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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. ... Continue reading "Ghosn sets the record straight on price-fixing conspiracy" » Nov 20, 2014 12:53 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Lower gas prices, longer alt-power payback" » Nov 5, 2014 3:32 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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’ ... Continue reading "Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream" » Oct 3, 2014 1:06 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Will the customer buy what governments demand?" » Oct 2, 2014 7:30 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings" » Jul 23, 2014 10:10 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Despite Ford's apology, recent mpg downgrades are troubling" » Jun 18, 2014 3:32 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ...