Auto http://michiganradio.org en Mark Fields to take the place of Alan Mulally as Ford CEO http://michiganradio.org/post/mark-fields-take-place-alan-mulally-ford-ceo <p>All signs point to a big change at Ford Motor Company.</p><p>Although the automaker has not made an official announcement, there is much speculation today that CEO Alan Mulally is reportedly ready to retire before the year is out and COO Mark Fields will ascend to the top spot.</p><p>Michigan Radio's auto reporter Tracy Samilton joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:05:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 17313 at http://michiganradio.org Mark Fields to take the place of Alan Mulally as Ford CEO 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 Reports: Ford Motor Co. to make CEO succession announcement http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-ford-motor-co-make-ceo-succession-announcement <p>The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and The Detroit News report that Ford Motor Company will soon announce that Mark Fields, Ford's Chief Operating Officer, will be its next CEO – and give a firm date for current CEO Alan Mulally's departure from the company he has led since 2006.</p><p>Mulally has consistently said he'd stay at the helm of the second-largest auto company in the U.S. until the end of 2014.&nbsp; But the reports say Mulally will now leave earlier.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:25:49 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17300 at http://michiganradio.org Reports: Ford Motor Co. to make CEO succession announcement Documents detail another delayed GM recall http://michiganradio.org/post/documents-detail-another-delayed-gm-recall <div>DETROIT (AP) - Government documents show that <a href="http://www.gm.com/">General Motors</a> waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration didn't seek a recall of the 2004-2007 compact cars even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:20 +0000 Associated Press 17287 at http://michiganradio.org Documents detail another delayed GM recall Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-wont-order-recalled-gm-cars-be-parked <p>DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos issued her order&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;in Corpus Christi. Attorney Robert Hilliard, who represents some owners, had argued that the GM cars could at any moment lose power and expose their occupants to serious injury or death.</p><p>GM had urged the court not to intervene and instead let a recall overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proceed. The carmaker said extensive testing had shown that if the recall instructions were followed, there was no risk that the ignition switch would fail.</p><p>GM has linked the switch to 13 deaths.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:43:57 +0000 The Associated Press 17269 at http://michiganradio.org Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked GM asks bankruptcy judge to look at its liability http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-asks-bankruptcy-judge-look-its-liability <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">General Motors is asking a bankruptcy judge in New York to take a look at its "shield" – the shield that protects it from liability lawsuits that stem from crashes or defects that happened before its bankruptcy.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veteran auto analyst Michelle Krebs joined us today.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She explained what GM is trying to find out.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:14:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 17258 at http://michiganradio.org GM asks bankruptcy judge to look at its liability Record high reached for fuel economy in the US; what comes next? http://michiganradio.org/post/record-high-reached-fuel-economy-us-what-comes-next <p></p><p>There was an encouraging <a href="http://www.umich.edu/~umtriswt/EDI_sales-weighted-mpg.html">report</a> last month from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute about fuel economy.</p><p>We hit a record high in February in terms of gas mileage for new vehicles sold in the U.S.: 25.2 miles per gallon. It's the fifth-straight month gas mileage for new vehicles has topped 25 mpg.</p><p>That got us wondering how we're faring in the quest to squeeze out better mileage from our cars and trucks, and in the quest to create electric, hybrid, natural gas and fuel-cell vehicles and technologies.</p><p>Charles Griffith is the climate and energy program director at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:12:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 17190 at http://michiganradio.org Record high reached for fuel economy in the US; what comes next? 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 Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a higher price http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-recall-cobalts-hhrs-are-selling-and-higher-price <p align="LEFT">A recall crisis at General Motors hasn't slowed sales of Cobalts, HHR's and other cars with a defective ignition switch.</p><p align="LEFT">In fact, the cars are selling for more than they did just a month or two ago.</p><p align="LEFT">Alec Gutierrez of Kelly Blue Book says used car prices go up in the spring.</p><p align="LEFT">"So, it's a matter of a rising tide lifting all boats," he says.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:09:34 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17123 at http://michiganradio.org Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a higher price The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall http://michiganradio.org/post/long-road-gms-ignition-switch-recall The new head of General Motors, Mary Barra, goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin two days of testimony.<p>It's the first time she'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.<p>At issue for the Detroit CEO is a classic question: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switch problems in its cars, and when did the company know it?<p>And just as important for GM and government regulators is the follow-up question: Why did no one act sooner?<p>In the recent history of General Motors, there's one car that s Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:42:43 +0000 Sonari Glinton 17059 at http://michiganradio.org The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall General Motors CEO to face gauntlet before Congress http://michiganradio.org/post/general-motors-ceo-face-gauntlet-congress <p></p><p align="LEFT">This week, General Motors&nbsp;CEO Mary Barra will testify in Washington about last month's recall for a defective ignition switch. The defect is linked to at least 13 deaths and 30 injuries. GM has&nbsp;known about it since at least 2004.</p><p align="LEFT">Testifying will be a test of Barra's leadership – she's been in charge of GM a mere two and a half months. But&nbsp;Barra may be unable to answer the most haunting question: Why did GM delay the recall for so long?</p><p align="LEFT">The question is on the minds of lots of customers, as well as politicians.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:24:01 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17039 at http://michiganradio.org General Motors CEO to face gauntlet before Congress United Auto Workers membership grows slightly http://michiganradio.org/post/united-auto-workers-membership-grows-slightly <div>NEW YORK (AP) - A filing with the U.S. Department of Labor shows <a href="http://uaw.org/">the United Auto Workers</a>' membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UAW's membership in 2013 was 391,415, compared to 382,513 in 2012. The union has been steadily adding members since 2009, when General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy.</span></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:21:57 +0000 Associated Press 17031 at http://michiganradio.org United Auto Workers membership grows slightly Ford CEO's pay up 11% to $23.2 million in 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-ceos-pay-11-232-million-2013 <p>DETROIT (AP) - Ford CEO Alan Mulally's compensation rose 11 percent to $23.2 million in 2013, as the company reported record profits in North America.<br /><br />Mulally earned $2 million in salary, the same as 2012. But he earned more in bonuses, at $5.9 million, and in stock and option awards, which totaled $14.7 million.<br /><br />The company's board said Mulally exceeded profit and cash flow targets. The company also earned a record pretax profit of $8.8 billion in North America.<br /> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:24:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17025 at http://michiganradio.org Ford CEO's pay up 11% to $23.2 million in 2013 GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-adding-824000-vehicles-ignition-recall <p>DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches.<br /><br />The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.<br /><br />The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall.<br /><br />GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding the recall to make sure it finds all the switches.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:12:32 +0000 The Associated Press 17022 at http://michiganradio.org GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall Daniel Howes on "old" GM, "new" GM, and Mary Barra http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-old-gm-new-gm-and-mary-barra <p>Next week will bring a big test for new GM CEO Mary Barra.</p><p>She will present herself to Congress for a two-day grilling over the ever-growing ignition switch crisis, a problem that GM says is linked to 12 deaths.</p><p>Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes thinks Barra has a whole lot of heavy lifting to do to get this "new" GM out of the shadow of the missteps of the "old" GM. He joined us today for our weekly check-in.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 17002 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on "old" GM, "new" GM, and Mary Barra New videos feature GM CEO Mary Barra on the delayed recall http://michiganradio.org/post/new-videos-feature-gm-ceo-mary-barra-delayed-recall <p>GM released four additional <a href="http://fastlane.gm.com/">videos</a> featuring CEO Mary Barra to try to answer the most common questions customers have about an ignition switch recall that was delayed for nearly 10 years.</p><p>The most pressing question is probably: "Is it safe to drive&nbsp;my car?"</p><p>GM has recalled more than 1.5 million late-model Cobalts, HHRs, Pontiac Solstices, Saturn Skys and Saturn Ions.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:55:08 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16992 at http://michiganradio.org New videos feature GM CEO Mary Barra on the delayed recall Are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-us-consumers-facing-recall-fatigue <p>General Motors has been in the headlines recently over its recall of more than 1.5 million vehicles due to ignition switch problems that are being blamed for some 13 deaths.</p><p>Toyota is also in the news after having agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle with the Justice Department over a delayed recall of millions of its vehicles.</p><p>But are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue?</p><p>Sonari Glinton covers the auto industry for NPR, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:45:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 16965 at http://michiganradio.org Are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue? GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-chief-prepares-testify-congress-recalls <p>Members of Congress will have tough questions for the new CEO of General Motors.</p><p></p><p>Mary Barra is expected to testify in front of the Energy and Commerce Committee next month.</p><p></p><p>Barra has only been on the job as CEO for three months. Now she’s facing scrutiny for how the automaker handled or mishandled a major safety recall affecting more than 1.5 million cars.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she’s confident in Barra’s leadership.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith & The Associated Press 16938 at http://michiganradio.org GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls Daniel Howes on the General Motors recall crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-general-motors-recall-crisis <p>It was announced yesterday that Toyota has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle with the U.S. Justice Department over a delayed recall of millions of vehicles.</p><p>The Justice Department is also investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than 1.5 million cars. The cars have defective ignition switches that can turn the car off at high speeds.</p><p>There's also news that GM executives are being summoned to D.C. to face Congressional inquiries.</p><p>Daniel Howes, business columnist at the Detroit News, joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:25:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16915 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on the General Motors recall crisis Toyota To Pay $1.2B To End Safety-Related Probe http://michiganradio.org/post/toyota-pay-12b-end-safety-related-probe <h6>Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET.</h6><p>Saying that "Toyota intentionally concealed information" and misled the public about the danger that some of its vehicles might suddenly accelerate, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder announced Wednesday that the automaker is being fined $1.2 billion for not being forthcoming after car owners started to complain in 2009.<p>It is "the largest criminal penalty imposed on a car company in the history of the United States," Holder said, and is merited by "shameful" conduct on the company's part. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:50:16 +0000 Mark Memmott 16897 at http://michiganradio.org Toyota To Pay $1.2B To End Safety-Related Probe