Auto Industry has its Pedal to the Metal; Make Sure You Recognize All the Legal Yield Signs

The automotive industry is buzzing – volumes are up and so are profits. With suppliers running at approximately 85 percent capacity and sales projections of between 16.5 million to 17 million units this year, there’s no question that the industry has come roaring back from the crisis of six to seven years ago, and that the worry of idle production lines is behind us (for now). Read More

Globalization, Platform Consolidation Present New Opportunities for Automotive Suppliers

Increased globalization and the consolidation of vehicle production at fewer facilities around the world will create tremendous business opportunities for automotive suppliers in North America – at least those who adapt to the changing manufacturing landscape. Read More

Goodyear’s $16 Million FCPA Fine – A Teachable Moment for Companies with Foreign Subsidiaries

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently fined Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. $16 million for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when its subsidiaries paid bribes to obtain tire sales in Kenya and Angola. Goodyear agreed to pay the fine but did not admit or deny guilt. Read More

Bounties for Automotive Whistleblowers; an Ominous Twist in Vehicle Recall Crisis

Legislation in Congress that would offer bounties for auto industry whistleblowers is a troubling development in the vehicle recall crisis, one that could pose a number of legal and financial risks for automotive suppliers. Read More

The Autobahn Becomes the Autonomous-bahn

For car enthusiasts the Autobahn, Germany’s highway system, is synonymous with high-speed driving. Drivers can daydream about the miles and miles (or kilometers, to be more exact) of unrestricted driving pleasure. It doesn’t take long on the Autobahn to see sports cars, or even station wagons (known as “kombi” in Germany), fly by you in the far left lane. Speed limit signs are electronic so the restrictions can be taken off in appropriate traffic conditions. Driving from point A to point B can be a fun experiment in testing the limits of your car. Read More
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