June 12, 13 and 14 to unionize. 

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The UAW petitioned the National Labor Relations Board last month to set the dates for the election to represent about 1,700 trade and production workers at the plant that builds cars and sport-utility vehicles. The new dates come after the automaker’s lawyers won a temporary delay. (more…)

Half of States Wasting $3B Volkswagen Fine Paid for Dieselgate

Some are using the funds for diesel-based projects.

by on May.23, 2019

Volkswagen paid $3 billion for states to use for "clean" transportation projects.

Part of Volkswagen AG’s punishment for rigging its diesel engines to pass U.S. emissions tests, involved about $3 billion designed to foster clean transportation, such as improving electric vehicle infrastructure.

However, a new study by the United States Public Interest Research Group, reveals that the a significant number of states that received funding aren’t using the funds as intended with some states, ironically, using the money for diesel-based projects.

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The group gave 15 states a C grade or better when it comes to policies that can increase access to clean transportation, including electric vehicle charging and electric bus fleets. Fourteen states, along with Puerto Rico, received failing scores.   (more…)

VW Unleashes Seven Sport Concepts at Southern Worthersee

SOWO show cars highlight options for both performance and off-road fans.

by on May.17, 2019

VW shows off its SOWO "enthusiast fleet."

Volkswagen has long had a history of rolling out some of its most creative niche products and concept cars at the annual Worthersee gathering in Austria. It has expanded that tradition by adding what it calls the SOWO event on Hutchinson Island in Savannah, Georgia.

Short for “Southern Worthersee,” the big gathering aims to entice VW fans this time around with seven concept vehicles featuring what it calls “sport performance add-ons and visual enhancements.”

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Considering the shift in global markets, and especially the U.S., from sedans, coupes and hatchbacks to SUVs, CUVs and other light trucks, it should surprise no one that this year’s crop of concepts includes versions of the latest Tiguan and Atlas crossover-utility vehicles. But Volkswagen traditionalists shouldn’t be disappointed, either, the automaker rolling out customized versions of the Golf, Jetta and new Arteon, as well. (more…)


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