AD #2682 – Germany Indicts Top VW Execs., Nissan Reveals All-New Patrol, Absenteeism at GM Needs to be Improved

September 24th, 2019 at 11:44am

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Runtime: 6:39

0:07 Germany Indicts Top VW Executives
1:10 EV Startup NIO Fighting for Its Life
2:44 Honda to Stop Selling Diesels in Europe
3:06 Ford Upgrades Large European Vans
4:04 Nissan Reveals All-New Patrol Large SUV
4:55 Absenteeism at GM Needs to be Improved

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40 Comments to “AD #2682 – Germany Indicts Top VW Execs., Nissan Reveals All-New Patrol, Absenteeism at GM Needs to be Improved”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    Given “GM lower its total labor costs, which are the highest in the U.S. industry.”, I don’t necessarily agree with

    “I fully support the UAW workers desire to make more money.”,

    especially given GM has not been very profitable in decades, it’s not like Porsche which has a license to print $20,000 for each 911 it sells (and it has sold over ONE MILLION of them!).

    The company needs to operate much more efficiently, this will also increase profits, such as by having NOT 90 or even 60 days inventory, but 20-30, like SUCCESSFUL makers have, like Subaru, Toyota, and many imports. The extra month or two in inventory costs it billions.

    But aside from these improvements, you cannot have such high labor cost burdens when you compete with non-union Toyota and Honda who make far better top selling cars.

  2. Larry D. Says:

    “But as soon as the government started cutting back on subsidies, sales of EVs took a nosedive.”

    Here we go again, we keep calling them subsidies. IF fuel and everything else was correctly priced, no ‘subsidies’ would be needed. A dirty gas hog or even an efficient one, and a pure EV, do not cause the same damage to the environment. But politicians hate to make those responsible pay. “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that guy behind the tree”! That is a recipe for far higher costs in health care, as in many other industries, compared to if you were RESPONSIBLE for your OWN needs.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    With all of those no shows, it sounds like GM employees are already paid too much, so they can afford to take a day off every week and a half.

  4. Phred Says:

    As the “Auto Extremist” clearly predicted some time back…”if you can only sell the EV by offering subsidies, then there is no market model for any profit in this vehicle.”

  5. Albemarle Says:

    Perhaps the absenteeism is a direct function of the very high pay. Looking at Maslow’s hierarchy and other studies, at some point you want more time off rather than more money. This may be a negotiating opportunity.

    Happy with a 30 hour work week? or want 40 or 50 hours? it’s all about the scheduling. There needs to be penalties for not living up to a commitment but it’s doable. MacDonalds runs that way.

  6. Larry D. Says:

    4 Really? Is this why Musk is worth $18 or $23 BILLION? Laughable. Now the “Autoextremist” is a financial expert too…

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 That was my point in #3. Maybe they could have some kind of “individual” contract with each worker, depending on if they want to work 4, 5, or 6 days a week. A complication would be dealing with health care and retirement benefits, which with the present system, cost the company the same for all employees. Those working 4 day weeks should pay more “out of pocket” for benefits.

  8. cwolf Says:

    Maybe the UAW scoundrels should have mentored under the VW execs so they could learn how a first class crook operates.

    Absenteeism is a problem. From my experience, women (younger ones) were the majority of no shows. Guys skipped during hunting season, but they usually gave their boss a heads-up.
    There are rules regarding the number of missed days written in the contract. First a warning, second, a week off, then they could (and should) be fired. Yes, the union often saves them from getting fired, but not if it happens again. These may not be the exact rule, but a fair idea.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 I don’t know the exact rules, but when I was working, it was very hard to fire a UAW worker. It’s probably easier now than 25 years ago, though.

  10. Larry D. Says:

    9 absentees without a good reason should pay a fine and be replaced by temps.

    I feel sorry for the SUppliers and their workers, the automakers always had more power than they did and screwed them royally, decade after decade, until they were bankrupt (suppliers too)

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I wonder if the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky has high absenteeism. Maybe that’s why my Camry had two rather annoying rattles. They are now both fixed, and I am very happy with the car. I found and fixed the rattles myself, but maybe I should have taken it to the dealer as a “test,” to see how they’d do. From past experience, though, I seem to be better off figuring out that kind of stuff myself.

  12. Larry D. Says:

    11 what exactly caused them? Interior fit?

  13. Lex Says:

    I have three points to make:

    1. GM should never have received a US
    Government Bailout!

    2. EV’s are not wise choices for inner city
    apartment dwellers.

    3. When Hybrids hit the secondary market
    their values will plummet due to high
    repair costs.

  14. Larry D. Says:

    13 What are you talking about?????

    Hybrids have been around since 1999, TWENTY YEARS, and the fairy tales about their alleged high costs NEVER materialized. Get real!

    and as for EVs, if you actually had a clue, TIME is on their side, battery costs have PLUMMETED 10 years in a row to UNBELIEVABLY LOW $ values, almost 1/7th what they were in 2011. We have given these data MAny times here.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 One was in the driver’s side “B” pillar about 2/3 of the way down, and was from bolts holding the seat belt ratchet thing being loose. They weren’t super loose, but both easily tightened another half turn or so, and that fixed it.

    The other was in the center of the dash, behind the touch screen. I think there may be some kind of design flaw causing that one, or there might be a loose bolt or something that I didn’t find. Anyway, it took 3 tries, but I found from tapping different places with a knuckle, after taking some of the trim pieces off, I would hear a rattle that would mostly go away if I held a finger a certain place. I stuffed a piece of cloth between two plastic parts, one of them the center air vent, put it back together, and so far, so good. I had no idea how to remove the trim, etc. from the center of the dash, but found a youtube video that showed what I needed to remove the trim pieces.

  16. DonC Says:

    “3.With all of those no shows, it sounds like GM employees are already paid too much, so they can afford to take a day off every week and a half.”

    Funny. I guess the other argument would be they are paid so little they’re having to moonlight other jobs. ;-)

    Reducing AWOL workers for higher pay would seem like a win-win. I wonder what the rationale for the union resisting on this issue would be?

  17. MJB Says:

    That “All New” Nissan Patrol is an exact match for the Infinity QX80 from the front fender all the way back!

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Unless their moonlighting involves illegal activities, it would probably pay less than GM.

  19. joe Says:

    6 Larry D,

    Larry, we all know you are the only expert of all subjects in the whole USA. Please, do not feel threaten because we all know this fact.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 Does that thing now have an 8 liter engine, or did they just go to nonsence model numbers like many others?

  21. Lambo2015 Says:

    I have stated here before but the EV market just isn’t there to the level that these so-called experts keep touting. Take away incentives tax breaks or subsidies (whatever term you prefer Larry) either way it’s assistance and even in China sales drop.
    So until an EV is priced similar to an ice car with the same range refilling time and residual value I don’t see them capturing more then 7% of the market.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17,20 I found out. It still has a 5.6 liter engine.

  23. Larry D. Says:

    15 For the second, I’d take it to the dealer. I remember when I bought that 5-sp Pontiac 2000 new in April 83, took it home on a Friday (had to wait 6 weeks for it, special ordered), was planning to drive it slowly to break it in to a conference in Chicago Sunday, but when I tried to start it again something was wrong with the cluch. I called the dealer indignantly and demanded they come tow and fix it and they did, and I did drive it to that conf.

  24. Larry D. Says:

    21 you were as wrong before as you are now, and it is really RIDICULOUS that you don’t even notice the HUGE ‘subsidies’ gas and diesel cars and trucks get, in the TRILLIONS, all the infrastructure we invested since the 50s instead of spending some of it on SERIOUS High speed trains and mass transit, and now our trains are worse than a fourth world nation. I don’t have time to repeat everything, you can go back and read it and try to educate yourself. In the future, my best choice is to ignore your comments as I am ignoring already those of this Horse and Buggy (44″ wheels, very low profile) Afficionado, that “Joe” character.

    Wise up. Every day that passes makes prue EVs more and more competitive. They are the F U T U R E. Take a hint.

  25. cwolf Says:

    Larry, you shouldn’t respond so sharply to comments made that differ from yours. Even I disagree with you on some issues, but not with such fervor. Sometimes my statements are made because I know it is easy to press your buttons. I’m sure other do too!
    So take these comments in stride or just don’t respond. I believe all of us have much more in common than differences. With this in mind, maybe these unnecessary digs will diminish.

  26. Lambo2015 Says:

    24 Whats RIDICULOUS, is your complete arrogance. Not to mention your inability to see the inconvenience EVs are in general. They could develop a car today that has a 300 mile range, equally priced with a battery warranty that guarantees 20 years and still 50% of the US population would pass.
    Why? because they don’t own a home or a home with a garage. They have no place to charge their electric car and they will not get up for work 20 minutes early to go to the nearest charging station to fill their car full of juice.
    Today, they don’t have the range (especially in the cold climates), they don’t have a competitive price, they don’t have a battery with longevity equal to the car, They don’t have a charging time even close to gas fill-up, They don’t have a massive charging network. They don’t even deliver on the “GREEN” premise that is being pushed of being a zero emission vehicle.
    I’m not saying they don’t have a future but its limited and your a fool for not being able to see that. They will fulfill many inner city transportation needs. What they wont do is replace the ICE at least in my lifetime. Go educate yourself on your old posts as that’s all you seem to believe.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 I’d take an on-warranty car to the dealer for a mechanical or electrical problem that can easily be reproduced, unless it is something obvious and simple to fix myself. My second rattle happened mainly in the morning, before the car warmed up in the sun, and I’d probably need to leave the car overnight for them to even hear it. For some things, it’s easier to do it yourself, and costs nothing in cases like the rattles.

  28. Lambo2015 Says:

    25 I agree with your comment cwolf, but your wasting your time. It has been suggested many times to Larry by many people about his CAP’s, approach, his arrogance, his name calling and basically plain rude posts.
    Providing any advice on proper etiquette is like trying to penetrate a nuclear bunker with a #2 pencil. Another example that intelligence doesn’t insure normal social skills.

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    EVs, at least high performance EVs, don’t need to be completely price competitive for me to consider one, but I would not consider an EV without a way to charge it at home.

  30. Lambo2015 Says:

    27 Kit I would do the same and not take a car back to the dealership for a simple fix that I could do myself. As your probably aware things have changed over the years and the days of having nuts or bolts not ran down all the way causing a rattle is less likely to happen. With nut runners that keep track of the number of bolts ran down and torque readings those kind of failures are a lot less frequent. The processes that are in place today compare to how it was done in the 80s is night and day.

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    30 I was surprised about my B pillar rattle, where two bolts weren’t tight. I assume the torque was not set right on some kind of power driver, or a person didn’t leave it on the bolt long enough.

  32. Larry D. Says:

    31 I was surprised about both problems, unacceptable in any new car, but never heard of a new Toyota or Honda having such issues.

    The pillar rattle was much easier to fix than the other where you had to take out the dash etc. Even if I trusted myself to do it well, I would take it back to the dealer and give them and Toyota a piece of my mind.

  33. Kit Gerhart Says:

    32 From a Toyota forum, I’ve found that I am not the only person to have the same rattles, but I’m probably one of few, given the few mentions, with thousands of people on the forum.

  34. Larry D. Says:

    31 Another annoying trend even in luxury cars is they are not using bolts and screws in some places, but instead those plastic industrial fasteners that can break and it is an excuse for the crooked dealer, if you take it to them, to tell you it cannot be fixed and you have to buy a new item. One example (I have not bothered to ask the dealer, still have not put it back) is a nice metal (chrome?) plate on the doorsills with a script “Mercedes Benz” on it, the one on the driver side, after I kicked it several times as I enter the car and sit down, broke off, and I noticed the accursed plastic fasteners underneath, it was not screwed to the body of the car. I just took it off and put it in the trunk, but one day I may drop by those very nice service guys at Stadium Auto and ask them if they can glue or fasten it back in its place.

  35. Larry D. Says:

    34 fasteners or staples. And the metal is probably aluminum, not chrome, which is shinier.

  36. Kit Gerhart Says:

    34,35 My trim pieces are held in place with clips, but none of the clips broke when I pulled the trim off The fit of the trim pieces is exceptional, with the odd shaped parts having very small gaps over their entire length.

    Here is the video I used to learn how to take things apart.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la70sepEUtg&feature=youtu.be

  37. Larry D. Says:

    saw some of it, interesting. Thanks.

  38. XA351GT Says:

    GM’s absenteeism problem shows what the Union is really good at , protecting deadwood. If I don’t show up enough times at my job they’ll show me the door and rightly so. But the union protects these deadbeats just like the did the Jeep plant workers caught red handed getting High and drunk during work hours . Unions started out as a great idea and like most things has been perverted into something it was meant to end.

  39. XA351GT Says:

    28 and not a damn thing will be done about it. So until the right person is verbally attacked (ie. Autoline staff) We will either have to deal with the tirades or just quit coming here . Maybe when he is the only person on here he’ll be happy and ALD will get the message that maybe something should be done other than the generic ” now play nice fellas” that has been given in the past.

  40. JWH Says:

    #28 & #39 – Agree with both of you – I used to like Autoline Daily much more in the past. Some people that post quite frequently (I’ll use Mr Gerhardt as a good example) are always polite while providing good information. In essence, it’s OK to disagree (on a civil basis).

    Kit – Side note on your searching cause of rattle – Glad you found it. Many years ago I had a 1983 Plymouth Turismo that would react to vertical impact strips in the road. While my wife or other passengers would not hear it, I could look at upcoming vertical impact strips in the road & knew I would hear it. After daily searches (including thinking it might be passenger side A Pillar making noise), & using a full can of the expanding foam insulation under the dash thinking it could be wiring slapping, I found it. Turned out to be the turned downed flange on the reverse opening hood impacting the bottom of the trough it sat in in front of the windshield. $0.50 of a foam weatherstrip took care of the impact noise. I’m sure that if a subsequent owner ever went under the dash they probably were sending a few swear words my way.