Ford tackles dwindling sales with speedy management layoff

This week, sources at Ford Motor Company told reporters that the automaker plans to cut 10 percent of its salaried jobs in North America and Asia, amidst a larger effort to reduce costs. Arthur Wheaton, an automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says the decision to […]

Ho-hum hybrid myth shattered by new gas-electric police car

The Los Angeles Police Department plans to use world’s first ‘pursuit-rated’ hybrid patrol car that accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, shattering the myth of the sluggish hybrid vehicle. Art Wheaton, automotive expert and director of  Western NY Labor and Environmental Programs for Cornell University’s ILR School, says that a high-performance hybrid police […]

Standards on car emissions hurt industry, but help communities

The Environmental Protection Agency may loosen regulations on car emissions standards, including the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) legislation which binds automakers to a significant improvement in fuel efficiency by 2025. Cornell University experts comment on what this means for the environment, and the industry.   Max Zhang, associate professor of engineering and a fellow […]

Automakers want tax credits, not a trade war

Arthur Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says that Trump’s promise to rock the boat and help domestic companies may play well with the auto industry. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton   Wheaton says: “President Trump campaigned on rocking the boat and dramatically changing global agreements. If changes are to be […]

Steering software drives Audi emission scandal

Arthur Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, explains why Audi’s transmission software is likely the source of the latest emission cheating allegations. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton   Wheaton says: “Audi was caught once again cheating EPA diesel emission rules. This time it was related to the transmission altering […]

$10.2 billion environmental fine clears cloud hanging over Volkswagen

Arthur Wheaton, an automotive industry specialist at Cornell University’s ILR School, comments on the possibility that Volkswagen will pay $10.2 billion to settle emission claims.  Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton   Wheaton says: “The fine for EPA violations are $37,500 per vehicle and that can be doubled since Volkswagen knowingly and willfully violated the rules. So the total […]