Product Development http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53310/more en Indian Automakers Scramble Aboard Utility Bandwagon http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/indian-automakers-scramble-aboard-utility-bandwagon <div class="node-body article-body">Automakers plan to launch at least 33 new utility vehicles in the next 33 months. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/indian-automakers-scramble-aboard-utility-bandwagon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/indian-automakers-scramble-aboard-utility-bandwagon#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Bentley Jeep Land Rover Mahindra & Mahindra Maruti Mercedes Tata Sales & Marketing Product Development Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:45:00 +0000 1336941 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Locally built Hyundai Creta based on China-specific ix25.</strong></p> Hyundai Making Foray Into High-Performance Arena http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/hyundai-making-foray-high-performance-arena <div class="node-body article-body">Hyundai sources say the vehicle won’t go into production but was developed to show features that could wind up in future performance cars and perhaps even in production vehicles.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/hyundai-making-foray-high-performance-arena" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/hyundai-making-foray-high-performance-arena#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy 2015 Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Europe Vehicles & Technology South Korea Germany BMW Hyundai Advertising Design Product Development Social Media Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:15:00 +0000 1337581 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>N2025 concept comes to ‟life&rdquo; with placement in PlayStation video game.</strong></p> GM China JV Announces 'Green Car' Plant http://wardsauto.com/gm-china-jv-announces-green-car-plant <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The plant under construction by SAIC-GM-Wuling, the U.S. automaker's JV with two Chinese companies, will have annual capacity to build 200,000 "new energy" electric and hybrid cars.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/gm-china-jv-announces-green-car-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology China Electric Vehicles Globalization Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Production Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:02:00 +0000 1335881 at http://wardsauto.com Lexus Targets German Rivals With 4-Cyl. GS http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/lexus-targets-german-rivals-4-cyl-gs <div class="node-body article-body">Both Audi and BMW have reached 4-cyl. penetration rates as high as 40% in their A6 and 5-Series sedans, so Lexus hopes to gain ground in the segment by offering a 241-hp 2.0L turbo-4 in the midsize sedan in ’16.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/lexus-targets-german-rivals-4-cyl-gs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/lexus-targets-german-rivals-4-cyl-gs#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan Lexus Fuel Economy Gasoline Product Development Sales Results Turbocharger Vehicle Interiors Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:02:00 +0000 1335051 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Smith pleased Lexus offering 4-cyl. in &rsquo;16 GS sedan.</strong></p> Tom Murphy Report Says Daimler's Zetsche Eyeing Tech JVs http://wardsauto.com/report-says-daimlers-zetsche-eyeing-tech-jvs <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">CEO Dieter Zetsche tells a German magazine automakers developing cars of the future will require "different types" of cooperation with high-tech companies such as Apple and Google. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/report-says-daimlers-zetsche-eyeing-tech-jvs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Europe Vehicles & Technology Germany Electronics Product Development Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:46:00 +0000 1335341 at http://wardsauto.com Hyundai Teases Sixth-Gen Elantra Ahead of LA Show http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/hyundai-teases-sixth-gen-elantra-ahead-la-show <div class="node-body article-body">Debuting in November at the Los Angeles auto show as a ’17-model precursor, the new Elantra’s design is tweaked to present an upscale appearance, but no details of any drivetrain changes are being revealed.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/hyundai-teases-sixth-gen-elantra-ahead-la-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/hyundai-teases-sixth-gen-elantra-ahead-la-show#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. South Korea Hyundai Sales & Marketing Exterior Product Development Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:47:00 +0000 1334861 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Styling tweaks for new-gen Elantra, badged Avante in South Korea.</strong></p> Report Says Dongfeng, Saab Owner to Develop Green Cars http://wardsauto.com/report-says-dongfeng-saab-owner-develop-green-cars <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">China's state-owned news agency says automakers Dongfeng and Saab owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden will develop what likely will be electric or highly electrified cars.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/report-says-dongfeng-saab-owner-develop-green-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Asia Pacific Europe China Sweden Product Development Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1332581 at http://wardsauto.com Lexus Refreshes LX SUV, GS Sedan http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/lexus-refreshes-lx-suv-gs-sedan <div class="node-body article-body">The brand is hoping LX sales can reach 5,000 units in its first full year in the U.S. and that the new model can gain ground on the Cadillac Escalade and other large luxury SUVs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/lexus-refreshes-lx-suv-gs-sedan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/lexus-refreshes-lx-suv-gs-sedan#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Lexus Automatic Gasoline Information & Entertainment Product Development Seats Suspension Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:00:00 +0000 1332301 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Lexus&#39; Brian Smith unveils refreshed LX SUV at Pebble Beach.</strong></p> Merge Those Powertrain Operations http://wardsauto.com/blog/merge-those-powertrain-operations <div class="node-body blog-body">In the NAFTA market alone, GM, Ford and FCA will build nearly 9 million engines and 9 million transmissions this year. FCA estimates nearly 90% of that production overlaps.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/merge-those-powertrain-operations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/merge-those-powertrain-operations#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chrysler General Motors Globalization Product Development Road Ahead Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:04:00 +0000 1330341 at http://wardsauto.com Ford Ushers Assembly Into Virtual World http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ford-ushers-assembly-virtual-world <div class="node-body article-body">A new digital lab in Dearborn ramps up Ford’s ability to use virtual reality in solving problematic vehicle-assembly operations. Ergonomic issues are down 90%, and the number of days missed by injured employees has dropped 75%.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ford-ushers-assembly-virtual-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ford-ushers-assembly-virtual-world#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers North America North America - Regional U.S. Ford Engine Manufacturing Technology Product Development Transmission Vehicle Assembly Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:49:00 +0000 1330271 at http://wardsauto.com <p><b><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Ford employee attempts to virtually mount F-150 transmission to engine. Screen in background shows plant environment, which employee sees with head-mounted display.<u1:p></u1:p></span></b></p>