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Automakers can stop supplier price-fixing now, but will they?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 22
blogs Philip Nussel is online editor at Automotive News.
 
The U.S. Department of Justice has assessed $2.4 billion in fines on 32 auto parts suppliers and charged 46 individuals -- nearly all of them Japanese -- in the largest antitrust prosecution in U.S. history. That’s just in the United States. The practice is a global epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes invest ...
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How smaller states can challenge Texas in the pickup wars

Posted 12:09 pm U.S. ET, June 25
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- When it comes to selling pickups in the United States, the obvious centerpiece market is Texas. Last year, 322,000 new pickups were registered there -- or 15 percent of all 2.1 million pickups sold nationwide, according to IHS Automotive data. Texas, in terms of sales volume and marketing panache, dwarfs all others. But in the profitable, ...
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A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?

Posted 3:44 pm U.S. ET, April 15
If a company changes its head of public relations in the midst of a public relations crisis that stems from a recall crisis, does that not send a certain message? Yes, unless the company is General Motors. On Monday, GM parted ways with Selim Bingol, its head of public relations -- but, for whatever reason, said it was not related to the company’s festering public ...
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Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

Posted 3:23 pm U.S. ET, April 9
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board that it’s an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure. The UAW clearly has a case in contesting its lo ...
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Will analysts' expectations continue to rule the economy?

Posted 3:02 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 7
We've all known for years that analyst speculation is more important than any real numbers put out by companies or the government. And based on the way the financial media report the numbers, it seems abundantly clear that analysts' expectations can never be wrong.Or could that be changing, maybe just a teensy bit?This week General Motors said it pulled down a healthy $913 ...
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With $1.8 billion in fines, it's time to compensate consumers for price-fixing

Posted 2:02 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 27
In an era when the U.S. government gets criticized for high taxes and trillion-dollar deficits, let's give the feds credit where credit is due -- extracting $1.8 billion in criminal fines from the automotive supply chain. And counting.Kudos to the antitrust police for uncovering rampant price fixing, but when do the victims of this massive fraud get some justice? When does ...
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