Management & Strategy http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53471/more en Politics, Economy Stall Thailand’s Eco-Car Program http://wardsauto.com/politics/politics-economy-stall-thailand-s-eco-car-program <div class="node-body article-body">The country’s prime minister says the government must ensure the eco-car program’s second phase does not repeat the failure of the first-time new-car-buyer incentive, which created artificial demand that contributed to raising household debt.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/politics-economy-stall-thailand-s-eco-car-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/politics-economy-stall-thailand-s-eco-car-program#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Thailand Honda Mazda Politics Emissions Incentives Product Development Vehicles & Technology Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:25:00 +0000 1248481 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mazda2 first product of Thai eco-car program&rsquo;s second phase.</strong></p> Payback Due for Sacrifices, UAW Tells Detroit Three http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/payback-due-sacrifices-uaw-tells-detroit-three <div class="field-byline"> Joseph R. Szcezsny </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With sales and profits rising, tensions between the UAW and domestic automakers also are rising as the union pushes to regain some of the power it lost during the industry’s financial crisis that began even before the Great Recession of 2008-2009.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/payback-due-sacrifices-uaw-tells-detroit-three" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/payback-due-sacrifices-uaw-tells-detroit-three#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production North America U.S. Chrysler Ford General Motors Employment Labor & Human Resources United Auto Workers (UAW) Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:15:00 +0000 1249721 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>UAW President Dennis Williams addresses 2015 bargaining convention.</strong></p> Getty Images Ford CEO Fields' 2014 Salary, Compensation Totals $18.6 Million http://wardsauto.com/ford-ceo-fields-2014-salary-compensation-totals-186-million <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Fields' compensation is based in part on a Ford formula for meeting performance targets, of which 91% were met last year, compared with 112% in 2013.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/ford-ceo-fields-2014-salary-compensation-totals-186-million" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. Labor & Human Resources Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:55:00 +0000 1249551 at http://wardsauto.com U.S. Omitted From Initial Mercedes Plans for Midsize Pickup http://wardsauto.com/us-omitted-initial-mercedes-plans-midsize-pickup <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The German automaker compares its foray into the increasingly popular pickup segment with its successful introduction of M-Class premium SUVs. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/us-omitted-initial-mercedes-plans-midsize-pickup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Africa / Middle East Asia Pacific Europe North America Europe - Regional Australia U.S. South Africa Sales & Marketing Product Development Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:56:00 +0000 1249461 at http://wardsauto.com Mexico Plant Aims to Raise Kia’s Americas Profile http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mexico-plant-aims-raise-kia-s-americas-profile <div class="node-body article-body">Plans for the 300,000-unit-capacity facility call for growing market penetration in Mexico, exporting vehicles to markets in Central America and supporting Kia and Hyundai operations in the U.S. through exports.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mexico-plant-aims-raise-kia-s-americas-profile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mexico-plant-aims-raise-kia-s-americas-profile#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production North America South America South America - Regional Mexico U.S. Hyundai Kia Plants & Production Capacity Utilization Globalization Product Development Vehicle Assembly Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:41:00 +0000 1248441 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Kia to build Forte compact at Mexico plant; pickup not in play for now.</strong></p> EC Ruling Leaves Key TRW Assets Ripe for Taking http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/ec-ruling-leaves-key-trw-assets-ripe-taking <div class="field-byline"> Alan Osborn </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Acquisition of major elements of TRW following its merger with ZF, including design, manufacturing and intellectual property, could offer the buyer “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to expand globally, industry analyst Peter Cooke says.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/ec-ruling-leaves-key-trw-assets-ripe-taking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/ec-ruling-leaves-key-trw-assets-ripe-taking#comments Public Gated Management & Strategy Politics Suppliers Europe Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional U.S. Germany TRW ZF Regulations Autonomous Vehicles Chassis European Commission Finance Restructuring Trade Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:36:00 +0000 1247971 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>5-row side-cushion airbag co-developer TRW exiting safety technology.</strong></p> Automakers Scrambling to Keep Afloat in Volatile Russian Market http://wardsauto.com/europe/automakers-scrambling-keep-afloat-volatile-russian-market <div class="node-body article-body">Russian analysts say most automakers will stay in the market despite the country’s uncertain political and economic picture. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/automakers-scrambling-keep-afloat-volatile-russian-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/automakers-scrambling-keep-afloat-volatile-russian-market#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Europe Russia AvtoVAZ Ford General Motors Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Politics Employment Production Restructuring Sales Results Vehicle Assembly Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:02:00 +0000 1248261 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GM shutting St. Petersburg, Russia, assembly plant indefinitely.&nbsp;</strong></p> Rebate Cutoff Ups Cost of Uber Bid for Greener Fleet http://wardsauto.com/dealers/rebate-cutoff-ups-cost-uber-bid-greener-fleet <div class="node-body article-body">EV dealer Doug Snower, who plans to buy 200 Chinese-made BYD e6 electric vehicles to lease to drivers for ridesharing service Uber, says his business model in part is based on the $4,000-a-vehicle rebates the state no longer offers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/rebate-cutoff-ups-cost-uber-bid-greener-fleet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/rebate-cutoff-ups-cost-uber-bid-greener-fleet#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Dealers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Electric Vehicles Finance Incentives Trade Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:54:00 +0000 1248241 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Refined BYD e6 EV receives Uber&rsquo;s blessing.</strong></p> GM Reshuffle Reflects Thai Auto Industry’s Struggles http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-reshuffle-reflects-thai-auto-industry-s-struggles <div class="node-body article-body">Despite its prolonged sales slump, industry analyst Jessada Thongpak says Thailand will remain ASEAN’s largest automotive hub because its technology and capability to meet global standards is years ahead of second-ranked Indonesia’s.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-reshuffle-reflects-thai-auto-industry-s-struggles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-reshuffle-reflects-thai-auto-industry-s-struggles#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Asia Pacific Asia Pacific - Regional Indonesia Thailand Chevrolet SAIC Wuling Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Capacity Utilization Employment Finance Restructuring Vehicle Assembly Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 1247871 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Slow-selling Spin forces GM to cut losses in Indonesia.</strong></p> Accelerating the Path to Modularity http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/accelerating-path-modularity <div class="field-byline"> Michael Lalande </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Component complexities, management silos and legacy computer systems make the move to modular vehicle platforms a challenge. But there is a proven roadmap to follow.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/accelerating-path-modularity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/accelerating-path-modularity#comments Public Industry Voices World Auto Makers Management & Strategy World Auto Makers Product Development Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 1247761 at http://wardsauto.com