Steve Finlay

Senior Editor,

Editor of WardsAuto Dealer Business magazine, Steve writes about automobile dealers and retail practices.

Time Is of Essence in Dealership F&I Offices
One way to streamline sessions in the F&I office is to electronically provide the business manager with data garnered from a car shopper’s digital activities.
Boutique Car Dealerships Coming Soon? 1
“In the future we may see dealerships with smaller footprints,” says Jim Hoostal of Interbrand.
Auto Consumers Like Leather, From Basic Black to Screaming Green 3
Katzkin CEO Tim Clyde acknowledges he personally “wouldn’t necessarily” go for an entire seat swathed in, say, electric lime. “But touches of it look distinctive.”
ELS Studio 3D Sounds Like Good Idea for Acura RDX
“It brings the quality of a recording studio into the vehicle,” says Panasonic’s Tom Dunn.
New App Lets Car Dealers Create Fast, Content-Rich Listings
By shooting a series of walk-around photos, Manheim Express users can post a vehicle in 360-degree imagery.
Company Goes from Cookies (the Edible Ones) to Computer Technology
In a Q&A with WardsAuto, Bill Wittenmyer of ELEAD1ONE discusses how far he thinks online car buying will go; talks about the irony of customers supposedly disdaining price negotiating; and polishes his crystal ball for a few predictions on car dealerships of the future.
Waves of Off-Lease Vehicles Keep Coming, But Now They’re Different
As batches of formerly leased CUVs, SUVs and pickups descend on the used-vehicle market, they will threaten new-car segments, says Cox Automotive’s senior economist.
New CX Conference Joins 14th Annual TLS Event
“We launched the Auto CX Analytics & AI Summit based on feedback from delegates at the Automotive CX Summit,” says Jon Munzel, founder and president of the Thought Leadership Summits.
New Product Aims to Help Car Dealers Get More Clicks on Their Own
CarGurus' senior director-product, draws distinctions when asked if a new product, SEM Plus, isn’t competing against the company that offers it.
More Types of Shoppers Get Financing, Then Pick Vehicle
WardsAuto speaks with Tim Russi, Ally’s president-auto finance, and Clearlane founder Jeff Danford about a car-buying process that started at dealerships’ special-financing operations but now is online and appealing to more than just the credit-challenged.
Imagine a World Without Uber
If Uber and Lyft didn’t exist, surveyed people said they would take fewer rides and walk more.
Giddyup Call for Expediting Autonomous-Car Development
Adient’s advanced-development director offers guidelines for the industry effort of creating autonomous vehicles that will make today’s cars look Jurassic.
Vehicle Market Forecast: Partly Cloudy, Maybe Rain
In a WardsAuto Q&A, Blackbook’s Anil Goyal talks about weakening preowned vehicle values, the prospects of new-car vehicle incentives this year and the possibility of a car-segment comeback.
Predictive Analytics Company Expands Into Customer Conquesting
“Predictive analysis changes the way cars are sold,” automotiveMastermind co-CEO Marco Schnabl says. “It’s better for everyone, not just the customer.”
Buick Hopes Encore Owners Will Buy Up to Envision 2
“It’s for people moving on up,” says Rick Spina, executive chief engineer for the ’19 Envision CUV.

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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