Deflation is the economy's version of a vicious cycle. As prices fall, so do wages and profits. Demand, consumption and production also fall. Jobs are cut. Consumers put off purchases . The negative forces feed off of each other.
For the first time ever, the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study has found America's automakers build new models with fewer problems than their foreign competitors.
Most General Motors' U.S. plants will forego traditional summer shutdowns to help meet buyer demand for popular models, the automaker said Thursday.
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Despite a woeful track record in the U.S. In the last ten years, they haven't given up on winning over Americans. In fact, the folks at VW believe they can eventually sell a million vehicles here in the U.S. It's an ambitious goal for a company that sold roughly 300,000 (including it's luxury line Audi) here last year.
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They're all increasing production. Building more cars and trucks, gearing up for what we've been told to expect: a steady increase in auto sales. But increasingly, there are indications we may not see a summer surge.
When Ford CEO Alan Mulally joined me on "Squawk Box" Friday for an extended conversation about where the Blue Oval is today and where it's headed, he didn't shy away from proclaiming the Lincoln brand must provide a true world class experience for buyers.
Bye-bye, indeed, Miss American Pie. If General Motors has its way, you won’t be driving your Chevy to the levee ever again.
Looking for a good chuckle? Read the New York Times article from today outlining how GM sent a memo to employees suggesting they stop saying Chevy when referring to Chevrolet.
On the surface, the massive number of models recalled and the threat of vehicle fires has people asking, "Are GM and Chrysler now going down the same path as Toyota earlier this year?"
General Motors said Tuesday it was recalling about 1.5 million vehicles worldwide to address a problem with a heated windshield wiper fluid system that could cause a fire.
You'd think by now the message would be clear: Ed Whitacre Jr. is not going to stop making changes. Once again, he shook up the management at the automaker. And once again, people are asking why Whitacre keeps moving executives around—and whether or not he knows what he's doing.
There has long been a belief in the auto industry that as pick-up truck sales go, so goes the broader economy. After all, as business and spending picks up, the folks who drive pickups (contractors, builders, small business operators) are likely to buys a new work truck. And for the most part, the historical evidence points to truck sales and housing starts trending up or down together.
South Korean SUV maker Ssangyong Motor, said on Friday it had shortlisted six out of seven firms submitting letters of intent to buy the troubled carmaker, under court-led restructuring since early 2009.
It's no secret that the major auto companies knocked it out of the park with their May sales. But dig a little deeper into the numbers, and you can find some even better signs of strength for certain areas of the economy.
As brand deaths go, the demise of Mercury is being met with a collective shrug of the shoulders. Aside from the 276 Lincoln/Mercury dealers who are losing half their sales, few others will care that Mercury is leaving the Ford orbit.
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A year ago, who would have thought GM would be where it is today? A year ago, as then GM CEO Fritz Henderson walked into bankruptcy court, who thought GM would be profitable, and still #1 in the U.S. in the middle of 2010? A year ago, who figured the people guiding GM would be a former analyst on Wall Street and the former CFO of Microsoft?
Remember when Ford CEO Alan Mulally took the top job at America's number two automaker in 2006? Four years later, Mulally is delivering better results than many ever expected, and he's transformed Ford into a company that looks (and runs) a lot like Toyota in the late 90's.