Product Development http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53310/more en FCA Defends Ram Diesel Take-Rate http://wardsauto.com/blog/fca-defends-ram-diesel-take-rate <div class="node-body blog-body">General Motors has questioned Fiat Chrysler’s claimed 20% take-rate for the Ram EcoDiesel, and FCA says the rampup continues. An FCA executive says production bottlenecks at the plant in Cento, Italy, have been fixed to free up additional volume for the engine.</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-defends-ram-diesel-take-rate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/fca-defends-ram-diesel-take-rate#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Italy General Motors Jeep Maserati Ram Diesel Engine Fuel Economy Product Development Sales Results Turbocharger Vehicles in Operation Bob Lee Dave Elshoff EcoDiesel Fuel Economy Jeep Grand Cherokee Maserati Ghibli price premium Ram 1500 SCR urea Ward's 10 Best Engines Final Inspection Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000 1306141 at http://wardsauto.com Honda Thailand to Unveil New-Gen CUV Prototype http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/honda-thailand-unveil-new-gen-cuv-prototype <div class="node-body article-body">Honda R&D Asia Pacific in Thailand developed the BR-V (Bold Runabout Vehicle) for the Asian market.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/honda-thailand-unveil-new-gen-cuv-prototype" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/honda-thailand-unveil-new-gen-cuv-prototype#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Asia Pacific - Regional Thailand Honda Product Development Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:45:00 +0000 1307531 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Concept drawing of Honda&rsquo;s prototype 7-passenger CUV.</strong></p> Fewer U.S. Households Buying New Cars http://wardsauto.com/blog/fewer-us-households-buying-new-cars <div class="node-body blog-body">If the same percentage of Americans bought cars and trucks this year as in 1978, we would see 22 million sales.</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/fewer-us-households-buying-new-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/fewer-us-households-buying-new-cars#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Product Development Sales Results Final Inspection Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 1304791 at http://wardsauto.com VQ Engine Family Branches Out http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/vq-engine-family-branches-out <div class="node-body article-body">Nissan’s VQ V-6, lauded since it came to the U.S. in 1994, has been heavily revised for the all-new Maxima sedan arriving now in showrooms. The automaker calls the VQ all-new as well, but many of the key specs carry over.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/vq-engine-family-branches-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/vq-engine-family-branches-out#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America Asia Pacific - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan Nissan Fuel Economy Gasoline Product Development Fuel Economy Nissan V-6 port fuel injection torque VQ Ward's 10 Best Engines Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1302401 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Nissan&rsquo;s 3.5L VQ in new Maxima has fully redesigned cylinder head with new air intake ports.</strong></p> The Future of Autonomous Technology http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/future-autonomous-technology <div class="node-body gallery-body">Mega supplier Continental details technology and gives roadmap of global rules for implementation of autonomous tech through 2020. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/future-autonomous-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/future-autonomous-technology#comments Public Management & Strategy Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Continental Autonomous Vehicles Design Future Products National Highway Traffic Safey Administration (NHTSA) Product Development Safety Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:59:00 +0000 1302441 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Sales of components related to autonomous driver assist technologies set to soar.</strong></p> European Investment Bank to Finance FCA R&D http://wardsauto.com/european-investment-bank-finance-fca-rd <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The automaker will use the €600 EIB loan, 50% of which will be guaranteed by the SACE investment-protection firm, to support R&D and production plans in Italy through 2017.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/european-investment-bank-finance-fca-rd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Europe - Regional Italy Finance Product Development Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:36:00 +0000 1305861 at http://wardsauto.com Will Hare or Tortoise Win Autonomous Car Race? http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/will-hare-or-tortoise-win-autonomous-car-race <div class="node-body article-body">Vision Zero mandates will create the proverbial hockey stick growth chart for ADAS systems beginning this year, resulting in an $11.4 billion (€10 billion) market by 2020.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/will-hare-or-tortoise-win-autonomous-car-race" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/will-hare-or-tortoise-win-autonomous-car-race#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Continental National Highway Traffic Safey Administration (NHTSA) Product Development Safety Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1302481 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford Focus with automatic emergency braking easily avoids hitting child dummy.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Kamaz Cuts Spare Autonomous-Truck Development http://wardsauto.com/europe/kamaz-cuts-spare-autonomous-truck-development <div class="node-body article-body">Driving the cutbacks in both investment and production is a 40% decline in year-to-date sales from like-2014.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/kamaz-cuts-spare-autonomous-truck-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/kamaz-cuts-spare-autonomous-truck-development#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Europe Vehicles & Technology Russia Auto Makers Autonomous Vehicles Finance Future Products Product Development Production Sales Results Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:51:00 +0000 1304011 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Weak ruble could strengthen exports of Kamaz dump trucks.</strong></p> Duramax Seeks Tow-Hold Among Compact Trucks http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/duramax-seeks-tow-hold-among-compact-trucks <div class="node-body article-body">Block, head, pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft are among carry-over parts on 2.8L diesel slated for Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, but unique features include an exhaust brake and torque converter with vibration-absorbing qualities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/duramax-seeks-tow-hold-among-compact-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/duramax-seeks-tow-hold-among-compact-trucks#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Asia Pacific - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Thailand Chevrolet Denso GMC Emissions Engine Fuel Economy Product Development centrifugal pendulum absorber Chevy Colorado CPA Diesel Duramax turbodiesel GM Thailand GMC Canyon Honeywell Nemak Rayong Scott Yackley SCR Tupy Wentzville Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:56:00 +0000 1303111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Duramax 2.8L 4-cyl. churns out 369 lb.-ft. (500 Nm) of twist at 2,000 rpm, trouncing 3.6L gasoline V-6.</strong></p> Will CARB’s Eased ZEV Rules Grow Cleaner-Car Demand? http://wardsauto.com/politics/will-carb-s-eased-zev-rules-grow-cleaner-car-demand <div class="node-body article-body">Regulators are granting Volvo, Mitsubishi, Mazda, JLR and Subaru an added hybrid option and a later compliance date of Jan. 1, 2018, by which time each company will be expected to have an approved pure ZEV or hybrid transitional ZEV on the market.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/will-carb-s-eased-zev-rules-grow-cleaner-car-demand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/will-carb-s-eased-zev-rules-grow-cleaner-car-demand#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Jaguar Land Rover Mazda Mitsubishi Subaru Tesla Volvo Car Electric Vehicles Emissions Engines Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Sales Results Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:04:00 +0000 1302421 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mitsubishi launching Outlander PHEV in U.S. next year.</strong></p>