March 29, 2013 |
Thanks to a rebound in the auto industry, the UAW is reporting a growth in union membership. The UAW, which represents workers at the American auto companies as well as some public sector workers and even casino employees, said it finished last year with 382,513 members, up from 380,716 in 2011. While the growth was small in the last year, the tally is a big jump from the 355,191 workers the UAW represented back in 2009, the start of the industry's recovery from the recession and bankruptcy reorganizations of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group.
March 18, 2013 |
The Chrysler Group has announced that it is recalling 4,459 model-year 2013 Dodge Challengers because of a hazard that could cause a fire. The problem could cause a wire harness to overheat or short circuit and possibly cause a fire. The company said it was aware of seven such incidents. So far, none have resulted in injuries. The recall affects only 2013 Dodge Challengers with V-6 engines built during an eight-week period ending Jan. 24, 2013. About 2,500 of the cars have been sold.
February 14, 2013 |
Chrysler Group is recalling more than 370,000 trucks and SUVs to fix a problem with the vehicles' rear axle. The recall affects 2009 Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs, 2009-11 Dodge Dakota trucks and 2009-12 Ram 1500 trucks. Of the vehicles recalled, 278,222 are in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a pinion nut on the vehicles' rear axle can come loose because of a lack of adhesion. Should the nut come loose, the axle could lock up, possibly causing the driver to lose control and crash.
February 1, 2013 |
Auto sales showed surprising strength in January with all three of the domestic manufacturers - General Motors, Ford and Chrysler - reporting double-digit gains. “Automakers are kicking off the year strong, staying true to disciplined incentive spending as many curtailed their spending in January as the current lineup of products speak for themselves,” said Kristen Andersson, an analyst for auto price information company TrueCar.com. General Motors Co., the nation's biggest automaker, said its January U.S. sales rose by a strong 15.9% to 194,699 vehicles compared with the same month a year earlier.
February 1, 2013 |
The national economy remains sluggish - but don't tell the auto industry. Auto sales showed surprising strength in January, with all three domestic manufacturers - General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group - reporting double-digit percentage gains. Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., the two biggest Japanese brands, also posted strong sales. Overall, the industry sold more than 1 million vehicles in January, a 14.2% gain over the same month a year earlier, according to Autodata Corp.
January 30, 2013 |
Helped by the improving U.S. auto market, Chrysler Group said it earned $1.7 billion last year, almost 10 times what it earned in the previous year. Chrysler was the fastest growing U.S. automaker last year. It sales rose almost 21% -- about five times the rate of its domestic rivals - and its market share rose to 11.4% from 10.7%. The automaker's results were helped by big increases in sales of passenger cars. Sales of its Chrysler 300, for example, almost doubled and Chrysler 200 sedan sales rose 44% last year. Chrysler also did well with its traditional products such as the Ram pickup truck and the Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility.