Automotive Management

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Inside Ford

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 17, 2018 at 7:41 AM

On this edition of “Autoline After Hours” Joann Muller, Detroit bureau chief for Forbes, provides insights into what she’s learned about Ford, insights that are amplified on the show by our other panelists, Stephanie Brinley, principal analyst at IHS Markit who specializes in the auto industry, and Todd Lassa, Detroit Bureau Chief for Automobile.

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FCA Adds ADAS Capability to Chelsea

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 05, 2018 at 7:20 AM

At the end of May, the then-CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the late Sergio Marchionne, said, on the occasion of the announcement that up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans would be added to Waymo’s self-driving fleet, “FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic.” Not unlike the situation with regard to electric vehicles, which Marchionne said was a money-loser except, perhaps, at the high end, it seemed that FCA was going to let GM with Cruise Automation and Ford with Argo AI make the huge investments for autonomous technology while it would work with Waymo and arguably let the Silicon Valley company do the heavy lifting.

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TRATON: What’s in a Name?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 30, 2018 at 10:57 AM

As of today, the company previously known as “Volkswagen Truck & Bus,” which encompasses the vehicle brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, and RIO, which had global sales in 2017 of 205,000 light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, is now known as TRATON AG.

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Realizing Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 24, 2018 at 5:16 AM

The auto industry is at a place the likes of which it hasn’t been for about 100 years.  It's a place where technological forces are transforming what has largely been a mechanical paradigm to one wherein sensors and algorithms are essential.

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Hydrogen, Autonomous Vehicles and a Whole Lot More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 06, 2018 at 6:52 AM

During the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) in Traverse City last week there were a number of presentations about electrified vehicles.

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Lighten Up: Altair’s Enlighten Award Presented

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 5:04 PM

Although Altair is a company that provides advanced computer-aided engineering (CAE) software and high-performance computing applications, it has a particular interest in innovative automotive lightweighting, which has led the company, for the past six years, to provide the Altair Enlighten Awards to OEMs and suppliers that have come out with products that show notable achievements in weight savings.

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Sergio Marchionne: Character Matters

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 25, 2018 at 8:49 AM

Sergio Marchionne knew that it was important to be distinctive in the market. There were (and are) plenty of automotive companies putting out least common denominator products. Clearly, that wasn’t going to be the way that FCA would succeed.

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Ford and VW Explore Collaboration. Period.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2018 at 4:44 PM

When Volvo announced in 2017 that it would electrify all of its vehicles by 2019, many people thought that this meant that it would be eliminating all of the internal combustion engines that it has on offer and from 2019 it would be all electric vehicles, all the time.

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Jon Ikeda and the Authenticity of Acura

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2018 at 12:02 PM

Designers imagine not only what vehicles should look like inside and out, but they also creatively think about the nature of the world, the environment, that those vehicles will exist in.

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Creating an Electric Ford Transit

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 18, 2018 at 6:42 AM

You might be surprised to learn that there is presently a Ford Transit 350HD that is chock full of lithium-ion batteries that you can get right now that doesn’t come out of Dearborn but Loveland, Colorado.

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Designing the 2019 Ram 1500

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 06, 2018 at 12:39 PM

Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”

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Group Lotus Changes—Including Profitability

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 04, 2018 at 5:16 PM

There has been a management change at the top of Group Lotus, the company that was acquired last year by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

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