Why General Motors Shifted Gears in Its Manufacturing Strategy

Manufacturing plant worker

The decision by General Motors to close five North American plants and discontinue six car models comes as little surprise, says PVMI director John Paul MacDuffie. It’s a predictable response to shifting consumer demand away from sedans and increased prices partially due to tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Read More

The Auto Bailout 10 Years Later: Was It the Right Call?

Back in 2009, the $80 billion auto industry bailout met with severe backlash from both lawmakers and a public already angered by the taxpayer expense needed to salvage Wall Street. Ten years after the financial crisis that nearly caused the industry’s collapse, PVMI director John Paul MacDuffie evaluates the bailout’s merits.Read More