DEARBORN â Wardâs 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 Wardâs AutoWorld magazine garnered one.
In the Internet News Story or Related Series category, Eric Mayne won first place for âAbsenteeism: Auto Industryâs Dirty Little Secret,â which exposed the U.S. Big Three auto makerâs 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 âan important and interesting story that could have won in any written category.â
Mayne also took third place in the same category for âVehicle Stocks Higher Than Reported,â which for the first time revealed the auto makerâs 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, âChung Arguments Donât Add Up,â that called into questionMotor Groupâs chairman conducting business in Korea from jail.
Barbara McClellan took third place in the same category for âExec Complains Media Needs New Attitude,â in which she takes the president of Fordâs North American operations to task for blaming his problems on the press.
Placing second in the InternetâProduct Review category was Mike Sutton for âAudi S8 Flies Below the Radar.â
Mayne won third place in the same category for âSebring: Another Scrappy New Domestic Midsize Sedan.â
Bill Visnicâs Wardâs AutoWorld review of the new high-performanceM6 in âM is for Muscleâ garnered third place in the General Interest Magazine-Product Review category.