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January 20, 2014 | By Matthew Finkin and Thomas Kochan
Works councils - elected bodies representing all workers in a plant, both blue and white collar - are acclaimed as one of the best, most innovative features of Germany's labor relations system. They have been shown to enhance efficiency, adaptability and cooperation. By supporting the use of work sharing (agreeing to reduce everyone's hours rather than laying some people off), for example, these councils helped Germany experience less unemployment during the Great Recession and a faster, more robust recovery since then.
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AUTOS
April 16, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Volkswagen kept plenty busy at the 2014 New York Auto Show, bringing with it an all-new Golf Sportswagen, a refreshed Jetta sedan, and some pricing details on its soon-to-be-released Golf GTI hot hatch. The biggest news was VW's 2015 Golf Sportswagen. It replaces the Jetta wagon in the U.S. lineup, though that outgoing car was always based on the Golf anyway, nomenclature aside. So fear not, Sportswagen fans, your trusty hauler isn't any smaller. It actually grows. The new model is just over an inch longer and just under an inch wider.
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AUTOS
February 7, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
The Volkswagen Jetta has solidified its position as the cheapest U.S. diesel car with a new “value edition” that cuts more than $2,300 from the base price. The bargain TDI goes out the door for $22,115, including destination, for a base model with a manual transmission. The DSG dual-clutch automated manual adds $1,100 to the price. The Jetta was already the least expensive of the diesels, which are still slowly gaining traction in the U.S. market. Automakers including Volkswagen often combine more expensive diesel engines with upscale trim packages, raising the price of entry substantially over comparable gasoline-powered models.
AUTOS
April 4, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
Diesel-powered cars save on fuel, but many of them won't save you any money. That's because they cost thousands more to buy in the first place, compared with similar gas-powered models. And many automakers usually offer diesel engines only in combination with a pricey set of standard features. So it can take years - if ever - to make up for those upfront costs through savings at the pump. That's what makes the latest addition to Volkswagen's growing diesel fleet, the Jetta TDI Value Edition, so intriguing.
NEWS
March 13, 1987 | Associated Press
Volkswagen, the giant West German car maker, fired its chief foreign exchange trader today and removed six other top financial officials after revelations of the loss of $258 million through possibly fraudulent foreign exchange deals. Meanwhile, the Federal Criminal Office in Wiesbaden said its fraud investigators will join the investigation of Volkswagen's foreign exchange deals. The $258-million loss, discovered by company auditors, is believed to have taken place between 1984 and 1986.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Porsche said it slightly increased its share in fellow German automaker Volkswagen, in which it plans to take a majority before the end of the year. Porsche Automobil Holding is Volkswagen's biggest shareholder and said last month that it had increased its stake to just over 35%. Spokesman Albrecht Bamler said Porsche bought additional Volkswagen shares off-market, "significantly under the current market price."
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
Volkswagen used the Los Angeles Auto Show to launch its first U.S. electric vehicle in the nation's premier zero-emissions car market. The 2015 Volkswagen eGolf, in its North America debut on Wednesday, joins a host of electric cars from automakers seeking to comply with California's strict pollution standards, which essentially mandate production of cars with no tailpipe emissions. The eGolf will go on sale in select states in fall 2014. It will join a host of other electrics that sell in low volumes but nonetheless have sparked high competition among automakers.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Volkswagen has picked Chattanooga, Tenn., over sites in two other states for its new U.S. auto plant. Sites in Alabama and Michigan were also considered for the plant, which is part of Volkwagen's strategy to increase its presence in the U.S. Volkswagen closed its last U.S. production facility in 1988.
AUTOS
November 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Volkswagen's 2013 Bettle Convertible will go on sale next month with a starting price of $24,995, the German automaker said Wednesday at the L.A. Auto Show. The new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible was announced earlier this year and it is the third generation of the ragtop model, following in the footsteps of the type 15 introduced in 1949 and the New Beetle Convertible that was introduced in 2003. The coupe will be available in three different engine options. Photos: 2012 L.A. Auto Show The first is a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that can crank 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque with six-speed automatic transmission.
BUSINESS
April 18, 1989 | From Times wire services
Volkswagen of America Inc. has agreed to pay $670,000 and the United Auto Workers $48,000 to settle claims that they discriminated against black employees, a spokesman for the auto maker said today. About 800 blacks could share the money under the settlement, which is subject to approval by U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond, who is presiding over the 6-year-old case. He scheduled a June 13 hearing on the settlement. Individual payments would range from $70,000 to a supervisor who said he was harassed on the job to $200 for hourly workers who were fired before their 90-day probations expired.
AUTOS
February 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Don't get attached to the new plug-in hybrid Golf that Volkswagen is bringing to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. But let yourself get a little excited about what's under its skin. Germany's everyman brand will use its March 4 press conference to debut the Golf GTE. It's the latest version of the new generation of Golf hatchback that's been on sale in Europe for almost a year and is headed to our shores later in 2014. While VW says it doesn't currently plan to bring the GTE to the U.S. market, the hybrid powertrain that moves it will definitely land here.
AUTOS
February 17, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Korean automakers, Toyota and Volkswagen all had a rough time with the California auto market last year. Hyundai experienced the biggest market-share slide of any auto brand, according to the California New Car Dealers Assn. The South Korean automaker's share of the Golden State's car market slipped to 3.9% from 4.6%. Corporate sibling Kia fell to 3.4% from 3.7%. Combined, the Koreans lost a full percentage point of market share in California last year. Photos: California's best selling cars  Although market leader Toyota's sales continue to rise, other brands are starting to catch up. Toyota's share of the California market dipped from a dominating 19.1% to a still-impressive 18.5%.Second-place Honda is still far behind at 12.1%, unchanged from the previous year.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Worries about job losses and uncertainty about the benefits of union membership contributed to Volkswagen workers in Tennessee rejecting the United Automobile Workers' bid to unionize a 1,500-worker facility, union advocates and other officials said in the wake of Friday night's results. “The UAW tried to promise significant wages, and I think that was shown as a simple, unfillable campaign promise,” Maury Nicely, an attorney involved with the anti-union effort, told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Volkswagen workers in Tennessee narrowly voted to reject joining a union, crushing the United Automobile Workers union's attempt to unionize a foreign-owned car factory for the first time, officials announced late Friday. The 712-626 vote (53%-47%) against unionization at the German automaker's three-year-old factory in Chattanooga is a setback for UAW because labor experts had thought Volkswagen gave the union its best shot of setting a precedent to make inroads with transplants such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Nissan.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Some 1,500 employees at Volkswagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., started voting today on whether to affiliate with the United Auto Workers. Here are a couple of interesting points about this vote, which will continue through Friday. --Volkswagen's in favor.  --Tennessee Republicans, including Gov. Bill Haslam and Sen. Bob Corker, have been threatening the company with retribution if the vote succeeds.  Reading the remarks of the state's GOP politicians is like a trip through cloud-cuckoo-land.
AUTOS
February 7, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
The Volkswagen Jetta has solidified its position as the cheapest U.S. diesel car with a new “value edition” that cuts more than $2,300 from the base price. The bargain TDI goes out the door for $22,115, including destination, for a base model with a manual transmission. The DSG dual-clutch automated manual adds $1,100 to the price. The Jetta was already the least expensive of the diesels, which are still slowly gaining traction in the U.S. market. Automakers including Volkswagen often combine more expensive diesel engines with upscale trim packages, raising the price of entry substantially over comparable gasoline-powered models.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2008 | Matt Moore, The Associated Press
Europe could see a new automobile and truck empire emerge after Porsche got clearance from its board Monday to take a majority stake in Volkswagen -- just as VW said it would amass a controlling interest in Swedish truck maker Scania. The moves could also put Porsche Automobil Holding -- which owns Porsche and a nearly 31% stake in Volkswagen -- in a position to absorb a new commercial truck giant combining Scania with German truck maker MAN, in which Volkswagen holds 29.9%. Analysts said both deals boiled down to making money -- lots of it. Porsche has been steadily raising its stake in Volkswagen for more than a year and won a significant victory last year when the European Union's highest court ruled that the German government had to remove a cap on voting rights at VW. Porsche has not said when it would resume building its holdings in Volkswagen, only that it was now free to do so, and has said it does not plan to fully merge the companies.
NEWS
January 24, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Arthur Stanton, who in 1949 bought the first Volkswagen sold in the United States and then became one of the most successful dealers in Volkswagen history, is dead. A spokesman for Volkswagen of America said Thursday that Stanton died while attending a dealer meeting in Hawaii. "Mr. Stanton saw the Beetle as a car of the future in 1949 and helped establish what is now a legend in the United States,' said Volkswagen of America President Noel Phillips.
AUTOS
January 31, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
It's hard not to spot an import brand car on American roads. That wasn't always the case, Volkswagen reminds us as it commemorated the shipment of the first Beetle to New York City 65 years ago. Back in January 1949, Volkswagen delivered a VW “Type 1,” or Beetle, to Ben Pon Sr., a Dutch businessman and the world's first official Volkswagen importer. “It made inroads very tentatively selling only two that first year and then seemed to burst like wildfire,” said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
OPINION
January 20, 2014 | By Matthew Finkin and Thomas Kochan
Works councils - elected bodies representing all workers in a plant, both blue and white collar - are acclaimed as one of the best, most innovative features of Germany's labor relations system. They have been shown to enhance efficiency, adaptability and cooperation. By supporting the use of work sharing (agreeing to reduce everyone's hours rather than laying some people off), for example, these councils helped Germany experience less unemployment during the Great Recession and a faster, more robust recovery since then.
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