A government prosecutor commends auto engineers for development of self-driving cars, but he also knows “there’s a determine adversary out there who wants to turn what you designed for good against us and exploit its weaknesses.”
Eight WardsAuto editors based in Southfield, MI, select the Wards 10 Best Interiors after spending February and March evaluating the vehicles and scoring each based on materials, ergonomics, driver information, safety, comfort, fit-and-finish, value and aesthetics.
In New York this week, BMW introduces a 610-hp V-12 in the ’17 M760i sedan, as well as the Alpina B7, powered by a 600-hp 4.4L twin-turbo V-8. Meanwhile, sister brand Mini debuts the convertible Cooper and all-wheel-drive Clubman ALL4.
On sale in April, the 5-passenger CUV benefits from softer edges in the sheet metal, an excellent 3.6L V-6, sophisticated all-wheel drive and aggressive mass reduction. Inside, the XT5 is ergonomically sound and isn’t trying too hard to be flashy.
With a Wards 10 Best Engines winner under the hood, excellent driving dynamics and a warm, inviting interior, the all-new Cadillac XT5 should pick up where the SRX left off -- as the brand's most popular vehicle.
Car enthusiasts visiting the Netherlands should set aside a day for the Louwman Museum in The Hague. This stunning collection of rarities stretches from 1886 to the 1970s and includes more than 250 vehicles. Some of the vehicles belonged to Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Sir Winston Churchill and even James Bond.
Johan de Nysschen is upbeat about rising transaction prices for Cadillac, and he defends the new alphanumeric nomenclature. To a 30-year-old luxury brand intender in China, the names Eldorado and Coupe de Ville mean “absolutely zero,” he says.
ZF TRW’s Integrated Brake Control is a 1-piece module that eliminates the master cylinder, vacuum pump and associated hoses while incorporating electronic stability control, traction control and an electric motor to push hydraulic fluid to brakes at all four corners.
ZF TRW staged a winter driving event at its test track in Arvidsjaur, Sweden, and highlighted several technologies, including next-generation electronic stability control, rear-wheel steering, radar and video fusion, belt-driven electric power steering, illuminated seatbelt buckles and vacuum-free braking, known as Integrated Brake Control.
From smartphone-controlled folding seats to auto-closing doors and a cargo canopy, Brose’s engineers are testing the market with some far-out ideas. “We want to see if we are going in the right direction,” Mike Brosseau says.
With expertise in mechatronics, Brose manufactures window regulators, door latches and seat frames, as well as motors for climate-control blowers, cooling fans and drivetrain actuators. Today, Brose is reinventing these components to improve comfort, convenience and safety.
Toyota’s luxury division says the LC 500h drivetrain relies on a 3.5L gasoline V-6, a powerful electric motor and a 44.6-kW lithium-ion battery pack paired with a 4-speed automatic gearbox mounted at the rear of the hybrid transmission.
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.