North America http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53477/more en Dealers Blamed for Dismal EV Market http://wardsauto.com/blog/dealers-blamed-dismal-ev-market <div class="node-body blog-body">If Tesla were convinced the existing dealer infrastructure was truly motivated and capable of selling its cars, then this dust-up and threats of litigation never would have occurred.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/retail-front">Retail Front</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/dealers-blamed-dismal-ev-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/dealers-blamed-dismal-ev-market#comments Blog Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Dealerships Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Dealerships Tesla Dealership Management Electric Vehicles Fuel Economy Inventories Product Development Bruce Belzowski Consumer Reports Electric Vehicles Luke Tonachel Natural Resources Defense Council University of California-Davis University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Retail Front Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 1068101 at http://wardsauto.com Auto Loans Up, Delinquencies Down http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/auto-loans-delinquencies-down <div class="node-body article-body">Auto loans still on the books account for more than $900 billion in U.S., a record high.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/auto-loans-delinquencies-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/auto-loans-delinquencies-down#comments Public Retail Auto Makers Dealerships North America U.S. Auto Makers Dealerships Finance & Insurance Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 1068021 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Subprime loans increase.</strong></p> Sienna Goes Social for New Marketing Campaign http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/sienna-goes-social-new-marketing-campaign <div class="node-body article-body">Toyota forgoes traditional media outlets to promote its refreshed minivan, and employs social-media stars to get its message out.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/sienna-goes-social-new-marketing-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/sienna-goes-social-new-marketing-campaign#comments Premium Limited Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Toyota Social Media Alex Du Chrysler Town & Country Dodge Caravan Honda Odyssey minivan print radio Sienna social media Swagger Wagon Toyota TV Vine YouTube Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 1066291 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&rsquo;15 Toyota Sienna.</strong></p> Ford Super Duty May Get Higher Trim Level http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-super-duty-may-get-higher-trim-level <div class="node-body article-body">Ford marketing manager Doug Scott says some Super Duty customers may want a trim level above the current top-of-the-line Platinum series. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-super-duty-may-get-higher-trim-level" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-super-duty-may-get-higher-trim-level#comments Public Plants & Production Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Capacity Utilization Diesel Gasoline Sales Results Turbocharger Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 1068041 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford Super Duty gets upgraded engine options for &rsquo;15 model year. </strong></p> U.S. LV SAAR Could Hit 17 Million in July http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/us-lv-saar-could-hit-17-million-july <div class="field-deck"> Forecast </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The latest WardsAuto forecast calls for U.S. automakers to sell 1.47 million light vehicles this month, which would lift the SAAR to 17 million for the first time in eight years.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/us-lv-saar-could-hit-17-million-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/us-lv-saar-could-hit-17-million-july#comments Public Gated Data Center Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Sales Results Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 1068061 at http://wardsauto.com Toyota’s Lentz Moseying On to Texas http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/toyota-s-lentz-moseying-texas <div class="node-body article-body">Jim Lentz will be among an initial group of 50 moving this year to Plano, TX, site of Toyota’s new North American headquarters.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/toyota-s-lentz-moseying-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/toyota-s-lentz-moseying-texas#comments Premium Limited Management & Strategy Auto Makers North America U.S. Toyota Labor & Human Resources Automotive Hall of Fame CA employees Erlanger Jim Lentz jobs KY Lexus move New York City Plano positions Texas Torrance Toyota TX Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:15:00 +0000 1067841 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Lentz receives Industry Leader of the Year award.</strong></p> Mazda Issues Latest Takata Airbag-Related Recall http://wardsauto.com/mazda-issues-latest-takata-airbag-related-recall <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The Japanese automaker is recalling 18,000 Mazda6 sedans and 50 RX-8 sports cars sold in the U.S. and equipped with airbags whose inflators could rupture and possibly injure occupants</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/mazda-issues-latest-takata-airbag-related-recall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Plants & Production Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Airbags Component Safety Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:24:00 +0000 1067831 at http://wardsauto.com Ford Investigating Ex-Engineer After Listening Devices Found http://wardsauto.com/ford-investigating-ex-engineer-after-listening-devices-found <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The Detroit News reports the FBI last month raided the home of the 43-year-old mechanical engineer who was fired after company security found listening devices concealed in meeting rooms.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/ford-investigating-ex-engineer-after-listening-devices-found" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Auto Makers North America U.S. Labor & Human Resources Laws/Law Enforcement Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:33:00 +0000 1067811 at http://wardsauto.com WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index Rises 2.2% in the First Half of 2014 http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/wardsauto-fuel-economy-index-rises-22-first-half-2014 <div class="node-body article-body">The average rating for cars grew 2.6% to 29.3 mpg. Light trucks averaged 21.1 mpg, 3.2% higher than year-ago.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/wardsauto-fuel-economy-index-rises-22-first-half-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/wardsauto-fuel-economy-index-rises-22-first-half-2014#comments Public Data Center Politics Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Fuel Economy Sales Results Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:30:00 +0000 1067201 at http://wardsauto.com EPA Says Industry Ahead of CAFE Curve http://wardsauto.com/politics/epa-says-industry-ahead-cafe-curve <div class="node-body article-body">“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/epa-says-industry-ahead-cafe-curve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/epa-says-industry-ahead-cafe-curve#comments Public Management & Strategy Politics Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan Germany Acura BMW Chevrolet Chrysler Ford Jeep Mercedes Volkswagen Automatic Continuously Variable (CVT) Diesel Dual Clutch (DCT) Electric Vehicles Emissions Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fuel Economy Future Products Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Turbocharger 10-speed transmission CAFE Environmental Protection Agency Light-Duty Vehicle Center Michael Olechiw midterm assessment TDI University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Volkswagen Jetta TDI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 1067381 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Michael Olechiw, director of EPA&rsquo;s Light-Duty Vehicle Center in Ann Arbor, MI, spoke this week at CAFE conference.</strong></p>