North America http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53477/more en Forecast: April Daily Sales to Reach 13-Year High http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/forecast-april-daily-sales-reach-13-year-high <div class="node-body article-body">The latest WardsAuto forecast calls for U.S. automakers to sell 1.47 million light vehicles this month, equating to a 16.8 million-unit SAAR.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/forecast-april-daily-sales-reach-13-year-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/forecast-april-daily-sales-reach-13-year-high#comments Public Data Center Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Sales Results Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:50:00 +0000 1267031 at http://wardsauto.com Top 25 Boasts New Faces, But Group as Powerful as Ever http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/top-25-boasts-new-faces-group-powerful-ever <div class="node-body article-body">This elite bunch of best-sellers generated 45% of all Q1 U.S. vehicle deliveries. It took 200 additional models to account for the remaining 55% share. That latter group may have to step up the pace if the market is to reach 17 million units this year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/top-25-boasts-new-faces-group-powerful-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/top-25-boasts-new-faces-group-powerful-ever#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:28:00 +0000 1265981 at http://wardsauto.com Are 1-Hour Deals Doable at Car Dealerships? http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/are-1-hour-deals-doable-car-dealerships <div class="node-body article-body">eLend Solution’s Pete MacInnis believes a typical car purchase takes too long, and the culprit is F&I.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/are-1-hour-deals-doable-car-dealerships" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/are-1-hour-deals-doable-car-dealerships#comments Public Dealers Finance & Insurance Resource Center North America U.S. Dealerships Retail Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:54:00 +0000 1257771 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Self-described &ldquo;operations junkie&rdquo; MacInnis.</strong></p> BMW i3: Progressively Quirky, Spot-On http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-progressively-quirky-spot <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The BMW i3 earns its 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors trophy for ambitiously combining practicality, progressive materials and quirky styling into an unconventional package that may shock at first but soon grows comforting.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-progressively-quirky-spot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-progressively-quirky-spot#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW Carbon Fiber Chassis Electric Vehicles Emissions Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats BMW i3 BMW i8 Christie Schweinsberg eucalyptus olive-leaf extract recycled hemp swan-wing doors Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:18:00 +0000 1261371 at http://wardsauto.com 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner – BMW i3 http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-bmw-i3 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Once inside the i3, the eye is drawn to an odd assemblage of materials that makes one wonder if this particular model left the factory without all its parts. But the package works, and the materials, alone, deserve an award for sustainability.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-bmw-i3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-bmw-i3#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW Carbon Fiber Climate Controls/HVAC Cockpit Electric Vehicles Emissions Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:17:00 +0000 1261401 at http://wardsauto.com 10 Best Interiors Keep on Trucking http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/10-best-interiors-keep-trucking <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For the first time, five vehicles classified as trucks make our list. For the next two weeks, WardsAuto will present articles and photo galleries featuring the winners, some of the losers and other trends we spotted during the competition.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/10-best-interiors-keep-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/10-best-interiors-keep-trucking#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan South Korea Germany BMW Chrysler Ford GMC Honda Hyundai Jeep Mazda Mercedes Nissan Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Interior Product Development Sales Results Seats BMW i3 build quality Chrysler 300 comfort fit-and-finish Ford F-150 King Ranch GMC Canyon Honda Fit Jeep Renegade Kia Sedona Mazda6 Mercedes C-Class Nissan Murano Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1267111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Winners will be honored May 13 at WardsAuto Interiors Conference in Detroit.</strong></p> Honda Pioneers Ablation Casting With NSX http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/honda-pioneers-ablation-casting-nsx <div class="field-deck"> 2015 SAE World Congress </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“Ablation casting was a key concept in order to produce this spaceframe,” Chief Engineer Ted Klaus says of the new NSX. “Without being able to apply castings at all the suspension points, we couldn’t produce a body this rigid.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/honda-pioneers-ablation-casting-nsx" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/honda-pioneers-ablation-casting-nsx#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan Acura Aluminum Chassis Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Li-ion Manufacturing Technology Product Development Turbocharger ablation ablation casting Acura NSX Alotech Alotech Limited BMW i8 Ferrari LaFerrari Marysville McLaren P1 Ohio Performance Manufacturing Center Porsche 918 Spyder Shawn Tarr spaceframe Ted Klaus Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:35:00 +0000 1266231 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Honda chief engineers Ted Klaus and Yashuhide Sakamoto with Acura NSX.</strong></p> Tom Murphy Acura NSX at SAE World Congress http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/acura-nsx-sae-world-congress <div class="node-body gallery-body">Honda uses this week’s SAE World Congress in Detroit to trickle out some tantalizing nuggets of information about the car’s body rigidity, aerodynamics and drivetrain in an extensive Powerpoint presentation. </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/acura-nsx-sae-world-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/acura-nsx-sae-world-congress#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan Acura Aerodynamics Aluminum Chassis Dual Clutch (DCT) Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Li-ion Manufacturing Technology Product Development Turbocharger Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:34:00 +0000 1266241 at http://wardsauto.com Wrong Car Dealership Staffers Stuck Fielding Customer Questions http://wardsauto.com/dealers/wrong-car-dealership-staffers-stuck-fielding-customer-questions <div class="node-body article-body">Service advisers and auto technicians say they’ve got other things to do than explain how infotainment systems work.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/wrong-car-dealership-staffers-stuck-fielding-customer-questions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/wrong-car-dealership-staffers-stuck-fielding-customer-questions#comments Public Management & Strategy Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships Dealership Management Fixed Operations Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:45:00 +0000 1265621 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Infotainment system usage can confuse customers</strong></p> Honda Lauds Tesla, Outsiders, Says Industry Should Meet Silicon Valley Challenge http://wardsauto.com/north-america/honda-lauds-tesla-outsiders-says-industry-should-meet-silicon-valley-challenge <div class="field-deck"> 2015 SAE World Congress </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Honda’s vision for future mobility includes an idea that one-ups Tesla founder Elon Musk’s hyperloop concept of a train traveling in a vacuum tube from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than an hour.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/north-america/honda-lauds-tesla-outsiders-says-industry-should-meet-silicon-valley-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/north-america/honda-lauds-tesla-outsiders-says-industry-should-meet-silicon-valley-challenge#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Honda Management & Strategy Regulations 2015 SAE World Congress Autonomous Vehicles Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 1266111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Honda testing automated, connected&nbsp;technologies on Acura RLX near&nbsp;Silicon Valley.</strong></p>