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.

Future Car Designers Envision New Types of Luxury
The College for Creative Studies assignment is the basis of a semester-long class where students compete for recognition and special scholarships.
2017 WardsAuto Student Design Winners and Finalists
Bentley, Lamborghini and other ultra-luxury brands are bringing utility vehicles to market and Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a pickup truck. What other new types of vehicles can be created as consumers lose interest in traditional luxury sedans? That was the latest challenge to College for Creative Studies transportation design students for the eighth-annual WardsAuto Interiors Student Design Competition.
French Startups Pitching Autonomous Tech to Detroit, Silicon Valley
France's UbiMobility selects companies offering tech related to ADAS, facial and vocal recognition, driver behavior and interaction, vehicle connectivity and software validation.
Countryman Captures Mini’s Soul in Modern CUV
With the ’17 Countryman CUV, BMW’s Mini brand avoids the cookie-cutter curse by seamlessly transporting the endearing qualities of its tiny premium cars to its big second-generation CUV.
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.


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