Stories tagged: "auto industry"


Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he arrives for a campaign rally at MBS International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Freeland, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Top 3 Unforgettable Moments of Trump’s Michigan Visit

Michiganders could be surprised to hear President Donald Trump brought "so many damn car plants" to the state, since more plants have idled under his administration.

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Inside Biden’s Big Auto Industry Plans: 1M New Jobs and an Electric Fleet for the White House

Speaking to Michiganders Wednesday, Joe Biden called unions America's "economic engine" and laid out a plan to reignite that engine.

Michigan businesses are hurting.
Trump’s Trade Policy Was Hurting Michigan Businesses Long Before Coronavirus

Michigan's top three industries are automakers, manufacturers and farmers. One policy has left those Michigan sectors hurting.

In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, robots weld the bed of a 2018 Ford F-150 truck on the assembly line at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich. The U.S. auto industry’s coronavirus comeback plan was pretty simple: restart factories gradually and push out trucks and other vehicles for waiting buyers in states left largely untouched by the virus outbreak.
Yet the return from a two-month production shutdown hasn’t gone quite according to plan.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Infected Workers and Parts Shortages: Why Michigan’s Auto Industry Comeback Has Stalled Out

While automakers struggle to reopen factories and meet demand, union officials question whether it’s safe to return to work at all.

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo a United Auto Workers assemblymen work on a 2018 Ford F-150 trucks being assembled at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich. The United Auto Workers union wants Detroit's three automakers to shut down their factories for two weeks to keep its members safe from the spreading coronavirus. But union President Rory Gamble says in an email to members obtained by The Associated Press that the companies were not willing to shut factories down. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Reigniting the Auto Industry: The Big Three Automakers’ Plan to Reopen

The Big Three automakers have Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's clear to open May 11. That’s a full week earlier than their anticipated start date.

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GM May Bring Back Cash for Clunkers to Boost Sales

GM’s aggressive cost-cutting in recent years helped it stay in gear during the coronavirus, and a new Cash for Clunkers program might spur recovery.

Ford is investing $1 billion in Chicago Assembly and Stamping Plants and adding 500 jobs to expand capacity for the production of all-new Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility and Lincoln Aviator. The new investments include advanced manufacturing technologies and workforce training at the plants to help Ford deliver better quality vehicles to customers more quickly. The company spending $40 million to make the Chicago Assembly and Stamping better places to work, including new LED lighting and cafeteria updates, new break areas, and parking lot security upgrades. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen courtesy Ford Motor Company
Behind the Numbers: Ford Spent Nearly $8 Billion in April — And That Was With Factories Idled

Coronavirus has rocked the auto industry at a very bad time for Ford. But smart moves might help the automaker weather the storm.