Final Inspection http://wardsauto.com/blog/96655/feed en NADA: The Show of Shows http://wardsauto.com/blog/nada-show-shows <div class="node-body blog-body">As I gaze into the next decade, it seems to me that automotive retail outlets are ideally suited to take advantage of the growing interest in car sharing and autonomous cars.</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/nada-show-shows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/nada-show-shows#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers NADA North America U.S. AutoNation Sales & Marketing Autonomous Vehicles Information Technology Internet Marketing Final Inspection Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:34:00 +0000 1211531 at http://wardsauto.com Look Outside U.S. for Cue on Cadillac Sales http://wardsauto.com/blog/look-outside-us-cue-cadillac-sales <div class="node-body blog-body">Globally, Cadillac says, its sales increased 5.2% last year. Don’t rub your eyes. That’s not a misprint. Cadillac sales last year were, in fact, up a tidy 13,000 units.</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/look-outside-us-cue-cadillac-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/look-outside-us-cue-cadillac-sales#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Cadillac Restructuring Sales Results Johan de Nysschen Final Inspection Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000 1194281 at http://wardsauto.com Lessons From the Takata Airbag Disaster http://wardsauto.com/blog/lessons-takata-airbag-disaster <div class="node-body blog-body">Automakers and suppliers must notify NHTSA about a problem immediately. Second, politicians and regulators need to adopt a more cooperative 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/lessons-takata-airbag-disaster" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/lessons-takata-airbag-disaster#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Honda Suppliers Toyota Politics National Highway Traffic Safey Administration (NHTSA) Safety Vehicles & Technology Final Inspection Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:12:00 +0000 1191441 at http://wardsauto.com Want More STEM Grads? Kill the Stereotypes http://wardsauto.com/blog/want-more-stem-grads-kill-stereotypes <div class="node-body blog-body">In India, top software engineers are considered as cool as top athletes. In the U.S., software engineers could not compete with badminton players in popularity, much less baseball and football stars. </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/want-more-stem-grads-kill-stereotypes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/want-more-stem-grads-kill-stereotypes#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. Auto Makers Bosch Labor & Human Resources Final Inspection Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:03:00 +0000 1175271 at http://wardsauto.com Is ’15 Ford F-150 Too Advanced? http://wardsauto.com/blog/15-ford-f-150-too-advanced <div class="node-body blog-body">When it comes to vehicles, lighter almost always is better. Whatever Ford did to the F-150 has made me a believer.</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/15-ford-f-150-too-advanced" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/15-ford-f-150-too-advanced#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Aluminum Exterior Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Final Inspection Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:12:00 +0000 1152831 at http://wardsauto.com C’mon Parents, Let’s Be Better Role Models http://wardsauto.com/blog/c-mon-parents-let-s-be-better-role-models <div class="node-body blog-body">Statistics substantiate the argument too many moms and dads engage in dangerous behaviors and tasks such as driving unbelted, texting while driving and driving intoxicated. Our kids are watching.</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/c-mon-parents-let-s-be-better-role-models" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/c-mon-parents-let-s-be-better-role-models#comments Blog Auto Makers Politics Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. General Motors Politics Laws/Law Enforcement Seatbelts Jeff Boyer John Capp Kirk Ferris Lindsay Craven Presley Melton Safe Kids Worldwide Torine Creppy Final Inspection Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:45:00 +0000 1152781 at http://wardsauto.com Don’t Underestimate Steel http://wardsauto.com/blog/don-t-underestimate-steel <div class="node-body blog-body">The ’15 F-150 will be a success because it is a boldly engineered product with a fiercely loyal customer base, not because of what it’s made of. </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/don-t-underestimate-steel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/don-t-underestimate-steel#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Aluminum Product Development Steel Final Inspection Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:30:00 +0000 1133921 at http://wardsauto.com Thermonuclear Pickup Truck Wars http://wardsauto.com/blog/thermonuclear-pickup-truck-wars <div class="node-body blog-body">This is going to be the greatest sales battle in the U.S. in 2015. Both strategies could turn out to be successful, but that’s not the way it usually works. </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/thermonuclear-pickup-truck-wars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/thermonuclear-pickup-truck-wars#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chevrolet Ford Aluminum Exterior Manufacturing Technology Product Development Final Inspection Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:12:00 +0000 1132781 at http://wardsauto.com Odds Are Cadillac’s New York Stay to Be Temporary http://wardsauto.com/blog/odds-are-cadillac-s-new-york-stay-be-temporary <div class="node-body blog-body">Culture clashes, cost-cutting pressures or failure to complete the Herculean task of reviving Cadillac’s image all could be drivers for bringing the brand back home.</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/odds-are-cadillac-s-new-york-stay-be-temporary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/odds-are-cadillac-s-new-york-stay-be-temporary#comments Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. Cadillac Labor & Human Resources Final Inspection Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:50:00 +0000 1124211 at http://wardsauto.com Wised-Up Suppliers Expand for New Tech, Not More Volume http://wardsauto.com/blog/wised-suppliers-expand-new-tech-not-more-volume <div class="node-body blog-body">Even when running near 100% capacity, auto supplier margins are razor thin, so investing millions in new construction based on OEM sales projections and economic forecasts takes a major leap of faith.</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/wised-suppliers-expand-new-tech-not-more-volume" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/wised-suppliers-expand-new-tech-not-more-volume#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Aisin Bosch Chrysler Continental Faurecia Capacity Utilization Product Development Vehicles & Technology Final Inspection Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:22:00 +0000 1113391 at http://wardsauto.com Incentives Rising, But No Need for Panic http://wardsauto.com/blog/incentives-rising-no-need-panic <div class="node-body blog-body">Industry-watchers worried by escalating incentives, but a better barometer of the auto sector’s health may be transaction prices, which continue to hold ground.</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/incentives-rising-no-need-panic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/incentives-rising-no-need-panic#comments Blog Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Incentives Final Inspection Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:40:00 +0000 1107311 at http://wardsauto.com Why Young People Shun Auto Industry http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-young-people-shun-auto-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">The difference today is automakers have stopped selling the dream in favor of selling the deal. Dream cars disappeared decades ago, and concept cars are merely production cars with the door handles and side mirrors removed. </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-young-people-shun-auto-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-young-people-shun-auto-industry#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Chrysler Ford General Motors Labor & Human Resources Product Development Final Inspection Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:11:00 +0000 1091661 at http://wardsauto.com Is Your Classic Car Worthy of Historical Register? http://wardsauto.com/blog/your-classic-car-worthy-historical-register <div class="node-body blog-body">“If we had a local fruit truck from Birmingham here or local delivery truck that is still around, a local firetruck, that’s every bit as important as the Washington Monument on the national level. It’s all part of our heritage, and heritage starts local," Mark Gessler says.</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/your-classic-car-worthy-historical-register" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/your-classic-car-worthy-historical-register#comments Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Cadillac Chrysler Ford Design Engines Exterior Product Development Sales Results Concours d'Elegance of America Ford Mustang II concept Gary Peters Historic Vehicle Association Mark Gessler Shelby Daytona U.S. Department of Interior Final Inspection Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:18:00 +0000 1085481 at http://wardsauto.com Toyota’s Shift to Hydrogen From Battery-Electric Jolts Industry http://wardsauto.com/blog/toyota-s-shift-hydrogen-battery-electric-jolts-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">When the world’s largest producer of gas-electric hybrids decides to take the road less traveled, you can bet on a seismic shift in the industry’s market focus to fuel cells.</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/toyota-s-shift-hydrogen-battery-electric-jolts-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/toyota-s-shift-hydrogen-battery-electric-jolts-industry#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Japan Honda Toyota Politics Fuel-Cell Vehicles Incentives Product Development hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle Final Inspection Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:29:00 +0000 1066161 at http://wardsauto.com The Motor City Is Still the Motor City http://wardsauto.com/blog/motor-city-still-motor-city <div class="node-body blog-body">Cars and SUVs still are manufactured in the beleaguered city, which is emerging from bankruptcy and whose population has sunk to under 700,000, one-third that of its heyday in the 1950s. </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/motor-city-still-motor-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/motor-city-still-motor-city#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production North America U.S. Chrysler Ford General Motors Capacity Utilization Production Vehicle Assembly Final Inspection Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:40:00 +0000 1074901 at http://wardsauto.com