Doug Newcomb

Senior Industry Analyst, Mobility,
Wards Intelligence

Doug writes about connectivity, automated driving and mobility for Wards Intelligence.

Auto Tech Check – ʼ19 Honda Passport AWD Elite 
The all-new ’19 Honda Passport is well-equipped to do battle with segment leaders and off-road icons like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner and has the tech to take on these and other rivals.
Toyota and Partners Expand Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Project at L.A. Ports 
Funded in part by a $41 million grant, 10 hydrogen-fuel-cell heavy-duty trucks will be used to haul cargo from the Port of LA and Long Beach to distribution centers in Southern California and beyond.
Qualcomm Bets on AI and 5G to Boost Automotive Business 
The company’s new AI computing platform is designed to work in combination with high-speed 5G cellular networks to enable advanced vehicle communication and safety features.
Auto Tech Check – ʼ19 Kia Forte EX 
For its ’19-model redesign, Kia refreshed the sheet metal and enlarged the cabin and cargo room but kept aspects that made the Forte a formidable competitor to rivals, including a useful and intuitive center console display and the straightforward UVO infotainment system.
Avis In-App Parking Partnership Helps Business Travelers, Businesses and the Rental Car Company’s Bottom Line 
In an era of rising ride-hail usage by business travelers, Avis is innovating to make life easier for road warriors and their companies – and gain lost market share.
Auto Tech Check – ʼ19 Mazda CX-9 Signature 
The Mazda CX-9’s posh interior, sleek sheet metal and zoom-zoom performance make it a top pick among three-row crossovers, and its infotainment and ADAS tech also don’t disappoint.
Auto Tech Check – 2019 Lexus LX 570 
Despite adding smart watch and Alexa capabilities to its remote app for the ʼ19 model year, the Lexus LX 570’s kludgy infotainment interface and lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto reveals it’s long in the tooth tech-wise.
Daimler Finance Division Name Change Designed to Give Company First-Mover Advantage in Mobility 
Later this year, Daimler Financial Services will become Daimler Mobility Services. Board member Benedikt Schell explains the reason and revenue opportunities behind the name change.
New NXP Partnership Adds Performance and Power Advantages to Autonomous Computing 
Automotive silicon giant partners with high-performance chip designer Kalray for faster performance and improved safety while keeping power requirements for automated vehicles in check.
CES 2019 OEM Highlights and Lowlights 
Automakers at the annual consumer electronics event showed tech that will roll out to cars in the next few years – and "vaporware" that may never appear in vehicles.
Panasonic SPYDER 2.0 Platform Adds Tech Features While Reducing Complexity, Cost and Weight 
The second-gen system combines a driver-monitoring camera with a head-up display in a single-box solution while enabling automatic HUD adjustments and other advanced features.
Wards Intelligence | Outlook Q4 2018: Battle for the Dashboard and Data  27
Attendees and Outlook subscribers, download this presentation and video from the December 13 Wards Intelligence Outlook Conference, Q4 2018.
Ford Reveals Autonomous Vehicles in Miami – and Profitability Plans 
Ford’s mobility strategy includes moving people as well as goods via AVs and it’s testing it on the streets of Miami with local and national businesses.
NXP Introduces New Turnkey Radar Platform for ADAS and Beyond 
End-to-end solution is designed to accelerate time to market, expand customer base and provide a springboard for radar applications in automated driving.
‘Hey BMW’ Prompts New Branded Voice Assistant 
Intelligent Personal Assistant will be compatible with Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana but sends data to BMW servers instead.
Market Intel
Jan 1, 2018

2018 Commercial Vehicle Report  

A thorough examination on the state of the U.S. commercial vehicle market, highlighting risks and opportunities for industry players....More
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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Russia Vehicle Sales, April 2019  

Russia vehicle sales by vehicle type and company for April 2019....More
May 13, 2019

India Vehicle Sales, April 2019  

India vehicle sales by vehicle type and company for April 2019....More
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Canada Truck Sales by Company by GVW, April 2019  

Canada truck sales by company, brand, and weight class for April 2019....More

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