BERLIN—Volkswagen has for the first time edged past Toyota as the world’s No. 1 automaker during the first half of 2015. VW sold 5.04 million units from January to June, while Toyota’s count during the same period was 5.02 million.
CHATTANOOGA, TN—Volkswagen has recognized a new group called the American Council of Employees (ACE) to represent workers at its assembly plant here, in addition to the United Auto Workers. ACE is an alternative to and has campaigned against the UAW, which a year ago lost an election to be the sole representative of workers at the plant.
CHATTANOOGA, TN—The UAW expects Volkswagen to announce soon a policy change that would allow for union representation at the company’s assembly plant here, where the union has faced challenges organizing workers. Earlier this year, the UAW lost a vote to represent about 1,500 workers at the Chattanooga plant but the union still claims it has the support of a majority of the employees.
PUNE, India—Volkswagen plans to reduce energy consumption at its assembly plant here by 436 megawatt hours per year by equipping the assembly line with high-volume, low-speed fans. The carmaker also aims to reduce water usage at the facility by 1,636 cubic meters annually.