Product Development http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53310/more en Maruti Suzuki Not Standing Still Atop India Market http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/maruti-suzuki-not-standing-still-atop-india-market <div class="node-body article-body">This year’s rollout of new vehicles will be the largest in Maruti’s 32-year history as a Suzuki subsidiary. They include a mini-truck, a segment to which the automaker is a newcomer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/maruti-suzuki-not-standing-still-atop-india-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/maruti-suzuki-not-standing-still-atop-india-market#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Maruti Plants & Production Politics Finance Product Development Sales Results Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 1202341 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>New Ciaz sedan quick to make 10 best-sellers list.</strong></p> GM Investing $300 Million to Retool Plant for Cadillac CT6 http://wardsauto.com/gm-investing-300-million-retool-plant-cadillac-ct6 <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The automaker is upgrading and adding advanced manufacturing technology at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant ahead of this year's launch of the '16-model luxury sedan. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/gm-investing-300-million-retool-plant-cadillac-ct6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production North America U.S. Manufacturing Technology Product Development Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:29:00 +0000 1207411 at http://wardsauto.com GM Tooling Up CVT for Fuel-Economy Play http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/gm-tooling-cvt-fuel-economy-play <div class="node-body article-body">Details on GM’s CVT are limited, but sources tell WardsAuto it will find its way into several “high-volume” products by 2019, including models in the U.S.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/gm-tooling-cvt-fuel-economy-play" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/gm-tooling-cvt-fuel-economy-play#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Buick Cadillac Chevrolet GMC Nissan Opel/Vauxhall Continuously Variable (CVT) Dual Clutch (DCT) Fuel Economy Hybrid Vehicles Product Development AutoForecast Chevrolet Spark GM Powertrain Honda Accord Hybrid Jatco Nissan Opel Vectra Tom Read Xtronic CVT Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000 1202411 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Growth forecast for continuously variable transmissions, such as Nissan&rsquo;s Xtronic CVT.</strong></p> BMW Sticking With Diesel Gameplan http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/bmw-sticking-diesel-gameplan <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Prices are falling faster for gasoline than for diesel fuel, but that isn’t discouraging BMW from keeping a steady course with diesels in the portfolio. The automaker also unveils a refreshed 6-Series in three body styles in Detroit. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/bmw-sticking-diesel-gameplan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/bmw-sticking-diesel-gameplan#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Dealers Vehicles & Technology Diesel Resource Center North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW BMW Mini Diesel Fuel Economy Product Development Turbocharger Vehicle Assembly 6-Series ActiveHybrid 3-Series ActiveHybrid 5-Series Gran Coupe Ian Robertson Ludwig Willisch Mini 3-cyl. TwinPower U.S. Energy Information Administration Ward's 10 Best Engines X3 X4 X5 X6 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:40:00 +0000 1203791 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>BMW&rsquo;s Ludwig Willish, Ian Robertson celebrate NAIAS arrival of refreshed 6-Series.</strong></p> Korea’s Ssangyong Enters Tivoli in Global Ute Game http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/korea-s-ssangyong-enters-tivoli-global-ute-game <div class="node-body article-body">If directors of Indian parent Mahindra & Mahindra approve launching the compact SUV in the U.S., it would take at least two years for sales to begin.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/korea-s-ssangyong-enters-tivoli-global-ute-game" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/korea-s-ssangyong-enters-tivoli-global-ute-game#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India South Korea Ssangyong Sales & Marketing Finance Globalization Labor & Human Resources Product Development Production Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:55:00 +0000 1201661 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Automaker banking on Tivoli for turnaround.</strong></p> Audi: No Plans to Go Below A3 in U.S. http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/audi-no-plans-go-below-a3-us <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The German luxury-vehicle producer is looking upmarket, not down, with CEO Rupert Stadler telling media this week three “new large-model additions” are planned.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/audi-no-plans-go-below-a3-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/audi-no-plans-go-below-a3-us#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Sales & Marketing Europe Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Germany Audi Sales & Marketing 2015 North American International Auto Show Future Products Product Development Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:12:00 +0000 1201501 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Prologue concept expected basis for new A9 entry.</strong></p> GM’s Batey on Mergers: Thanks, But No Thanks http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-s-batey-mergers-thanks-no-thanks <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Alan Batey says he hopes to capitalize on the new strength he sees between GM and its dealers after last year’s recall crisis brought the sometimes adversaries closer together.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-s-batey-mergers-thanks-no-thanks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-s-batey-mergers-thanks-no-thanks#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Buick Cadillac Chevrolet GMC 2015 North American International Auto Show Product Development Restructuring Sales Results Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:41:00 +0000 1201491 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GM&rsquo;s Batey no fan of mergers, prefers specific collaborations.</strong></p> Falling Gasoline Prices Hurting Small-Car Sales, Ford’s Hinrichs Says http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/falling-gasoline-prices-hurting-small-car-sales-ford-s-hinrichs-says <div class="node-body article-body">Joe Hinrichs, president-The Americas, says low fuel prices and a consumer shift toward CUVs and SUVs have put a dent in small-car sales. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/falling-gasoline-prices-hurting-small-car-sales-ford-s-hinrichs-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/falling-gasoline-prices-hurting-small-car-sales-ford-s-hinrichs-says#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Aluminum Product Development Sales Results Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:04:00 +0000 1201561 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford Focus sales down 7.4% in 2014.&nbsp;</strong></p> Keeping Pace With Market Keeps Hyundai India in Front http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/keeping-pace-market-keeps-hyundai-india-front <div class="node-body article-body">The automaker’s 10 brands combined claim 21.6% of the local market, second only to Maruti Suzuki, and it is India’s leading exporter with a 40% share of sales. It is utilizing nearly all of its annual 640,000-unit capacity.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/keeping-pace-market-keeps-hyundai-india-front" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/keeping-pace-market-keeps-hyundai-india-front#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Hyundai Capacity Utilization Product Development Sales Results Tariffs Vehicle Assembly Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1193491 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Elite i20 Indian Car of the Year two years running.</strong></p> Volvo Aims to Regain Safety Reputation in U.S. http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/volvo-aims-regain-safety-reputation-us <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Volvo marketing and sales chief Alain Visser says the automaker’s reputation as safety leader in U.S. has slipped amid increased competition. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/volvo-aims-regain-safety-reputation-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/volvo-aims-regain-safety-reputation-us#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Volvo Car Globalization Product Development Sales Results Social Media Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:00:00 +0000 1199261 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Volvo sales chief to increase marketing spend.&nbsp;</strong></p>