Special Reports http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53362/more en Car Dealer Job Posting: Inexperience Preferred http://wardsauto.com/dealers/car-dealer-job-posting-inexperience-preferred <div class="field-byline"> Tom Beaman </div> <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Dealer 500 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Germain heads off to colleges to tell students about the benefits of a dealership career.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/car-dealer-job-posting-inexperience-preferred" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/car-dealer-job-posting-inexperience-preferred#comments Public Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships Retail 2015 WardsAuto Dealer 500 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1291441 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Germain says her dealership wants customer-centric employees with good personalities.&nbsp;</strong></p> Arizona Dealer Follows His Managers’ Advice, Makes Bet and Wins http://wardsauto.com/dealers/arizona-dealer-follows-his-managers-advice-makes-bet-and-wins <div class="field-byline"> Tom Beaman </div> <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Dealer 500 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Don Luke knows exactly what he’d say to Sergio Marchionne if the two sat down together.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/arizona-dealer-follows-his-managers-advice-makes-bet-and-wins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/arizona-dealer-follows-his-managers-advice-makes-bet-and-wins#comments Public Dealers Finance & Insurance Resource Center North America U.S. Dealerships Retail 2015 WardsAuto Dealer 500 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1291371 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Luke says &ldquo;Arizona&rsquo;s back on track.&rdquo;</strong></p> ‘People’ Top Dealer’s ‘Five P’s’ of Management Philosophy http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/people-top-dealer-s-five-p-s-management-philosophy <div class="field-byline"> Tom Beaman </div> <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Dealer 500 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Dealership group’s flagship store contains a fitness center and health-care clinic for employees. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/people-top-dealer-s-five-p-s-management-philosophy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/people-top-dealer-s-five-p-s-management-philosophy#comments Public Dealers Finance & Insurance Resource Center North America U.S. Dealerships Retail 2015 WardsAuto Dealer 500 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:19:00 +0000 1291451 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&ldquo;Have you met a car dealer who wasn&rsquo;t an eternal optimist?&rdquo; Cimino says.&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> 500 Reasons It’s Great to Be an Auto Dealer http://wardsauto.com/dealers/500-reasons-it-s-great-be-auto-dealer <div class="field-byline"> Tom Beaman </div> <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Dealer 500 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The 29th annual WardsAuto Dealer 500 bears out optimism surrounding today’s auto retailing industry. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/500-reasons-it-s-great-be-auto-dealer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/500-reasons-it-s-great-be-auto-dealer#comments Public Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships Retail 2015 WardsAuto Dealer 500 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:31:00 +0000 1291471 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach, CA, remains No.1 on <em>WardsAuto Dealer 500</em>.</strong></p> BMW’s Girard Says Materials Strategy Brand Specific http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/bmw-s-girard-says-materials-strategy-brand-specific <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference </div> <div class="node-body article-body">More BMW i offerings appear to be in the pipeline, too. Asked if the automaker has plans for models beyond the i3 and i8, Girard answers coyly, “There are a lot of numbers between three and eight.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/bmw-s-girard-says-materials-strategy-brand-specific" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/bmw-s-girard-says-materials-strategy-brand-specific#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference Interior Mon, 08 Jun 2015 10:01:00 +0000 1292751 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>BMW&rsquo;s Girard considers user interface next automaker battleground.</strong></p> Joe Wilssens Mighty Mini 3-cyl. Features BMW’s Latest Tech http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/mighty-mini-3-cyl-features-bmw-s-latest-tech <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Story Behind 10 Best Engines </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Technology includes turbocharging, direct injection, dual Vanos variable camshaft control on intake and outlet sides and Valvetronic fully variable valve control.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/mighty-mini-3-cyl-features-bmw-s-latest-tech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/mighty-mini-3-cyl-features-bmw-s-latest-tech#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Mini Fuel Economy Gasoline Story Behind 2015 10 Best Engines Turbocharger Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:21:00 +0000 1289861 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Engine can be installed transversely or longitudinally, driving either front or rear wheels, and can power plug-in hybrid vehicles such as BMW i8.</strong></p> Automakers, Suppliers Show Off Powertrain Prowess http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/automakers-suppliers-show-powertrain-prowess <div class="field-deck"> 2015 SAE World Congress </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Toyota’s 1.2L 4-cyl. mill, the second in the automaker’s new downsized engine lineup, was introduced in Japan as an option for the Aurus in April and is being launched this month on an unspecified model in Europe.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/automakers-suppliers-show-powertrain-prowess" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/automakers-suppliers-show-powertrain-prowess#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Acura Hyundai Toyota Sales & Marketing 2015 SAE World Congress Aluminum Diesel Fuel-Cell Vehicles Gasoline Magnesium Steel Transmissions Fri, 22 May 2015 09:49:00 +0000 1283881 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Honda says 60% of Acura TLX frame uses lightweight materials.</strong></p> Ram Ecodiesel Barely Louder Than German Luxury Cars http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ram-ecodiesel-barely-louder-german-luxury-cars <div class="field-deck"> Story Behind 2015 10 Best Engines </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One key contributor to its unusual quietness is its rigid compacted graphite iron (CGI) block and bedplate. CGI typically reduces combustion noise 0.5 to 1.5 dBA vs. conventional gray iron.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ram-ecodiesel-barely-louder-german-luxury-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ram-ecodiesel-barely-louder-german-luxury-cars#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Engines North America U.S. Bosch Ram Diesel Story Behind 2015 10 Best Engines Turbocharger Fri, 22 May 2015 09:11:00 +0000 1274881 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Specs reflect engine status during testing last fall. Ram&rsquo;s most-efficient 2WD Ecodiesel model now rated at 21/29 mpg (11.2-8.1 L/100 km).</span></strong></p> Predictions and AutoNation’s Predicament at the Top http://wardsauto.com/dealers/predictions-and-autonation-s-predicament-top <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Megadealer 100 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Will Warren Buffett make a bid for the Hendrick auto dealership group?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/predictions-and-autonation-s-predicament-top" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/predictions-and-autonation-s-predicament-top#comments Public Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships 2015 WardsAuto Megadealer 100 Dealership Management Tue, 19 May 2015 11:04:00 +0000 1276771 at http://wardsauto.com Megadealers Leave Mark on Auto Industry http://wardsauto.com/dealers/megadealers-leave-mark-auto-industry <div class="field-byline"> Phil Villegas </div> <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Megadealer 100 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An analysis for the 27th annual WardsAuto Megadealer 100 looks at how grand-scale auto retailing started and where it went. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/megadealers-leave-mark-auto-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/megadealers-leave-mark-auto-industry#comments Public Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships Retail 2015 WardsAuto Megadealer 100 Tue, 19 May 2015 10:35:00 +0000 1275611 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Rick</strong> <strong>Hendrick&rsquo;s group quick to adapt.&nbsp; &nbsp;</strong></p>