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ASSEMBLY: Ford Prepares to Make Aluminum-bodied F-150

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

While many of us are on holiday this weekend, hundreds of Ford Motor employees and contractors will be working at the company's Dearborn Truck Plant, preparing to assemble Ford's new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck.  There's a lot of work to be done in what is being dubbed as the most extensive retooling at the plant since it was inaugerated 10 years ago. 

That's easy to understand since build aluminum truck bodies as opposed to those "Ford tough" steel bodies requires a lot of different equipment.  Some 3,500 of the Dearborn plant's employees are already on layoff status until the retooling is completed while another 1,500 employees are busy working on preparing…

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A RIGHT-HAND DRIVE MUSTANG?: Yep

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Ford Motor Co. today built the first of what will become a global Mustang pony car and for the first time, a right-hand drive version will be available.  Ford expects to sell the car in more than 120 countries worldwide in what could become a new era for the car that has endured 50 years of popularity, mainly in the U.S.

Ford has worked hard over the years to breath new life into the car that in many ways, certainly body style, has evolved over the years to remain attrac…

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REGULATORY: Denso Fined in Canada for Antitrust

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Japan’s Denso Corp., Kariya, and recently fined by the U.S. government for antitrust violations has been fined CA$2.45 million by the Canadian government for violating anti competition laws there.  Denso was charged…

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ASSEMBLY: G.M. to Move Cadillac SPX Assembly to Tenn.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

In what has become a strange, and rather surprising day in automotive assembly news, General Motors Co. today announced that it will move production of the Cadillac SRX to Spring Hill, Tenn., where it previously produced the now defunct Saturn.  The SRX is a crossover that is currently assembled at Pamos Arizpe, Mexico.

G.M. didn't provide details as to why it was moving production to Spring Hill, but said it would save 1,800 jobs there and it will also build an engine plant at the location …

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UNIONS: Workers at Volkswagen Tennessee Plant Want a Union; It's Not the UAW

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Workers at Volkswagen's sole U.S. assembly plant at Chattanooga, Tenn., are seeking to organize their own labor union, this after they voted down organization with the UAW (United Auto Workers) earlier this year in an effort that was supported by the company.

According to the Chattanooga Free Press, a group of workers is attempting to form the first chapter of what they call the American Council of Employees, a new organization.  The group is attempting to gather 500 signatures that would permit it to go ahead with an election.  Such an organization would be a strong de…

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ASSEMBLY: Korea's Kia to Build Plant in Mexico

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

On the same day that General Motors announced it would move assembly of its Cadillac SRX out of Mexico, Korea's Kia Motors Corp.s announced that it will build a $1.5 billion assembly plant near Monterrey in the Guanajuato state, not far from the U.S. border.

There are few details on the pla…

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