Bob Gritzinger

Bob
Gritzinger
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Long-time automotive beat writer, Bob covers Ford, FCA and technology.

Articles
Smart Shocks Add to Ford Raptor’s Off-Road Credentials
Raptor gets smart shocks, low-speed cruise control and optional Recaro buckets for the ’19 model year.
Navigator Shows the Way to Luxury Perfection
Ford’s premium Lincoln brand lands its second consecutive 10 Best Interiors award with the all-new Navigator, a luxurious “country club on wheels.” Have a cigar, Lincoln.
Porsche Punches Up E-Performance Cayenne
Porsche’s E-Performance line gets a re-engineered Cayenne E-Hybrid early next year.
Ford Gains in April
Fueled by Navigator and F-150, Ford sales improve in April as the Dearborn automaker plots a future featuring more trucks and CUVs and fewer car models.
F-150 Power Stroke Punches Above Light-Duty Weight Class
Ford adds the 3.0L Power Stroke diesel to its array of gasoline engines offered in the F-150 light-duty pickup, giving customers the option of strong towing and hauling capability along with good fuel economy.
Volvo XC40 Vaults Into Sizzling CUV Segment
Volvo takes on competitors in the rapidly growing small luxury CUV segment with its all-new ’19 XC40, featuring interior panache, powerful driver-assistance systems and an IKEA-worth of Scandinavian design touches.
Ford’s Light-Duty Diesel Pickup Claims MPG Leadership 1
When Ford revealed its F-150 Power Stroke engine earlier this year, engineers said 30 mpg highway was their target. Testing by the EPA confirms that rating for the truck that goes on sale in May.
Ford Celebrates Mustang’s 1964 Debut, Third Year of Global Sales Leadership 1
Mustang fans commemorate the 54th anniversary of the pony car’s debut while Ford celebrates the sports coupe’s third year of global sales leadership and the car’s move to NASCAR’s top series in 2019.
Automakers Pitch Higher-Octane Future 6
GM’s head of powertrain heads to Capitol Hill to present the auto industry’s case for creating a single, higher-octane fuel standard for the U.S. as a path toward more fuel-efficient and powerful internal-combustion engines.
Acura Engineers Pull Back RDX Skin
Acura engineers built a “tree trunk” subframe into the rear of the all-new RDX and employed hot-stamped inner and outer door rings to assure chassis rigidity.
Ring Drive Suggests Future EV Powertrain 2
Orbis Driven’s unique approach to using an electric motor to drive a ring gear draws inspiration from as far back as the 1898 Lohner-Porsche EV.
FCA Ends 18-Month Sales Drought
FCA finally breaks a sales decline that dates back to August 2016 with a nearly 10% jump in daily sales in March.
Ford Looks to Truck-Heavy Future to Build Sales
Ford’s sales dipped for the third consecutive month in March, but demand for the automaker’s new large SUVs continued unabated and F-Series trucks gained momentum.
XT4 Keys Cadillac’s Growth Strategy

NEW YORK – Cadillac’s crucial small luxury XT4 CUV launches into an increasingly crowded segment, but leaders of General Motors’ luxury marque are confident the new vehicle will succeed, buoying the brand in the process.

The XT4 this fall joins Cadillac’s two light-truck entries, the Escalade large luxury SUV and XT5 CUV, at a time when those models have carried the brand as consumers have veered sharply away from cars.

GMC Launches Sierra AT4, Promises More Off-Roaders
GMC chooses the Big Apple to unleash its attack on the all-terrain market, starting with the fullsize Sierra AT4 due this fall, followed by more AT4 off-roaders in the next two years.
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