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.

Design, Safety Tech, Distinguish Infiniti Q50
Even at almost $60,000, the Infiniti Q50 is a lot of car and technology for the money.
Buick Introducing Luxury Sub-Brand
The Avenir strategy is likely to mirror the highly successful Denali nameplate of the automaker’s GMC truck brand.
Why AI Won’t Turn Cars into Evil Robots
Artificial neural networks that mimic functions of a biological brain can solve problems almost impossible to program manually. That doesn’t mean they are near becoming self-aware and concluding the human race is a cancer that needs to be removed from the planet.
Supplier CEO: Trump Saying Right Things About Trade 4
Auto supplier turnaround expert gives brutal soliloquy on plight of working-class Americans, says “something has to change.”
Toyota Envisions World Transformed by Cloud-Based Robots 1
Silicon Valley has a lot of the crucial ingredients needed to make the next technical revolution happen, but the formula certainly can be replicated elsewhere, says the automaker’s chief technology officer.
VW Details BUDD-e Concept Car
The concept showcases VW’s new MEB EV platform said to be the basis of its next-generation connectivity and infotainment technology, including a new human-machine interface and ergonomic designs.
Honda Says Future CAFE Rules Ignore PHEVs
Battery-technology studies, including those by the Department of Energy, show PHEVs could have a range of 100 miles by 2050, Honda says. The Chevy Volt currently has an all-electric range of 52 miles, and others have ranges of about 20 miles.
Survey: CAFE Rules Likely to Get Tougher, Not Easier
In the latest WardsAuto survey, 87% of auto engineers and designers say the 54.5-mpg CAFE goal for 2025 will stay the same or become even more stringent.
The Road to MBS: Plug-Ins Good for Long Hauls and Commuting
The Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion Energi PHEVs are roomy and comfortable 5-passenger sedans with a powerful value proposition that combines practicality, economy and environmental friendliness.
Connectivity to Impact Car Factories as Well as Cars 1
Just as vehicles will be using vehicle-to-vehicle communication in the future, factory machines will use data to communicate with systems internally.
Mazda’s New NA Chief Shifts Focus: Brand Loyalty Beats Volume 4
Unfortunately Mazda’s brilliant SkyActiv-D diesel engine does not appear to be on the U.S. roadmap, because emissions modifications would compromise performance too much.
Auto ‘Jewelry Maker’ SRG Global Moving Beyond Decorative Parts 1
SRG Global wants to be more than a pretty face and is incorporating into grille designs active shutters that improve aerodynamics and fuel economy.
JLR Using Tech Incubator to Boost Innovation
HBO has made the term “incubator” almost a household word with its hit series “Silicon Valley,” a comedy about young tech entrepreneurs working in one.
2016 Student Design Contest Winners
Innovative vehicle interiors were the focus of the 2016 WardsAuto Interiors Conference and a special part of the agenda recognized winners of an annual design competition among transportation design students at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, which has trained many of the auto industry’s top designers. The assignment was to create a vehicle interior for a sports car that is distinctive, fun to drive on the track or open road, but also has autonomous capabilities for city commuting. Approximate production date: 2030.
Linamar’s 8 Mile Road Tech Center
Like many suppliers building new tech centers in the metro Detroit area, Linamar has seen strong profits in recent years and is using the facility expansion to consolidate smaller operations into one modern facility where engineers, designers and manufacturing people can work together more efficiently.


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