Management & Strategy http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53471/more en New Planning Office ‘Big Deal’ for Acura http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-planning-office-big-deal-acura <div class="field-deck"> 2014 New York International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">New setup brings together automaker’s sales, service and marketing, says executive Mike Accavitti.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-planning-office-big-deal-acura" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-planning-office-big-deal-acura#comments Public Management & Strategy Auto Makers Dealerships Vehicles & Technology U.S. Auto Makers Management & Strategy Retail 2014 New York International Auto Show Vehicles & Technology Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:15:00 +0000 998851 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&ldquo;We can really focus on customer satisfaction,&rdquo; Accavitti says.</strong></p> Buoyed by Recent Success, Ford Launches Lincoln Brand in China http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/buoyed-recent-success-ford-launches-lincoln-brand-china <div class="node-body article-body">Lincoln will start with an independent network of eight dedicated dealerships in seven cities but will ramp up quickly to 60 stores in 50 cities by 2016.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/buoyed-recent-success-ford-launches-lincoln-brand-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/buoyed-recent-success-ford-launches-lincoln-brand-china#comments Public Management & Strategy Retail Auto Makers Asia Pacific Dealerships China Lincoln Dealership Management Globalization Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:15:00 +0000 998491 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Dealerships&rsquo; personalization studios to let customers view life-size image of vehicle inside and out, then configure it with family and friends before ordering.</strong></p> Supplier Roundup http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-105 <div class="node-body article-body">Consortium to forge closer ties between OEMs, suppliers; LEDs at heart of Hella headlamp system in Audi A8; JLR calls on Bosch to devise smartphone-vehicle interface; juicy offer from Nissan.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-105" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-105#comments Premium Management & Strategy Plants & Production Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Supply Chain Europe Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional Mexico U.S. Audi Bosch Faurecia Ford Hella Jaguar Jeep Land Rover Magna Nissan Volkswagen Body Capacity Utilization Charging Exterior Globalization Headlamps Incentives Information & Entertainment OE-Supplier Relations SAE International Seats Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) Vehicle Assembly Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium Flextronics Haartz Key Safety Systems Macedonia Recaro Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:50:00 +0000 998421 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Recyclable Magna liftgate has paintable outer panel.</strong></p> Jeep China Production Deal Imminent, Exec Says http://wardsauto.com/jeep-china-production-deal-imminent-exec-says <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Jeep brand chief Mike Manley says he hopes to announce the production deal with joint-venture partner Guangzhou Automobile Group at this weekend's Beijing auto show.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/jeep-china-production-deal-imminent-exec-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Plants & Production Auto Makers Asia Pacific China Globalization Vehicle Assembly Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:23:00 +0000 998001 at http://wardsauto.com GM to Ask Court to Freeze Lawsuits Over Ignition Defects http://wardsauto.com/gm-ask-court-freeze-lawsuits-over-ignition-defects <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The automaker wants a federal court in California to suspend litigation related to actions involving the so-called Old GM, which produced the defective cars prior to its 2009 bankruptcy filing. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/gm-ask-court-freeze-lawsuits-over-ignition-defects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Plants & Production Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Component GM's Recall Crisis Manufacturing Technology Restructuring Vehicles in Operation Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:44:00 +0000 997211 at http://wardsauto.com BMW on Oz Subsidies for EV: It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/bmw-oz-subsidies-ev-it-doesn-t-hurt-ask <div class="node-body article-body">Even if BMW is denied government help in lowering the i3’s price, the automaker believes the car will succeed because it will be available both as an all-electric vehicle and as an EV with a range extender.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/bmw-oz-subsidies-ev-it-doesn-t-hurt-ask" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/bmw-oz-subsidies-ev-it-doesn-t-hurt-ask#comments Premium Management & Strategy Politics Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Australia BMW Ford Holden Mitsubishi Nissan Toyota Electric Vehicles Finance Incentives Restructuring Trade Phil Horton Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:49:00 +0000 996321 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Government mum on automaker&rsquo;s bid for help cutting EV&rsquo;s ‟premium price.&rdquo;</strong></p> Maybach Back, Source Says http://wardsauto.com/maybach-back-source-says <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">A person familiar with German automaker Daimler's plans says the company will attach the hyper-luxury Maybach brand to an exclusive version of its S-Class limousine costing at least $460,000. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/maybach-back-source-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Europe Germany Sales & Marketing Product Development Daimler Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:42:00 +0000 996931 at http://wardsauto.com GM CEO Mary Barra Says Recall Moving Quickly, Will Make OEM ‘Better’ http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/gm-ceo-mary-barra-says-recall-moving-quickly-will-make-oem-better <div class="field-deck"> 2014 New York International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The chief executive stops short of speculating on the effect the recall will have on GM’s four brands, but says Chevrolet, which accounts for most of the 2.6 million recalled units, has a chance to prove itself to customers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/gm-ceo-mary-barra-says-recall-moving-quickly-will-make-oem-better" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/gm-ceo-mary-barra-says-recall-moving-quickly-will-make-oem-better#comments Public Management & Strategy Politics Auto Makers U.S. Chevrolet 2014 New York International Auto Show GM's Recall Crisis ignition switch recall J.D. Power & Associates Mark Reuss Mary Barra National Automobile Dealers Assocation Pontiac recall Saturn Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:45:00 +0000 996591 at http://wardsauto.com Ford’s Joe Hinrichs Sees Customer Satisfaction, F-150 Work Progressing http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-s-joe-hinrichs-sees-customer-satisfaction-f-150-work-progressing <div class="field-deck"> 2014 New York International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The executive credits an overhaul in the 111-year-old company’s culture for delivering recent gains in key market metrics such as customer satisfaction, dealer loyalty and retail sales.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-s-joe-hinrichs-sees-customer-satisfaction-f-150-work-progressing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-s-joe-hinrichs-sees-customer-satisfaction-f-150-work-progressing#comments Public Management & Strategy Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford 2014 New York International Auto Show Future Products Hybrid Vehicles Restructuring American International Automobile Dealers Association C-Max F-150 J.D. Power Joe Hinrichs MyFord Touch Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:45:00 +0000 996561 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford&rsquo;s Joe Hinrichs says automaker overhauled company culture.</strong></p> Ford Pledges to Ride Out Thailand’s Political Storm http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/ford-pledges-ride-out-thailand-s-political-storm <div class="node-body article-body">Ford ASEAN President Matt Bradley reaffirms the automaker’s commitment to Thailand with its application to join Phase 2 of the country’s eco-car project.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/ford-pledges-ride-out-thailand-s-political-storm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/ford-pledges-ride-out-thailand-s-political-storm#comments Premium Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Asia Pacific - Regional Thailand Ford Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Emissions Finance Fuel Economy Globalization Production Sales Results Trade eco-car Matt Bradley Yingluck Shinawatra Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:55:00 +0000 996191 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Automaker could offer up India-built Figo for eco-car scheme.</strong></p>