Eric Mayne

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Eric was a Senior Editor at WardsAuto from 2000 to 2012.

Articles by Eric Mayne
Ford's 1.0L EcoBoost a Singular Pleasure 3
The in-line 3-cyl. engine adds up, delivering the requisite fuel-economy numbers without subtracting from performance.
Chevrolet Traverse Upgrades Front and Center
Among the large CUV’s key upgrades are a new center stack and a breakthrough airbag system that deploys between the front-row seats.
Canadian Funding Initiative Targets Fuel-Saving Technologies
“This type of an announcement not only creates local jobs, but it puts Canada in a very competitive position,” Gary Goodyear says.
Horbury Brushing Up Geely Design 
Geely’s recently named senior vice president-design hopes to instill in the auto maker’s design staff a commitment to reflect China’s culture in their work.
Fiat Aficionados Unfazed by Freemont’s Dodge Lineage 
“It is a Dodge, no doubt,” global brand chief Olivier Francois says. But it also has been “accepted by the Fiat customer as a Fiat.”
Canada Big-Truck Rides 23-Month Win Streak
Class 6 truck deliveries climbed 172.6% in February, the steepest upward trend, in percentage terms, of any big-truck segment.
YouTube Fiat’s Window on Consumer Preference
“I’m not much into focus groups,” Olivier Francois says, adding he relies on “gut” instinct and input from Chrysler colleagues and outside ad agencies.
U.S. Big-Truck Sales Riding High
Class 8’s 15,418 deliveries in the month trumped like-2011’s 9,712. February’s performance also marked the segment’s 26th consecutive year-over-year gain.
Fiat Seeks Spiritual Renewal Amid Chaos
“In a moment of crisis, you have to think deeper about what you stand for,” brand chief Olivier Francois tells WardsAuto.
U.S. Example No Blueprint for European Industry Woes, GM Europe CEO Says
The Detroit Three met the challenge of the U.S. 18-month downturn that ended in mid-2009 by lowering their respective break-even points through downsizing. “We have 27 markets, so it’s a little bit more complex,” Karl-Freidrich Stracke says.
Ford Product Investment Sacred, Mulally Says
“We’re never going to back off on investment in new vehicles,” despite economic calamity that has Europe reeling, says the auto maker’s CEO.
Mercedes Gets SIRI-ous About Connectivity
The A-Class, one of five planned models based on Mercedes’ New Generation Compact Car platform, bridges the gap between connectivity and motoring safety, Daimler’s CEO says.
Ghosn Blasts Soaring Yen 2
“Japan has remarkably overcome the earthquake,” says Renault and Nissan’s CEO. “If there is one drag on the Japanese economy today, it is not the earthquake. It is the yen.”
GM-PSA Sourcing Opportunities May be Fewer, But Richer, Suppliers Say 
Expect the deal “to favor suppliers who have a more comprehensive global footprint and can handle global platforms,” says Automotive Parts Manufacturers Assn. President Steve Rodgers.
Chrysler Car Sales Soar in February
Dodge, Fiat and the core-brand contributed mightily to the auto maker’s car sales gain in February. Fiat had its best month since returning to the U.S. market.
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