Bob Gritzinger

Bob
Gritzinger
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Long-time automotive beat writer, Bob covers Ford, FCA and technology.

Articles

Piquette Plant Reveals Ford’s Early Experimental Secrets
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant unlocks a secret space used by Henry Ford to develop the groundbreaking Model T in 1907-08.
Ford, Microsoft Pioneer Mixed-Reality Design
Ford’s use of Microsoft HoloLens technology blurs the lines between physical and virtual reality, creating a new mixed reality that’s not too far removed from Tony Stark’s futuristic “Ironman” design lab.
Jeep Jumps Out of Fleet Sales
Jeep takes a giant step back from fleet sales in August, further depressing already rough FCA sales numbers.
F-Series Carries Ford in August
Ford sales struggle in August, with F-Series as the bright spot amid otherwise dismal car, SUV and fleet business.
Gearing Up: Chevy’s Latest Traverse Adds Space, Power, Efficiency
Chevrolet’s new-look Traverse 3-row CUV shares styling with its bigger, brawnier Tahoe and Suburban SUV siblings, gains interior cargo space, loses weight and adds powertrain options geared toward increasing fuel economy without sacrificing performance.
Inside Expedition
Aluminum bodies and turbo engines get all the focus, but the all-new ’18 Ford Expedition’s interior gains significant functionality and capability as well.
Ford Finishes F-150 Powertrain Makeover
Ford expands weight-saving spray-in cylinder liner technology to its 5.0L V-8 and adds new fuel-delivery systems to its naturally aspirated and turbo engines to improve efficiency and boost power in its ’18 F-150 pickups.
FCA Joins Global Autonomous Vehicle Development Team
A global consortium composed of BMW, Intel and Mobileye adds Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to its group with the aim of increasing its ability to develop a highly autonomous vehicle for worldwide use.
CUVs’ Sudden Impact Surprised Industry 1
Automakers fueled the CUV boom with a product onslaught, but no one expected such a hasty transition out of passenger cars, Toyota sales boss says.
I.D. Buzz Digs Deeper Than Flower Power Design
Volkswagen’s chief engineering officer says the German automaker’s Detroit auto show concept carries forward many of the ideas originally designed into the iconic Microbus.
Consumers Command Industry, Toyota Sales Chief Says
Focus on the retail buyer is the only way to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving automotive market, Toyota’s North American sales chief says.
Johnson Controls: Driving Toward EV Future
Demand for power needed for engine controls and fuel-saving stop/start systems will push electrified vehicles to the forefront in a decade, a Johnson Controls executive says.
Mazda: Let Real World Pick Powertrain Winners
Whether gasoline, diesels or even rotary engines, Mazda believes automakers are in the best position to choose the right powertrain solutions that meet consumer needs and government clean-air mandates.
Green Car, Blue Highways 7
Taking a long trip in Chevrolet’s all-electric Bolt EV isn’t impossible, but it takes some careful consideration to assure arrival at Point B. Here’s how it’s done in the real world.
Toyota Supports Autonomous-Testing Effort
Toyota announces a $5 million contribution to the American Center for Mobility in Michigan. The proving ground is expected to open this fall to provide real-world testing of connected and autonomous vehicles.