Friday September 18, 2009 | Auto Industry

September 17, 2009 at 10:46 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments

The automotive industry is facing a long uphill battle, especially domestic brands, but some companies have fared better than other auto makers. Auto industry executives have said that each company is intertwined with the other through suppliers, dealerships and the parts industry. Ford executive Paul Kosaian is in Charlotte today for an industry event but first he and GM executive Tim Groves join us to talk about the auto industry, the cash for clunkers program and the changing face of Ford, GM and other auto makers.
Paul Kosaian – Director, Ford Stamping Business Unit Operations
Tim Groves – General Motors

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  2. I’m 59 and have owned many cars, new and used over the years. The two worst cars I’ve owned were a Chevy Vega in ’71 and a Ford Taurus in the mid 90’s. Both cars were total disasters and cost me thousands in repairs over the very few years I owned them. Poorly engineered and poorly put together. I’m an aircraft mechanic and work on the about a dozen of the largest, most mechanically complicated, technically advanced aircraft in the world, so I have a pretty good idea of what I’m doing and talking about. Tell me why I would ever buy another GM or Ford product.

  3. I am a Organizational Development student at the McColl School of Business here in
    Charlotte and am doing a group project on cool company change. Strangely enough- my
    group chose to highlight Ford this week after reading about some of the new green
    initiatives that Ford is implementing like converting plants into both small car
    prodution lines and energy production parks.
    I wondered if Mr Kosian could speak to these new initiatives and how he sees managment
    changing the culture of Ford to an environmetally responsible company.

  4. I know “unions” are a dirty word for a lot of people, but personally feel, if executed correctly are an essential tool in a national workforce.

    That being said, if we can agree that the more a workforce is exploited (the closer workers get to receiving nothing for their work), the cheaper a manufacturer can sell a car and still turn a profit.

    If we can also agree that we as Americans want to pay the extra money, in order to allow employees to receive a certain level of lifestyle…

    Does it not make sense then to establish a tarriff/tax on imported cars from foreign manufacturers that do not reach some established level of compensation for its employees?

    Perception of automobile quality and other issues aside, this would seemingly help buffer any blow American car companies might have to suffer as the result of the lack of a “global union” workforce…

    • Even Henry Ford, who had a reputation of being dictatorial and controlling in his employees personal lives, insisted that they be paid well, so that they could afford to buy his cars. If we are not paid a decent wage for our labor, and executives continue to be paid outlandish sums for theirs, America will crash and burn. We will become the next third world country vying for the lowest rung on the ladder in the world’s labor pool.

  5. The primary problem with the auto industry in the USA and elsewhere is massive overproduction, oversupply, and overcapacity…the general public remains woefully ignorant about this very crucial fact though. Even many mainstream economists are unaware of this fact and/or they try to hide the facts with their incessant obscurantism and useless theorizing.

    Mass-industrialism and advanced technology always tends toward a huge oversupply of goods and services — which is exactly what we are ‘suffering’ from now in the current economic malaise. Think about it: in modern times, a bunch of automated robots and a few people on an assembly line can build more cars in a single day than they could in a whole month back in the 1920s. There is no ‘shortage’ of ANYTHING, not cars or housing or food or or clothing or electronics or whatever — in fact, there is a massive oversupply of all those things plus more. The manipulative money-masters are trying to fool the nervous masses with the ILLUSION OF SCARCITY. But there is no scarcity of anything, and there never was. We here in the USA and in all other economically advanced nations are ‘suffering’ from our own economic success, basically. We have thoroughly solved the problem of PRODUCTION, and now we must solve the problem of DISTRIBUTION. This is the great challenge which now faces us.

    Overproduction is the ‘dirty little secret’ of modern society that the international bankers, fat-cat plutocrats, and other assorted rip-off artists want to keep hidden from the public because if people really knew the superabundance amongst which we live there would be riots in the streets and the everyday workers would begin to demand the goods and services which they themselves produce and provide for much cheaper.

    There is no shortage of anything except jobs. And there is only a shortage of jobs because of the mass-mechanization of labor which has been occurring in the last 100-150 years since the Industrial Revolution which has resulted in the gross oversupply or glut of goods like cars, houses, food, clothing, and all of the various ‘services.’ ALL technologically-advanced/industrialized nations have high unemployment because of the incredibly efficient overproduction of goods and services which they produce via the use of advanced technology and the ruthless exploitation of labor…that is the natural outcome of the mass-automation and mass-mechanization of labor. In other words…”the machines took our jobs!”

    If we wanted, we could supply ever human being on the planet with a brand new car in just a few short years of non-stop auto production — but the industrialists seek to artificially restrict the supply to keep them pricey.

    Cars are massively overpriced. We should be able to buy a decent small car with good gas mileage for less than about $10,000, but the auto producers artificially manipulate the supply to make it seem like they are ‘special’ or ‘rare’ or something…have you seen American car-lots and showrooms lately? They are absolutely chock full of autos, full to the brim! And more brand-new imported cars parked in major ports around the USA just sitting in parking lots gathering dust. Yet will the auto merchants lower the price to any substantial degree in order to better sell the autos? No they won’t, because they are trying to unduly manipulate the basic economic law of supply-and-demand.

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