Asked how students and JCI engineers will split time with the dyno, MaryAnn Wright says the workload for both groups will be seamless and integrated. JCI also will fund research to be done with the dyno, and students will be assigned projects and other work.
Nissan rolled out its all-new '16 Titan fullsize pickup at Detroit's Cobo Center as part of this week's WardsAuto Interiors Conference. First to market later this year will be the Titan XD with 5.0L Cummins diesel V-8, followed by gasoline offerings.
WardsAuto highlights some of the frayed edges, poorly fitting trim and other issues that result in deducted points as judges select the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. From Chevy, Dodge, Hyundai and Kia to Acura, Land Rover, Lincoln and Mercedes, it seems no automaker is perfect.
The map pocket has become a vital storage bin in today's vehicles, clearly used for much more than folded paper roadmaps. A smattering of photos from the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors field shows the varying approaches as automakers attempt to maximize the utility of this space.
Inside and out, Nissan's all-new Murano makes a bold design statement by injecting stylistic drama into the high-volume midsize CUV segment. Our test vehicle, a fully loaded SL trim with all-wheel drive, carries $41,905 sticker price.
In a car like the all-new Mercedes C-Class, the Diamond White Metallic sheet metal is the predictable, safe bet, but the soft, quilted crimson leather that appears once the door opens serves as an invitation as irresistible as the siren’s song.
We find the new C-Class, stickering at about half the price of the S-Class flagship, to be a consummate bargain (well-equipped for $65,000). Plus, it carries over many of the advanced technologies that distinguish the S-Class, particularly the innovative interface and mood-specific ambient lighting.
A concise summation of all 42 interiors evaluated as part of the 2015 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker.
Kia continues taking its Sedona minivan more upscale to compete with Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The redesigned '15 model, fully loaded, carries a premium price, too: $43,295, including destination and handling.
The Fiat Chrysler marriage produces one of its first offspring, the Jeep Renegade compact CUV built in Melfi, Italy, and sharing its underpinnings with the Fiat 500X. The design team took a clean-sheet approach that integrates several design cues paying tribute to Jeep interiors over the years. Our 4x4 Limited test vehicle carries a base price of $26,795 and a $33,205 sticker.
When a car like the affordable Fit rolls in with an onyx cabin that manages to rise above the dark and dreary wintertime surroundings, rest assured it is truly deserving. Is it any wonder a car named Fit is a showcase for expert fit-and-finish?
It helps when the Fit's black surfaces are soft-touch matte-finish trim on the instrument panel, doors and armrests, not to mention the high-quality leather on the steering wheel and heated front firmly bolstered seats. This monochromatic approach makes the metallic bits on the IP, doors, vents, steering wheel and shifter bezel really pop.
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