Ford Sees Profit Return in China by Building Models Locally

Ford Motor Co. will help turn around its money-losing Chinese operations “a lot” once it begins building Lincoln models there later this year and the Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle next year, the company’s chief financial officer said Wednesday. Material costs are lower in China, labor is lower in China, Ford can be closer to the[…]

Rolls-Royce Teams Up with Intel on Autonomous Ships

Rolls-Royce is partnering with Intel to conquer the immense amount of data required to make autonomous container ships a reality. With shipping, the data from these sensors are at greater scale than in other autonomous vehicle applications, which is why Intel processors are being added to the ships and data centers on land. This collaboration[…]

Trade War Remapping Automotive Manufacturing

The U.S. and Canada agreed to their portion of the NAFTA reboot this week. The new trade agreement has been renamed the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or NAFTA 2. New USMCA rules require a higher level of local content for automotive manufacturers in order for finished vehicles to qualify for duty-free shipping between the three[…]

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Thriving in eCommerce Revolution

By Jeff Green and Ben Conwell There has undoubtedly been a dramatic shift in the retail industry over the past several years. Consumers can purchase almost anything from the comfort of their own homes and have it on their doorsteps within hours. eCommerce has become the new norm, and the trend is forcing some retailers to downsize, consider[…]

Trump’s Tariff Crusade Hardly Matters for U.S. Automakers in China

Talks that President Trump’s tougher approach to China has U.S. auto workers hoping it will help create jobs at home and cut the trade deficit by $100 billion. Unfortunately, this may not be the case. It is very likely that cutting the tariff will have no measurable impact on the U.S. trade deficit. It still[…]