Final Inspection http://wardsauto.com/blog/96655/feed en Chevy Cruze Diesel Caught in Game of Catch Up http://wardsauto.com/blog/chevy-cruze-diesel-caught-game-catch <div class="node-body blog-body">According to WardsAuto data, the Cruze diesel has accounted for 5,974 deliveries since its launch one year ago. That’s a scant 2.0% of the compact sedan’s powertrain mix.</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/chevy-cruze-diesel-caught-game-catch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/chevy-cruze-diesel-caught-game-catch#comments Blog Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chevrolet Diesel Sales Results Allen Schaeffer Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Diesel Technology Forum Rick Kwiecien Volkswagen Jetta TDI Final Inspection Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:45:00 +0000 1065131 at http://wardsauto.com Fiat-Chrysler Could Be Good Fit With VW http://wardsauto.com/blog/fiat-chrysler-could-be-good-fit-vw <div class="node-body blog-body">VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech long has had his eye on the Alfa Romeo brand, but would the rest of Fiat-Chrysler fit? Maybe not as badly as you would think at first blush.</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/fiat-chrysler-could-be-good-fit-vw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/fiat-chrysler-could-be-good-fit-vw#comments Management & Strategy Auto Makers Europe North America U.S. Germany Italy Chrysler Fiat Volkswagen Fiat-Chrysler: What's Next Globalization Final Inspection Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:34:00 +0000 1062381 at http://wardsauto.com Barra Driving Change at GM http://wardsauto.com/blog/barra-driving-change-gm <div class="node-body blog-body">Under CEO Mary Barra, GM is the only one stepping up to change the conversation and fix the long-broken mechanisms for protecting consumers from potentially dangerous vehicle defects and compensating victims. </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/barra-driving-change-gm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/barra-driving-change-gm#comments Blog Management & Strategy Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. General Motors Management & Strategy GM's Recall Crisis Product Development Restructuring Audi 5000 ignition switches James Burke Johnson & Johnson Mary Barra recall sudden acceleration Tylenol Final Inspection Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:45:00 +0000 1055851 at http://wardsauto.com Lincoln’s Biggest Challenge May Come From Within http://wardsauto.com/blog/lincoln-s-biggest-challenge-may-come-within <div class="node-body blog-body">Ford is attempting to revive the moribund Lincoln brand, pouring considerable resources into launching new products, including the MKZ midsize sedan and the MKC CUV.</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/lincoln-s-biggest-challenge-may-come-within" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/lincoln-s-biggest-challenge-may-come-within#comments Blog Management & Strategy Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Lincoln Engines Exterior Interior Product Development Final Inspection Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:45:00 +0000 1042851 at http://wardsauto.com Reliance on New Market Economies a Cautionary Tale http://wardsauto.com/blog/reliance-new-market-economies-cautionary-tale <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s no longer enough for a global village to build a car industry. What’s needed are responsible governments that value and support their domestic automakers.</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/reliance-new-market-economies-cautionary-tale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/reliance-new-market-economies-cautionary-tale#comments Blog Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Auto Makers Asia Pacific Asia Pacific - Regional Ford General Motors Honda Toyota Globalization Laws/Law Enforcement Trade Vehicle Assembly Final Inspection Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:18:00 +0000 1038361 at http://wardsauto.com Bill Hoglund Dies at 79, Narrowly Missed Top Spot at GM http://wardsauto.com/blog/bill-hoglund-dies-79-narrowly-missed-top-spot-gm <div class="node-body blog-body">The former GM executive credited for revitalizing Pontiac in the 1980s once said, “Whoever did the Aztek ought to be shot.” </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/bill-hoglund-dies-79-narrowly-missed-top-spot-gm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/bill-hoglund-dies-79-narrowly-missed-top-spot-gm#comments Blog Management & Strategy Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. General Motors Labor & Human Resources Vehicles & Technology Pontiac Aztek Final Inspection Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:47:00 +0000 1039081 at http://wardsauto.com Personal Responsibility Must Play Role in Auto Safety http://wardsauto.com/blog/personal-responsibility-must-play-role-auto-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Crash data show most deaths to motor-vehicle occupants are the result of drivers making mistakes or breaking the law, not defects, not Charles Manson cars, not evil automakers. </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/personal-responsibility-must-play-role-auto-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/personal-responsibility-must-play-role-auto-safety#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chevrolet Ford GM's Recall Crisis Vehicles & Technology Final Inspection Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:13:00 +0000 1034751 at http://wardsauto.com How Dave Power Became ‘Voice of the Customer’ http://wardsauto.com/blog/how-dave-power-became-voice-customer <div class="node-body blog-body">In launching his firm, Power came up with a unique idea: Talk directly to customers about their problems, likes and complaints.</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/how-dave-power-became-voice-customer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/how-dave-power-became-voice-customer#comments Blog Management & Strategy Retail Sales & Marketing Suppliers North America U.S. Suppliers Advertising Dealership Management Product Development Vehicles in Operation Final Inspection Fri, 30 May 2014 11:51:00 +0000 1028301 at http://wardsauto.com As Seen in Automaker Conference Rooms http://wardsauto.com/blog/seen-automaker-conference-rooms <div class="node-body blog-body">Watch-it-come-clean demos aren’t limited to TV spots. </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/seen-automaker-conference-rooms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/seen-automaker-conference-rooms#comments Blog Sales & Marketing Suppliers North America U.S. Suppliers Sales & Marketing Final Inspection Wed, 28 May 2014 11:34:00 +0000 1026791 at http://wardsauto.com Love Affair With Cars Is Moving, Not Fading http://wardsauto.com/blog/love-affair-cars-moving-not-fading <div class="node-body blog-body">Wherever else in the world enthusiasm for cars and trucks is waning, China will more than make up for it.</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/love-affair-cars-moving-not-fading" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/love-affair-cars-moving-not-fading#comments Blog Management & Strategy Plants & Production Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers 2014 Beijing Auto Show Globalization Production Final Inspection Thu, 22 May 2014 12:09:00 +0000 1020091 at http://wardsauto.com No Worries, Europeans, EC’s Got Your Back – and Ears http://wardsauto.com/blog/no-worries-europeans-ec-s-got-your-back-and-ears <div class="node-body blog-body">Once enacted, the region's new noise-reduction regulation states, “The reduction of the number of highly annoyed people will be 25%.” I’ve met more than a few highly annoyed people in Europe, many of them waiting tables in Paris, and traffic noise had nothing to do with it.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </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/no-worries-europeans-ec-s-got-your-back-and-ears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/no-worries-europeans-ec-s-got-your-back-and-ears#comments Blog Auto Makers Europe Vehicles & Technology Europe - Regional Auto Makers Electric Vehicles Engines European Commission ACEA European Parliament European Union Ivan Hodac World Health Organization Final Inspection Tue, 20 May 2014 12:12:00 +0000 1022831 at http://wardsauto.com FCA 5-Year Business Plan Overreaching http://wardsauto.com/blog/fca-5-year-business-plan-overreaching <div class="node-body blog-body">The strategy calls for growing volume of all brands to 6.3 million units by 2018, up from 4.4 million in 2013.</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-5-year-business-plan-overreaching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/fca-5-year-business-plan-overreaching#comments Blog World Management & Strategy Auto Makers Sales & Marketing World Alfa Romeo Chrysler Ferrari Fiat Fiat-Chrysler: What's Next Globalization Product Development Sales Results Final Inspection Thu, 15 May 2014 16:30:00 +0000 1019111 at http://wardsauto.com GM and NHTSA Need to Dig Deeper http://wardsauto.com/blog/gm-and-nhtsa-need-dig-deeper <div class="node-body blog-body">I’m not convinced throwing more money at a government agency will fix anything.</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-and-nhtsa-need-dig-deeper" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/gm-and-nhtsa-need-dig-deeper#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. General Motors Design GM's Recall Crisis Final Inspection Wed, 14 May 2014 13:40:00 +0000 1012151 at http://wardsauto.com Carry Me Home, and Home http://wardsauto.com/blog/carry-me-home-and-home <div class="node-body blog-body">A Nissan NV200 arrives in the office just in time to help me with a move. How did it do? Read on to find out.</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/carry-me-home-and-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/carry-me-home-and-home#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Nissan cargo Chevy Express commercial CVT Ford E-Series Mercedes-Benz Sprinter moving Nissan NV200 rearview monitor small Transit Transit Connect U-Haul Van Final Inspection Mon, 12 May 2014 11:22:00 +0000 1012031 at http://wardsauto.com RIP Dodge Caravan: 1984-2016 http://wardsauto.com/blog/rip-dodge-caravan-1984-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">I’m so upset I may even donate, to the Salvation Army, my black crewneck sweater with the blue and white checkered shirt at the collar, the preferred attire of FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne.</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/rip-dodge-caravan-1984-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/rip-dodge-caravan-1984-2016#comments Blog Management & Strategy Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Dodge Fiat-Chrysler: What's Next Future Products Final Inspection Fri, 09 May 2014 11:45:00 +0000 1015521 at http://wardsauto.com