North America http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53477/more en NADA Predicts 2015 Light-Truck Market Share of 56% http://wardsauto.com/dealers/nada-predicts-2015-light-truck-market-share-56 <div class="node-body article-body">With fuel prices low, many consumers are trading in cars for trucks, says trade group’s chief economist. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/nada-predicts-2015-light-truck-market-share-56" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/nada-predicts-2015-light-truck-market-share-56#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers North America U.S. Auto Makers Dealerships Retail National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:00:00 +0000 1250581 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&ldquo;Americans like larger vehicles,&rdquo; Szakaly says.</strong></p> Third Wage Tier Gains Foothold at Four GM Plants http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/third-wage-tier-gains-foothold-four-gm-plants <div class="field-byline"> Joseph R. Szcezsny </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The third-tier workers get about $11 per hour and receive only minimal health care benefits and no pensions. They handle preassembly work of sorting and sequencing parts from outside suppliers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/third-wage-tier-gains-foothold-four-gm-plants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/third-wage-tier-gains-foothold-four-gm-plants#comments Premium Limited Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production North America U.S. General Motors Employment Labor & Human Resources Logistics OE-Supplier Relations United Auto Workers (UAW) Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:24:00 +0000 1250421 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Three-tier wage structure in place at GM plant that pioneered two-tier deal.</strong></p> Not Your Dad’s Lincoln Continental, But That Name Means Much at Ford http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/not-your-dad-s-lincoln-continental-name-means-much-ford <div class="field-deck"> 2015 New York International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In a Q&A, Ford CEO Mark Fields discusses the power of the Continental brand and how the name inspired designers to create a concept car that debuts in New York.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/not-your-dad-s-lincoln-continental-name-means-much-ford" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/not-your-dad-s-lincoln-continental-name-means-much-ford#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Lincoln 2015 North American International Auto Show Vehicles & Technology Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:02:00 +0000 1250361 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford bets big on Lincoln Continental Concept.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Toyota to Offer $300-$635 Braking Safety Packages http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/toyota-offer-300-635-braking-safety-packages <div class="field-deck"> 2015 New York International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Pre-collision braking, lane-departure alert, automatic high-beam headlights and adaptive cruise control are some of the technologies to be included in the new packages. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/toyota-offer-300-635-braking-safety-packages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/toyota-offer-300-635-braking-safety-packages#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Toyota Management & Strategy 2015 New York International Auto Show Collision Avoidance Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000 1250241 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Avalon one of first Toyotas to get low-cost braking package.</strong></p> Green Not Fading as Fisker Fulfills Need for Speed http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/green-not-fading-fisker-fulfills-need-speed <div class="node-body article-body">It’s anybody’s guess whether Henrik Fisker – acclaimed for his designs of the Aston Martin DB9 and V-8 Vantage, BMW Z8 and his own Fisker Karma hybrid-electric vehicle – will put his new effort into a traditional combustion-based product or again pick up the green baton.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/green-not-fading-fisker-fulfills-need-speed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/green-not-fading-fisker-fulfills-need-speed#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology North America India U.S. Aston Martin Fisker Ford Carbon Fiber Exterior Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:30:00 +0000 1245661 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Fisker harnesses 725 horses to Rocket pony car.</strong></p> Oil-Patch Native Tells What’s Behind Low Pump Prices http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/oil-patch-native-tells-what-s-behind-low-pump-prices <div class="field-byline"> David Ruggles </div> <div class="field-deck"> <font color="800517">INDUSTRY VOICES</font> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It’s no surprise when a cartel such as OPEC acts like a cartel.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/oil-patch-native-tells-what-s-behind-low-pump-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/oil-patch-native-tells-what-s-behind-low-pump-prices#comments Public Industry Voices Auto Makers North America U.S. Auto Makers Retail Fuel Economy Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1248451 at http://wardsauto.com 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Volkswagen Touareg http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-volkswagen-touareg <div class="node-body gallery-body">The Volkswagen Touareg has been a laggard in Ward's burgeoning Middle Luxury CUV segment, selling only 6,961 units in 2014. Yes, VW is a mainstream brand, but the Touareg has skewed near-luxury based on price and premium content. The refreshed Touareg sticks with that formula and is much improved. Our AWD V-6 diesel test vehicle stickers for $60,080. </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-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-volkswagen-touareg" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-volkswagen-touareg#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Germany Volkswagen Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Vehicle Interiors Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:45:00 +0000 1244721 at http://wardsauto.com Keeping the 2015 U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Outlook at 16.8 Million http://wardsauto.com/blog/keeping-2015-us-light-vehicle-sales-outlook-168-million <div class="node-body blog-body">A second-quarter surge in U.S. light-vehicle sales will further alleviate the need for bigger summer spiffs to get rid of older stock, meaning lower third-quarter volumes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/counting-cars">Counting Cars</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/keeping-2015-us-light-vehicle-sales-outlook-168-million" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/keeping-2015-us-light-vehicle-sales-outlook-168-million#comments Blog Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Counting Cars Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:15:00 +0000 1248311 at http://wardsauto.com GM's Cadillac CT6 Tests Strategy for Taking Fat Out of Big Cars http://wardsauto.com/gms-cadillac-ct6-tests-strategy-taking-fat-out-big-cars <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The CT6 could have a broader impact on GM's future products because it is the largest scale application of the company's new approach to using a mix of steel, aluminum and other materials to build vehicles light enough to meet tougher CAFE standards, but big enough for customers who want spacious cars.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/gms-cadillac-ct6-tests-strategy-taking-fat-out-big-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Vehicles & Technology Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:01:00 +0000 1250021 at http://wardsauto.com Volvo Cars to Build U.S. Plant to Spearhead Sales Recovery http://wardsauto.com/volvo-cars-build-us-plant-spearhead-sales-recovery <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The plant will serve export markets as well as the United States, where Volvo is aiming for a return to annual sales of 100,000 vehicles.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/volvo-cars-build-us-plant-spearhead-sales-recovery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Plants & Production North America U.S. Vehicle Assembly Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:00:00 +0000 1250041 at http://wardsauto.com