General Motors http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53596/more en ZF Finds Difficulties Overseas http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/zf-finds-difficulties-overseas <div class="node-body article-body">From challenging markets in South America and Australia to Europe and the Ukraine, ZF is struggling to make ends meet. CEO Stefan Sommer says he is glad to have thriving operations in North America and Asia to pick up the slack.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/zf-finds-difficulties-overseas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/zf-finds-difficulties-overseas#comments Public Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers North America Asia Pacific - Regional Europe - Regional North America - Regional South America - Regional Australia Brazil U.S. Germany Russia Ukraine Holden TRW ZF 2015 North American International Auto Show Component Globalization Labor & Human Resources Product Development Argentina axles Brazil economic crisis European Commission Financial Times GM Holden Holden Commodore Lehman Bros. logistics machinery Russia Stefan Sommer Tier 0 Tier 1 TRW Ukraine Venezuela workforce ZF Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:17:00 +0000 1209771 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>ZF CEO Stefan Sommer at NAIAS with company&rsquo;s new 8-speed plug-in hybrid transmission.</strong></p> GM’s New Global Car to Wear Commodore Badge in Oz http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/gm-s-new-global-car-wear-commodore-badge-oz <div class="node-body article-body">GM Holden says customer feedback drove its decision to retain the Commodore nameplate after 2018, when the Australian manufacturing plant is shuttered and domestic production is supplanted by imports.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/gm-s-new-global-car-wear-commodore-badge-oz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/gm-s-new-global-car-wear-commodore-badge-oz#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Dealers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Australia Holden Retail Sales & Marketing Product Development Production Restructuring Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:55:00 +0000 1206591 at http://wardsauto.com <p>Commodore getting one last facelift before demise.</p> Thailand’s Auto Industry Looks to Rebound in 2015 http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/thailand-s-auto-industry-looks-rebound-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">Toyota Thailand President Kyoichi Tanada predicts the market will recover from last year’s 33.7% plunge with sales rising 4.3% to 920,000 units, including a 7.4% climb in car deliveries to 397,200 and CVs up 2.1% to 522,800.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/thailand-s-auto-industry-looks-rebound-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/thailand-s-auto-industry-looks-rebound-2015#comments Premium Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Thailand Ford General Motors Honda Isuzu Nissan Toyota Production Sales Results Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 1206261 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Toyota retains 1-ton pickup lead despite 30.4% slump in 2014.</strong></p> Cadillac Chief Tells Dealers No Cuts in Their Ranks http://wardsauto.com/nada/cadillac-chief-tells-dealers-no-cuts-their-ranks <div class="field-deck"> 2015 NADA Convention & Exposition </div> <div class="node-body article-body">At a closed-door meeting, Johan de Nysschen outlines plans to bolster GM’s luxury brand. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/nada/cadillac-chief-tells-dealers-no-cuts-their-ranks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/nada/cadillac-chief-tells-dealers-no-cuts-their-ranks#comments Public Dealers NADA North America U.S. Cadillac Dealerships Retail Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:27:00 +0000 1210171 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Cadillac dealer Ghent says GM&#39;s luxury brand needs to broaden lineup.</strong></p> GM Tooling Up CVT for Fuel-Economy Play http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/gm-tooling-cvt-fuel-economy-play <div class="node-body article-body">Details on GM’s CVT are limited, but sources tell WardsAuto it will find its way into several “high-volume” products by 2019, including models in the U.S.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/gm-tooling-cvt-fuel-economy-play" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/gm-tooling-cvt-fuel-economy-play#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Buick Cadillac Chevrolet GMC Nissan Opel/Vauxhall Continuously Variable (CVT) Dual Clutch (DCT) Fuel Economy Hybrid Vehicles Product Development AutoForecast Chevrolet Spark GM Powertrain Honda Accord Hybrid Jatco Nissan Opel Vectra Tom Read Xtronic CVT Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000 1202411 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Growth forecast for continuously variable transmissions, such as Nissan&rsquo;s Xtronic CVT.</strong></p> 2015 NAIAS: Shots From the Floor http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/2015-naias-shots-floor <div class="node-body gallery-body">A photo gallery of highlights from press preview and supplier days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/2015-naias-shots-floor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/2015-naias-shots-floor#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America - Regional U.S. Aisin Auto Makers Chrysler Dealerships Denso Ford General Motors Suppliers ZF 2015 North American International Auto Show Vehicles & Technology Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:42:00 +0000 1196261 at http://wardsauto.com GM’s Batey on Mergers: Thanks, But No Thanks http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-s-batey-mergers-thanks-no-thanks <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Alan Batey says he hopes to capitalize on the new strength he sees between GM and its dealers after last year’s recall crisis brought the sometimes adversaries closer together.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-s-batey-mergers-thanks-no-thanks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/gm-s-batey-mergers-thanks-no-thanks#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Buick Cadillac Chevrolet GMC 2015 North American International Auto Show Product Development Restructuring Sales Results Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:41:00 +0000 1201491 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GM&rsquo;s Batey no fan of mergers, prefers specific collaborations.</strong></p> Russia Car-Sales Slump Expected to Worsen in 2015 http://wardsauto.com/europe/russia-car-sales-slump-expected-worsen-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">Predicting a 24% decline from a 2014 result that was off 10% from the prior year, industry spokesman Joerge Schreiber says: “Nobody doubts that there will be a crisis. The question is how severe and long it will last.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/russia-car-sales-slump-expected-worsen-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/russia-car-sales-slump-expected-worsen-2015#comments Premium Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Europe Russia Chevrolet Ford Kia Lada Renault Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:39:00 +0000 1201421 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Largus helps keep Lada Russia&rsquo;s No.1 brand despite 19% sales drop.</strong></p> Opel Eyes 25% Production Boost at Spain Plant in 2015 http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/opel-eyes-25-production-boost-spain-plant-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">Output could reach 400,000 units this year, compared with the 2014 total of 319,000 – a 14% improvement over 2013. Figuerelas’s capacity is 450,000 units.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/opel-eyes-25-production-boost-spain-plant-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/opel-eyes-25-production-boost-spain-plant-2015#comments Premium Auto Makers Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Europe Europe - Regional Spain Opel/Vauxhall PSA Capacity Utilization Sales Results Vehicle Assembly Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:11:00 +0000 1197021 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Meriva entering second year of production at Figuerelas.</strong></p> GM’s Reuss Sees Hydrogen Fuel Cell Use Beyond Autos http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/gm-s-reuss-sees-hydrogen-fuel-cell-use-beyond-autos <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“Our stack could be used in a lot of different ways,” he says of the fuel-cell technology, which in its second generation is half the size, 220 lbs. lighter and uses less than half the precious metal.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/gm-s-reuss-sees-hydrogen-fuel-cell-use-beyond-autos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/gm-s-reuss-sees-hydrogen-fuel-cell-use-beyond-autos#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chevrolet Electric Vehicles Fuel-Cell Vehicles Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:47:00 +0000 1198571 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GM&rsquo;s Reuss sees automaker&rsquo;s hydrogen-fuel-cell technology as potential infrastructure power source.</strong></p>