Self-driving minivans strategic win for Google and Fiat

Arthur Wheaton, an automotive industry specialist at Cornell University’s ILR School, says the plan allows for Google to test smaller vehicles, and Fiat Chrysler to develop new technology. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton Wheaton says: “The decision by Google to use 100 of Fiat Chrysler’s new Pacifica minivan is good news for both. “It allows Google to test […]

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 […]

Volkswagen sales running low, criminal charges may be on the horizon

Volkswagen saw a significant drop in its November car sales in the United States and the United Kingdom. Art Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says the ongoing scandal could result in criminal charges for company executives as the automaker works to move forward. Bio: […]

Stalled wages for airport staff ground quality of travel

Roughly 2,000 airport workers including baggage handlers have gone on strike in seven of the nation’s largest airports to fight for higher wages and union rights. Art Wheaton, a senior lecturer at Cornell’s ILR School who has studied aerospace and the unions, says this publicity is not what the industry needs during the holidays and […]

Apple has the cash, but may not have the drive for auto industry

Apple CEO Tim Cook alluded to the company’s future in the electric vehicle market at a Wall Street Journal tech conference this week, saying there will be “massive change” in that industry. Art Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s ILR School says Apple has the financial resources to be successful, but […]

Labor Day sales keep VW stable, lawsuits key to future

VW released its September sales figures this afternoon, the first monthly report since the diesel emission crisis. Art Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s ILR School, says sales were better than expected, but there are countless lawsuits and road blocks ahead from many countries.   Wheaton says: “The sales at VW […]

New Tesla SUV needs to be functional, yet cool

Tesla is expected to unveil its first electric SUV on Tuesday night. Art Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s ILR School, says Tesla’s Model X will be important to the company, but not have a large impact on the automotive industry.   Wheaton says:   “The new Model X is extremely […]

Barra appointment signifies new beginning for a smarter GM

Art Wheaton, automotive industry expert and senior extension associate at the Cornell University ILR School, says while groundbreaking, GM’s decision to select Mary Barra as CEO is a smart business decision. Wheaton says: “GM made automotive history by selecting Mary Barra as the first female Detroit Three CEO. Mary Barra has held numerous and key […]