Vehicle sales remained strong in 2019

Jan 6, 2020
In the aftermath of the Great Recession there's no way anyone would have predicted sales this robust.
This photo shows a Ford logo on a front bumper as Ford 2018 and 2019 F-150 trucks sit on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company's Rouge Complex on September 27, 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan.

Do people really buy cars as holiday gifts?

Dec 5, 2019
It might be a good time to find a bargain, but that present might not be appreciated.
The Lexus "December to Remember" event has been running since 1999.

The "van life" movement reaches businesses

Aug 29, 2019
Ford looked into why sales of its Transit van were higher among small businesses and found mobile storefronts replacing brick and mortar.
Pewabic Pottery, in Detroit, MI, modified a van to create a traveling exhibition space with portable ceramic firing kilns.

Slowing growth in China a concern to global companies

Jul 15, 2019
Global automakers, to take one example, are finding the downward trend concerning.
Boxes of photoelectric board products are cased at the Tianwei Yingli Green Energy Resources plant in Baoding, China.
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If Tesla makes a less fancy SUV... can it make it faster?

Mar 18, 2019
The new Model Y is — technically — a lot like the Model 3.
Courtesy of Tesla

Disability rights advocates sue Uber over inaccessibility

Jul 20, 2017
Disability Rights Advocates filed a class-action lawsuit against Uber.

What does Volvo’s big electric car announcement have to do with China? A lot.

Jul 5, 2017
Volvo is the first major car company to announce when it will stop developing cars that run on good ol’ internal combustion engines. Starting in 2019, all of Volvo’s new models will be hybrids or electric vehicles. The company has its origins in Sweden, but it’s been owned by Chinese carmaker Geely since 2009. You […]

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Climate agreement isn't dead for U.S. automakers

Jun 2, 2017
Microsoft, Shell, GE and Cargill are among those warning that President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change will put U.S. companies at a disadvantage. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Auto-loan market starting to spook lenders

May 12, 2017
The state of the auto loan market is causing some concern among analysts. Many are drawing comparisons with the mortgage-lending crisis that figured largely in the financial crash of 2008. At issue is the growing number of riskier, subprime loans. Default rates are going up too.  And lenders are starting to get spooked.  Click the […]

Mexico’s buoyant exports prompt cheer and fear

May 11, 2017
Mexico’s auto exports to the U.S. are up this year. And with the Trump administration talking tough on trade deficits and the need to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, that could be a problem for our neighbor to the south.   Click the audio player above to hear the full story.