Fuel Economy http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53329/more en ’16 Grand Cherokee First With Upgraded Pentastar V-6 http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/16-grand-cherokee-first-upgraded-pentastar-v-6 <div class="node-body article-body">Without 2-step variable valve lift, the ’15 version of the Pentastar always operated in high-lift mode, consuming more fuel. FCA says the new system results in less overall pumping work, singlehandedly accounting for a fuel-economy gain of up to 2.7%.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/16-grand-cherokee-first-upgraded-pentastar-v-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/16-grand-cherokee-first-upgraded-pentastar-v-6#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Jeep Engine Fuel Economy Gasoline Product Development Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:12:00 +0000 1340931 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Upgraded Pentastar V-6 incorporates cooled EGR.</strong></p> 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 Reporter Notebook: Luxury Sales Handcuffed in China http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/reporter-notebook-luxury-sales-handcuffed-china-0 <div class="field-deck"> 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars </div> <div class="node-body article-body">WardsAuto writers pass along the buzz at this week’s Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/reporter-notebook-luxury-sales-handcuffed-china-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/reporter-notebook-luxury-sales-handcuffed-china-0#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Suppliers North America North America - Regional China U.S. General Motors Rolls Royce 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars Design Fuel Economy Product Development Purchashing Sales Results Thu, 06 Aug 2015 17:05:00 +0000 1328311 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px;">Yao Lu, China&rsquo;s senior business analyst-State Information Center.</span></strong></p> Full View Photography The World According to Tesla http://wardsauto.com/blog/world-according-tesla <div class="node-body blog-body">If you work at Tesla, which is valued at about $25 billion and sells just one very good luxury car, the possibilities must seem limitless.</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/world-according-tesla" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/world-according-tesla#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Tesla 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars Electric Vehicles Finance Fuel Economy Li-ion Product Development Road Ahead Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:28:00 +0000 1327521 at http://wardsauto.com U.S. Fuel Economy Nearly Flat in July http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/us-fuel-economy-nearly-flat-july <div class="node-body article-body">Relatively low gasoline costs have moved shoppers away from alternative power types and traditionally efficient vehicle segments.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/us-fuel-economy-nearly-flat-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/us-fuel-economy-nearly-flat-july#comments Public Auto Makers Politics Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Fuel Economy Sales Results Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:04:00 +0000 1327381 at http://wardsauto.com Green Cars No Lost Cause…Or Are They? http://wardsauto.com/north-america/green-cars-no-lost-cause-or-are-they <div class="field-deck"> 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While broccoli is good for people, they’d rather have doughnuts, much in the same way new-car buyers would rather drive light trucks than fuel-efficient small cars or hybrids, says Honda dealer Forrest McConnell III.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/north-america/green-cars-no-lost-cause-or-are-they" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/north-america/green-cars-no-lost-cause-or-are-they#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Dealerships Tesla Management & Strategy 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars California Air Resources Board (CARB) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fuel Economy Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:21:00 +0000 1326581 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Honda dealer Forrest McConnell III uses broccoli and doughnut to illustrate demand for alternative powertrains.</strong></p> Full View Photography Despite Cheap Gas, Auto Engineers Predict Stricter CAFE Rules http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/despite-cheap-gas-auto-engineers-predict-stricter-cafe-rules <div class="field-deck"> 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Almost 90% of auto engineers and designers say the CAFE goal for 2025 will stay the same or become even more stringent. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/despite-cheap-gas-auto-engineers-predict-stricter-cafe-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/despite-cheap-gas-auto-engineers-predict-stricter-cafe-rules#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Suppliers Politics Electric Vehicles Fuel Economy Gasoline Product Development Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 1325771 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Electrification and diesels saw greatest increase in mentions in this year&#39;s survey of promising technologies.</strong></p> Powertrain Diversity: ‘So Far, So Good’ On CAFE Future http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/powertrain-diversity-so-far-so-good-cafe-future <div class="field-byline"> Bill Visnic </div> <div class="field-deck"> 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars </div> <div class="node-body article-body">More than 10% of ’15 model-year vehicles already meet CAFE standards for 2020 or later, including many pickups and other utility vehicles. Automakers outline how a diversity of powertrain solutions has helped it all come about. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/powertrain-diversity-so-far-so-good-cafe-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/powertrain-diversity-so-far-so-good-cafe-future#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Politics Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers BMW General Motors Toyota Volkswagen Politics 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars Charging Diesel Electric Vehicles Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fuel Economy Fuel-Cell Vehicles Hybrid Vehicles Li-ion Manufacturing Technology Turbocharger Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:04:00 +0000 1326411 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Toyota&rsquo;s Ward slips Mirai FCEV sales pitch into speech.</strong></p> Full View Photography EPA Official: ’15 Ford F-150 Almost Meets 2025 CAFE http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/epa-official-15-ford-f-150-almost-meets-2025-cafe <div class="field-deck"> 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars </div> <div class="node-body article-body">EPA’s Christopher Grundler says it is a myth CAFE regulations ignore consumer choice and are trying to force everyone into small cars.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/epa-official-15-ford-f-150-almost-meets-2025-cafe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/epa-official-15-ford-f-150-almost-meets-2025-cafe#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Politics 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars Aerodynamics Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Fuel Economy Product Development Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:15:00 +0000 1326391 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Grundler: Too many myths surrounding CAFE rules.</strong></p> Full View Photography Road to MBS in Colorado: Pure Michigan Kick http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/road-mbs-colorado-pure-michigan-kick <div class="field-deck"> 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Chevy pickup has comfortable seats, a smooth ride and quiet cabin, and it passed the inclement weather test. But the gas gauge and storage bins are tiny. It’s a worthy competitor in the midsize pickup segment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/road-mbs-colorado-pure-michigan-kick" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/road-mbs-colorado-pure-michigan-kick#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Chevrolet 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars Automatic Cameras Fuel Economy Gasoline Information & Entertainment Product Development Sales Results Seats Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:54:00 +0000 1326231 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Dave Smith with Chevrolet Colorado.</strong></p> Full View Photography