News & Analysis http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53464/more en Ford’s Fields Says Ready to Discuss CAFE Rules http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-s-fields-says-ready-discuss-cafe-rules <div class="node-body article-body">Ford CEO Mark Fields says consumers are not embracing fuel-efficient technologies at the expected rate. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-s-fields-says-ready-discuss-cafe-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-s-fields-says-ready-discuss-cafe-rules#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Electric Vehicles Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Sales Results Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:43:00 +0000 1213081 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Consumer shift toward CUVs likely not result of falling gasoline prices, Fields says.&nbsp;</strong></p> Dinner, Show and Welcome to Dealer World, Mr. Soros http://wardsauto.com/dealers/dinner-show-and-welcome-dealer-world-mr-soros <div class="node-body article-body">Curiously, the news of billionaire George Soros potentially getting into auto retailing comes out of a broker-sponsored dinner.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/dinner-show-and-welcome-dealer-world-mr-soros" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/dinner-show-and-welcome-dealer-world-mr-soros#comments Public Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships Dealership Management Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000 1212941 at http://wardsauto.com Labor Leader Says VW Underestimating Savings Planned at Core Brand http://wardsauto.com/labor-leader-says-vw-underestimating-savings-planned-core-brand <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Bernd Osterloh, head of Volkswagen's works council, says "a bit more discipline" would allow the automaker to cut costs more extensively than by the 5 billion euros it plans to make by 2017.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/labor-leader-says-vw-underestimating-savings-planned-core-brand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Europe Germany Finance Labor & Human Resources Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 1212841 at http://wardsauto.com Audi Takes Advertising Lead From BMW in Escalating Luxury-Brand Battle http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/audi-takes-advertising-lead-bmw-escalating-luxury-brand-battle <div class="field-byline"> Sean Muller </div> <div class="field-deck"> <font color="800517">INDUSTRY VOICES</font> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The two spent about the same amount of money on TV advertising in 2014, but Audi bought nearly 5,000 more national airings across more than twice the number of networks.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/audi-takes-advertising-lead-bmw-escalating-luxury-brand-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/audi-takes-advertising-lead-bmw-escalating-luxury-brand-battle#comments Public Industry Voices Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Audi BMW Advertising Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:56:00 +0000 1212231 at http://wardsauto.com Cheap Gas Not to Blame for Plunging Mini Sales http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/cheap-gas-not-blame-plunging-mini-sales <div class="node-body article-body">With the supply pipeline now full of new Hardtop models, Mini is predicting 2015 to be its best year ever in the U.S. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/cheap-gas-not-blame-plunging-mini-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/cheap-gas-not-blame-plunging-mini-sales#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Mini Exterior Sales Results Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:19:00 +0000 1210921 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mini 4-door Hardtop model joined lineup shortly after Clubman model phased out</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> In Lexus Parlance, F Is for Flogging http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/lexus-parlance-f-flogging <div class="field-deck"> <font color="#800517">Test Drive </font> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Lexus’ new coupe, the RC, arrives with an angry double-trapezoid face, taut sheet metal, excellent chassis dynamics, bold colors and an excellent 467-hp V-8 that loves track day. This car is not a real-estate agent’s safe choice.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/lexus-parlance-f-flogging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/lexus-parlance-f-flogging#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Test Drives North America Asia Pacific - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan Lexus Exterior Fuel Economy Gasoline Interior Product Development Seats Vehicle Interiors Test Drives Adaptive Variable Suspension Atomic Silver and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 Audi A5 BMW 4-Series Cadillac ATS F Sport Lexus Dynamic Handling Mercedes C-Class Molten Pearl RC RC 350 RC F Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:54:00 +0000 1210901 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Atomic Silver RC 350 and Infrared RC 350 F Sport behind V-8-powered Molten Pearl RC F.</strong></p> ’15 Lexus RC 350 and RC F http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/15-lexus-rc-350-and-rc-f <div class="node-body gallery-body">Now on sale, the V-8-powered RC F is available for $62,400. Pricing for the RC 350 starts at $42,790 for RWD and $45,025 for AWD. The entry price for the RC 350 F Sport is $47,875 for RWD and $49,705 for AWD. See related article: In Lexus Parlance, F Is for Flogging</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/15-lexus-rc-350-and-rc-f" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/15-lexus-rc-350-and-rc-f#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Test Drives North America Asia Pacific - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan Lexus Exterior Gasoline Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Test Drives Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:53:00 +0000 1211511 at http://wardsauto.com <p>RC 350 F Sport offers additional track-worthy features not available on RC 350.</p> China Posts Record Output in 2014 http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/china-posts-record-output-2014 <div class="node-body article-body">China finished the year on a high note with December output totaling just shy of 2.3 million units, a new high for the country. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/china-posts-record-output-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/china-posts-record-output-2014#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Plants & Production Asia Pacific China Auto Makers Production Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:10:00 +0000 1212091 at http://wardsauto.com Indonesia Closing In on Thailand as Top Asian Car Producer http://wardsauto.com/indonesia-closing-thailand-top-asian-car-producer <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Indonesia already has surpassed Thailand as Southeast's Asia's biggest auto market, and an analyst says it likely will become the region's output leader in 7 to 10 years. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/indonesia-closing-thailand-top-asian-car-producer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Plants & Production Asia Pacific Asia Pacific - Regional Indonesia Thailand Production Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:10:00 +0000 1212571 at http://wardsauto.com GM Says Ignition-Switch Claims Deadline Firm http://wardsauto.com/gm-says-ignition-switch-claims-deadline-firm <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The automaker says it won't extend past Jan. 31 its deadline to file claims for deaths or injuries resulting from defective ignition switches. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/gm-says-ignition-switch-claims-deadline-firm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics North America U.S. Politics Finance GM's Recall Crisis Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:29:00 +0000 1212381 at http://wardsauto.com