Eric Mayne

Eric
Mayne
Editor-News Operations,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Chrysler Absenteeism Declines ‘Big-Time’ 
Human relations chief Al Iacobelli credits World-Class Manufacturing with contributing to Chrysler’s absenteeism decline because it promotes individual accountability.
Academy to School Chrysler Workers on Fiat Manufacturing System
A one-of-a-kind oasis of advanced technology designed to promote the kind of thoughtful analysis that triggers innovation, the academy represents Chrysler’s graduation to a new level of integration with Fiat.
Momentum Builds for Chrysler Design Team
The all-new ’13 Dodge Dart reinforces the brand-driven design strategy being implemented at Chrysler. Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Chrysler have their own studio. Top-of-mind for the core marque is the next-generation minivan.
Mercedes to Ponder Engine Exports From U.S. 1
“In the future, we will have more competition between plants,” says Daimler management board member Thomas Weber.
Italian Flair Not Enough to Sell Fiat People-Mover in U.S.
“We thought we were going to show up and just because of the fact people like gelato and pasta, people would buy,” Sergio Marchionne admits about the Fiat 500.
‘Checklist Mentality,’ Tax Inequity Crippling U.S. Dealers
U.S. auto makers set out seemingly random edicts that consume dealer resources instead of enable them to better serve prospective buyers, Group 1 CEO Earl Hesterberg says.
Tigershark Spells End of World Engine
The legendary Hemi’s history puts the V-8 family in a class by itself, but Chrysler watchers should not rule out the possibility that vehicles might someday feature Tigershark badges.
Chrysler’s Marchionne Hints at Diesel Proliferation 4
Don’t expect a diesel-powered car, the auto maker’s CEO says. The North American consumer appetite for diesel technology begins and ends with light trucks.
Dodge Dart Debut Heralds EPS Rollout at Chrysler 2
Electric power steering is destined to proliferate through Chrysler’s lineup as the auto maker responds to increasingly challenging fuel-economy standards.
U.S. Luxury-Vehicle Sales Up 10.4% in 2011 
BMW was the nation’s top-selling luxury brand, ending a 10-year reign by Lexus. Mercedes finished second.
For Most Electrified Vehicles, It’s One and Done
Of the 180 honors doled out over the 18-year history of Ward’s 10 Best Engines, half marked consecutive wins. Of that number, 89 were unencumbered by electric motors.
MultiAir Propels Fiat Past Chrysler Stake Signpost 
Equipped with a 1.4L MultiAir Tubro, a Dodge Dart prototype achieved the required 40-mpg fuel-economy rating to trigger Fiat’s latest Chrysler share grab.
Jeep Gains, But Dodge Still Top-Selling Chrysler Brand 1
Dodge accounted for 451,040 light-vehicle sales in 2011, 33% of Chrysler’s 1,361,685 total. The auto maker claims a share gain of 1.3 points.
Gas Guzzler Group Grows
Fifty-two ’12 nameplates fail to meet the fuel-economy threshold needed to escape the penalty. Factor in all the variations of each and that number swells to 71.
Ford Puts Pedal to Metal With Aluminum F-Series Body Panels 1
The next-generation version of America’s best-selling vehicle, dubbed P552 and due in 2014, will feature extensive use of weight-saving aluminum, including doors and fenders.
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