TTAC News Round-up: Heavens Smile as Cursed Minivan Plant Resumes Production

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Tranquility returns to North America as FCA’s ill-fated minivan assembly plant prepares itself for a return to active duty.

That, the used vehicle rulebook is receiving an update, an autoworker union puts its hand out for government cash, and Porsche shrinks the value-tag and stretches the length of the Panamera… soon after the break!

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Plus

More minivans next Monday

Fiat Chrysler says its Windsor assembly plant will return to operational status on Monday. Automotive News reports that a Unifor spokesman said the union will commence notifying members via classic and social media that perform will resume on November 14th.

The union, which represents Detroit Three autoworkers in Canada, told the roughly 6,000 staff on November three that the plant would be idled due to a parts shortage. The news came after an important seating manufacturer narrowly averted a strike and a key lighting element supplier suffered massive warehouse fire on November 1st.

Although the plant was already scheduled to be closed on November 11 for Remembrance Day, typical production was absent from November 7th by way of the 10th. The Windsor assembly plant produces about 1,500 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica minivans each and every day.

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FTC updates the Used Vehicle Buyers Guide

The Federal Trade Commission updated its utilised automobile rulebook on Thursday. The FTC’s Utilised Auto Rule has been the sector standard since 1985. It demands all utilised automobile dealers to post a Buyers Guide on any vehicle they are offering for acquire, providing buyers crucial info to help them make greater informed decisions.

Now the FTC has made some alterations to the Buyers Guide that dealers need to have to adhere to and consumers may want to know about. One of the biggest alterations is updating the description of what an “as is” sale constitutes. Other changes include:

Adding boxes on the face of the Buyer’s Guide that dealerships can mark to show whether a vehicle is covered by a third-party warranty, and if a service contract is available.

Providing a box that dealerships can selected to show that a manufacturer’s warranty that hasn’t expired nonetheless applies to the car.

Adding airbags and catalytic converters to the Buyers Guides’ list of key defects that could take place.

Adding a statement that tells customers to obtain a car history report and to check for open recalls.

Adding a Spanish statement to the English-language guide that advises Spanish-speaking consumers to ask for the Buyer’s Guide in Spanish (if the dealership is conducting the sale in Spanish).

Providing a Spanish translation of the statement that dealers may possibly use to obtain a consumer’s acknowledgement of receipt of the Purchasers Guide.

The revisions go into effect on January 27. A copy of the new guide and expanded information for customers and sells are available at the Federal Trade Commission’s web site.

Jerry Dias, Unifor President, Image: OFL Communications Department (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Dias wants much more from the Canadian government. 

Unifor President Jerry Dias has known as on the Canadian government to support the auto industry in a piece written for the Huffington Post. In it, he claimed “Canada still has inadequate applications from our governments to attract and retain the auto market in this nation.”

The post comes soon after Dias and Unifor negotiated large investments from the Big 3. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles committed $ 331 million, General Motors was in for $ 554 million, and Ford promised $ 713 million — most of which will go to Windsor’s new engine programs.

“We’ve accomplished our bit. Now it is their turn,” Dias wrote.

Nonetheless, he didn’t say what this government intervention would entail.

”He’s not specifying what he wants, but I think I know what he wants, and that’s a handout. I believe that is a really hazardous road to go down,” Canadian Taxpayers Association head Aaron Wudrick told Automotive News Canada. “The government can give a far better organization atmosphere by cutting taxes and producing it easier for these entities to do company. In Ontario, they can commence by lowering power costs for these firms.”

Porsche Panamara Executive

A Porsche not aimed at drivers

Porsche is now supplying an “entry-level” Panamera for the low price tag of $ 85,000.

The new base Panamera receives a 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 that sends all 330 of its horsepower to the actual wheels. Despite the fact that if you wanted to make it all-wheel drive, like each other Porsche sedan, you can for an further $ 4,600.

Porsche will also be providing “Executive” versions of the Panamera for the type of particular person intriguing in a driver’s automobile but not so interested in driving it. That model sees the car stretched by an additional 5.9 inches to offer additional space for the rear-seat occupants. The organization claims the back of the Porsche can also be created into a digital work space employing a pair of ten-inch detachable tablets and optional rear multimedia console.

In addition to the new two.9-liter V6, the Executive Porsches can also be optioned with all the remaining powertrains. The E-Hybrid Executive will have 462 horses, the 4S Executive 440 hp, and the Turbo Exec will place out 550 ponies from the four. liter turbocharged V8.

The LA Auto Show will see the official unveiling of the new base Panamera and hoity-toity Executive models. Porsche says deliveries for the 2017 Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo will begin in January 2017.

[Pictures: FCA OFL Communications Department/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.) Porsche]

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BREAKING: GM Canada, Unifor Reach Tentative Deal, Stay away from Strike Oshawa Plant Saved

Jerry Dias, Unifor President, Image: OFL Communications Department (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Soon after contract negotiations went correct down to the midnight deadline, GM Canada and autoworkers union Unifor reached a tentative deal final night, averting a looming strike at Canadian GM plants.

Bargaining teams from the automaker and Unifor, which represents Detroit 3 workers in Canada, reached what union boss Jerry Dias called “a framework for a tentative agreement.” Not only does the deal avert a shutdown at 3 Ontario GM facilities, it saves the threatened century-old Oshawa assembly plant.

No jobs will be lost, and a new (but unnamed) product will go into production in Oshawa.

“Did we accomplish our objective? I would say to you that the answer is yes,” mentioned Dias, adding that the agreement was unanimously supported by both sides.

The objective of this round of contract talks was to safe investment and new solution from all three automakers. With GM as its target firm, Unifor sought the salvation of the Oshawa plant and improved solution for its St. Catharines engine and transmission plant.

It seems that GM Canada handed over each. Specifics are scarce, as Dias wanted to flesh out the finer points with his members, but he did say that Oshawa will turn out to be the very first North American GM assembly plant capable of creating both vehicles and trucks. A new product is on the way, he added.

In a statement, GM Canada mentioned the agreement “will enable important new item, technologies and method investments at GM’s Oshawa, St. Catharines and Woodstock facilities, putting these operations at the forefront of sophisticated manufacturing flexibility, innovation and environmental sustainability.”

No jobs will be lost at Oshawa, and short-term workers at all GM Canada facilities — about 700 in all — will be converted to complete time. Current members didn’t concede a issue to reach the deal, Dias mentioned. The tentative deal, which must nevertheless be ratified by all members, contains pay increases for employees, seemingly across the board.

“This agreement gives increases for our members, it gives — most importantly — job safety in an market that has been lacking safety for years,” mentioned Dias, adding that there was nevertheless “some things” that each bargaining committees required to tie down.

In a reversal of recent trends, the St. Catharines plant will see the addition of product as soon as allocated to Mexico.

What solution will come to Oshawa? Presently, the only solution leaving the plant is the Buick Regal, Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS. Overflow Chevrolet Equinox production from GM’s CAMI plant is handled by Oshawa’s Consolidated Line, but that will end as the line is scrapped and Chevrolet downsizes the model.

Dias’ phrasing — “cars and trucks” — leaves the door open for a truck, SUV or crossover model to join the plant. After the Consolidated Line is mothballed in 2017, the plant’s Flex Line will continue operations till the solution switchover is completed. Oshawa lost its GM truck plant in 2009.

Unifor members at all 3 GM Canada facilities will meet to ratify the agreement this Sunday. As for its bargaining dates with Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Dias said the nature of the GM agreement “is going to help us in some respects and trigger grief in other situations.”

[Image: OFL Communications Division (Flickr) [CC BY two.], through Wikimedia Commons]

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Government Money Could Sweeten GM Canada Contract Talks Cami Plant and UAW Vow to Help Strike

The enduring popularity of the Chevrolet Equinox has led General Motors to some creative manufacturing approaches to keep up with demand. In addition to the crossoverÕs assembly home in Ingersoll, Ontario, GM runs a shuttle system that takes Equinox bodies to Oshawa, Ont., for painting and final production, Image: General Motors Canada

With GM Canada and Detroit Three autoworkers union Unifor making little headway in contract negotiations, the possibility of government subsidies has raised its head.

At week’s finish, the two sides were reportedly far apart as the clock ticks down to feasible strike action at midnight on September 19. With Basic Motors as its strike target, Unifor lists new investment and item at the endangered Oshawa assembly plant as its number one particular demand.

According to the Detroit Free of charge Press, the Canadian workers’ union boss is encouraged by talk of indirect federal government intervention.

Citing an earlier report in the Globe and Mail, the publication reports that modifications could be on the way for Canada’s Automotive Innovation Fund, produced in 2008 to provide low-interest loans to automakers and suppliers.

Unifor president Jerry Dias told the Cost-free Press yesterday that the government has signaled to him its intention of switching the fund from a loan system to one particular that delivers grants.

“Do I believe that that will play a function and provide an help to us in our negotiations? The answer is yes,” Dias mentioned.

The possibility of direct government subsidies would certainly sweeten the pot for GM, though the government hasn’t officially declared its intentions, and time is running quick to avert a walkout at three Ontario facilities.

Earlier this week, GM’s Cami assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario pledged to assistance Unifor workers in the event of a strike. Cami builds Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers, and is covered by a diverse collective agreement. If GM workers stroll off the job after their contract expires, Cami’s Unifor Neighborhood 88 has pledged to not install replacement parts sent to them by U.S. factories.

Production at Cami would be hampered by the loss of components from GM Canada’s St. Catharines engine and transmission plant. Apart from St. Catharines and Oshawa Assembly, a components depot in Woodstock, Ontario would also be impacted by a strike.

Subsidies or no subsidies, the union’s objective of maintaining Oshawa alive hinges on new merchandise, and there appears to be no movement on that front. Following losing truck and Chevrolet Camaro production in current years, the plant’s two assembly lines are bleeding product. The plant handles overflow production of the Equinox, as properly as the Chevrolet Impala, Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS — goods that can (and in some instances, will) be built elsewhere. Its Consolidation Line could depart subsequent year, with no guarantees that its Flex Line won’t do the identical by 2019.

Speaking to the Toronto Star this week, Kristin Dziczek, director of investigation at the independent Center for Automotive Investigation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said Unifor chose the right tack in seeking new item, but admits the predicament does not look great.

“There are no items hanging out there hunting for a property,” she said, referring to Oshawa.

Meanwhile, Dias stated he’s received assistance from Dennis Williams, president of the United Auto Workers. The two have a mutual agreement to not undermine any strike action taken by the other — which means, in this case, that UAW will not agree to increase production at U.S. plants to make up for a loss of Canadian item.

[Image: General Motors Canada]

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Plant Shutdown Extended as Chrysler 200 Continues to be Unpopular

2016 Chrysler 200S and 2016 Chrysler 200C, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North America

The midsize sedan that can’t catch a break is continuing to darken a plant where workers can’t catch a shift.

The Sterling Heights, Michigan assembly plant that produces the Chrysler 200 will remain closed for another 3 weeks, Automotive News reports, extending the temporary closure to a total of nine weeks.

Slow sales and a steep inventory glut are to blame for the shutdown, which was needed for supply and demand to regain equilibrium.

The Chrysler 200 has lately been a sales disaster for Fiat Chrysler Corporation. Whilst its Jeep and Ram brands are selling as quickly as they can be cranked out, FCA reported a 59 % year-over-year sales decrease in February, following a 63 percent plunge in January.

With public interest like this, it is no wonder FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne plans to farm out the production of its modest automobiles to one more automaker, assuming a single can be identified. In the meantime, the 200 and Dodge Dart compact will be left to wither on the vine — a approach, it appears, that buyers are currently helping expedite.

The past two years have been great for automakers who pitch a well-known solution, but the 200 and Dart failed to ignite a flame in the getting public, trailing their domestic and foreign counterparts by a mile. Though buyers are increasingly turning to crossovers and away from traditional sedans, other automakers haven’t abandoned the category for a cause: they’re nonetheless promoting adequate of them.

Presently, the 200 lingers at the 24th spot on the U.S. ideal-selling automobile list, and is the 68th most popular model all round. To put that in point of view, the Ford Fusion is in sixth location on the vehicle sales list and Chevrolet Malibu is in eighth.

The Dart, it should be noted, comes in at 26th on the auto sales list.

The Sterling Heights plant employs two,100 United Auto Workers members, all of whom will be getting reduced pay until production restarts.

[Pictures: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North America]


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