Bob Gritzinger

Bob
Gritzinger
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles

FCA CEO Marchionne Plans to Finish 2018 on High Note
One bonus this year will be the Republican tax cuts. Marchionne says they will be worth $800 million to $1 billion. “That’s a big number,” he says.
Original Range Rover Sets Template for High-Zoot SV Coupe
Expect two doors borrowed from the 1970 Range Rover but little else when Land Rover reveals its Range Rover SV Coupe at the Geneva auto show in March.
Torquey Turbo Enhances Cherokee Appeal
Jeep’s midsize Cherokee CUV gets a midcycle makeover including a new powertrain option, more cargo room and an improved user interface.
Ford Draws on Past Power to Electrify Future 1
Ford mixes its performance messages at the Detroit show, revealing the ’19 Mustang Bullitt and its vision of an electrified performance future in the form of a battery-electric Mach 1 SUV.
Magna Reveals Autonomy-Enabling Radar
Magna and technology partner Uhnder tap military technology to develop a new automotive radar system they say will enable autonomous vehicles.
Here’s Why Lincoln Navigator is North American Truck of the Year
Our test drives of the ’18 Navigator show exactly why Lincoln’s all-new fullsize SUV deserves consideration for the North American Truck of the Year crown.
Ram Reloads for Next Round of Truck Wars 3
FCA’s fullsize Ram 1500 pickup gets a complete makeover for ’19, dropping weight and adding mild-hybridization in a bid to improve fuel economy. The latest Uconnect interface debuts, featuring a 12.0-in. split-screen display.
Ranger Rides Again 2
Ford’s Ranger pickup returns to the U.S. market a year from now after a seven-year hiatus during which the midsize truck segment has exploded.
VW Joins Lightweighting Research Incubator LIFT
Volkswagen Group of America becomes the first automotive OEM to join LIFT, the Detroit-based public-private partnership researching lightweighting solutions for automotive, aerospace and military applications.
Ford Expands ST Trim to Edge SUV
Ford’s first performance-oriented ST-trim SUV highlights a major midcycle makeover of the Edge. The ’19 model goes on sale this summer.
Ford Drops Diesel Into F-150, Finally 1
Ford introduces a diesel-engine option for its popular F-150 light-duty pickup.
2018 Winner: Ford Mustang GT 5.0L DOHC V-8
After a one-year hiatus, a V-8 is back on our list and deservedly so in the form of the Mustang GT 5.0.
Alfa Romeo, Ram Carry FCA in 2017
FCA US sales reflect the continuing impact of the automaker’s shift away from cars and fleet business to a portfolio heavy in trucks and utility vehicles sold at retail. Alfa Romeo and Ram are the only brands showing annual sales growth.
Ford Dips Slightly in 2017, Optimistic for 2018
Surprisingly strong December sales send Ford out on a positive note, setting up a good start for 2018 with all-new large SUVs, a refreshed Mustang and the small EcoSport SUV on tap.
2018 Winner: Chevrolet Bolt EV 150-kW Electric Propulsion System
The Chevrolet Bolt EV captures our collective attention with its real-world range, punchy performance and smart packaging.