February 2, 2007
Re "It's not the yen, it's the mileage," Opinion, Jan. 30 This one-sided, Detroit-bashing and Japan-cheering Op-Ed is a disappointment. It also is a cheap shot. Daniel Griswold accuses the U.S. auto industry of trying to make Japan a "scapegoat." On the contrary, Daimler Chrysler, Ford and General Motors have been open about the challenges presented by the intense competitive struggle underway in the U.S. market and their on-going corporate restructuring plans. We apologize to no one for raising to U.S. policymakers Japan's policy of massive currency intervention and manipulation as an unfair trading practice that is damaging our industry.
April 18, 1990 |
President Fernando Collor announced measures Tuesday to help Brazil's automobile industry, nearly paralyzed for the past month by a government austerity program aimed at controlling inflation. Brazilian subsidiaries of General Motors, Ford and Volkswagen put most of their workers on paid leave in late March as a result of the austerity program, which reduced domestic car sales to a trickle while bringing inflation of more than 80% a month down to 0 in April.
March 18, 1985 |
For decades, India's automobile industry has been caught in a time warp. Only three companies have been licensed to make cars, and protective tariffs have kept out competition and innovation. As a result, most Indian-made passenger cars could be used as props in a 1950s movie. India's luxury car, the one used by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and other VIPs, is made with 32-year-old dies and is virtually a replica of the 1950 Plymouth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1992 |
In the early '60s, a friend and I would sit on an embankment next to a busy Omaha street and play a game of count-the-cars. One of us would take Fords, the other Chevys and whoever got to 50 won. It didn't take long to play a best-of-seven series. Nowadays, you'd have to get an early start in the morning to finish a best two-out-of-three by nightfall. Red Jarvie remembers those halcyon days with all the serenity of someone who made a lot of money off of them, which he did.
April 20, 1989 |
In the cramped back room of the White Heather Social Club in this blue-collar Detroit suburb, one of the nation's most influential industrial unions is being shaken to its foundation. And it is just one man, one true rebel--an affable local unionist named Donny Douglas--doing the shaking. The White Heather is now the busy nerve center of Douglas' grass-roots, dissident campaign to unseat the powerful, incumbent director of the largest region in the 1.1-million-member United Auto Workers, and thus gain a seat on the international union's governing executive board.
August 25, 1993 |
Mazda Motor of America, which is eliminating a quarter of the remaining jobs at its Irvine headquarters, isn't the only auto maker resorting to layoffs to counter stalled sales. Automobile manufacturers around the world are "gearing up for competition in the international marketplace," said James M. Bills, an economist with Comerica Bank in Detroit. "It's a difficult adjustment, not only in this country, but in Japan and Europe as well." Mazda's U.S.
January 15, 2003 |
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is not a local production anymore. It provides the domestic brands as well as the "implants" -- import car brands that have become permanent U.S. fixtures -- with an annual chance to flex their muscles. This year the unspoken theme of the show is that you can have it all. Name your niche and there's a vehicle -- either already here or on the way -- to fill it.
December 5, 1994 |
On Oct. 18, John F. Smith, chief executive of General Motors Corp., snubbed President Clinton by refusing to attend a ceremony celebrating the one-year anniversary of the government-industry effort to build a "super car." The reason: He was upset by Transportation Secretary Federico Pena's "initial" decision the day before that GM's C/K 1973-87 pickup trucks had a safety defect and should be recalled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1992 |
President Bush's trip to Japan, long overdue, is an important one. Ironically, among the people he brought along are the heads of the Big Three auto companies. It won't work. It won't work at home, where there will be some residual sympathy for the workers but little for the men who head the companies.
September 21, 2012
The taxpayer bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler kept the companies afloat while they went through bankruptcy, averting liquidations that would have caused catastrophic job losses across the U.S. auto industry at the height of the recession. One consequence of the intervention, however, is that the government is still holding on to more than a fourth of GM's stock. The Treasury Department argues that the time isn't right to sell and that GM's shares are undervalued by the market.