Management & Strategy http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53471/more en VW Beginning Design Management Transition, Insiders Say http://wardsauto.com/europe/vw-beginning-design-management-transition-insiders-say <div class="node-body article-body">Design Chief Walter de Silva has had a lot on his plate as manager of a huge empire, and it is unclear whether a direct replacement will be groomed or responsibilities divided more strategically among the bevy of brands in the VW Group.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/vw-beginning-design-management-transition-insiders-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/vw-beginning-design-management-transition-insiders-say#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Europe Vehicles & Technology Germany Audi Design Product Development Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:58:00 +0000 1139351 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Teaser shot of upcoming Los Angeles show concept.</strong></p> Nissan Spain Adds Workers, Shifts to Meet LCV Demand http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/nissan-spain-adds-workers-shifts-meet-lcv-demand <div class="node-body article-body">Nissan has achieved a 6% share of the global LCV market, but manager Dany Boulenger believes the 8% target included in Nissan’s Power 88 business plan is within reach.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/nissan-spain-adds-workers-shifts-meet-lcv-demand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/nissan-spain-adds-workers-shifts-meet-lcv-demand#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Europe Vehicles & Technology Germany Spain Nissan Renault Capacity Utilization Electric Vehicles Employment Product Development Purchashing Vehicle Assembly Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:12:00 +0000 1138351 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Spain crucial to Nissan&rsquo;s LCV growth plan, Boulenger says.</strong></p> Mercedes-Benz Thrives as Russian LV Market Shrinks http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks <div class="node-body article-body">Mercedes parent Daimler reportedly continues searching for a local production partner. That would allow the automaker to sidestep the Russian government’s recent ban on state purchases of imported cars.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Europe Russia Audi BMW Jaguar Land Rover Lexus Mercedes Globalization Local Content Sales Results Trade Vehicle Assembly Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:33:00 +0000 1136971 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>E-Class among candidates for local production in Russia.</strong></p> Automated Driving Piques Chinese Consumers’ Interest http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automated-driving-piques-chinese-consumers-interest <div class="field-byline"> Joseph R. Szczesny </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The prevailing view that automated systems first will be used in Europe and North America is being challenged by Chinese interest in what Magna International executive Frank O’Brien calls the digital lifestyle.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automated-driving-piques-chinese-consumers-interest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automated-driving-piques-chinese-consumers-interest#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Suppliers Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology China Auto Makers Continental Magna Autonomous Vehicles Future Products Globalization Internet Product Development Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:30:00 +0000 1137671 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>BMW, Chinese Internet giant Baidu co-developing driverless car.</strong></p> Global Outlook for Diesel Vehicles: Part 1 http://wardsauto.com/diesel-resource-center/global-outlook-diesel-vehicles-part-1 <div class="node-body video-body">Video brief highlights updates to future product and production plans from WardsAuto Forecasts.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/diesel-resource-center/global-outlook-diesel-vehicles-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/diesel-resource-center/global-outlook-diesel-vehicles-part-1#comments Public Data Center World Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology Diesel Resource Center World Future Products Product Development Production Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:41:00 +0000 1136001 at http://wardsauto.com Chinese Automakers, Suppliers Encouraged to Go Global http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/chinese-automakers-suppliers-encouraged-go-global <div class="node-body article-body">The local industry recognizes there’s still work to be done to improve quality and upgrade technology – huge tasks, in fact. But government officials and company insiders say it’s time to prepare for a bigger play around the world.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/chinese-automakers-suppliers-encouraged-go-global" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/chinese-automakers-suppliers-encouraged-go-global#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Suppliers Asia Pacific China Dongfeng Globalization Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:27:00 +0000 1137161 at http://wardsauto.com <p class="NormalNoSpace"><b>Government officials, execs tell Global Automotive Forum it&rsquo;s time for industry to plot global drive, put some passion in their vehicles.<o:p></o:p></b></p> U.K. Aiming for Leading Edge in FCEV Development http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/uk-aiming-leading-edge-fcev-development <div class="node-body article-body">The investment is part of a deeper £500 million ($806.2 million) government funding pot to be invested between 2015 and 2020 in the U.K.’s drive to become a global leader in the development and take-up of low-emissions vehicles.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/uk-aiming-leading-edge-fcev-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/uk-aiming-leading-edge-fcev-development#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Europe Vehicles & Technology United Kingdom Honda Hyundai Nissan Toyota Politics Fuel-Cell Vehicles Product Development Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 1134611 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>U.K. among initial markets for Hyundai fuel-cell vehicle.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Past Meets Future in Volkswagen’s Tristar Concept http://wardsauto.com/europe/past-meets-future-volkswagen-s-tristar-concept <div class="node-body article-body">Several interesting aspects of the Tristar can be found inside. Its double cab has been conceived as a videoconferencing room equipped with a table, an audio system, swiveling passenger seats and even a built-in espresso machine.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/past-meets-future-volkswagen-s-tristar-concept" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/past-meets-future-volkswagen-s-tristar-concept#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Europe Vehicles & Technology Germany Volkswagen Product Development Vehicle Interiors Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:30:00 +0000 1137091 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Tristar concept presages next-generation Transporter T6 van.</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> West Europe Key Market for Hyundai’s New 3.5-Ton CV http://wardsauto.com/europe/west-europe-key-market-hyundai-s-new-35-ton-cv <div class="node-body article-body">The H350 range initially will be rolled out in nine left-hand-drive European markets in 2015. A second stage may include a right-hand-drive version in the U.K.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/west-europe-key-market-hyundai-s-new-35-ton-cv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/west-europe-key-market-hyundai-s-new-35-ton-cv#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Africa / Middle East Asia Pacific Europe Africa - Regional Europe - Regional Middle East - Regional South Korea Hyundai Globalization Product Development Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:30:00 +0000 1136011 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Van&rsquo;s hexagonal grille suggests styling tweaks to Hyundai cars.</strong></p>