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 […]

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 […]

Volkswagen needs to settle its biggest and most difficult case

Art Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says reaching a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be difficult, but is critical for the company. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton   Wheaton says: “Volkswagen could face a maximum of $46 billion in EPA emission fines for 580,000 […]

Despite federal fines, Fiat Chrysler’s quality still not a priority

Fiat Chrysler may have to pay the federal government as much as $70 million in penalties for underreporting death and injury claims related to potential defects in the automaker’s cars. Art Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says despite Chrysler’s sales improvements, the company’s focus […]