Final Inspection http://wardsauto.com/blog/96655/feed WardsAuto editors share insights and observations on the global auto industry. en Honda Makes Bold Move But Will It Stick? http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-makes-bold-move-will-it-stick <div class="node-body blog-body">Honda puts a designer in charge of its Acura brand, but recent history shows similar moves at other automakers haven't been long-lived.</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-makes-bold-move-will-it-stick" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-makes-bold-move-will-it-stick#comments Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. Acura Labor & Human Resources Final Inspection Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:13:00 +0000 1322601 at http://wardsauto.com Chrysler Building Ram 1500 Diesels, But Sales Lag http://wardsauto.com/blog/chrysler-building-ram-1500-diesels-sales-lag <div class="node-body blog-body">Through June, FCA says the diesel makes up 18% of the Ram 1500s shipped from the plant but only 12% of the retail mix. The automaker says a 20% retail mix remains in sight. But it should have been achieved by now.</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/chrysler-building-ram-1500-diesels-sales-lag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/chrysler-building-ram-1500-diesels-sales-lag#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing North America North America - Regional Mexico U.S. Italy Ram Diesel Engine Incentives Inventories Registrations Sales Results Vehicle Assembly 3.0L EcoDiesel Brighton Chrysler EcoDiesel installation rate Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Zeigler Chrysler Final Inspection Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1315181 at http://wardsauto.com FCA Defends Ram Diesel Take-Rate http://wardsauto.com/blog/fca-defends-ram-diesel-take-rate <div class="node-body blog-body">General Motors has questioned Fiat Chrysler’s claimed 20% take-rate for the Ram EcoDiesel, and FCA says the rampup continues. An FCA executive says production bottlenecks at the plant in Cento, Italy, have been fixed to free up additional volume for the engine.</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/fca-defends-ram-diesel-take-rate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/fca-defends-ram-diesel-take-rate#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Italy General Motors Jeep Maserati Ram Diesel Engine Fuel Economy Product Development Sales Results Turbocharger Vehicles in Operation Bob Lee Dave Elshoff EcoDiesel Fuel Economy Jeep Grand Cherokee Maserati Ghibli price premium Ram 1500 SCR urea Ward's 10 Best Engines Final Inspection Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000 1306141 at http://wardsauto.com Fewer U.S. Households Buying New Cars http://wardsauto.com/blog/fewer-us-households-buying-new-cars <div class="node-body blog-body">If the same percentage of Americans bought cars and trucks this year as in 1978, we would see 22 million sales.</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/fewer-us-households-buying-new-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/fewer-us-households-buying-new-cars#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Product Development Sales Results Final Inspection Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 1304791 at http://wardsauto.com New GM, Barra Find ‘If It Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Right' http://wardsauto.com/blog/new-gm-barra-find-if-it-ain-t-rough-it-ain-t-right <div class="node-body blog-body">Barra and her executive team have plenty stacked against them these days, and the next few months will be as pivotal for GM as a winner-take-all NBA final.</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/new-gm-barra-find-if-it-ain-t-rough-it-ain-t-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/new-gm-barra-find-if-it-ain-t-rough-it-ain-t-right#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. Cadillac Chevrolet Restructuring Final Inspection Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:40:00 +0000 1297251 at http://wardsauto.com Merger Mania, Marchionne Style http://wardsauto.com/blog/merger-mania-marchionne-style <div class="node-body blog-body">The real force that will bring everyone to Marchionne’s line of thinking is mobility services.</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/merger-mania-marchionne-style" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/merger-mania-marchionne-style#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chrysler Fiat-Chrysler: What's Next Globalization Product Development Final Inspection Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:10:00 +0000 1291741 at http://wardsauto.com New Biography: Mary Barra Earned Her Way to Top at GM http://wardsauto.com/blog/new-biography-mary-barra-earned-her-way-top-gm <div class="node-body blog-body">What makes the CEO’s story all the more compelling is that she grew up in a middle-class GM family and wound up leading the world’s second-largest automaker.</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/new-biography-mary-barra-earned-her-way-top-gm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/new-biography-mary-barra-earned-her-way-top-gm#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. General Motors Management & Strategy Final Inspection Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:11:00 +0000 1293991 at http://wardsauto.com Talks No Usual Throwdown for GM Korea, Union in 2015 http://wardsauto.com/blog/talks-no-usual-throwdown-gm-korea-union-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Employees’ specialized skills make GM Korea’s new-vehicle and engine-development centers valuable assets. Line workers, however, differ mainly from their Indian, Mexican and Chinese counterparts in that they make a lot more money.</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/talks-no-usual-throwdown-gm-korea-union-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/talks-no-usual-throwdown-gm-korea-union-2015#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Asia Pacific North America Mexico India U.S. South Korea General Motors Hyundai Kia Samsung Ssangyong Globalization Labor & Human Resources Production Unions Final Inspection Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:41:00 +0000 1289851 at http://wardsauto.com Hey Cadillac, I Double-Dog Dare You http://wardsauto.com/blog/hey-cadillac-i-double-dog-dare-you <div class="node-body blog-body">Turns out Teddy Roosevelt used the phrase in a 1910 speech: “…who best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who, at worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.”</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/hey-cadillac-i-double-dog-dare-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/hey-cadillac-i-double-dog-dare-you#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Cadillac Advertising Final Inspection Thu, 28 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000 1286161 at http://wardsauto.com Remembering Automotive Pioneer Denise McCluggage http://wardsauto.com/blog/remembering-automotive-pioneer-denise-mccluggage <div class="node-body blog-body">In a memorable drive along the Le Mans race course that followed the Mediterranean coastline on our way to Nice, Denise filled my head with raucous stories of her many races and the famous drivers she knew from the early days.</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/remembering-automotive-pioneer-denise-mccluggage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/remembering-automotive-pioneer-denise-mccluggage#comments Blog Auto Makers North America U.S. Volkswagen Final Inspection Fri, 08 May 2015 11:49:00 +0000 1275401 at http://wardsauto.com