Drew Winter

Content Director/Senior Editor WardsAuto.com,

Drew is a WardsAuto Content Director and senior editor at WardsAuto.com. He writes about a variety of issues.

Student Designers Envision New Types of Luxury Vehicles
Sponsored by International Automotive Components (IAC) and Lear Automotive, with support from SAE International, the seventh-annual competition has a history of helping graduating design students capture attention, and job offers from major automakers and suppliers.
Automotive Interiors: From Steel to Spider Webs
Lightweighting, the influence of Chinese consumers, dramatically different seats and “Decotainment” promise to be major disruptors in next two product cycles.
FCA Engineers Find New Lightweighting Solution
Engineers from the Product Validation, Vehicle Sciences and Virtual Analysis group developed multiple algorithms to quickly and precisely determine the optimal size and shape of lightening holes.
Availability of Tech Sparked Autonomous Boom
A revolution in computing is making things possible that previously were unfathomable, Washington says, including the ability to create computers that can mimic how humans think.
Young Designers Explore ‘White Space’ in Automotive Segments
Students now are hard at work dreaming up interior concepts for Tesla and Lexus pickup trucks, a fullsize Volvo SUV, an Alfa Romeo minivan and other provocative ideas.
Future Auto Designers Stretch Boundaries
Students compete for recognition and special scholarships in the competition done in conjunction with the 2017 WardsAuto Interiors Conference.
VW Reveals New Product, Sales Strategies for U.S.
VW’s U.S. product mix will shift from 10%-12% cross/utility vehicles now to about 40% over the next several years as the company launches all-new Atlas and Tiguan CUVs and keeps the smaller, existing Tiguan.
Marchionne Sees GM’s Opel Sale as Vindication and Opportunity
Marchionne says the elimination of Opel reduces by about 15% the possible synergies FCA and GM could achieve, but he still thinks a deal would be worth pursuing, even though he spotted one big negative the day of the sale’s announcement.
VW Tries to Change Conversation at Geneva
Instead of popping a couple more aspirin and apologizing once again for its misdeeds, VW put a smile on its face and rolled out some happy news: A grandiose plan to democratize future mobility.
Brushing Aside Skeptics, GM Says It Had Great Sales Month
In the hotly contested fullsize pickup segment, GM estimated Chevy and GMC captured more than 40% of all fullsize-pickup retail sales, with ATPs up nearly $600 per unit.
What to Do Behind Wheel of Self-Driving Car? Harman Has Answers 2
Instead of bumper-to-bumper traffic, occupants can see a pristine beach or mountain landscape outside the car and fall asleep while the audio system recreates surf and chirping birds through a 360-degree sound field.
Seating Supplier Adient Rolls Out Flurry of New Concepts 
Adient started the year collaborating with FCA on the innovative Chrysler Portal concept shown at CES, then introduced three more big ideas at NAIAS.
Marchionne on Trump, Tweets, Mexico, Google Self-Driving Cars and Diesels
“None of us have had a tweeting president before. It’s a new way of communication and I think we are going to have to learn how to respond.”
Chevy EV, Honda Pickup and Chrysler Minivan Win NACTOY Honors
In this year’s picks, innovation, practicality and overall utility triumphed over luxury, sexy designs and maximum ruggedness.
Google Building Own Self-Driving LiDAR, Radar and Vision Systems
The cost of LiDAR systems used in autonomous vehicles has been reduced 90% from about $75,000, Krafcik says.


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