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.

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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Steve Miller on Suppliers, OEMs & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 07, 2018 at 6:40 AM

Steve Miller says that when he began his career at the auto industry at Ford back in the late ‘60s, he and his colleagues on the finance staff in the Glass House would perform product analyses, looking at everything from product attributes to price to sales.

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Mahindra Automotive in America

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 30, 2018 at 6:15 AM

Rick Haas has an impressive automotive resume, having held positions at Ford and Tesla and currently as the president and CEO of Mahindra Automotive North America.

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2019 Lexus ES 350 Introduced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 25, 2018 at 12:20 AM

The Lexus ES sedan is more than just an offering within the company’s lineup.

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Tesla Model 3: Piece-by-Piece Munro Analysis

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 23, 2018 at 6:45 AM

The Tesla Model 3 is certainly one of the most controversial cars to be launched in some time, with production models (a comparative handful, admittedly) presented on a stage with a throng of people treating it like it was an event with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, all at the same time.

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Mercedes, BMW and the Transformation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2018 at 6:04 AM

Although some people are skeptical of the impact that ride-hailing and ride-sharing may have, that skepticism can, in large part, be allayed by the announcement last week that the BMW Group and Daimler AG are going to be merging their mobility services business units.

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Lincoln Aviator Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 28, 2018 at 5:26 AM

The Lincoln Motor Company has unveiled a three-row crossover, a pre-production execution (which means that details are still publicly scant, as the company prepares to build the vehicle: they haven’t even announced what model year it will be, only that it will be launched next year), named the Aviator.

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Toyota’s e-Commerce/Mobility Platform

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 08, 2018 at 9:21 PM

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., said at CES today that his goal is to transform Toyota from being a car company to becoming a mobility company.

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