Management & Strategy http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53471/more en Proxy Adviser Recommends Against FCA Cross-Border Merger http://wardsauto.com/proxy-adviser-recommends-against-fca-cross-border-merger <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Fiat investors should vote against a cross-border merger of the two automakers, advisory group ISS says, because the action would diminish shareholder rights.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/proxy-adviser-recommends-against-fca-cross-border-merger" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Auto Makers Europe North America U.S. Italy Fiat-Chrysler: What's Next Finance Restructuring Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:47:00 +0000 1066051 at http://wardsauto.com UPDATE 1-VW boss says "urgently" needs higher profit at key brand http://wardsauto.com/update-1-vw-boss-says-urgently-needs-higher-profit-key-brand <div class="node-body reuters_news-body"><p>* CEO addresses over 20,000 workers at VW's German base</p> <p>* Underlines cost-cut call in plant staff gathering</p> <p>* Works council chief sees "conflicts" with management (Adds comments from works council chief and background)</p> <p>BERLIN, July 23 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG "urgently" needs to boost profit at its main passenger-car brand to fund future expansion, the automaker's top executive said, emphasising the need for cost-cutting measures in the group's biggest division.</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/update-1-vw-boss-says-urgently-needs-higher-profit-key-brand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Auto Makers Europe Germany Finance Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:30:47 +0000 1065721 at http://wardsauto.com Lexus Sees Success With Less-Expensive GX http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/lexus-sees-success-less-expensive-gx <div class="node-body article-body">Lowering the price of the base grade for the GX’s ’14 refresh, by substituting fake leather for real leather and deleting some content, was key to this year’s sales jump, a company official says.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/lexus-sees-success-less-expensive-gx" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/lexus-sees-success-less-expensive-gx#comments Public Management & Strategy Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Lexus Management & Strategy Vehicles in Operation 3-row Acura MDX body-on-frame Brian Smith CUV GX Land Rover Lexus Luxury SUV unibody Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 1063511 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&rsquo;14 Lexus GX 460 starts below $50,000.</strong></p> UPDATE 1-Mercedes-Benz exec says not aware of any price probe in China http://wardsauto.com/update-1-mercedes-benz-exec-says-not-aware-any-price-probe-china <div class="node-body reuters_news-body"><p>(Recasts with quotes from executive, spokesman)</p> <p>SHANGHAI, July 22 (Reuters) - A China executive at Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz said he was not unaware that the company was under any government probe into spare part prices.</p> <p>Local and foreign media reported last week that Mercedes-Benz as well as other foreign car makers were being probed by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's price regulator, for possibly over-charging customers in China.</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/update-1-mercedes-benz-exec-says-not-aware-any-price-probe-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Politics Retail Auto Makers Asia Pacific China Dealership Management Globalization Purchashing Trade Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:59 +0000 1064631 at http://wardsauto.com BMW Pushing to Maintain Sales Momentum in Korea http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/bmw-pushing-maintain-sales-momentum-korea <div class="node-body article-body">BMW Korea remains the country’s leading importer, with sales for the first six months up 19.3% to 21,972 vehicles.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/bmw-pushing-maintain-sales-momentum-korea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/bmw-pushing-maintain-sales-momentum-korea#comments Premium Limited Management & Strategy Politics Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific South Korea BMW Globalization Sales Results Trade Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 1064231 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Driving center supports German automaker&rsquo;s status as top Korean import.</strong></p> Opel to Offer Low-End Cars in Post-Chevy Europe, Source Says http://wardsauto.com/opel-offer-low-end-cars-post-chevy-europe-source-says <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">General Motors' European arm hopes to recapture Chevrolet buyers since that brand's exit from the region and gain ground lost to entry-level brands such as Dacia and Skoda, a source says. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/opel-offer-low-end-cars-post-chevy-europe-source-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Europe Europe - Regional Sales & Marketing Product Development Restructuring Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:38:00 +0000 1064171 at http://wardsauto.com ZF Courting TRW for Car Connectivity, Self-Driving Savvy http://wardsauto.com/zf-courting-trw-car-connectivity-self-driving-savvy <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">An executive with the privately held German supplier says TRW is well-positioned to help it expand into areas such as Internet-enabled and autonomous-driving technology.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/zf-courting-trw-car-connectivity-self-driving-savvy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Supply Chain Europe Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Germany Autonomous Vehicles Finance Global Sources Information & Entertainment Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 1063681 at http://wardsauto.com Proton Seeks Government Funding to Back New-Model Development http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/proton-seeks-government-funding-back-new-model-development <div class="node-body article-body">Proton has been using its own money for R&D, but the government should reimburse it through special incentives, a top official believes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/proton-seeks-government-funding-back-new-model-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/proton-seeks-government-funding-back-new-model-development#comments Premium Management & Strategy Politics Auto Makers Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Malaysia Proton Politics Product Development Vehicles & Technology Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 1063501 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Saga Executive gets new special-edition monotone body kits and other equipment.</strong></p> GM Korea Makes Major Wage Concession to Avert Strike http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/gm-korea-makes-major-wage-concession-avert-strike <div class="node-body article-body">The automaker’s offer to include fixed bonuses in calculating wages is meant to sustain efforts to recover from a steep decline in exports.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/gm-korea-makes-major-wage-concession-avert-strike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/gm-korea-makes-major-wage-concession-avert-strike#comments Premium Management & Strategy Plants & Production Auto Makers Asia Pacific South Korea General Motors Hyundai Kia Samsung Ssangyong Employment Labor & Human Resources Production Vehicle Assembly Gunsan Korea Metal Workers Union Sergio Rocha Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 1063341 at http://wardsauto.com Unaware of VW-FCA Merger Talk, Porsche Holding Company Chair Says http://wardsauto.com/unaware-vw-fca-merger-talk-porsche-holding-company-chair-says <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Wolfgang Porsche, supervisory board chairman of Volkswagen majority owner Porsche Automobil Holding, says he doesn't "know anything about talks with Fiat" after a German magazine reported VW was interested in buying all or part of Fiat Chrysler Group. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/unaware-vw-fca-merger-talk-porsche-holding-company-chair-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Auto Makers Europe Germany Italy Restructuring Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:23:00 +0000 1063251 at http://wardsauto.com