Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton http://wvasfm.org en Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention http://wvasfm.org/post/recall-woes-push-along-gms-cultural-reinvention General Motors has announced a big hit to first-quarter earnings, largely due to costs for recalls. Profits dropped nearly 90 percent from last year, with the company making a razor-thin profit of $100 million, GM said Thursday.<p>Meanwhile, GM has yet to explain why it took 10 years to issue one of the recalls for a defective ignition switch. Some critics believe the automaker's dysfunctional culture is to blame.<p>But the recall crisis could speed up a culture shift that's already underway. <p><strong>Customer-Focused</strong><p>The old GM may have taken customers for granted. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 46939 at http://wvasfm.org Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention After Nearly Six Decades In Office, Dingell Decides Not To Run http://wvasfm.org/post/after-nearly-six-decades-office-dingell-decides-not-run John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history, announced he won't run in 2014. As Tracy Samilton reports, Dingell's state will lose more than an icon when he retires. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 43636 at http://wvasfm.org VW Chattanooga Plant To Vote On UAW Membership http://wvasfm.org/post/vw-chattanooga-plant-vote-uaw-membership Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Next week, workers at a Chattanooga auto plant run by Volkswagen will vote on whether to join the United Auto Workers. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 42424 at http://wvasfm.org Product Launches Expected To Drag Ford's 2014 Profits Down http://wvasfm.org/post/product-launches-expected-drag-fords-2014-profits-down Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a strong finish.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MONTAGNE: Ford Motor Company closed the books on 2013 with higher than expected profits. The Detroit automaker's net earnings for the year surpassed $7 billion.<p>But as Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, Ford is warning that 2014 will be more challenging.<p>TRACY SAMILTON, BYLINE: Last year was one of Ford's most profitable ever. The Detroit car company's market share grew in the U.S. and China. Its balance sheet improved. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 42082 at http://wvasfm.org All Aboard! Real-Life Polar Express Chugs Through Michigan http://wvasfm.org/post/all-aboard-real-life-polar-express-chugs-through-michigan <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4OrzADVrjQ</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 39794 at http://wvasfm.org All Aboard! Real-Life Polar Express Chugs Through Michigan GM's New CEO Marks A Return To Tradition http://wvasfm.org/post/gms-new-ceo-marks-return-tradition Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And here's even bigger news from General Motors, it has chosen a woman as its next chief executive officer, a first in America's auto industry. She's an engineer at the company insider - which could be a lot more important to GM's future than her gender.<p>Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.<p>TRACY SAMILTON, BYLINE: Mary Barra follows in the wake of two CEOs from outside the auto industry. Dan Akerson ran a large private equity fund before taking the helm of GM. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:19:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 39481 at http://wvasfm.org Around The World, Ford's Mustang Fuels A Dream http://wvasfm.org/post/around-world-fords-mustang-fuels-dream Just about every Mustang owner has a story about how their love affair with the car began.<p>Laura Slider's story began the day a red Mustang appeared in the driveway across the street.<p>"I've wanted one ever since I was 15," she says. "It was owned by a very cute boy that I liked. And then we rode in it and it was very fast and sporty and fun and pretty, and I thought, I want one someday."<p>Now, decades later, she has one. And, yes, it's red.<p>On Thursday, Ford Motor Co. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 39099 at http://wvasfm.org Around The World, Ford's Mustang Fuels A Dream Oil Industry And Others Cheer EPA's Ethanol Proposal http://wvasfm.org/post/oil-industry-and-others-cheer-epas-ethanol-proposal The EPA's decision not to force oil companies to replace E10, gasoline mixed with 10 percent ethanol, with E15, had a big impact on a lot of businesses. For manufacturers of motorcycles, motor boats and outdoor power equipment, it was good news. But for gas station owners who invested in expensive blender pumps, the decision hurt. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:04:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 38450 at http://wvasfm.org Ford Lowers Mileage Rating On C-Max Hybrid http://wvasfm.org/post/ford-lowers-mileage-rating-c-max-hybrid Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with an EPA crackdown.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: Ford Motor Company will reduce the fuel economy sticker on its new C-Max hybrid to 43 miles per gallon, down from its earlier estimate of 47.<p>As Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, the change has generated a new review of fuel economy testing standards.<p>TRACY SAMILTON, BYLINE: Ford wants to be a fuel economy leader, rivaling Toyota. Its ads for the C-Max compared its fuel economy favorably to the Prius. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:45:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 33172 at http://wvasfm.org EPA To Crack Down On Accuracy Of MPG Claims By Car Makers http://wvasfm.org/post/epa-crack-down-accuracy-mpg-claims-car-makers For auto companies, that Environmental Protection Agency-approved MPG sticker on a new car is a high stakes and expensive process. These days it can be damaging to a company's image if customers can't achieve that great fuel economy in their own commutes. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 33153 at http://wvasfm.org