Drew Winter

Drew
Winter
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Mini Launches Huge New Flagship
The Mini Cooper Clubman is a stylish, fun-to-drive Mini that finally is big enough for mainstream consumers and luxurious enough for upscale buyers. It is a crucial new product coming at just the right time.
'16 Mini Clubman
Along with its substantial footprint, the new Clubman is tasked with a more important role in the Mini hierarchy. Previously it was a slightly roomier variant of the Hardtop hatchback. The new Clubman is billed as the marque’s flagship and it is charged with taking the whole brand further upmarket in the premium small-car space. Mini officials say this segment is a key growth area. (See related story: Mini Launches Huge New Flagship).
Harman Targets Connectivity, User Experience at New HQ Near Detroit 1
Ford CEO Mark Fields says the world of connectivity, safety, audio systems and other involvements related to driving is morphing into one singular encounter known as the customer experience.
IBM Offering ‘Watson’ Cognitive Computing for Cars
IBM’s Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data.
Why Honda Civic, Volvo XC90 Won Car, Truck Honors 1
The XC90 isn’t going to sell in huge volumes, but its powertrain, interior design and autonomous-driving features have forced everyone in the industry to take notice.
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 2
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.
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Feb 11, 2016
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