Automotive Management

Here you’ll find information from management on the best practices and emerging technologies that help executives and companies operate more efficiently. Management matters.

Honda Re-Imagines and Re-Engineers the Ridgeline

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 16, 2016 at 6:00 AM

When Honda announced the first-generation Ridgeline in 2005, it opened the press release describing the vehicle: “The Honda Ridgeline re-defines what a truck can be with its true half-ton bed payload capability, an interior similar to a full-size truck and the exterior length of a compact truck.” And all that said, people simply couldn’t get over the way there is a diagonal piece, a sail-shaped buttress, between the cab and the box.

Don Panoz Isn’t Slowing Down

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 09, 2016 at 3:14 AM

Way back in 2000, we ran an article that opened with the provocative question: “Why Is Panoz America’s Coolest Car Company?” The company, Panoz Auto Development, was established by Danny Panoz, whose father, Don Panoz, established the pharmaceutical company that invested the time-release transdermal patch—yes, the nicotine patch that is used by people who want to quit smoking.

The Kia Sportage Inside and Out

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 25, 2016 at 5:42 AM

Kia Motors America has a lot riding on the 2017 Sportage. (As do other Kia companies in various other countries around the world, as the Sportage is a global vehicle, and while it might be considered a compact crossover in the U.S. market, the vehicle is just the right size pretty much everywhere else.) This version is the fourth generation of the vehicle.

Honda (Re)Energized

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 21, 2016 at 5:48 AM

Honda, says John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., is fairly rare in the U.S. auto industry right now for at least a couple of reasons.

Freudenberg: Technology Meets Humanity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 19, 2016 at 5:00 AM

When Dr. Mohsen Sohi, CEO and member of the Board of Management, The Freudenberg Group, a Germany-based conglomerate with a considerable footprint in the automotive space, particularly in sealing and filters, and strong presence in the North American market, which represented 26% of the company’s sales in 2015, talked about the company’s 2015 financials, it was nice to hear that a supplier has had a good run, as in improvements six years in a row, with 2015 overall sales increasing by 7.6% to €7.57 billion (or $8.36-billion).

Cadillac Creates More Luxury: the XT5

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Paul Spadafora, chief engineer, Cadillac XT5, had, in his estimation, a fantastic opportunity as he and his team set about to develop Cadillac’s all-new midsize crossover vehicle for a number of reasons, one of which is the simple fact that this is one of the hottest segments going in the auto industry, so if you want to be in the game, you have to play hard against the likes of the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLE-Class.

Acura Design’s “North Star”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Dave Marek and his team have created a concept that encapsulates the direction that Acuras to come will exhibit. The Acura Precision Concept is a design study that they’re going to be tested against.

Pacifica: The Minivan That Matters

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2016 at 5:25 AM

While the whole notion of minivans might provoke an involuntary eye roll among some people, here’s an interesting fact: so far this year, through the end of March, Chrysler delivered 31,616 Town & Country minivans, which makes it, by far, the biggest selling vehicle in the brand’s showroom.

Lincoln Navigator Concept: A Grand Concept for a Grand Journey

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 23, 2016 at 6:17 AM

Kumar Galhorta, president of Lincoln, often uses the word “journey.” Which is an apt metaphor, inasmuch as Lincoln makes cars and crossovers and a full-size SUV, which provide the means by which people take journeys, and the Lincoln brand itself is on a journey, in that it is working to gain global traction in the luxury marketplace where it had seemingly stalled during the past several years.