Talks continue but the United Auto Workers has notified Fiat Chrysler that 40,000 members will walk off the job at 11:59 P.M. tonight. The union said its bargaining team is “hard at work” and thanked members for their patience and support. By a large margin, union members recently rejected a proposed contract supported by their leaders. They want an end to the two-tier pay system, a return of cost of living pay raises and some guarantees that auto production will remain where it is now. In a short statement, FCA said it received the strike notification and “continues to work with the UAW in a constructive manner to reach a new agreement.”
Mazda has issued a stop sale and stop delivery order for its model 3 and is recalling select models. A defect in the fuel-shut off valve may allow fuel to flow from the tank into the charcoal emissions canister. If the fuel exceeds the canister capacity, fuel leakage could occur, increasing the risk of a fire and/or engine stalling. Approximately 14,270 vehicles in the U.S. are affected. Owners will be notified by mail. Named in the recall are 2015-16 Mazda 3’s built from May 21, 2015 through August 24, 2015.
The upcoming Tokyo Auto Show may be big for Subaru. An Australian auto site said Subaru may unveil a seven seat SUV that would replace the now discontinued Tribeca. Motoring.com.au said this would be a three-row vehicle aimed directly at the U.S. where there is hot demand for crossovers and SUV’s. It would ride on a stretched Outback platform. Suby may also rock the show with a new concept car. Here in the U.S. Subaru has enjoyed 46 months of year-over-year sales growth with September coming in as its best sales month ever.
Volkswagen’s CEO said it is not possible at this time to calculate the commercial and financial implications of the diesel engine emissions scandal. “That is why we have initiated a further critical review of all planned investments,” said Matthias Muller in an address to more than 20,000 employees in Wolfsburg, Germany. “Anything that is not absolutely necessary will be cancelled or postponed,” he said. That could include new model introductions. Muller said VW is “intensifying the efficiency program” and “this will not be a painless process” but he told workers the company will do everything it can to ensure it stands for “good and secure jobs in the future.” A union official said later that in the short term at least, there will be no loss of jobs.