Tag Archives: Ford Motor Co.

Could Rise in Auto Loan Delinquencies Signal Cooldown in Auto Industry?

The summer yielded mixed economic signals for the auto industry. On the plus side, U.S. unemployment rates and interest rates remain low. However, auto sales at several auto manufacturers, including Ford and GM, slipped in July. Analysts are also focusing on an increasing area of concern: auto loan delinquencies. Earlier this year, the total amount of auto loans … Continue reading this entry

Put Your Money Where Your Lidar Is

In November, CB Insights hosted a webinar entitled The Rise of Auto Tech: What’s Coming, Who’s Doing it, And Who Will Be Affected.” The webinar covered a number of topics related to auto tech, including funding trends and activity. The data reported by CB Insights, which covers the period from 2009 until October 27, 2015, … Continue reading this entry

Narrow Ratification Victory For UAW At Ford Marks End Of Long Strange Trip

The UAW recently announced that its members approved the tentative agreement with Ford by approximately 51%, just enough to ratify the agreement despite receiving greater benefits than the workers at both GM and Fiat Chrysler. Also on November 20, 2015, the UAW announced ratification with GM on its tentative agreement, after some minor changes for … Continue reading this entry

Ford UAW Workers Defy Logic Of Ricky Bobby With New Tentative Agreement

Suppliers Get Ready For Your Recalls
If you ain’t first, you’re last. Not so say the Ford UAW workers whose bargaining committee recently reached a new tentative agreement with Ford. While Ford was the last to reach a tentative agreement with the UAW, if the membership ratifies the tentative agreement, the UAW workers at Ford stand to receive a better overall … Continue reading this entry

Malcolm Gladwell Re-Thinks Automotive Safety in "The New Yorker"

OSHA Turns Its Sights on Auto Suppliers
Recent high-profile product liability lawsuits against automotive manufacturers have captured national attention. These cases have led to a renewed and heightened focus on automotive safety and, specifically, the guidelines and procedures used by automotive manufactures to determine whether to initiate a recall.… Continue reading this entry

EPA Announces It Will Release New Guidelines on Vehicle MPG Ratings

Sustainability Reporting Standards for the Automotive Industry
The EPA announced, on February 23, 2015, that it will release new guidelines for vehicle fuel economy testing. The new guidelines will apply next year and will address how vehicles should be prepared and broken in before fuel economy testing. The testing for fuel economy has not been updated in ten years, and the guidelines … Continue reading this entry

New Materials Look to Change What Our Cars are Made Of

Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus Cars, is said to have expressed his philosophy of car-building as: “Simplify, then add lightness.” While expanding safety regulations and consumer demands for technology and comfort make simplification a task easier said than done, automakers are taking the second part of Chapman’s dictum to heart, by using and developing … Continue reading this entry

Department of Energy Makes it Easier to Access Low-Interest Financing

The U.S. Department of Energy is overhauling a $16 billion low-interest financing program to fund new technologies such as efficient engines, lightweight materials, and low-friction tires. This program, titled the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, is being modified to further help suppliers access low-interest loans. In a recent announcement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that … Continue reading this entry

U.S. Exports Record Number of Vehicles in 2013

Almost two million! Never before in one year has the United States exported so many vehicles around the world. But, in 2014, they will do so according to the Detroit News. More impressively, the big three of Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., and Chrysler Group LLC account for more than half of those vehicles. The … Continue reading this entry