News & Analysis http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53464/more en Car Shoppers Get Serious on Fourth of July http://wardsauto.com/dealers/car-shoppers-get-serious-fourth-july <div class="node-body article-body">Studies: Dealership phones will ring this weekend; certain models hit used-car lots faster than others; brand interest varies by region. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/car-shoppers-get-serious-fourth-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/car-shoppers-get-serious-fourth-july#comments Public Dealers North America U.S. Retail Information Technology Remarketing Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000 1308161 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Lots of action expected at dealership lots this holiday weekend.</strong></p> FCA Defends Ram Diesel Take-Rate http://wardsauto.com/blog/fca-defends-ram-diesel-take-rate <div class="node-body blog-body">General Motors has questioned Fiat Chrysler’s claimed 20% take-rate for the Ram EcoDiesel, and FCA says the rampup continues. An FCA executive says production bottlenecks at the plant in Cento, Italy, have been fixed to free up additional volume for the engine.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/fca-defends-ram-diesel-take-rate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/fca-defends-ram-diesel-take-rate#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Italy General Motors Jeep Maserati Ram Diesel Engine Fuel Economy Product Development Sales Results Turbocharger Vehicles in Operation Bob Lee Dave Elshoff EcoDiesel Fuel Economy Jeep Grand Cherokee Maserati Ghibli price premium Ram 1500 SCR urea Ward's 10 Best Engines Final Inspection Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000 1306141 at http://wardsauto.com German Car Sales Up 13% Year-on-Year in June http://wardsauto.com/german-car-sales-13-year-year-june <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">An industry association says June's improvement was the highest monthly increase this year and left the 6-month total up 5% at 1.62 million vehicles.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/german-car-sales-13-year-year-june" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Europe Sales Results Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:07:00 +0000 1308521 at http://wardsauto.com Dodge Nets Three of Most-Engaging Ads; Mazda Scores Top Slot http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/dodge-nets-three-most-engaging-ads-mazda-scores-top-slot <div class="node-body article-body">Overall, automakers spent an estimated $114.9 million on TV ads for the week, led by Honda with 10.8% of that total and followed by Ford (9.7%) and Chevrolet (9%).</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/dodge-nets-three-most-engaging-ads-mazda-scores-top-slot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/dodge-nets-three-most-engaging-ads-mazda-scores-top-slot#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Advertising Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 1308041 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Dodge dominates this week&rsquo;s most engaging ads list.</strong></p> New California Bus-Emissions Rules May Sideline Natural Gas http://wardsauto.com/new-california-bus-emissions-rules-may-sideline-natural-gas <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">CARB is leaning toward allowing only true zero-emissions transit vehicles, but a natural-gas industry group wants to include so-called renewable natural gas made from organic material.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/new-california-bus-emissions-rules-may-sideline-natural-gas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. California Air Resources Board (CARB) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Emissions Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:59:00 +0000 1308531 at http://wardsauto.com Q3 Output Still a Record http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/q3-output-still-record <div class="node-body article-body">Despite some judicious paring, the industry’s Q3 slate remains at a record level and output through September is still second-best. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/q3-output-still-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/q3-output-still-record#comments Public Gated Data Center Plants & Production North America North America - Regional North American production schedule Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1308071 at http://wardsauto.com Mahle Range Extender Engine Takes Cues From GPS http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/mahle-range-extender-engine-takes-cues-gps <div class="node-body article-body">Mahle’s Energy Management Control system uses GPS data to “read” a known route and coordinate electric and ICE power so most of the EREV’s battery charge has been depleted when it arrives at its destination.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/mahle-range-extender-engine-takes-cues-gps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/mahle-range-extender-engine-takes-cues-gps#comments Public Suppliers Europe Vehicles & Technology Germany Suppliers Batteries Electric Vehicles Electronic Control Units (ECU) Hybrid Vehicles Navigation Systems Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1305961 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GPS boosts range extender fuel economy 5%, Mahle says.</strong></p> California Incentives to Put EVs, PHEVs in Hands of Low-Income Buyers http://wardsauto.com/politics/california-incentives-put-evs-phevs-hands-low-income-buyers <div class="node-body article-body">Should a potential car buyer qualify for the maximum amount of state funding available, he or she conceivably could end up driving off with a free EV.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/california-incentives-put-evs-phevs-hands-low-income-buyers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/california-incentives-put-evs-phevs-hands-low-income-buyers#comments Public Auto Makers Politics North America U.S. Politics Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:45:00 +0000 1308111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>State offering up to $1,500 to scrap old vehicle for new or used EV, PHEV.</strong></p> Toyota Prices 'Model AA' Shares at Top of Range http://wardsauto.com/toyota-prices-model-aa-shares-top-range <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Retail investors are snapping up the 47.1 million shares which carry a 0.5% dividend the first year, at least 10 times the yield of a time deposit or Japanese government bond.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/toyota-prices-model-aa-shares-top-range" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Asia Pacific Japan Finance Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:26:00 +0000 1308421 at http://wardsauto.com Honda Thailand to Unveil New-Gen CUV Prototype http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/honda-thailand-unveil-new-gen-cuv-prototype <div class="node-body article-body">Honda R&D Asia Pacific in Thailand developed the BR-V (Bold Runabout Vehicle) for the Asian market.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/honda-thailand-unveil-new-gen-cuv-prototype" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/honda-thailand-unveil-new-gen-cuv-prototype#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Asia Pacific - Regional Thailand Honda Product Development Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:45:00 +0000 1307531 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Concept drawing of Honda&rsquo;s prototype 7-passenger CUV.</strong></p>