Final Inspection http://wardsauto.com/blog/96655/feed en 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 Ito’s Departure a Long Time Coming http://wardsauto.com/blog/ito-s-departure-long-time-coming <div class="node-body blog-body">During outgoing Honda President Ito's reign, the automaker made some major missteps, from the underwhelming '12 Civic, to the '10 Insight. He also failed to boost the volume and prestige of the Acura brand.</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/ito-s-departure-long-time-coming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/ito-s-departure-long-time-coming#comments Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Asia Pacific Dealership Management Resource Center Japan Honda Labor & Human Resources Product Development Acura American BMW Civic European Fuji Heavy Honda hybrid Insight Luxury MDX Nissan NSX RDX Takahiro Hachigo Takanobu Ito Tier-1 Toyota Final Inspection Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:14:00 +0000 1231401 at http://wardsauto.com Ford's Choice of Lincoln Over JLR Good a Bet as Any http://wardsauto.com/blog/fords-choice-lincoln-over-jlr-good-bet-any <div class="node-body blog-body">Some pundits have argued Ford would have been better off keeping Jaguar Land Rover over Lincoln, but in reality both brands still require massive investments. </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/fords-choice-lincoln-over-jlr-good-bet-any" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/fords-choice-lincoln-over-jlr-good-bet-any#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Jaguar Land Rover Lincoln Restructuring Sales Results Final Inspection Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:13:00 +0000 1210741 at http://wardsauto.com Infiniti Needs New CUVs, Stat http://wardsauto.com/blog/infiniti-needs-new-cuvs-stat <div class="node-body blog-body">While large and performance cars are important to cast a halo over the Infiniti brand, it needs updated, compelling CUVs to really increase its sales and market presence.</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/infiniti-needs-new-cuvs-stat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/infiniti-needs-new-cuvs-stat#comments Blog World Auto Makers Management & Strategy World Infiniti Management & Strategy Acura Audi Audi Q3 BMW X1 CUV EX FX GLK Infiniti Johan de Nysschen Lexus MDX Mercedes GLA Michael Bartsch QX50 QX70 RDX RX Final Inspection Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:07:00 +0000 1228941 at http://wardsauto.com Dial Out Noise of GM Activist Shareholder http://wardsauto.com/blog/dial-out-noise-gm-activist-shareholder <div class="node-body blog-body">Harry Wilson’s bluster should be taken as nothing more. Sure, he’s got some big hedge fund names behind him and investors outside their circle would stand to profit too if the buyback were to happen. But it won’t.</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/dial-out-noise-gm-activist-shareholder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/dial-out-noise-gm-activist-shareholder#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. Buick Cadillac Chevrolet GMC Finance Final Inspection Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:05:00 +0000 1222211 at http://wardsauto.com 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