2012 Year in Review http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/607951/more en Hyundai-Kia Product Launches Slow in 2012, But Plant Investments Rise http://wardsauto.com/industry/hyundai-kia-product-launches-slow-2012-plant-investments-rise <div class="field-deck"> 2012 Year in Review </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Korean brands targetied 7 million sales globally in 2012, while continuing overseas’ expansions in China and Brazil. But in October, they admit overstating fuel economy in the U.S. on some models for several years.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/hyundai-kia-product-launches-slow-2012-plant-investments-rise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/hyundai-kia-product-launches-slow-2012-plant-investments-rise#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing North America Industry World 2012 Special Report Miscellaneous Hyundai Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing 2012 Year in Review Autron Brazil China Chung Mong-koo Czech Republic EPA Europe Forte Hyundai Hyundai-Kia K9 Kia labor minivan Russia Santa Fe Slovakia South Korea U.S. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:45:00 +0000 650441 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>New Kia K9 luxury sedan sales bypass U.S., Europe.</strong></p> Capacity Expansions, Acquisitions, Sales Milestones Hallmarks of Volkswagen’s 2012 http://wardsauto.com/industry/capacity-expansions-acquisitions-sales-milestones-hallmarks-volkswagen-s-2012 <div class="field-deck"> 2012 Year in Review </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The German auto maker officially adds Porsche to its stable, picks up Ducati and marches closer toward its goal to be the world’s biggest auto maker by 2018.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/capacity-expansions-acquisitions-sales-milestones-hallmarks-volkswagen-s-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/capacity-expansions-acquisitions-sales-milestones-hallmarks-volkswagen-s-2012#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Europe Industry Germany 2012 Special Report Miscellaneous Volkswagen Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing 2012 Year in Review Vehicle Assembly Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:30:00 +0000 646511 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>New Golf marks conservative redesign but potentially unrivaled purchasing power and manufacturing flexibility for VW.</strong></p> Mexico Hot Spot in 2012, as Mazda, Audi Move In, Others Look to Expand http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/mexico-hot-spot-2012-mazda-audi-move-others-look-expand <div class="field-deck"> 2012 Year in Review </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Auto makers and suppliers looked to add capacity as Mexico resolved its trade disputes with Brazil and Argentina in 2012.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/mexico-hot-spot-2012-mazda-audi-move-others-look-expand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/mexico-hot-spot-2012-mazda-audi-move-others-look-expand#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Politics Suppliers North America Industry Mexico 2012 Special Report Miscellaneous Auto Makers Suppliers 2012 Year in Review Component Tariffs Trade Transmission Vehicle Assembly Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:35:00 +0000 659121 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>Launch of F-650 in Escobedo marks beginning of end of Ford&rsquo;s medium-duty production in Mexico.</strong></p> Toyota Gains Strength on 2012 Recovery of Year-Ago’s Lost Sales, Production http://wardsauto.com/industry/toyota-gains-strength-2012-recovery-year-ago-s-lost-sales-production <div class="field-deck"> 2012 Year in Review </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Japanese auto maker sees better days after weathering a tough 2011. Stronger sales of existing models and well-received new models help push up sales. </div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/toyota-gains-strength-2012-recovery-year-ago-s-lost-sales-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/toyota-gains-strength-2012-recovery-year-ago-s-lost-sales-production#comments Public World Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Industry World 2012 Special Report Miscellaneous Toyota Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing 2012 Year in Review Australia Camry China earthquake flood Japan Jim Lentz Lexus RAV4 EV Russia Scion South Korea Subaru Thailand Toyota tsunami U.S. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:30:00 +0000 650701 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>All-new &rsquo;13 Avalon gets hybrid variant for first time.</strong></p> Detroit Big Three Contracts With CAW Key to Canadian Industry in 2012 http://wardsauto.com/industry/detroit-big-three-contracts-caw-key-canadian-industry-2012 <div class="field-deck"> 2012 Year in Review: Canada </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The agreements with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler call for 2-tier wage systems, with new hires starting at a lower rate than longtime employees and elevated wages after 10 years of service.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/detroit-big-three-contracts-caw-key-canadian-industry-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/detroit-big-three-contracts-caw-key-canadian-industry-2012#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America Analysis Industry Canada Technology Data & Insights 2012 Special Report Miscellaneous Chrysler Ford General Motors Honda Lexus Nissan Plants & Production 2012 Year in Review Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Labor & Human Resources Sales Results Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:45:00 +0000 657411 at http://wardsauto.com <p> CAW workers ratify new labor contracts at 11th hour.</p> Ford Rolls Out New Models, Plant Investments http://wardsauto.com/industry/ford-rolls-out-new-models-plant-investments <div class="field-deck"> 2012 Year in Review </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ford introduces a number of new global vehicles in 2012 while also investing heavily in its international operations, particularly the Asia/Pacific and Africa regions, which are expected to account for 60%-70% of the auto maker’s growth in the next decade. </div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/ford-rolls-out-new-models-plant-investments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/ford-rolls-out-new-models-plant-investments#comments Public World Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Vehicles & Technology Industry Alternative (EVs, HEVs, FCVs) Technology World 2012 Special Report Miscellaneous Ford 2012 Year in Review Electric Vehicles Employment Future Products Globalization Vehicle Assembly Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:55:00 +0000 627101 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>&rsquo;13 Fusion one of many new products unveiled in 2012.</strong></p> GM Sees Roots of Restructuring Deepen Under Cloud of European Crisis http://wardsauto.com/industry/gm-sees-roots-restructuring-deepen-under-cloud-european-crisis <div class="field-deck"> 2012 Year in Review </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The auto maker posts another profitable year and continues to make investments in the U.S. and emerging markets. The good news in Europe, executives say, is early restructuring efforts are showing modest results.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/gm-sees-roots-restructuring-deepen-under-cloud-european-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/gm-sees-roots-restructuring-deepen-under-cloud-european-crisis#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America Industry U.S. 2012 Special Report Miscellaneous General Motors 2012 Year in Review Restructuring Barack Oabama Dan Ammann Dna Akerson John Laukner Karl-Friedrich Stracke Mark Reuss Mary Barra Mitt Romney National Automobile Dealer Association Opel/Vauxhall Robert Ferguson Saab Sergio Rocha Steve Girsky Terry Wychowski Tom Stephens Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:30:00 +0000 650451 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>GM Chairman, CEO Dan Akerson oversees strong profitability, executive churn in 2012.</strong></p> U.S. Sees Strong Sales in 2012 http://wardsauto.com/2013-special-report/us-sees-strong-sales-2012 <div class="field-deck"> 2013 Automotive Outlook: North America </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Despite a hurricane, shifting political winds and low expectations, the U.S. manages to log strong light-vehicle sales growth in an otherwise lackluster economy.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/2013-special-report/us-sees-strong-sales-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/2013-special-report/us-sees-strong-sales-2012#comments Public Management & Strategy Plants & Production 2013 North America Industry U.S. 2013 Special Report 2012 Special Report Miscellaneous Fisker Ford General Motors Honda Volkswagen 2013 2012 Year in Review Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:20:00 +0000 659401 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>Like many U.S. auto plants, VW added third shift in 2012.</strong></p> Brazil Fights to Regain Momentum; Argentina Breaks Trade Ties With Mexico http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/brazil-fights-regain-momentum-argentina-breaks-trade-ties-mexico <div class="field-deck"> 2012 Year in Review: South America </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Protectionism controversy breaks out in June as Argentina, like Brazil, tries to limit Mexico’s import cars in an effort to reduce its trade deficit with the country. Mexico balks with threats to appeal to the WTO.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/brazil-fights-regain-momentum-argentina-breaks-trade-ties-mexico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/brazil-fights-regain-momentum-argentina-breaks-trade-ties-mexico#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing South America Analysis Industry Argentina Brazil Colombia Data & Insights 2012 Special Report Miscellaneous BMW Citroen Daimler Fiat General Motors Hyundai Peugeot Renault Toyota Volkswagen Volvo Truck 2012 Year in Review Capacity Utilization Employment Labor & Human Resources Sales Results Tariffs Trade Abeiva ANFAVEA Dilma Rousseff Fenabrave Foton industrial product tax Mexico Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:05:00 +0000 632861 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>New investments such as Toyota&rsquo;s Etios plant in Brazil evidence of confidence in region.</strong></p> Asia-Pacific Rises in 2012 From Trying 2011 http://wardsauto.com/industry/asia-pacific-rises-2012-trying-2011 <div class="field-deck"> 2013 Automotive Outlook: International </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Growth is seen across the region, including in Thailand and Indonesia, despite several challenges that earlier in the year conspired to harm sales.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/asia-pacific-rises-2012-trying-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/asia-pacific-rises-2012-trying-2011#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Analysis Asia Pacific - Regional Industry Data & Insights 2012 Special Report Miscellaneous Ford General Motors Hyundai Perodua Proton SAIC Toyota Regulations 2012 Year in Review Capacity Utilization Labor & Human Resources Product Development Sales Results Association of Southeast Asian Nations Australia China DRB-Hicom GM Korea Holden Hyundai Indonesia Japan Kia Korea Malaysia Opel Philippines Renault-Samsung Thailand Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:30:00 +0000 627221 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>Workers at all five South Korean auto makers, including GM Korea, ratify new labor deals by September 2012.</strong></p>