Final Inspection http://wardsauto.com/blog/96655/feed en 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 Is ’15 Ford F-150 Too Advanced? http://wardsauto.com/blog/15-ford-f-150-too-advanced <div class="node-body blog-body">When it comes to vehicles, lighter almost always is better. Whatever Ford did to the F-150 has made me a believer.</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/15-ford-f-150-too-advanced" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/15-ford-f-150-too-advanced#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Aluminum Exterior Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Final Inspection Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:12:00 +0000 1152831 at http://wardsauto.com C’mon Parents, Let’s Be Better Role Models http://wardsauto.com/blog/c-mon-parents-let-s-be-better-role-models <div class="node-body blog-body">Statistics substantiate the argument too many moms and dads engage in dangerous behaviors and tasks such as driving unbelted, texting while driving and driving intoxicated. Our kids are watching.</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/c-mon-parents-let-s-be-better-role-models" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/c-mon-parents-let-s-be-better-role-models#comments Blog Auto Makers Politics Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. General Motors Politics Laws/Law Enforcement Seatbelts Jeff Boyer John Capp Kirk Ferris Lindsay Craven Presley Melton Safe Kids Worldwide Torine Creppy Final Inspection Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:45:00 +0000 1152781 at http://wardsauto.com 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