Final Inspection http://wardsauto.com/blog/96655/feed en The ‘Key’ to GM’s Recall http://wardsauto.com/blog/key-gm-s-recall <div class="node-body blog-body">If it is determined top brass has been negligent, CEO Mary Barra could be joined in the searing spotlight by some heavyweights who have since departed GM and by high-ranking executives there.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/key-gm-s-recall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/key-gm-s-recall#comments Management & Strategy Politics Auto Makers North America U.S. General Motors GM's Recall Crisis Product Development Final Inspection Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:30:00 +0000 1000351 at http://wardsauto.com Venezuela President Plays With Fire as Auto Sales Plunge http://wardsauto.com/blog/venezuela-president-plays-fire-auto-sales-plunge <div class="node-body blog-body">New-vehicle deliveries tumbled 87% in January and 89.9% in February, marking the lowest level since 2003 when the country was ensnarled in a nationwide strike against Chavez.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/venezuela-president-plays-fire-auto-sales-plunge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/venezuela-president-plays-fire-auto-sales-plunge#comments Blog Politics Auto Makers South America Venezuela Chrysler Ford General Motors Toyota Capacity Utilization Globalization Laws/Law Enforcement Sales Results Tariffs Vehicle Assembly Nicholas Maduro Final Inspection Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 992121 at http://wardsauto.com Small Budget, Thin Skin Roadblocking Agency, Former NHTSA Head Says http://wardsauto.com/blog/small-budget-thin-skin-roadblocking-agency-former-nhtsa-head-says <div class="node-body blog-body">Former U.S. safety chief Joan Claybrook says agency administrators “have to act like a cop on the beat,” but too often those at the top have been unwilling to wield the billy club.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/small-budget-thin-skin-roadblocking-agency-former-nhtsa-head-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/small-budget-thin-skin-roadblocking-agency-former-nhtsa-head-says#comments Blog Management & Strategy Politics Auto Makers North America U.S. General Motors Management & Strategy GM's Recall Crisis National Highway Traffic Safey Administration (NHTSA) Final Inspection Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:30:00 +0000 989371 at http://wardsauto.com Who Does Tesla Want to Buy? http://wardsauto.com/blog/who-does-tesla-want-buy <div class="node-body blog-body">Analysts now define Tesla as a technology company, not an automaker. As a result, the company’s market capitalization is more than $30 billion.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/who-does-tesla-want-buy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/who-does-tesla-want-buy#comments Blog Management & Strategy Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Tesla Electric Vehicles Product Development Final Inspection Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:11:00 +0000 984231 at http://wardsauto.com Mary Barra's Leadership Not for Faint of Heart http://wardsauto.com/blog/mary-barras-leadership-not-faint-heart <div class="node-body blog-body">GM’s faulty-ignition crisis, though unfortunate, presents Barra with a teachable moment, as all eyes focus on the new CEO to see if she has the right stuff to lead the automaker through this crucial time.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/mary-barras-leadership-not-faint-heart" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/mary-barras-leadership-not-faint-heart#comments Blog Management & Strategy Politics Auto Makers North America U.S. General Motors Management & Strategy Electronics GM's Recall Crisis faulty ignition switch recall Final Inspection Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:22:00 +0000 979621 at http://wardsauto.com Packard Plant: From Abandoned to Embraced http://wardsauto.com/blog/packard-plant-abandoned-embraced <div class="node-body blog-body">Detroit Free Press photographer Brian Kaufman captures the tragic decline of a historic vehicle assembly plant on the city's east side in a riveting new documentary, "Packard: The Last Shift."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/packard-plant-abandoned-embraced" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/packard-plant-abandoned-embraced#comments Blog Plants & Production Auto Makers North America U.S. Vehicle Assembly Brian Kaufman Detroit Free Press Fernando Palazuelo Ford Freep Film Festival Henry Ford Highland Park middle class Model T Packard Packard Motor Car Company Packard: The Last Shift Piquette Avenue plant Skip Gilson Wayne State University Final Inspection Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:08:00 +0000 979521 at http://wardsauto.com GM Puts All Its Chips on Newly Minted CEO http://wardsauto.com/blog/gm-puts-all-its-chips-newly-minted-ceo <div class="node-body blog-body">Barra will need to convince the car-buying public the recall scandal is a relic of the old GM if public confidence is to be restored and market share retained.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/gm-puts-all-its-chips-newly-minted-ceo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/gm-puts-all-its-chips-newly-minted-ceo#comments Blog Management & Strategy Politics Auto Makers North America U.S. General Motors Management & Strategy GM's Recall Crisis Final Inspection Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:41:00 +0000 976721 at http://wardsauto.com When It Comes to Mileage, Cars Tell the Truth http://wardsauto.com/blog/when-it-comes-mileage-cars-tell-truth-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">A vehicle’s trip computer is the most accurate way to judge its thirst for fuel.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/when-it-comes-mileage-cars-tell-truth-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/when-it-comes-mileage-cars-tell-truth-0#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Diesel Electronic Control Units (ECU) Fuel Economy Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Final Inspection Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:05:00 +0000 972831 at http://wardsauto.com Warranty Costs the Next Supplier-OE Battleground http://wardsauto.com/blog/warranty-costs-next-supplier-oe-battleground <div class="node-body blog-body">Parts makers currently spend a fraction of what vehicle manufacturers do annually to cover warranties, and automakers are eager to share the pain.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/warranty-costs-next-supplier-oe-battleground" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/warranty-costs-next-supplier-oe-battleground#comments Blog Management & Strategy Auto Makers Suppliers North America U.S. Auto Makers Suppliers Finance OE-Supplier Relations Final Inspection Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:43:00 +0000 971861 at http://wardsauto.com Honda Insight Doomed From Start http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-insight-doomed-start <div class="node-body blog-body">The Insight was too small when it needed to be big, too fuel-efficient when it wasn't necessary, not around when people cared about fuel economy and not fuel-efficient enough they sort of did.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-insight-doomed-start" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-insight-doomed-start#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Honda Hybrid Vehicles Accord Hybrid Honda hybrid Insight Integrated Motor Assist Prius Toyota Final Inspection Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:13:00 +0000 961861 at http://wardsauto.com Auto Industry Pushes for Currency-Manipulation Crackdown in TPP Trade Talks http://wardsauto.com/blog/auto-industry-pushes-currency-manipulation-crackdown-tpp-trade-talks <div class="node-body blog-body">U.S. automakers are insisting any future bilateral trade agreements commit in writing promises not to manipulate currency-exchange rates, with Japan in the crosshairs. And for once U.S lawmakers are listening.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/auto-industry-pushes-currency-manipulation-crackdown-tpp-trade-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/auto-industry-pushes-currency-manipulation-crackdown-tpp-trade-talks#comments Blog Politics Auto Makers North America U.S. Chrysler Ford General Motors Globalization Regulatory Agencies Tariffs Trade Trade Organizations United Auto Workers (UAW) TPP Trans-Pacific Partnership Final Inspection Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:46:00 +0000 959721 at http://wardsauto.com Why Can’t UAW Sell Itself? http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-can-t-uaw-sell-itself <div class="node-body blog-body">In the business world, when your sales strategy fails, you know it’s time to develop a new approach.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-can-t-uaw-sell-itself" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-can-t-uaw-sell-itself#comments Blog Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Auto Makers North America U.S. Volkswagen Politics Employment Labor & Human Resources United Auto Workers (UAW) Final Inspection Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:07:00 +0000 959311 at http://wardsauto.com Another One Bites the Dust, Unfairly http://wardsauto.com/blog/another-one-bites-dust-unfairly <div class="node-body blog-body">Hyundai-Kia parts way with yet another executive, but he didn’t have much to work with.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/another-one-bites-dust-unfairly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/another-one-bites-dust-unfairly#comments Blog Management & Strategy Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Kia Inventories Labor & Human Resources Capacity Dave Zuchowski Days Supply Forte Hyundai Inventory John Krafcik Kia Optima Plant Sales Tom Loveless Final Inspection Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:35:00 +0000 954091 at http://wardsauto.com Renschler’s Resignation Should Be No Surprise http://wardsauto.com/blog/renschler-s-resignation-should-be-no-surprise <div class="node-body blog-body">Renschler is ambitious and fearless. At the age of 37, he took on the incredibly daunting task of building a Mercedes-Benz luxury SUV when there was no such thing.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/renschler-s-resignation-should-be-no-surprise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/renschler-s-resignation-should-be-no-surprise#comments Blog Management & Strategy Auto Makers Europe Germany Daimler Management & Strategy Final Inspection Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:27:00 +0000 941321 at http://wardsauto.com Safety Tech Vs. Safer Drivers http://wardsauto.com/blog/safety-tech-vs-safer-drivers-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">If we develop and fund serious driver programs that individually coach and train motorists to become better drivers, the impact will be immediate.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/safety-tech-vs-safer-drivers-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/safety-tech-vs-safer-drivers-0#comments Blog Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Suppliers Blindspot Detection Lane-Departure Warning Lidar Safety Final Inspection Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:05:00 +0000 939421 at http://wardsauto.com