Final Inspection http://wardsauto.com/blog/96655/feed en Is Your Classic Car Worthy of Historical Register? http://wardsauto.com/blog/your-classic-car-worthy-historical-register <div class="node-body blog-body">“If we had a local fruit truck from Birmingham here or local delivery truck that is still around, a local firetruck, that’s every bit as important as the Washington Monument on the national level. It’s all part of our heritage, and heritage starts local," Mark Gessler says.</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/your-classic-car-worthy-historical-register" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/your-classic-car-worthy-historical-register#comments Management & Strategy Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Cadillac Chrysler Ford Design Engines Exterior Product Development Sales Results Concours d'Elegance of America Ford Mustang II concept Gary Peters Historic Vehicle Association Mark Gessler Shelby Daytona U.S. Department of Interior Final Inspection Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:18:00 +0000 1085481 at http://wardsauto.com Toyota’s Shift to Hydrogen From Battery-Electric Jolts Industry http://wardsauto.com/blog/toyota-s-shift-hydrogen-battery-electric-jolts-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">When the world’s largest producer of gas-electric hybrids decides to take the road less traveled, you can bet on a seismic shift in the industry’s market focus to fuel cells.</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/toyota-s-shift-hydrogen-battery-electric-jolts-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/toyota-s-shift-hydrogen-battery-electric-jolts-industry#comments Blog Management & Strategy Politics Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Japan Honda Toyota Politics Fuel-Cell Vehicles Incentives Product Development hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle Final Inspection Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:29:00 +0000 1066161 at http://wardsauto.com The Motor City Is Still the Motor City http://wardsauto.com/blog/motor-city-still-motor-city <div class="node-body blog-body">Cars and SUVs still are manufactured in the beleaguered city, which is emerging from bankruptcy and whose population has sunk to under 700,000, one-third that of its heyday in the 1950s. </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/motor-city-still-motor-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/motor-city-still-motor-city#comments Blog Management & Strategy Plants & Production Auto Makers North America U.S. Chrysler Ford General Motors Capacity Utilization Production Vehicle Assembly Final Inspection Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:40:00 +0000 1074901 at http://wardsauto.com 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 Diesel Resource Center 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