Streamlining rarely comes without a reduction in personnel, and it appears Ford’s $11 billion restructuring plan will indeed bring about a loss of employees in North America. While the automaker previously hinted at steep job losses in its troubled European operation, a recent report shows employees need to be worried on several continents. According to the Detroit Free Press, Ford’s plan will leave many unemployed white-collar, salaried workers in its wake. Some 85,000 of Ford’s 201,000 worldwide employees reside in the United States. The number of salaried employees totalls 70,000 on a global scale. At this point, the automaker doesn’t know exactly how many positions stand to be cut, though salaried workers were told Thursday of the basics of the streamlining plan. The ultimate goal is for Ford to become a leaner, less top-heavy operation, with cuts not targeted at any one specific area. “We need to dig into the process deeper before we know the … [Read more...] about White Collar, Pink Slip: There’s Pain Coming to Ford’s Workforce
To this author’s ears, it’s a noise that seems to herald the arrival of the spaceships coming to take all of the world’s children to a new home in the sun. Chevrolet claims it’s supposed to feel more natural and less intrusive. Whatever your take, the new low-speed warning noise is a necessary addition to the 2019 Volt — looming federal guidelines demand it. Expect to hear a different kind of tonal landscape once electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids make up a larger portion of the teeming vehicle masses. Hear for yourself: In response to requests from Twitter users, Michael Wayland of Automotive News posted this video on Twitter Monday morning. Years in the making, the new dictate from the U.S. Department of Transportation requires at least half of all EVs or PHEVs (“quiet vehicles”) to emanate a government-approved noise at speeds below 18.6 miles per hour by September 1st, 2019. All vehicles must conform within a year from that … [Read more...] about Make Some Noise: Chevrolet’s New Low-speed EV Warning Sound Is Either Soothing or Ominous
Fiat Chrysler doesn’t offer a hydraulic lift for its pickup beds, but having the tailgate swing down while the truck’s bouncing along at 75 mph might prove just as effective for rapidly unloading one’s cargo. After an investigation turned up 5,000 instances of Ram pickups unexpectedly dropping their tailgates, Fiat Chrysler has another seven-figure recall on its hands. This one covers the 2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500. Some 1.1 million of the pickups were sold in the U.S., though there’s also more than 260,000 in Canada and another 19,000-plus in Mexico that’ll require a trip to the dealer. The problem lies in the tailgate’s power-locking mechanism. A part can break in the latch mechanism, leading another part to exert enough force on the unlocking arms to spring the gate open. Recalled Rams will see the latch mechanism modified to keep that back gate shut. While the number of Rams involved in the recall seems staggering, it’s not the full … [Read more...] about Loosen Your Load: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Rams For Doing Just That
The thought of the U.S. imposing an import tax on Canadian vehicles and auto parts was once unthinkable, but the possibility now exists. Unable to ignore it any longer, Canada now says it will impose tariffs on American-built vehicles should the U.S. act first. Canada’s contribution to the continent’s automotive landscape isn’t what it once was, but it’s still formidable when viewed in isolation. The Great White North, which continued building Studebakers for two models years after South Bend went dark, houses assembly plants operated by the Detroit Three, Honda, and Toyota. With the glaring exception of pickup trucks, Canada would find itself with a (limited) crop of remarkably practical tariff-free vehicles if the taxes went into effect. “Should this investigation ultimately result in the application of tariffs on autos, Canada will once again be forced to respond in a proportional manner,” said Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s deputy … [Read more...] about Battle on the Border: We’ll Fire Back If You Pull the Trigger, Canada Tells U.S.
Find Reviews by Make: By The Wise Guide on July 17, 2018 (We hope your employer gave you Amazon Prime Day off, as this is a special time one should spend surrounded by loved ones. If the automotive version of this once-annual promotion ground your gears, you won’t like this one. But you never know. I’m told this is the last one, with our regular programming to follow. – Ed) If you live for online shopping, you live for this day. Some call it Black Friday/Cyber Monday in July (it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as “Christmas in July” does it?). All we know is you’re about to save a bundle on so many things you need. And a lot of stuff you just want. So go ahead, treat yourself; get shopping. But first, you’re going to want an Amazon Prime membership. Home Electronics Home Office Brother HL-L6200DW Monochrome Laser Printer, WAS $249.99 PRIME DAY DEAL $169.99 Brother MFC-J985DW Inkjet All-in-One Color Printer, … [Read more...] about The Very Best Amazon Prime Day Deals