Day: June 6, 2022

U.S. asks Mexico to probe alleged labour abuses at Stellantis parts plant

MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has asked Mexico to probe alleged worker rights violations at a Mexican auto-parts plant owned by Italian-French carmaker Stellantis, the fourth such investigation under a revised trade deal. The U.S. request for Mexico to look into possible rights abuses at Teksid Hierro de Mexico in the northern border state …

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Toyota’s Bob Carter to retire as North America sales boss

Toyota Motor North America announced a series of top-level executive moves, including the pending retirement of its longtime head of sales, Bob Carter, effective this month. A large number of the Japanese automaker’s North American executive team will be reshuffled. Carter, 62, has been executive vice president of sales for the Toyota and Lexus brands …

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Apple software will become more prominent in vehicle dashboards

Apple Inc. on Monday announced it would more deeply integrate its software into the instrument cluster on the dashboard of cars that will start shipping next year. Apple unveiled an updated version of its CarPlay software at its annual software developer conference. The new software will for the first time power the instrument cluster on …

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Ford-backed EV battery startup Solid Power launches cell production

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Doug Campbell considers himself an unlikely leader for a battery startup on the cusp of big breakthroughs. A little more than a decade ago, his first exposure to batteries came when he inherited a team of engineers working on lithium-ion batteries for aerospace applications. He quickly cribbed the basics. “I kid you …

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Ford-backed battery startup Solid Power flips switch on new cell production line

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Doug Campbell considers himself an unlikely leader for a battery startup on the cusp of big breakthroughs. A little more than a decade ago, his first exposure to batteries came when he inherited a team of engineers working on lithium-ion batteries for aerospace applications. He quickly cribbed the basics. “I kid you …

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Mercedes recalling about 1 million ML, GL, R-Class models globally

“We have found that in some of those vehicles, the function of the brake booster could be affected by advanced corrosion in the joint area of the housing,” Mercedes said. This could result in an increase in the brake pedal force needed to decelerate the vehicle and/or to a potentially increased stopping distance, it added. …

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Mercedes recalling about 1 million ML, GL, R-Class models globally

BERLIN — Mercedes-Benz is recalling almost a million older cars from around the world due to possible problems with the brake booster, the company said. Models of the ML, GL and R-Class models produced between 2004 and 2015 are affected, it said. About 70,000 of them are in Germany. “We have found that in some …

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Texas car dealership group boosts reach with social media

“The shortage of inventory has hurt us, but we’re turning our inventory, I think, at a better pace,” he said. “And it’s all stemmed from our marketing.” More than 35 percent of the dealerships’ sales come from social media posts. Last year, in a town of fewer than 5,000 residents, the Henson dealerships made more …

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Carlisle & Co. survey finds service department turnover issues go beyond pay

Q: When it comes to technician retention, some of it is simply pay. You could raise base pay. But what did you see service managers do to address other compensation issues such as diagnostics pay, bonuses, retention or other benefits? A: Yes, pay is certainly a major pain point for technicians and a key reason …

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