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LADSON, S.C. -- A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler.
This is where Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter cargo vans are reassembled after being fully built and tested in Dusseldorf, Germany.
It’s the “chicken tax” at work.
After ... Continue reading "Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax" » Nov 18, 2014 11:15 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. won’t become a global template because they fall short of what is already required in Europe to keep driver data safe, a lawyer specializing on topic says.
BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen agreed on Nov. 12 to industrywide principles to handle consu ... Continue reading "U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe" » Nov 17, 2014 4:56 am U.S. ET Post Comment
I’m remodeling my kitchen, and I can’t help but notice how buying a countertop is like buying a car.
Both are expensive and time-consuming purchases. And ultimately, my satisfaction will not rest on a granite, quartz or laminate countertop. It will come from other fuzzy, nontangible factors such as my rapport with the salesperson, the service I get from the in ... Continue reading "Great product isn't the only ingredient for making happy customers" » Nov 14, 2014 3:48 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Hope remains among opposers of the “disparate impact” theory that the U.S. Supreme Court could ultimately rule against the theory in court, maybe in 2015.
Law firm Ballard Spahr even described the disparate impact theory as “on the ropes” in a online article not long ago because a federal district court recently ruled against the theory in a case i ... Continue reading "‘Disparate impact’ opposition sees hope" » Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
DEARBORN -- When Ford Motor Co. transformed the body shop at its Dearborn truck plant in Michigan from making the F-150 pickup body from steel to aluminum, it had a major beneficial effect on Ron Ketelhut’s wardrobe budget.
Now that there are no longer any big robot-mounted welding guns throwing off showers of sparks, Ketelhut doesn’t have to worry about getti ... Continue reading "On the line, new F-150 is good for workers, not so ideal for haberdashers" » Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
For 11 years, Jean Averill’s family had no idea that her death was connected to a defective ignition switch.
For the past five months, Averill’s name sat in a footnote at the bottom of Page 103 in the Valukas report, which details the findings of General Motors’ investigation into that defective ignition switch. But her name, and the name of every other ... Continue reading "GM victim's family left in the dark with compensation clock ticking" » Nov 11, 2014 4:12 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
We are gathered here today to pay our respects to Saab.
The deceased Swedish automaker’s lasting legacy is not the unconventional place it put the ignition switch. It isn’t the blackout feature that allowed the driver to turn off all the instrument lights except the speedometer, nor is it the clamshell hood or any other quirky Saab feature.
Saab’s contr ... Continue reading "Why turbocharger fans owe Saab a thank-you" » Nov 11, 2014 11:30 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Self-driving cars are coming, but few people will hand over control to the vehicle unless the computer can match the way they like to drive.
The good news is that there is a surprisingly small level of variance in what most people consider acceptable for certain key situations, said connected driving expert Floris van de Klashorst of Nokia subsidiary HERE.
He told the Te ... Continue reading "How to humanize autonomous driving" » Nov 11, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
As Jim Farley prepares to run Ford of Europe, staff in sales and marketing at the automaker’s headquarters in Dearborn are getting ready to greet current Europe boss Stephen Odell, who will replace Farley as global head of sales, service and marketing on Jan. 1.
The change says a lot about Ford today.
Farley is considered a marketing wunderkind. But I don’t t ... Continue reading "Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful" » Nov 10, 2014 7:17 am U.S. ET Post Comment
You’re rich, hot, single and on the prowl -- in a Lincoln.
That’s right: A Lincoln, baby!
Apparently, sleek product redesign and TV spots featuring handsome movie star Matthew McConaughey are resonating among some wealthy singletons.
LUXY, a new dating app, has compiled and ranked its 25,000 users’ top luxury auto brand preferences. It d ... Continue reading "What the rich and single drive these days" » Nov 9, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
ATLANTA -- When my friend and former colleague Donna Harris left Automotive News in 2011, she suggested I get to know retailer Joe Herman. I talked to him on the phone here and there over the next couple of years -- he was always helpful and accessible -- but I never met Joe in person until early this year at the NADA convention in New Orleans.
We made plans to meet on Su ... Continue reading "Joe Herman's lessons about the business will live on" » Nov 8, 2014 9:46 am U.S. ET Post Comment