U.S. Auto Makers Move to Adapt as Low Fuel Prices Drive … – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017

Solid December sales are expected to nudge 2016 to a second straight record for the U.S. light-vehicle market, but factory workers in towns such as Lordstown, Ohio, aren’t dancing in the streets.

Demand for small and midsize passenger cars has collapsed amid a sustained run of cheap fuel, pushing buyers to gravitate toward sport utilities, crossover wagons and pickups. While selling an increasing amount of pricey light trucks is good for Detroit’s bottom line, it has been bad for the people Glenn Johnson has been working…

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