North America http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53477/more en Toyota: 600 Requests for Mirai, Refueling Woes to Be Expected http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/toyota-600-requests-mirai-refueling-woes-be-expected <div class="node-body article-body">Toyota is targeting 3,000 U.S. Mirai sales from 2015 through 2017, but will be vetting those requesting the car.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/toyota-600-requests-mirai-refueling-woes-be-expected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/toyota-600-requests-mirai-refueling-woes-be-expected#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Toyota Sales & Marketing Fuel-Cell Vehicles Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:15:00 +0000 1324161 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Toyota Mirai on sale in U.S. in October.</strong></p> Cyber Thieves See Car Dealers as Great Targets http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/cyber-thieves-see-car-dealers-great-targets <div class="field-byline"> Tony Petcou </div> <div class="field-deck"> <font color="800517">INDUSTRY VOICES</font> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Crooks have found they can grab as much data from several small businesses as from one larger enterprise.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/cyber-thieves-see-car-dealers-great-targets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/cyber-thieves-see-car-dealers-great-targets#comments Public Industry Voices Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships Information Technology Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:13:00 +0000 1318941 at http://wardsauto.com Dealers Willing to Pay More for Quality Loan Services http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/dealers-willing-pay-more-quality-loan-services <div class="node-body article-body">Auto dealerships want lenders to speed up the processing of customer loans and leases.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/dealers-willing-pay-more-quality-loan-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/dealers-willing-pay-more-quality-loan-services#comments Public Dealers Finance & Insurance Resource Center North America U.S. Dealerships Retail Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:01:00 +0000 1320461 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Dealers rank lenders high in commercial financing of inventory.</strong> &nbsp;</p> Fiat Chrysler Lifts Guidance After Strong Q2, Shares Rise http://wardsauto.com/fiat-chrysler-lifts-guidance-after-strong-q2-shares-rise <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Milan-listed shares in FCA were briefly halted from trading for excessive gains and were up nearly 5%.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/fiat-chrysler-lifts-guidance-after-strong-q2-shares-rise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Europe North America Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:47:00 +0000 1323331 at http://wardsauto.com Honda Makes Bold Move But Will It Stick? http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-makes-bold-move-will-it-stick <div class="node-body blog-body">Honda puts a designer in charge of its Acura brand, but recent history shows similar moves at other automakers haven't been long-lived.</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/honda-makes-bold-move-will-it-stick" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-makes-bold-move-will-it-stick#comments Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. Acura Labor & Human Resources Final Inspection Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:13:00 +0000 1322601 at http://wardsauto.com Acura Works to Enhance Customer Experience http://wardsauto.com/dealers/acura-works-enhance-customer-experience <div class="node-body article-body">An automaker that prides itself on its R&D wants to improve things at the other end of the spectrum: the dealership.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/acura-works-enhance-customer-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/acura-works-enhance-customer-experience#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers North America U.S. Acura Dealerships Retail Fixed Operations Internet Marketing Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:24:00 +0000 1322541 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Acura pilot program wants dealers to provide A-1 sales and service.</strong></p> UAW Loses Ground As Mitsubishi Closes Illinois Plant http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/uaw-loses-ground-mitsubishi-closes-illinois-plant <div class="node-body article-body">Chronically low capacity utilization, an aging, high-seniority workforce and an upcoming new contract left Mitsubishi with “a big cost bubble coming soon with little return,” says Justin West, former president of UAW Local 2488 at Normal.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/uaw-loses-ground-mitsubishi-closes-illinois-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/uaw-loses-ground-mitsubishi-closes-illinois-plant#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Mitsubishi Capacity Utilization Labor & Human Resources Production Sales Results United Auto Workers (UAW) Vehicle Assembly Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:47:00 +0000 1322551 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&rsquo;16 Outlander Sport production shifting to Japan.</strong></p> Honda’s Pilot Ad Tops Week’s Elite List http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/honda-s-pilot-ad-tops-week-s-elite-list <div class="field-byline"> WardsAuto Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Some 1.4 million viewed the automaker’s “Incredible Pilot” ad online last week, a whopping 1.1 million more than the next closest ad – also from Honda.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/honda-s-pilot-ad-tops-week-s-elite-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/honda-s-pilot-ad-tops-week-s-elite-list#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Honda Advertising Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:19:00 +0000 1322661 at http://wardsauto.com <p class="NormalNoSpace"><b>Honda accounted for 8.5% of automotive ad spend last week, trailing only Toyota.</b><o:p></o:p></p> Mitsubishi Shutdown to Further Streamline Production Utilization http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mitsubishi-shutdown-further-streamline-production-utilization <div class="node-body article-body">Closure of Mitsubishi’s U.S. plant means a 62,000-unit cut to forecasted North American output in 2016.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mitsubishi-shutdown-further-streamline-production-utilization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mitsubishi-shutdown-further-streamline-production-utilization#comments Premium Limited Data Center Auto Makers Plants & Production North America North America - Regional Auto Makers Capacity Utilization Production Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1321581 at http://wardsauto.com Here’s How to Maximize Used-Car F&I http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/here-s-how-maximize-used-car-fi <div class="field-byline"> Jim Leman </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“Not only aren’t used-car buyers second-class, they’re a better class than new-car buyers,” says consultant Ed French. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/here-s-how-maximize-used-car-fi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/here-s-how-maximize-used-car-fi#comments Public Dealers Finance & Insurance Resource Center North America U.S. Dealerships Retail Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:15:00 +0000 1321371 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Used-car buyers return to dealerships more often than new-car counterparts, French says.</strong> &nbsp;</p>