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.

Ford Sales Slide but High-Profit Trucks Soar
While sales are down, the revenue side of the equation is much brighter, with continuing strong sales of high-profit SUVs, CUVs and fullsize pickups pumping up average transaction prices by $1,800.
Latest User Experience Includes Roof-Mounted Drone
The drone demo is a way for Mitsubishi Electric to simulate how its latest FLEXConnect.AI infotainment platform is able to run multiple displays from different sources from a single head unit.
Ford Utes and F-150 Soar; Car Sales Continue Slide
Ford Explorer sales increased 20.7%, with 22,715 sold, making it the best May performance in 13 years the automaker says. Expedition sales were up 13.9% and Ford Edge deliveries rose 11%.
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.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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