Bob Gritzinger

Industry Analyst,
Wards Intelligence

Bob Gritzinger covers Propulsion & Technology: Engines, transmissions and drivetrains and related electrified systems such as electric vehicles, hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles. 

FCA, Waymo, Announce Huge Autonomous Minivan Growth Plan 1
Close on the heels of GM’s announcement of a $3.35 billion investment in autonomous vehicles, FCA and Waymo say they’ll increase their self-driving fleet 100-fold starting late this year.
Smart Shocks Add to Ford Raptor’s Off-Road Credentials
Raptor gets smart shocks, low-speed cruise control and optional Recaro buckets for the ’19 model year.
Navigator Shows the Way to Luxury Perfection
Ford’s premium Lincoln brand lands its second consecutive 10 Best Interiors award with the all-new Navigator, a luxurious “country club on wheels.” Have a cigar, Lincoln.
Porsche Punches Up E-Performance Cayenne
Porsche’s E-Performance line gets a re-engineered Cayenne E-Hybrid early next year.
Ford Gains in April
Fueled by Navigator and F-150, Ford sales improve in April as the Dearborn automaker plots a future featuring more trucks and CUVs and fewer car models.
F-150 Power Stroke Punches Above Light-Duty Weight Class
Ford adds the 3.0L Power Stroke diesel to its array of gasoline engines offered in the F-150 light-duty pickup, giving customers the option of strong towing and hauling capability along with good fuel economy.
Volvo XC40 Vaults Into Sizzling CUV Segment
Volvo takes on competitors in the rapidly growing small luxury CUV segment with its all-new ’19 XC40, featuring interior panache, powerful driver-assistance systems and an IKEA-worth of Scandinavian design touches.
Ford’s Light-Duty Diesel Pickup Claims MPG Leadership 1
When Ford revealed its F-150 Power Stroke engine earlier this year, engineers said 30 mpg highway was their target. Testing by the EPA confirms that rating for the truck that goes on sale in May.
Ford Celebrates Mustang’s 1964 Debut, Third Year of Global Sales Leadership 1
Mustang fans commemorate the 54th anniversary of the pony car’s debut while Ford celebrates the sports coupe’s third year of global sales leadership and the car’s move to NASCAR’s top series in 2019.
Automakers Pitch Higher-Octane Future 6
GM’s head of powertrain heads to Capitol Hill to present the auto industry’s case for creating a single, higher-octane fuel standard for the U.S. as a path toward more fuel-efficient and powerful internal-combustion engines.
Acura Engineers Pull Back RDX Skin
Acura engineers built a “tree trunk” subframe into the rear of the all-new RDX and employed hot-stamped inner and outer door rings to assure chassis rigidity.
Ring Drive Suggests Future EV Powertrain 2
Orbis Driven’s unique approach to using an electric motor to drive a ring gear draws inspiration from as far back as the 1898 Lohner-Porsche EV.
FCA Ends 18-Month Sales Drought
FCA finally breaks a sales decline that dates back to August 2016 with a nearly 10% jump in daily sales in March.
Ford Looks to Truck-Heavy Future to Build Sales
Ford’s sales dipped for the third consecutive month in March, but demand for the automaker’s new large SUVs continued unabated and F-Series trucks gained momentum.
XT4 Keys Cadillac’s Growth Strategy

NEW YORK – Cadillac’s crucial small luxury XT4 CUV launches into an increasingly crowded segment, but leaders of General Motors’ luxury marque are confident the new vehicle will succeed, buoying the brand in the process.

The XT4 this fall joins Cadillac’s two light-truck entries, the Escalade large luxury SUV and XT5 CUV, at a time when those models have carried the brand as consumers have veered sharply away from cars.

Market Intel
Jan 1, 2018

2018 Commercial Vehicle Report  

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Sep 18, 2017

Commercial Vehicle Utilization Report  

Commercial Vehicle Brand Utilization Report provides analysis of available data to spot risks and opportunities and help guide business strategy and investment....More
Jun 30, 2017

2017 U.S. Light-Vehicle Equipment Report  

Data and analysis covering five years of equipment take rates for powertrain, ADAS, safety and other major features....More
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Germany Vehicle Sales, May 2019  

Germany vehicle sales by vehicle type and company for May 2019....More
Jun 18, 2019

North America Production, May 2019  

North America production by country, vehicle type, and manufacturer; by manufacturer, model line, and country; by manufacturer and platform; by manufacturer and plant; and by manufacturer and segment group for May 2019....More
Jun 17, 2019

Asia Vehicle Production, March 2019  

Asia vehicle production by manufacturer and country for total vehicles and light vehicles for March 2019....More
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