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Toyota Says Education Took it to Mississippi
Toyota Says Education Took it to Mississippi

Toyota says the educated work force is what drew them to the Tupelo area for its eighth assembly plant in North America - in direct contrast to what some people think about the state's workforce. Toyota officials, after the glow of the press conference today announcing their new Mississippi plant...Read More»

Will Dems Go Where GOP Fears to Tread?

Sunday's Detroit Free Press reports that our newly Democratic-controlled Congress is talking about taking on Japan's manipulation of the yen-dollar relationship, which accounts for a sizable portion of Japanese vehicle profits and competitive advantage over domestic models. Republicans, led by the...Read More»

LaSorda: News on GM-Chrysler Could Take Weeks - or Months

Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda says it could take "weeks or months" before Chrysler can talk about any merger speculation with General Motors. In this email to employees, LaSorda says it's business as usual: Dear Colleagues, I know you have many questions as a result of the DaimlerChrysler Annual Press...Read More»

UAW: No Opinion on GM-Chrysler Deal

The United Auto Workers has broken its silence about a possible GM-Chrysler deal. So what's the deal? "I have absolutely no opinion on that at all," UAW chief Ron Gettelfinger said on Detroit's WJR-AM radio station this morning. "It may end up that it's not sold. Who knows?" Reuters reports. The...Read More»

Get 'Em While They're Hot: VW Fahrenheit GTI

Volkswagen reminds us today that the special-edition GTI it promised late last year is on sale at dealers now - and if you like the color orange, consider it a great day. The Fahrenheit GTI comes with electric-orange paint and Fahrenheit badging, along with a three-spoke steering wheel, stiffer...Read More»

Buyouts - Nissan's Up Next

Nissan says it's offering buyouts to all its Tennessee hourly workers in a move announced today, proving that the pain in the auto-industry slump isn't being doled out entirely in Detroit. While GM, Ford and Chrysler have sliced large chunks out of their workforces, the Japanese brands have largely...Read More»

What Time Is It? Merger Time!

It's only been hours since the news broke that GM and Chrysler may be exploring a merger - and mere minutes since XM and Sirius announced they're going to pair up to fight off the likes of HD radio and Apple's iPod. But both mergers have been on the radar of business pubs and insiders for much...Read More»

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