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Why lower oil prices might not be good for automakers

Posted 7:02 am U.S. ET, Dec. 2
blogs Dave Guilford is a news editor at Automotive News.
 
Oil prices have fallen precipitously, from over $100 per barrel last summer to under $70 for some types of crude. You can find some predictions that the price will go as low as $40. Despite the rich retail sales mix that follows lower gas prices, this may not be entirely good for the auto industry. Car-shoppers are understandably more inclined to buy a bigger vehicle the ...
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Ghosn sets the record straight on price-fixing conspiracy

Posted 12:53 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 20
NEW YORK -- In our package of stories on supplier price-fixing published Monday, one report said Carlos Ghosn inadvertently created the bid-rigging tradition. The argument went thus: Ghosn arrived in 1999 as CEO of Nissan and broke up the cozy keiretsu culture, demanding competitive bidding. In response, suppliers started price fixing. It’s an intriguing scenario. ...
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Lower gas prices, longer alt-power payback

Posted 3:32 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 5
A couple weeks ago on vacation, I encountered $2.69 per gallon gasoline in Virginia. Subsequently I’ve enjoyed seeing fill-ups cost $10 to $15 less than I’ve come to expect. As a consumer, I like that. I’m sure that people selling bigger vehicles do, too. But one group probably isn’t cheering: Anyone marketing alternative powertrain vehicles. The ...
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Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream

Posted 1:06 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 3
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Wolfgang Schneider's title with Ford of Europe.  PARIS -- Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights. Then the two countries decided to allow each other’s cars on their streets. Eventually, says Schneider, Ford of Europe’ ...
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Will the customer buy what governments demand?

Posted 7:30 am U.S. ET, Oct. 2
PARIS -- Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change. Stadler's not looking for a break from meeting standards like the U.S. 54.5 mpg CAFÉ goal, or the European Union's target of 95 gr ...
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Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings

Posted 10:10 am U.S. ET, July 23
Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine. The EPA seems to be feeling the heat over its miles-per-gallon ratings, which adorn new-car window stickers. As just about anyone who has checked their fuel economy can attest, EPA numbers are at best rough indicators of actual perfo ...
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Despite Ford's apology, recent mpg downgrades are troubling

Posted 3:32 pm U.S. ET, June 18
When Ford Motor Co. lowered window-sticker mpg ratings for six vehicles last week, it was refreshingly forthright. As Raj Nair, group vice president for global product development, put it: “This was our mistake, plain and simple, and we apologize to our customers for it.” That was candid and appropriate. But, frankly, there’s a troubling undercurrent in ...
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At Chrysler Group, 2 brands seek new frontiers

Posted 7:15 am U.S. ET, April 17
NEW YORK -- From the moment that Fiat’s Sergio Marchionne pulled off the audacious deal to gain control of a deeply damaged Chrysler Group in 2009, the new ownership has confounded expectations. The company’s very survival has surprised many observers, of course. So has its continuing streak of sales increases, now at 48 months of year-over-year gains. And the ...
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Autos' enthusiasm for emerging markets hits brakes

Posted 2:11 pm U.S. ET, April 15
NEW YORK -- It’s been common for years to hear that emerging markets will power global growth in auto sales. Global automakers have jostled to position themselves for that growth, particularly in the much-touted BRIC markets -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. But that growth formula has been looking a little less solid lately. Tension with Russia over the annexati ...
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Ford Mustang rolls into Geneva with glow

Posted 8:47 pm U.S. ET, March 3
GENEVA -- If you couldn't tell by the two 1965 Mustang convertibles and the display of diecast Mustang models outside Ford's press reception on the eve of the Geneva auto show press days …Or the Mustang keychains Ford's guests received …And if the bold yellow 2015 Mustang GT prototype sitting in the middle of the party didn't clue you in…Ford executive ...
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For BMW, a Tesla makes a 'nice snowplow'

Posted 1:09 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 24
NEW ORLEANS -- Quick now: If your automaker were launching a stylish, premium electric vehicle -- or a plug-in hybrid -- chock-full of new tech, who would your main competition be?Might it be the only EV maker of note to survive that segment's shakeout? You know, the company that attracts headlines about twice a week.Tesla, in other words?Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of Nor ...
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GM blazes a new trail with a product expert as CEO

Posted 11:08 am U.S. ET, Dec. 10
Mary Barra’s appointment as CEO of General Motors is getting national attention because she will be the first female leader of a major U.S. car company.Rightfully so. It’s a boost for women in the industry and a significant -- if overdue -- milestone. It may even help GM shed a bit of its “Detroit dinosaur” image.But another aspect of the move is eq ...
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