DEARBORN â€“ Wardâ€™s editorial staff wins seven International Wheel Awards at a Detroit Press Club Foundation presentation held at the Automotive Hall of Fame April 26.
The awards honor the best in automotive journalism.
WardsAuto.com earned six awards, including one first place, while Wardâ€™s AutoWorld magazine garnered one.
In the Internet News Story or Related Series category, Eric Mayne won first place for â€śAbsenteeism: Auto Industryâ€™s Dirty Little Secret,â€ť which exposed the U.S. Big Three auto makerâ€™s continuing struggle to get hourly employees to show up for work.
In the piece, Mayne talks to management and labor insiders, as well as analysts, to expose the truth about high absenteeism and how a few bad apples remain bent on taking advantage of the system.
The judges said it was â€śan important and interesting story that could have won in any written category.â€ť
Mayne also took third place in the same category for â€śVehicle Stocks Higher Than Reported,â€ť which for the first time revealed the auto makerâ€™s bloated inventory crisis, resulting in the company changing the way it reports unsold vehicle totals.
Alisa Priddle placed second in the Internet or Column category for her commentary, â€śChung Arguments Donâ€™t Add Up,â€ť that called into questionMotor Groupâ€™s chairman conducting business in Korea from jail.
Barbara McClellan took third place in the same category for â€śExec Complains Media Needs New Attitude,â€ť in which she takes the president of Fordâ€™s North American operations to task for blaming his problems on the press.
Placing second in the Internetâ€“Product Review category was Mike Sutton for â€śAudi S8 Flies Below the Radar.â€ť
Mayne won third place in the same category for â€śSebring: Another Scrappy New Domestic Midsize Sedan.â€ť
Bill Visnicâ€™s Wardâ€™s AutoWorld review of the new high-performanceM6 in â€śM is for Muscleâ€ť garnered third place in the General Interest Magazine-Product Review category.