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  • DETROIT, June 18- Labor costs for union workers are much lower for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles than Detroit rivals Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co, a disparity that United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday he wants to fix. Fiat Chrysler average wage and benefit costs for each production worker is about $48 per hour, compared with about $58...

  • DETROIT, June 18- United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday he wants to enter talks with the three major U.S. automakers to pool active union and nonunion workers and UAW retirees to bargain for lower healthcare costs. Such a pool of about 900,000 people connected to Detroit's three automakers would not mean a single healthcare plan, but...

  • June 18- The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday that 243 people have been arrested across the country, charged with submitting fake billing for Medicare, a government healthcare program, that totaled $712 million. The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes, the government said, including submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid, the...

  • DETROIT, June 18- United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday the union has not taken a position on merger comments made by Fiat Chrysler's chief executive, but said he would be against any plan that would cut union-represented jobs. The union is evaluating outcomes of a possible merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with General Motors Co or...

  • June 18- Michigan's Wayne County, home of Detroit, has asked the state for a fiscal emergency declaration to deal with a chronic budget deficit, spokesmen for the county and state confirmed on Thursday. Wayne County Executive Warren Evans late on Wednesday formally asked Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri to initiate a review process that would lead to a consent...

  • Detroit's county seeks state help for fiscal woes Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 11:02 AM ET

    June 18- Michigan's Wayne County, home of Detroit, has asked the state for a fiscal emergency declaration to deal with a chronic budget deficit, spokesmen for the county and state confirmed on Thursday. Wayne County Executive Warren Evans late on Wednesday formally asked Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri to initiate a review process that would lead to a consent...

  • Hyundai and its Kia affiliate led the industry by the widest margin ever, according to the J.D. Power initial vehicle quality study released on Wednesday. The industry saw its performance improve 3 percent to a rate of 112 problems per 100 vehicles from model year 2015, with the Korean brands at 90, Europeans at 113, and the Japanese and Americans each at 114, J.D....

  • DETROIT, June 16- Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will increase the number of U.S. recalls involving potentially deadly front passenger-side air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp by almost 1.37 million vehicles. The expansion pushes the total number of Toyota vehicles covered by Takata recalls in the United States to more than 2.9 million.

  • He said the falling price of gasoline relative to natural gas helped lead Honda to deciding to drop the car. Honda showed a concept of the fuel cell car at the Detroit auto show in January. Mendel said Honda is shifting its focus on electric vehicles, including hybrids, and in doing so will introduce a new unnamed plug-in hybrid vehicle and a fully electric...

  • U.S. multinationals from a range of industries such as General Electric Co, Boeing Co, Johnson& Johnson expect to benefit from a new trade agreement with Japan and 10 other Asia-Pacific nations, which aims to lower tariffs and open up new markets for exports. Tech companies such as Microsoft Corp, Intel Corp, International Business Machines Corp and AT&T Inc also...

  • DETROIT- June 11- Virgin Atlantic plans to decide within six months on how to replace seven Boeing 747 s it flies from London's Gatwick airport, and could expand its overall fleet in the process, the British airline's chief executive said Thursday. When Virgin Atlantic decides, he said, the order "will be replacement, plus." Virgin Atlantic has 39 planes, and is...

  • DETROIT, June 10- The number of vehicles on U.S. roads with potentially defective Takata air bags appears to be less than half the 34 million initially estimated by federal regulators, according to a Reuters analysis of recall records submitted to the watchdog and confirmed by the car companies. About 16.2 million vehicles- roughly one out of every 16 cars on U.S....

  • June 10- Johnson Controls Inc wants to exit the automotive seating and interiors businesses to focus on its higher-margin building efficiency and automotive battery operations, the company said on Wednesday. Shares of Johnson Controls were up 4.4 percent at $53.84 in afternoon trading. Automotive seating at $17.53 billion and automotive interiors at $4.5...

  • GM North American labor chief retires ahead of UAW talks Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | 10:06 AM ET

    DETROIT, June 10- General Motors Co said on Wednesday its North American labor chief retired last week, as the No. 1 U.S. automaker prepares to open negotiations with the union representing its U.S. hourly work force. GM said Rex Blackwell, its 60- year-old North America labor relations vice president, retired on June 1. GM said Cathy Clegg, vice president for GM North...

  • DETROIT, June 9- Tesla Motors Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja will retire this year, but will stay on to help search for a successor at the fast-growing electric car maker, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told shareholders on Tuesday. Musk made the unexpected announcement at the company's annual meeting. In a presentation at the Computer History Museum...

  • DETROIT, June 9- Tesla Motors Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja will retire later this year, but will stay on to help search for a successor, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told shareholders on Tuesday. Musk also said Tesla will release an early version of its Autopilot self-driving program for the Model S sedan by the end of June. In a presentation at the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 9- Federal prosecutors are weighing criminal wire fraud charges against General Motors over the company's failure to recall vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report, and representatives for the U.S. Department of Justice and General...

  • CHICAGO, June 8- Michigan on Monday said Canadian geese in the state tested positive for a lethal strain of bird flu, bringing the worst outbreak of the disease in U.S. history to a 21st state. Three young geese collected in Sterling Heights, Michigan, about 20 miles north of Detroit, were infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 flu strain, according to the Michigan...

  • June 5- Google Inc said it would give monthly updates of accidents involving its driverless cars. Google said one of its vehicles was rear-ended at a stoplight in California on Thursday, bringing the total count to 13 accidents. Google's self-driving-car program director, Chris Urmson, said in May that the cars have been involved in 11 accidents.

  • June 5- Google Inc said it would give monthly updates of accidents involving its driverless cars as public interest groups ask for more data on the safety of the project. Google said one of its vehicles was rear-ended at a stoplight in California on Thursday, bringing the total count to 13 accidents. Google's self-driving car program director, Chris Urmson, said...