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

Many Lament Job Losses as Auto Work Moves to Mexico

The North American Free Trade Agreement has been criticized for massive job losses in the United States’ midwestern automotive industry as jobs move to Mexico. PVMI member Susan Helper, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, notes that the expansion of the auto sector in Japan and South Korea, as well as the nonunion southeastern United States, is also to blame.Read More