Philip Nussel


How to stop supplier price fixing now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Supplier price fixing is a global epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. Automakers can make it all stop right now, but will they?... Read More »



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

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
Auto supplier price-fixing is a global criminal epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. The auto industry can make it all stop right now, but will they?... Read More »



How smaller states can challenge Texas in the pickup wars

12:09 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
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.... Read More »



A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
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.... Read More »



Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
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.... Read More »



Will analysts' expectations continue to rule the economy?

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2014
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?... Read More »



With $1.8 billion in fines, it's time to compensate consumers for price-fixing

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2013
Kudos to the federal antitrust police for uncovering rampant price fixing throughout the automotive supply chain, but when do the victims of this massive fraud get some justice? When does the consumer collect damages? Is Uncle Sam planning to keep this money? The bottom line: the consumer should be made whole.... Read More »


Automotive News realigns editorial structure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Automotive News has appointed Dave Versical director of the newsroom's editorial operations, Rick Johnson editor of the print publication and Philip Nussel editor of Read More »



Why GM should go all out with hot spots

1:43 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2013
If General Motors wants to take the industry lead in installing Internet hot spots in its vehicles in coming years, then it should go all out. GM needs to make the cable industry uncomfortable by making these hot spots robust enough to become householdwide connections while the vehicles are parked in a garage.... Read More »



How Romney could attack Obama's auto bailout

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2012
Most voters know that Republican presidential challenger and Michigan native Mitt Romney is a businessman with a lifetime connection to the auto industry. So one must wonder why Romney's attacks on President Obama's auto bailout have been filled with inaccuracies when he still has plenty of more credible ammunition to work with.... Read More »



The Bailout Truth Squad throws a flag

3:20 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2012
In our relentless effort to protect the truth during an election year, the Auto Bailout Truth Squad has convened again this week. Today we look at a story from Bloomberg on Wednesday that stemmed from a TV interview conducted with Harvey Golub, the former chairman of the bailed-out financial and insurance giant AIG.... Read More »



Why GM can't rid itself of 'Government Motors'

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2012
Ever since the Bush and Obama administrations bailed out General Motors in 2008 and 2009, the automaker has tried to shed the insidious moniker "Government Motors." It hasn't been easy. Take the timing of a press release such as the one GM put out Thursday. It's natural grist for the conspiracy mill.... Read More »



Why the governors’ plan is good for taxpayers, automakers

11:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2012
When the leaders of Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Tennessee appeared at the 2012 Management Briefing Seminars here on Wednesday to say that they were forming the bi-partisan National Governors Auto Caucus, there was reason to hope this might be something more than political grandstanding.... Read More »



Can Lego be the answer for Generation N?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2012
As automakers yearn to return to the days of 16 million-plus annual vehicle sales, one of the annoying realities they face is convincing the next generation to drive in the first place. A recent report by industry consulting firm AlixPartners labeled this young generation of drivers Generation N, as in “neutral about driving.” So how can the industry combat this generational ambivalence to driving? Lego.... Read More »



The most powerful force in the auto industry? Analysts' expectations

3:49 pm U.S. ET | May 10, 2012
Never mind the influence of CEOs, political leaders, military generals, the head of the Federal Reserve or the top economists in the academic world. If you read the financial media like I do for a living, you can logically conclude that the most powerful and important people in the world are Wall Street analysts.... Read More »



How GM's industrial accident became an election year story

2:59 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2012
Almost as soon as reports surfaced today about an explosion at GM's battery-testing lab, there was breathless discussion in the media of this being another alleged problem for the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid.... Read More »


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