Final Inspection http://wardsauto.com/blog/96655/feed en 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 Filmmaker on Mission to Find Car Designers From Industry’s Golden Age http://wardsauto.com/blog/filmmaker-mission-find-car-designers-industry-s-golden-age <div class="node-body blog-body">Director Robert Edwards already has compiled 35 hours of interviews and now is looking for additional funding to make his planned documentary on the history of auto design into a reality.</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/filmmaker-mission-find-car-designers-industry-s-golden-age" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/filmmaker-mission-find-car-designers-industry-s-golden-age#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. Auto Makers Product Development Final Inspection Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:01:00 +0000 1269201 at http://wardsauto.com Volvo’s Decision to Build U.S. Plant a Head-Scratcher http://wardsauto.com/blog/volvo-s-decision-build-us-plant-head-scratcher <div class="node-body blog-body">Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the company can’t become a true global automaker without an industrial presence in the U.S.</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/volvo-s-decision-build-us-plant-head-scratcher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/volvo-s-decision-build-us-plant-head-scratcher#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Volvo Car Globalization Sales Results Vehicle Assembly Final Inspection Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:15:00 +0000 1254881 at http://wardsauto.com Is UAW Willing to Give or Just Take? http://wardsauto.com/blog/uaw-willing-give-or-just-take <div class="node-body blog-body">Wall Street is reaping most of the riches of America’s resurgence, why not give a little bit of Wall Street to blue collar workers? That’s the fastest way to help bridge the gap in income inequality. </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/uaw-willing-give-or-just-take" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/uaw-willing-give-or-just-take#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production North America U.S. Auto Makers Employment Labor & Human Resources United Auto Workers (UAW) Final Inspection Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1249771 at http://wardsauto.com Paying to Fill the Potholes on the Oregon Trail http://wardsauto.com/blog/paying-fill-potholes-oregon-trail <div class="node-body blog-body">“The state is worried that with cars getting better and better mileage, it’ll collect less in fuel taxes to take care of the roads and bridges,” Nance tells husband Peter as she explains Oregon’s pay-per-mile road-funding scheme. </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/paying-fill-potholes-oregon-trail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/paying-fill-potholes-oregon-trail#comments Blog Auto Makers Politics Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Fiat Nissan Politics Electric Vehicles Fuel Economy Hybrid Vehicles Final Inspection Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000 1244691 at http://wardsauto.com Why Apple Won’t Make iCars http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-apple-won-t-make-icars <div class="node-body blog-body">Yes, Apple will put on a great tease, but it never will result in the manufacture of millions of clever iCars. </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-apple-won-t-make-icars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-apple-won-t-make-icars#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Tesla Autonomous Vehicles Electric Vehicles Product Development Final Inspection Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:17:00 +0000 1238681 at http://wardsauto.com Harry Wilson’s Money Grab http://wardsauto.com/blog/harry-wilson-s-money-grab <div class="node-body blog-body">Singling out shareholders for a big payday is not being fair or responsible. The “old GM” spent billions buying back shares and kept doing so almost until it went bankrupt. Look how well that worked. </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/harry-wilson-s-money-grab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/harry-wilson-s-money-grab#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers North America U.S. General Motors Finance Restructuring Final Inspection Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:33:00 +0000 1233561 at http://wardsauto.com