Drew Winter

Drew
Winter
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

Drew is editor of WardsAuto World magazine and writes about a variety of issues.

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2016 NACTOY Finalist Pros and Cons
WardsAuto editor Drew Winter has been a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards for well over a decade. In addition to evaluating the latest models for NACTOY, he also is a judge for the Wards 10 Best Engines and 10 Best Interiors competitions. Here is his take on the six NACTOY finalists. (See Related story:
Mercedes E-Class Takes AI, Self-Driving to Next Level
“This technology enables the E-Class to continuously ‘talk’ to other cars and the infrastructure, and keep learning,” says Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche
2016 Winner: Volvo XC90 T6 2.0L Turbo/Super-4
The T6 promises to be a perfect fit for a lot of Volvos coming down the road and is proving out a new strategy for squeezing more performance and efficiency from smaller and smaller engines.
2016 Winner: Toyota 1.8L DOHC 4-cyl./53-kW Drive Motor 2
Toyota engineers have come through again with the ’16 Prius, setting new benchmarks in drivability, efficiency and value.
2016 VW Budd-e Concept
the BUDD-e, is a nostalgically designed electric-powered microbus laden with all the latest technology, including a 101-kWh battery that provides up to 373 mile (600 km) of pure electric range on the optimistic European testing cycle.
VW Wows CES With Technology Wrapped in Nostalgia 3
The Budd-e is a square, practical package, but inside and out it is loaded to the gills with the latest technologies and concepts.
Faraday Gives Sketchy Vision of Future
In the past 18 months the company has assembled a staff of about 750 employees from BMW, Tesla, Apple and other top companies, but it does not discuss its business plan, who its customers will be or when it expects to be profitable.
2016 Winner: GM 1.5L DOHC 4-cyl./120-kW Drive Motor
The Voltec propulsion system already was one of the most innovative powertrains ever mass produced. Now GM has made it significantly better in every way. There was no way we could not put it on the list this year.
2016 Wards 10 Best Engines Test Drive: Hyundai Tucson FCV
The Hyundai Tucson FCV, evaluated by editor Drew Winter, is one of 31 contenders for the 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines competition.
Volt Is EV for Everyone
If EVs are to attract mainstream buyers in the absence of high fuel prices, they will have to be so appealing they do not require buyers to switch political parties or care about climate change. The ’16 Volt comes closest to solving that riddle.
American Motors’ Highs and Lows
Small and seemingly always struggling to survive, American Motors designed and developed some of the most loved and unloved vehicles of all time, from the first luxury SUV and first CUV to the star-crossed Pacer, it sold many vehicles that were memorable if not profitable.
BorgWarner Expands Powertrain Tech Center
Vice President and Chief Technology officer Christopher Thomas says the company now is bolstering its electrification capabilities to complement its activities related to internal combustion engines.
Autonomous Car Supply Chain Developing Outside Silicon Valley
Insiders say three or four years ago, automakers decided they didn’t want to hand over their interiors to giant consumer electronics providers and started reaching into the lower tiers for knowledge and more control over their brand identities.
CAFE and Cheap Energy Drive Auto Plastics Growth
TPO plastics producers are aiming to compete directly with steel and aluminum in big parts such as liftgates; a major Chinese supplier views the U.S. as the global low-cost source for manufacturing interior parts.
A Car Like No Other
The new Miata isn’t just a fling. It’s a time machine that transports drivers of a certain age to an era when true sports cars were affordable, everyone was young and beautiful and the future looked bright.
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