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.

2017 Hyundai Elantra & the State of the Industry

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 01, 2016 at 5:01 AM

Although, as Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, explains, crossovers are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. market, the compact segment is something that cannot be overlooked nor underestimated.

2016 Prius: The Fourth Generation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2016 at 12:09 PM

The little car that could still can. And this time as a car that not only gets great fuel economy, but which has ride and handling that makes it more than an econo-box (and its styling is anything but boxy).

Behind the Chevrolet Bolt

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 25, 2016 at 5:15 AM

There are some cars that are simply profoundly important than others, and when it comes to cars introduced of late, the Chevrolet Bolt is certainly one of those particularly notable cars.

It’s a Big World, After All

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 21, 2016 at 5:24 AM

In a briefing at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.—which is the global company, not just Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC—talked about succession planning, which is likely to be succession within a couple of years.

Organizing a Turnaround @ VW

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 22, 2015 at 5:40 AM

The year may be soon coming to a close, but the activities in Wolfsburg continue apace as Volkswagen Group tries to reorganize things, presumably so as to avoid having any untoward “cheats” going forward.

“Sleigh Bells Ring. . .”: Autoline After Hours

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 21, 2015 at 5:03 AM

As it will be just a few more days until Christmas, how do you combine your interest in the auto industry and your desire to hear some sounds of the holidays? (source:  blog.thedetroithub.com) Well, as happens every year at this time, “Autoline After Hours” has its Presents & Coal show, during which time plaudits and brickbats are given/applied to people and products in the industry by a group of automotive journalists.

Creating the 2016 Nissan Titan XD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 07, 2015 at 4:50 AM

In some regards, this might be called a “tweener,” except for the fact that that word doesn’t really connote something that is 24.7-inches long, weighs 7,480 pounds, and has a 310-hp, 550-lb. ft. torque Cummins 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel under its hood.

2016 Lexus RX: Creating the Fourth Generation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 03, 2015 at 1:27 PM

The Lexus RX crossover has been enormously popular since it went on sale in March 1998. So when chief engineer Takayuki Katsuda had to develop the fourth generation vehicle, he had quite a challenge. Especially as he had to best the third generation—for which he’d also been the chief engineer.