Production of Ford’s best seller, the F-150 pickup, will continue today as the automaker and the United Auto Workers reached agreement on a local labor matter. Union members at the Kansas City Assembly Plant had threatened to walk off the job on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the UAW will continue talks with Fiat Chrysler on a national labor contract. Sixty-five percent of UAW workers rejected a union management approved contract with the auto maker.
“Volkswagen can fix the mechanical problems and make reparations to owners, but winning back the confidence of shoppers and loyal buyers will be a daunting challenge that could take years to overcome,” said Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at Autotrader. A survey conducted by that firm and Kelley Blue Book showed that 70 percent believe the diesel emissions issue could spread beyond just VW. Of the more than 900 respondents, 53 percent said they have complete or general mistrust of Volkswagen and 42 percent feel other makers are secretly violating EPA emission rules; however there has been no proof of that to date.
By the way, Porsche was not left out of the robust sales rung up by most automakers in September. The company posted its strongest September sales month ever in North America, up 22.7 percent year over year. Porsche’s top sellers were the Cayenne and the Macan.