Final Inspection http://wardsauto.com/blog/96655/feed en Where Did Scion Slip? Let Me Count the Ways http://wardsauto.com/blog/where-did-scion-slip-let-me-count-ways <div class="node-body blog-body">Targeting cash-poor young buyers, selling products that made more sense as Toyotas, and recent uninspired advertising are just a few of the ways Scion got lost.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/where-did-scion-slip-let-me-count-ways" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/where-did-scion-slip-let-me-count-ways#comments Industry Final Inspection Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:36:00 +0000 1461591 at http://wardsauto.com American Motors’ Former HQ for $500? http://wardsauto.com/blog/american-motors-former-hq-500 <div class="node-body blog-body">How things got to this sad state of affairs is a story much too long to recite here, but it reflects AMC’s often-stormy history from its creation in 1954. </div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/american-motors-former-hq-500" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/american-motors-former-hq-500#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry U.S. Technology Dealer IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Chrysler Design Product Development Final Inspection Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0000 1383481 at http://wardsauto.com Can U.S. Automakers Compete? http://wardsauto.com/blog/can-us-automakers-compete <div class="node-body blog-body">Toyota has created a new class of stock that locks shareholders into holding their certificates for at least five years. Toyota says it needs a financial instrument that will allow it to fund long-term investments that won’t pay off for years. How will U.S.-based automakers compete against that? </div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/can-us-automakers-compete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/can-us-automakers-compete#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry U.S. Technology Dealer IdeaXChange Miscellaneous General Motors Toyota Product Development Vehicles & Technology Final Inspection Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000 1362781 at http://wardsauto.com No Easy Way Forward for VW Post-Dieselgate http://wardsauto.com/blog/no-easy-way-forward-vw-post-dieselgate <div class="node-body blog-body">Coming back from the scandal will take resolve, patience, a big strategy shift and an awful lot of money.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/no-easy-way-forward-vw-post-dieselgate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/no-easy-way-forward-vw-post-dieselgate#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America Industry U.S. IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Volkswagen Management & Strategy Final Inspection Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:35:00 +0000 1355891 at http://wardsauto.com VW’s Deception Hurts Entire Auto Industry http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-s-deception-hurts-entire-auto-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">This action is so cynical, brazen and devious it has left even VW’s biggest supporters feeling betrayed. </div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-s-deception-hurts-entire-auto-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-s-deception-hurts-entire-auto-industry#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry Engines Diesel U.S. Technology Dealer IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Product Development Final Inspection Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:56:00 +0000 1352441 at http://wardsauto.com Why Are CUVs So Popular? http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-are-cuvs-so-popular <div class="node-body blog-body">There’s a big difference between CUVs and SUVs. The first typically is unibody with limited off-road capabilities; the other usually is body-on-frame with good off-road capabilities.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-are-cuvs-so-popular" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-are-cuvs-so-popular#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry U.S. Interiors Technology Dealer IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Auto Makers Exterior Interior Product Development Seats Final Inspection Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:41:00 +0000 1337721 at http://wardsauto.com Information Technology Making Mean Streets Less Mean http://wardsauto.com/blog/information-technology-making-mean-streets-less-mean <div class="node-body blog-body">While private vehicle ownership is not particularly desirable, it can be regulated economically while complementing growth of the transportation ‟sharing economy,” specialists in urban mobility say.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/information-technology-making-mean-streets-less-mean" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/information-technology-making-mean-streets-less-mean#comments Blog Auto Makers Politics Vehicles & Technology North America Industry U.S. Safety Technology Technology IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Auto Makers Politics Electronics Future Products Final Inspection Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:59:00 +0000 1326271 at http://wardsauto.com 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> <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 Industry U.S. Miscellaneous 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> <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 Analysis Industry North America - Regional Mexico Diesel U.S. Italy Dealer IdeaXChange Data & Insights Miscellaneous 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> <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 Analysis Europe - Regional Industry North America - Regional Engines Diesel U.S. Italy Technology Dealer IdeaXChange Data & Insights Miscellaneous 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> <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 Analysis Industry U.S. Dealer IdeaXChange Data & Insights Miscellaneous 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> <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 Industry U.S. IdeaXChange Miscellaneous 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> <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 Industry U.S. Technology Dealer IdeaXChange Miscellaneous 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> <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 Industry U.S. IdeaXChange Miscellaneous 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> <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 Analysis Industry Mexico India U.S. South Korea IdeaXChange Data & Insights Miscellaneous 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