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.
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.
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells.
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.
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).
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.