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December 8, 1990 | Associated Press
More than 30,000 auto workers, nearly all of them at General Motors Corp. plants, will have next week off as the auto industry wrestles with a recession. GM, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp. said Friday that they plan to close all or parts of a dozen assembly plants the week of Dec. 10. The closures stem from slow dealer orders. The week of Dec. 17, the last before the industry's traditional shutdown between the Christmas and New Year's holidays, is expected to be worse.
February 2, 2007
Re "It's not the yen, it's the mileage," Opinion, Jan. 30 This one-sided, Detroit-bashing and Japan-cheering Op-Ed is a disappointment. It also is a cheap shot. Daniel Griswold accuses the U.S. auto industry of trying to make Japan a "scapegoat." On the contrary, Daimler Chrysler, Ford and General Motors have been open about the challenges presented by the intense competitive struggle underway in the U.S. market and their on-going corporate restructuring plans. We apologize to no one for raising to U.S. policymakers Japan's policy of massive currency intervention and manipulation as an unfair trading practice that is damaging our industry.
President Fernando Collor announced measures Tuesday to help Brazil's automobile industry, nearly paralyzed for the past month by a government austerity program aimed at controlling inflation. Brazilian subsidiaries of General Motors, Ford and Volkswagen put most of their workers on paid leave in late March as a result of the austerity program, which reduced domestic car sales to a trickle while bringing inflation of more than 80% a month down to 0 in April.
March 18, 1985 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
For decades, India's automobile industry has been caught in a time warp. Only three companies have been licensed to make cars, and protective tariffs have kept out competition and innovation. As a result, most Indian-made passenger cars could be used as props in a 1950s movie. India's luxury car, the one used by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and other VIPs, is made with 32-year-old dies and is virtually a replica of the 1950 Plymouth.
January 12, 1992 | DANA PARSONS
In the early '60s, a friend and I would sit on an embankment next to a busy Omaha street and play a game of count-the-cars. One of us would take Fords, the other Chevys and whoever got to 50 won. It didn't take long to play a best-of-seven series. Nowadays, you'd have to get an early start in the morning to finish a best two-out-of-three by nightfall. Red Jarvie remembers those halcyon days with all the serenity of someone who made a lot of money off of them, which he did.
April 20, 1989 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
In the cramped back room of the White Heather Social Club in this blue-collar Detroit suburb, one of the nation's most influential industrial unions is being shaken to its foundation. And it is just one man, one true rebel--an affable local unionist named Donny Douglas--doing the shaking. The White Heather is now the busy nerve center of Douglas' grass-roots, dissident campaign to unseat the powerful, incumbent director of the largest region in the 1.1-million-member United Auto Workers, and thus gain a seat on the international union's governing executive board.
Mazda Motor of America, which is eliminating a quarter of the remaining jobs at its Irvine headquarters, isn't the only auto maker resorting to layoffs to counter stalled sales. Automobile manufacturers around the world are "gearing up for competition in the international marketplace," said James M. Bills, an economist with Comerica Bank in Detroit. "It's a difficult adjustment, not only in this country, but in Japan and Europe as well." Mazda's U.S.
On Oct. 18, John F. Smith, chief executive of General Motors Corp., snubbed President Clinton by refusing to attend a ceremony celebrating the one-year anniversary of the government-industry effort to build a "super car." The reason: He was upset by Transportation Secretary Federico Pena's "initial" decision the day before that GM's C/K 1973-87 pickup trucks had a safety defect and should be recalled.
January 7, 1992 | DAVID HALBERSTAM, David Halberstam is the author of, among many works, "The Reckoning" (William Morrow, 1986) an account of the demise of the American auto industry and the rise of the Japanese auto makers
President Bush's trip to Japan, long overdue, is an important one. Ironically, among the people he brought along are the heads of the Big Three auto companies. It won't work. It won't work at home, where there will be some residual sympathy for the workers but little for the men who head the companies.
December 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
China unveiled curbs Tuesday on surging investment in its auto industry, extending controls already imposed in other fields in an effort to cool off an economic boom that Beijing worries could ignite a financial crisis. It wasn't clear how the controls would affect foreign automakers that are setting up factories in China, the world's third- largest auto market, where sales are growing at double-digit annual rates.
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