Materials http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53442/more en New ’15 Ford F-150 to Achieve 26 MPG, Just Shy of Ram EcoDiesel http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-15-ford-f-150-achieve-26-mpg-just-shy-ram-ecodiesel-0 <div class="node-body article-body">Early builds of the new ’15 Ford F-150 have been cleared for sale and will reach dealerships within a week, the automaker says. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-15-ford-f-150-achieve-26-mpg-just-shy-ram-ecodiesel-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-15-ford-f-150-achieve-26-mpg-just-shy-ram-ecodiesel-0#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Aluminum Diesel Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Gasoline Turbocharger Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:47:00 +0000 1165441 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&rsquo;15 Ford F-150 pickup 5%-29% more fuel efficient.</strong></p> Lincoln Black Label MKC and MKZ http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/lincoln-black-label-mkc-and-mkz <div class="node-body gallery-body">Each time a Lincoln vehicle is all-new, such as the next-generation Navigator now in the pipeline, a Black Label version will be offered.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/lincoln-black-label-mkc-and-mkz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/lincoln-black-label-mkc-and-mkz#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Lincoln Sales & Marketing 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Future Products Instrument Panel Materials Product Development Seats Vehicle Interiors Wheels Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:07:00 +0000 1160581 at http://wardsauto.com Lincoln Black Label Welcomes Indulgence http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/lincoln-black-label-welcomes-indulgence <div class="field-deck"> 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ford’s luxury brand is reaching out to potential customers who “want to be part of something a little bit bigger,” with membership privileges that include fine dining and weekend getaways.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/lincoln-black-label-welcomes-indulgence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/lincoln-black-label-welcomes-indulgence#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional Mexico U.S. Lincoln Advertising Future Products Instrument Panel Materials Product Development Seats Vehicle Assembly Vehicle Interiors Alcantara Andrew Frick Black Label Eagle Ottawa leather exclusive Ford Hines Park Lincoln Lincoln Paul Bucek premium materials Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:02:00 +0000 1160571 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Andrew Frick, Lincoln&rsquo;s group marketing manager, discusses new Black Label offerings at Hines Park Lincoln in Plymouth, MI.</strong></p> Is ’15 Ford F-150 Too Advanced? http://wardsauto.com/blog/15-ford-f-150-too-advanced <div class="node-body blog-body">When it comes to vehicles, lighter almost always is better. Whatever Ford did to the F-150 has made me a believer.</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/15-ford-f-150-too-advanced" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/15-ford-f-150-too-advanced#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Aluminum Exterior Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Final Inspection Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:12:00 +0000 1152831 at http://wardsauto.com Ram Plotting Own Lightweighting Course http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ram-plotting-own-lightweighting-course <div class="node-body article-body">Ram CEO Bob Hegbloom doesn’t discount aluminum as a viable material for use in pickups, noting the Ram 1500 has had an aluminum hood for years.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ram-plotting-own-lightweighting-course" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ram-plotting-own-lightweighting-course#comments Premium Limited Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology Diesel Resource Center North America U.S. Ram Aluminum Automatic Diesel Information & Entertainment Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:27:00 +0000 1150311 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&rsquo;15 Ram 1500 offers fuel-saving features such as diesel engine and 8-speed transmission.</strong></p> Germany Faces Fines Over Automotive Air-Conditioning Spat http://wardsauto.com/europe/germany-faces-fines-over-automotive-air-conditioning-spat <div class="field-byline"> Alan Osborn </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The European Commission says it may take to the courts if Germany does not require its automakers to switch to a less-polluting refrigerant now being adopted EU-wide.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/germany-faces-fines-over-automotive-air-conditioning-spat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/germany-faces-fines-over-automotive-air-conditioning-spat#comments Premium Auto Makers Politics Europe Vehicles & Technology Germany Daimler Politics Emissions Materials Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:39:00 +0000 1151141 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Daimler not meeting EU directive on A/C coolant.</strong></p> Spanish Researchers Take Up Lightweighting Challenge http://wardsauto.com/europe/spanish-researchers-take-lightweighting-challenge <div class="field-byline"> Hanna Lange-Chenier </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A priority for the research consortium is developing composite metal joints for chassis, axles and steel welded joints.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/spanish-researchers-take-lightweighting-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/spanish-researchers-take-lightweighting-challenge#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Europe Vehicles & Technology Spain Alfa Romeo Aluminum Manufacturing Technology Steel Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:31:00 +0000 1139401 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Thixoforming produces lighter part (left) than traditional casting.</strong></p> Supplier Roundup http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-132 <div class="node-body article-body">Novelis gets aluminum-sheet production rolling in China; Hankook Tire, metals processor Samuel waltz into Tennessee; Hay Group forges ahead into China.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-132" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-132#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology North America China U.S. Citroen Continental Aluminum Body Exterior Global Sources Globalization Logistics OE-Supplier Relations Plastic Tires Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:54:00 +0000 1141111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Citroen C4 Cactus has PolyOne protection on its sides.</strong></p> Supplier Roundup http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-131 <div class="node-body article-body">IAC doubles down in China; Huf handles expansion in Tennessee; France’s AdduXi launches U.S. manufacturing.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-131" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-131#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers Asia Pacific Europe Vehicles & Technology North America China U.S. Serbia Ford IAC Capacity Utilization Electronics Employment Global Sources Globalization Lighting OE-Supplier Relations Plastic Tires Vehicle Interiors Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:16:00 +0000 1136361 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&rsquo;10 Mustang early adopter of LED lighting.</strong></p> Ford F-150 a ‘Bold Move’ For Industry, Vehicle Line Manager Says http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-f-150-bold-move-industry-vehicle-line-manager-says <div class="node-body article-body">The new ’15 F-150 boasts a new aluminum body over a frame composed of different steel alloys. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-f-150-bold-move-industry-vehicle-line-manager-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-f-150-bold-move-industry-vehicle-line-manager-says#comments Premium Limited Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Aluminum Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Product Development Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:45:00 +0000 1135581 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&rsquo;15 Ford F-150 offers opportunity for both aluminum and steel providers.&nbsp;</strong></p>