auto http://michiganradio.org en Where do auto museums flourish? Surprisingly, not in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/where-do-auto-museums-flourish-surprisingly-not-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are many different auto museums – some dedicated to displaying cars with unique engineering and designs, and others dedicated to displaying the automobile’s impact on society.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's auto museums have had&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">little success.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flint’s "Autoworld"&nbsp;theme park closed two years after opening, and the Walter P. Chrysler Museum closed its doors recently.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Europe has had a different experience.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Autostadt, which means “auto city” in German, is in&nbsp;Wolfsburg, Germany. It averages about two million visitors per year. BMW and Porsche also have notable museums in Germany.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why do auto museums in Europe succeed, while those in the auto capital of the world have not?</span></p><p>“Europeans seem to have such a deep bond with their vehicles,” says Paul&nbsp;Eisenstein, publisher of &nbsp;<em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">The Detroit Bureau</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. “They are seemingly more interested in the mechanicals and what have you. They have a tendency to be drawn to automotive exhibits, museums, parks, and everything at a much greater rate than Americans are.”</span></p><p><em>*Listen to our interview with Eisenstein at 3 p.m. today. We'll post the audio for that interview here around 4:30 p.m.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:01:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 18237 at http://michiganradio.org Where do auto museums flourish? Surprisingly, not in Michigan "Autoworld" opened its doors in Flint 30 years ago http://michiganradio.org/post/autoworld-opened-its-doors-flint-30-years-ago <p></p><p>30 years ago, "Autoworld" opened its doors on July 4, 1984 in Flint, Michigan.</p><p>It was an indoor theme park and museum dedicated to preserving and spreading automotive achievements. &nbsp;</p><p>Bill Shea, editor and reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, said that the attraction wasn’t that popular and visitors were confused about what Autoworld was.</p><p>Was it supposed to be a museum or a theme park?</p><p>This led people to ask why a group of people invested $80 million into the endeavor.</p><p>Organizers hoped&nbsp;Autoworld&nbsp;would revitalize the inner city of Flint, develop Michigan’s tourism industry, and preserve the automotive history in the city.</p><p>But, in 1987, the attraction closed its doors permanently. Here's a video of them imploding the building from ABC News:</p><p>http://youtu.be/TOmifOLSSRs</p><p>*<em>You can hear our interview with Bill Shea today at 3 p.m. We'll add the interview to this post at 4:30 p.m.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:49:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 18236 at http://michiganradio.org "Autoworld" opened its doors in Flint 30 years ago GM donates robots to Oakland Community College http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-donates-robots-oakland-community-college <div>The robotics students at Oakland Community College are getting a gift today.&nbsp;</div><p></p><p>General Motors is donating robots that were once used to make cars on its assembly plant floors. They are going to the school's industrial robotics program at the Auburn Hills campus.&nbsp;</p><p>The equipment is valued at $20,000 &nbsp;and will be used for hands-on training for students learning how to program and maintain robots. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:47:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18016 at http://michiganradio.org GM donates robots to Oakland Community College GM restructuring engineering in response to recall http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-restructuring-engineering-response-recall <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p>DETROIT – General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.</p><p>GM says the new investigators will more than double the size of its current team, to 55.</p><p>The company is also dividing its global vehicle engineering organization into two sections. A product integrity section will oversee vehicle and engine engineering as well as safety, while a separate department will oversee parts engineering and advanced vehicle development.</p><p>GM's product development chief Mark Reuss says the changes were made to ensure that potential problems are spotted and handled more quickly.</p><p>The government is investigating why it took GM more than a decade to recall small cars with a defective ignition switch.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:31:29 +0000 The Associated Press 17319 at http://michiganradio.org GM restructuring engineering in response to recall GM puts two engineers on paid leave in wake of ignition switch problem http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-puts-two-engineers-paid-leave-wake-ignition-switch-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two engineers have been put on paid leave at General Motors as the company has an outside attorney investigate why it took more than 10 years for GM to recall millions of cars with faulty ignition switches.</span></p><p>GM says the switches have been linked to at least 13 deaths.</p><p>More on the suspension of the engineers from the Associated Press:</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:57:40 +0000 Mark Brush 17183 at http://michiganradio.org GM puts two engineers on paid leave in wake of ignition switch problem Car companies that innovate have the edge, says study http://michiganradio.org/post/car-companies-innovate-have-edge-says-study <p align="LEFT">It's a car-eat-car world out there, and Boston Consulting Group says the competition is only going to get more fierce.</p><p align="LEFT">BCG's new study finds that companies that are more innovative will have an important competitive advantage.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Analyst Xavier Mosquet says a majority of people say they want to buy a car from a company they perceive as innovative.</p><p align="LEFT">But, it&nbsp;may not&nbsp;be easy to meet their expectations.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:13:09 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16329 at http://michiganradio.org Car companies that innovate have the edge, says study Fiat and Chrysler reorganize under a new name http://michiganradio.org/post/fiat-and-chrysler-reorganize-under-new-name <p>Remember "DaimlerChrysler"? Well, that didn't go so well.</p><p>Maybe "Fiat Chrysler Automobiles" will fare much better.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company that owns Chrysler Group LLC, Fiat SpA, <a href="http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=15290&amp;mid=1">announced </a>the name change today:&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, the Board of Directors of Fiat S.p.A. (“Fiat”) approved a corporate reorganization and the formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (“FCA”) as a fully-integrated global automaker...</span></p><p>In order to establish a true peer to the major global automotive groups, in both scale and capital market appeal, the Board has decided to establish Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., organized in the Netherlands, as the parent company of the Group. FCA’s common shares will be listed in New York and Milan.</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The newly formed company's stock will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Current Fiat shareholders will receive one share of&nbsp;FCA&nbsp;for each Fiat share they're holding.</span></p><p>The newly named company released its new logo as well today. A logo <a href="http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?&amp;id=15291&amp;mid=1">they say</a> "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">lends itself to an extraordinary range of symbolic interpretations."</span></p><p>CEO of Fiat and Chrysler Sergio Marchionne&nbsp;called the corporate reorganization "one of the most important days in my career at Fiat and Chrysler."</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:20:54 +0000 Mark Brush 16229 at http://michiganradio.org Fiat and Chrysler reorganize under a new name Looking at the year ahead for the auto industry http://michiganradio.org/post/looking-year-ahead-auto-industry <p>The 2014 North American International Auto Show is just around the corner.</p><p>Reporters from around the world will descend on Detroit's Cobo Center next week for the media preview days, the big black-tie Charity Preview is on Jan. 17, and the doors open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 18.</p><p>With that in mind, we wanted to see what the upcoming year might bring for the auto industry. For that we turn to Michelle Krebs from <u><a href="Edmunds.com">Edmunds.com</a>,&nbsp;</u>and Michigan Radio’s auto reporter, Tracy Samilton.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:32:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 15899 at http://michiganradio.org Looking at the year ahead for the auto industry What does GM's first female CEO mean for the auto industry? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-does-gms-first-female-ceo-mean-auto-industry <div><p>She began her career at General Motors as an engineering co-op student in 1980.</p><p>33 years later, Mary Barra has made history by being named the next CEO of GM — the first time a woman has been placed in the top spot of a major automaker.</p><p>GM made the groundbreaking announcement today that CEO Dan Akerson has moved up his retirement to January 15, after discovering his wife is battling advanced-stage cancer.</p><p>But who is Mary Barra, and what does this appointment mean to America's auto industry?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:15:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 15628 at http://michiganradio.org What does GM's first female CEO mean for the auto industry? What will be fueling your car in the future? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-will-be-fueling-your-car-future <p>Hydrogen fuel cells, compressed natural gas, all-electric… what kind of cars are we going to be driving in a few years?</p><p>The LA Auto Show wrapped up… and the next big show is the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit in January.</p><p>There, of course, is a lot of well-orchestrated hype at these big auto shows. If you’re looking for a clear direction on what we’ll be driving in the future, it’s still a mixed bag. But, new advances are dominated by efficiency improvements in the internal combustion engine. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 15497 at http://michiganradio.org What will be fueling your car in the future? The most popular car in Michigan is the Ford Fusion http://michiganradio.org/post/most-popular-car-michigan-ford-fusion <p>That's according to <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/best-selling-car-in-every-state-map-2013-11#ixzz2lImYvrsb">Business Insider</a>.&nbsp;Alex Davies and Mike Nudelman&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">produced a map for the magazine showing top car choices in each state using data from Kelley Blue Book.</span></p><p>KBB looked at data going back to the beginning of this year.</p><p>Michigan was unique in it's "top car" choice. Most everywhere else, the Ford F-Series of trucks were the most popular. Here are some other states that broke the Ford truck trend.</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">But Americans elsewhere have different tastes: Florida and Maryland went for the Toyota Camry. Hawaii liked the Toyota Tacoma. Oklahoma bucked the geographic trend — the most popular car there is the Nissan Altima sedan.</span></p></blockquote><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:32:19 +0000 Mark Brush 15374 at http://michiganradio.org The most popular car in Michigan is the Ford Fusion Winning Packard plant online auction bid tops $6M http://michiganradio.org/post/winning-packard-plant-online-auction-bid-tops-6m <p>DETROIT (AP) - A former car plant and symbol of Detroit's economic decline appears to have sold for just over $6 million at a tax foreclosure auction to a bidder from Texas.<br /><br />The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report that someone registered as Jill Van Horn of Ennis, Texas, put in the winning bid during Friday's online public auction for the Packard plant.<br /><br />The auction opened on October 8th at $21,000. The full bid amount is due by the end of Monday.<br /> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15007 at http://michiganradio.org Woodward Dream Cruise, Back to the Bricks lure classic car lovers http://michiganradio.org/post/woodward-dream-cruise-back-bricks-lure-classic-car-lovers <p>BERKLEY, Mich. (AP) - A big day has dawned in Michigan for classic car enthusiasts in the state that put America on wheels.<br><br>The Woodward Dream Cruise officially kicks off Saturday. But the rides - and the legions of folks who love them - have been out for days already along the Detroit-area thoroughfare.<br><br>It's the 19th year for the free event, which is hosted by numerous Oakland County communities along the route.<br> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14035 at http://michiganradio.org Woodward Dream Cruise, Back to the Bricks lure classic car lovers Henry Ford at 150 http://michiganradio.org/post/henry-ford-150 <p>Ford Motor Company celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford this week.</p><p></p><p>Bill Ford, Jr. is Henry Ford's great-grandson, and Executive Chairman of the company</p><p></p><p>Ford says the founder would have been pleased that his company is still a family business, 150 years later.</p><p></p><p>“I know Henry Ford would have been incredibly proud of the way his grandchildren led the company through the most difficult times,” says Ford</p><p></p><p>Ford Motor Company took out a $24 billion loan in 2006, using its trademark blue oval as part of the collateral.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:11:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 13724 at http://michiganradio.org Henry Ford at 150 Infographic gives us a short history of the U.S. auto industry http://michiganradio.org/post/infographic-gives-us-short-history-us-auto-industry <p>We here at Michigan Radio follow the ups and downs of the U.S. auto industry.</p><p>Our auto reporter, Tracy Samilton, stays on top of the recalls, the TARP money, and the competition from overseas.</p><p>But there's nothing like stepping back for a little perspective.</p><p>This infographic&nbsp;by BizBrain.org gives us a snapshot of the U.S. auto industry over the last 90 years.</p><p>Let us know if you think anything major is missing from this timeline.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Mark Brush 13449 at http://michiganradio.org Infographic gives us a short history of the U.S. auto industry Courting buyers for GM's old properties in Flint, Genesee County http://michiganradio.org/post/courting-buyers-gms-old-properties-flint-genesee-county <p>The man leading the effort to clean up and dispose of General Motors’ vacant properties says more potential buyers are showing interest.</p><p></p><p>Elliot Laws is the Administrative Trustee of the RACER Trust. &nbsp;&nbsp;RACER stands for “Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response.”&nbsp; The trust was created during GM’s bankruptcy.</p><p></p><p>Laws says interest in the old GM plant sites is rising along with the economy.</p><p></p><p>“There’s a lot of cash out there for people to invest,” says Laws, “They’ve been holding onto trying to see what’s going to happen.”</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:26:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 13249 at http://michiganradio.org Courting buyers for GM's old properties in Flint, Genesee County Chrysler officials change their minds, will go forward with Jeep recall http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-officials-change-their-minds-will-go-forward-jeep-recall <p>It was called a "<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130617/BUSINESS0103/306170146/chrysler-jeep-nhtsa-recall-grand-cherokee-liberty">rare and risky</a>" move to refuse a recall after the government requested it, but it seemed Chrysler was poised to do just that today.</p><p>Now, <a href="http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=14433&amp;mid=2">the automaker says</a>&nbsp;executives have "resolved their differences" with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will voluntarily recall the vehicles in question.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:05:59 +0000 Mark Brush 13113 at http://michiganradio.org Chrysler officials change their minds, will go forward with Jeep recall IHS buys Southfield company, R.L. Polk & Co. for $1.4 billion http://michiganradio.org/post/ihs-buys-southfield-company-rl-polk-co-14-billion <p><a href="http://www.ihs.com/index.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">IHS Inc.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced on Monday that they would buy the automotive data firm </span><a href="https://www.polk.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">R.L. Polk &amp; Co</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. for $1.4 billion.</span></p><p>Polk has a long history in southeast Michigan.</p><p>Founded in 1870 in Detroit, the company started keeping statistical data on the automotive industry in the 1920s.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:20:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12992 at http://michiganradio.org IHS buys Southfield company, R.L. Polk & Co. for $1.4 billion Your government owns 16% of GM, officials hope to own less soon http://michiganradio.org/post/your-government-owns-16-gm-officials-hope-own-less-soon <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/government-motors-no-more">Late last year</a>, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced it would sell all its remaining stock in General Motors in 12 to 15 months.</p><p>Today, the Treasury is announcing a plan for another big sell-off.</p><p>Officials say, "subject to market conditions," they intend to sell 30 million additional shares of GM common stock "in conjunction with GM’s inclusion to the S&amp;P 500 index effective as of the close of trading on June 6, 2013."</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:37:44 +0000 Mark Brush 12891 at http://michiganradio.org Your government owns 16% of GM, officials hope to own less soon Ford owners sue, saying EcoBoost engine defective http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-owners-sue-saying-ecoboost-engine-defective <p>DETROIT (AP) - Three Ohio drivers are suing Ford Motor Co., claiming the company's six-cylinder EcoBoost engine is defective.<br><br>The lawsuit says the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine can shudder, shake and rapidly lose power while drivers are trying to accelerate. It says more than 100 drivers have complained about the engine to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.<br><br>Ford has been selling vehicles equipped with the V6 EcoBoost since 2009. The engine is used on the F-150 pickup, Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans and the Explorer, Flex and Lincoln MKT utilities.<br> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:54:06 +0000 The Associated Press 12569 at http://michiganradio.org