Final Inspection http://wardsauto.com/blog/96655/feed WardsAuto editors share insights and observations on the global auto industry. en Don’t Underestimate Steel http://wardsauto.com/blog/don-t-underestimate-steel <div class="node-body blog-body">The ’15 F-150 will be a success because it is a boldly engineered product with a fiercely loyal customer base, not because of what it’s made of. </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/don-t-underestimate-steel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/don-t-underestimate-steel#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Aluminum Product Development Steel Final Inspection Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:30:00 +0000 1133921 at http://wardsauto.com Thermonuclear Pickup Truck Wars http://wardsauto.com/blog/thermonuclear-pickup-truck-wars <div class="node-body blog-body">This is going to be the greatest sales battle in the U.S. in 2015. Both strategies could turn out to be successful, but that’s not the way it usually works. </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/thermonuclear-pickup-truck-wars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/thermonuclear-pickup-truck-wars#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chevrolet Ford Aluminum Exterior Manufacturing Technology Product Development Final Inspection Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:12:00 +0000 1132781 at http://wardsauto.com Odds Are Cadillac’s New York Stay to Be Temporary http://wardsauto.com/blog/odds-are-cadillac-s-new-york-stay-be-temporary <div class="node-body blog-body">Culture clashes, cost-cutting pressures or failure to complete the Herculean task of reviving Cadillac’s image all could be drivers for bringing the brand back home.</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/odds-are-cadillac-s-new-york-stay-be-temporary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/odds-are-cadillac-s-new-york-stay-be-temporary#comments Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. Cadillac Labor & Human Resources Final Inspection Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:50:00 +0000 1124211 at http://wardsauto.com Wised-Up Suppliers Expand for New Tech, Not More Volume http://wardsauto.com/blog/wised-suppliers-expand-new-tech-not-more-volume <div class="node-body blog-body">Even when running near 100% capacity, auto supplier margins are razor thin, so investing millions in new construction based on OEM sales projections and economic forecasts takes a major leap of faith.</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/wised-suppliers-expand-new-tech-not-more-volume" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/wised-suppliers-expand-new-tech-not-more-volume#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Aisin Bosch Chrysler Continental Faurecia Capacity Utilization Product Development Vehicles & Technology Final Inspection Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:22:00 +0000 1113391 at http://wardsauto.com Incentives Rising, But No Need for Panic http://wardsauto.com/blog/incentives-rising-no-need-panic <div class="node-body blog-body">Industry-watchers worried by escalating incentives, but a better barometer of the auto sector’s health may be transaction prices, which continue to hold ground.</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/incentives-rising-no-need-panic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/incentives-rising-no-need-panic#comments Blog Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Incentives Final Inspection Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:40:00 +0000 1107311 at http://wardsauto.com Why Young People Shun Auto Industry http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-young-people-shun-auto-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">The difference today is automakers have stopped selling the dream in favor of selling the deal. Dream cars disappeared decades ago, and concept cars are merely production cars with the door handles and side mirrors removed. </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-young-people-shun-auto-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-young-people-shun-auto-industry#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Chrysler Ford General Motors Labor & Human Resources Product Development Final Inspection Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:11:00 +0000 1091661 at http://wardsauto.com 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 Auto Makers Management & Strategy 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 Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics 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 Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production 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