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Union Battle Unfolds at GM Silao Plant

By Antonio Gozain | Wed, 02/02/2022 - 16:25

Mexico’s labor democratic life could experience an inflection point, as more than 6,000 General Motors workers in Silao, Guanajuato, are voting to elect a new union. The Independent Syndicate of National Workers (SINTTIA) is aiming to beat the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM), which has held the contract for 25 years. Meanwhile, Kavak announced a US$103.92 million investment to continue its expansion plans in Brazil.

 

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Chinese Automaker Chirey to Arrive in Mexico


Chinese automaker Chirey, also popularly known as Chery, announced its arrival to Mexico where it will offer three to-be-announced SUVs that have already been shipped to the country. These three SUVs will be used to carry out market research in Mexico.

North American International Auto Show Returns

After two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will return on Sep. 14-25, 2022, announced organizers.

Lyft Grows Mexico City Team; Will Not Offer Rideshare Services

Rideshare mobile application Lyft continues growing its Mexico City engineering team, tripling its workforce. Despite rumors, the company has confirmed that it does not have immediate plans to offer rideshare services in Mexico.

GM Mexico Union Vote Begins with Key Labor Implications

Nearly 6,300 General Motors workers in Silao, Guanajuato, will elect a new union this week as SINTTIA aims to beat CTM, which has held the contract for 25 years.

The vote is one of the first under USMCA’s labor reform and aims to “help improve pay by breaking the grip of unions that critics say signed deals with companies behind workers' backs,” reported Reuters. In Sept. 2021, CTM lost against the Autonomous Confederation of Workers and Employees (CATEM) in Nissan’s Aguascalientes plant. The voting represented an “inflection point” in Mexico’s labor democratic life, said Pedro Haces, General Secretary, CATEM.

Vehicle Financing Remains Far from Pre-Pandemic Levels: AMDA

New vehicle financing is slowly recovering but remains far from pre-pandemic levels due to Mexico’s economic stagnation and the legalization of “chocolate” cars, impacting sales across the country, said industry experts.

Kavak Continues Expanding in Brazil


Through investments in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Kavak has shifted gears to make Brazil its primary targeted market in the face of growing crises in the Mexican used-vehicle sales industry. The platform for used-car sales announced a US$103.92 million investment to expand to Rio de Janeiro in the coming months.

With the newest investment, Kavak transitioned towards making Brazil its targeted main market by the end of 2022. Through a press release, the company stated its goals of offering over 4,000 vehicles for purchase by the end of the year and to launch 11 new support facilities during the coming months.

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Antonio Gozain Antonio Gozain Journalist and Industry Analyst