Herb Shuldiner


Based in New York City, Herb specializes in coverage of the European automobile importers, sales and marketing issues and new technology.

Product-Planning Chief Says Nissan On Roll 
There’s still work to be done in boosting sales of fullsize pickups and compact cars, Pierre Loing admits. And the future of Nissan’s Cube small car beyond the current generation appears in doubt.
Developer Says New Injectors Promise 20% Fuel-Economy Gains
Nostrum Motors also is working on a new 100 mpg engine that could be on the road by the end of the decade. The new engine is cooled internally, allowing the radiator to be reduced in size or completely eliminated.
Mercedes Looks to New Products to Stay on Sales Roll  1
Mercedes will not mention its use of the Tesla powertrain in marketing its new B-Class EV. “We have an ownership stake in Tesla, but the B-Class is still a Mercedes product,” MBUSA President Steve Cannon says.
Lower Cost Key to Magnesium’s Lightweighting Uses
The industry target is to use an average of 350 lbs. of magnesium components in vehicles by 2020. This would significantly lower the weight of the average car from the current 3,360 lbs.
Much-Maligned Smart to Turn Profit With New-Gen Model, Exec Says 
Smart, and smaller entry-level vehicles, have helped Mercedes draw a younger demographic. The average age of Mercedes customers in Germany has been cut by 10 years, CFO Bodo Uebber says.
Cadillac Targets Increased Volume in Emerging Markets
The brand seeks to raise deliveries in regions it defines as emerging markets to about 15% of its global volume. These regions include Russia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico and eventually South America, where it sells no vehicles at present.
Ford’s Mays Back in U.S. for Lincoln Design Revival 3
J Mays’ goal is to restore Lincoln to its design glory years. He's confident the MKZ sedan is the first in a series of new models that will strengthen the marque.
Panasonic Grows Lithium-Ion Battery Business for EVs
The electronics giant is attempting to shed its financial problems of recent years and expand sales in growing industries such as power for EVs, in-vehicle cameras and infotainment.
Year-End Lease Expirations Challenge GM Customer-Retention Strategy
Executives are eager to learn whether conquest customers renew their leases this year or purchase new vehicles in order to judge whether GM's 4-year effort to improve service and customer retention is a success, Mark Reuss tells WardsAuto.
GM Wedded to Large SUV Segment, CFO Says
GM has 66.5% of the large SUV market in the U.S., and “we'll capture whatever is available,” says Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann.
Cadillac to Expand Portfolio Range as Sales Soar 
Cadillac deliveries jumped 30% through July and could break the 200,000-unit barrier this year if that pace is sustained for the rest of 2013, James Vurpillat, global marketing director, says.
BMW Sees U.S., China Leading EV Sales
Market leadership for China will depend on how quickly the government provides the necessary infrastructure, global sales chief Peter Schwarzenbauer says.
Ford Says Conquest Buyers Flocking to Fiesta 
The auto maker says first-time car buyers account for 30% of the subcompact’s sales.
BMW Says i3 Sets New Paradigm for Manufacturing Efficiency
“We can build the entire vehicle in 20 hours vs. 40 hours for a conventional vehicle,” a BMW executive says. That's from the time the vehicle parts are stamped in the body shop until the completed EV rolls off the assembly line.
Technology-Laden S-Class Strong on Safety, Comfort 
Luxury-segment cars typically launch new technologies before the features begin to show up in conventional mass-produced vehicles. So it’s no surprise that the new S-Class is studded with innovations, including 20 active safety features in the S550.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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