Road Ahead http://wardsauto.com/blog/96684/feed en Ward’s 10 Best Engines Spec Sheet: Hyundai Sonata Eco 1.6L Turbo http://wardsauto.com/blog/ward-s-10-best-engines-spec-sheet-hyundai-sonata-eco-16l-turbo <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We&rsquo;ve fired up the machinery for the 2015 <em>Ward&rsquo;s 10 Best Engines</em> competition, now in its 21st year, and Hyundai&rsquo;s improved 1.6L turbocharged &ldquo;Gamma&rdquo; 4-cyl. makes a compelling argument as a hybrid alternative, with a base sticker price of $23,275.</p> <p>Last year, we started sharing informational spec sheets reviewed by <em>WardsAuto</em> editors as they judge each entry. The tally is a moving target, but we likely will end up with more than 40 new or improved engines to consider this fall. Winners will be announced in December.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/ward-s-10-best-engines-spec-sheet-hyundai-sonata-eco-16l-turbo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/ward-s-10-best-engines-spec-sheet-hyundai-sonata-eco-16l-turbo#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. South Korea Hyundai Dual Clutch (DCT) Fuel Economy Gasoline Product Development Turbocharger 1.6L turbocharged 4-cyl. 7-speed DCT direct injection eco mode Fuel Economy Gamma Hyundai Sonata Eco Hyundai Veloster sport mode VW Road Ahead Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:29:00 +0000 1137021 at http://wardsauto.com Got You Covered http://wardsauto.com/blog/got-you-covered <div class="node-body blog-body">I thought efforts to limit distracted driving were spreading. Standing intact, however, is the apparent belief one can’t enjoy listening to Tom Petty without seeing his face grinning from a corner of the touchscreen. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/got-you-covered" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/got-you-covered#comments Blog U.S. Chrysler Ford General Motors Hyundai Lexus Toyota Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Sound Systems Road Ahead Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:30:00 +0000 1135481 at http://wardsauto.com Safety Shouldn’t Be Disabled http://wardsauto.com/blog/safety-shouldn-t-be-disabled <div class="node-body blog-body">All vehicle safety technologies, be they old like seatbelts or new like lane-departure warning, should be mandatory, not optional.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/safety-shouldn-t-be-disabled" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/safety-shouldn-t-be-disabled#comments Blog Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Collision Avoidance Safety airbags blind-spot detection driver driver inattentiveness fatalities lane-departure warning NHTSA Safety seatbelts vehicle-to-pedestrian vehicle-to-vehicle Road Ahead Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:55:00 +0000 1116951 at http://wardsauto.com Honda’s Showing Some Fighting Spirit http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-s-showing-some-fighting-spirit <div class="node-body blog-body">After recent years of lengthier lifecycles, Honda is taking a page from competitors, and its own history, by bringing a new Civic out earlier than expected.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-s-showing-some-fighting-spirit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-s-showing-some-fighting-spirit#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Honda Management & Strategy Future Products Alliston Canada Civic Elantra Greensburg Honda Hyundai IN Kia Forte lifecycle next-generation ON Pilot Sonata Tetsuo Iwamura Road Ahead Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:35:00 +0000 1110601 at http://wardsauto.com Finally, Voice of Reason http://wardsauto.com/blog/finally-voice-reason <div class="node-body blog-body">The concept of an autopilot is not new, particularly in aerospace. But Owens notes even the airline industry has never crossed that threshold by placing hundreds of lives solely in the digital hands of a computer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/finally-voice-reason" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/finally-voice-reason#comments Blog Management & Strategy Politics Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Delphi Autonomous Vehicles Fuel Economy Product Development Safety adaptive cruise control autopilot collision mitigation Delphi Electronics and Safety Google car Jeff Owens lane-departure warning President Obama radar vehicle-to-infrastructure vehicle-to-vehicle Road Ahead Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:08:00 +0000 1091361 at http://wardsauto.com Why 707 Horsepower Is Not Enough http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-707-horsepower-not-enough <div class="node-body blog-body">Ford, GM and Chrysler still are racing to be green. They just plan to burn a little rubber on the way to the finish. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-707-horsepower-not-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-707-horsepower-not-enough#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. SRT Fuel Economy Gasoline Supercharger Road Ahead Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:24:00 +0000 1074971 at http://wardsauto.com Mercedes Diesel Does It http://wardsauto.com/blog/mercedes-diesel-does-it <div class="node-body blog-body">We drove a Mercedes' M-Class diesel to the annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI. Our verdict: Diesel does it.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/mercedes-diesel-does-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/mercedes-diesel-does-it#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology Diesel Resource Center North America North America - Regional U.S. Germany Mercedes 2014 CAR Management Briefing Seminars Diesel Fuel Economy BlueTEC Diesel M-Class Management Briefing Seminars MBS Mercedes ML350 Smart Road Ahead Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:31:00 +0000 1075921 at http://wardsauto.com New for ’20: The HALcat http://wardsauto.com/blog/new-20-halcat <div class="node-body blog-body">Engines are becoming more potent as the self-driving car keeps evolving. Will the smart cars of the future use their horsepower for good and not evil? </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/new-20-halcat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/new-20-halcat#comments Blog Auto Makers Europe Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. United Kingdom Chevrolet Dodge Ford Jaguar Land Rover Autonomous Vehicles Engines Road Ahead Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:22:00 +0000 1063461 at http://wardsauto.com GM’s Do-Over of Chevy Malibu Gets It Right http://wardsauto.com/blog/gm-s-do-over-chevy-malibu-gets-it-right <div class="node-body blog-body">The eAssist hybrid system is gone, replaced by a silky smooth, remarkably quiet stop/start system.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/gm-s-do-over-chevy-malibu-gets-it-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/gm-s-do-over-chevy-malibu-gets-it-right#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chevrolet Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Chevrolet Malibu eAssist stop/start Z/28 Road Ahead Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:29:00 +0000 1057991 at http://wardsauto.com Vintage Car Owners Line Up for Fuel http://wardsauto.com/blog/vintage-car-owners-line-fuel <div class="node-body blog-body">“This is the greatest day ever!” declares Thomas Semaan, whose ’80 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray fueled up for a mere $8.60 instead of the $38 he would have paid for the same amount in today’s dollars.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/vintage-car-owners-line-fuel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/vintage-car-owners-line-fuel#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Buick Ferrari Ford General Motors Jaguar Lamborghini Rolls Royce Exterior Gasoline Vehicles in Operation Birmingham Corvette Hagerty Group Jaguar E-Type MI Mobil National Collector Car Appreciation Day Woodward Woodward Dream Cruise Road Ahead Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 1058001 at http://wardsauto.com The Disconnect With Electric Cars http://wardsauto.com/blog/disconnect-electric-cars <div class="node-body blog-body">Automakers have spent billions of dollars, euros, and yen and won to produce EVs and FCVs, fervently hoping they’ll earn a return on that investment. So far they haven’t netted a nickel, and there’s nothing on the horizon to suggest they soon will. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/disconnect-electric-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/disconnect-electric-cars#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Emissions Fuel Economy Fuel-Cell Vehicles Product Development Road Ahead Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:25:00 +0000 1043851 at http://wardsauto.com Please, Just Leave Me Alone http://wardsauto.com/blog/please-just-leave-me-alone <div class="node-body blog-body">Automakers want to know where you go and how often you go there...to make your life easier. Yeah, right.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/please-just-leave-me-alone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/please-just-leave-me-alone#comments Blog Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Suppliers Information & Entertainment ads automakers infotainment marketers personalization personalized Suppliers telematics tracking Road Ahead Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:11:00 +0000 1045851 at http://wardsauto.com Come On GM, Pony Up http://wardsauto.com/blog/come-gm-pony <div class="node-body blog-body">We’re not here to quibble with the output but instead to call attention to the gamesmanship between two automakers – namely GM and Ford – who can’t stand second place.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/come-gm-pony" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/come-gm-pony#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Chevrolet Ferrari Ford Lamborghini McLaren Porsche SRT Aluminum Carbon Fiber Future Products Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Supercharger Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Ferrari FF Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid Ford Shelby GT500 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 McLaren P1 hybrid North American International Auto Show Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid ’15 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Road Ahead Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:30:00 +0000 1040411 at http://wardsauto.com Chevy Camaro Chief Engineer Nailing Down Name Game http://wardsauto.com/blog/chevy-camaro-chief-engineer-nailing-down-name-game <div class="node-body blog-body">Al Oppenheiser has made it his life’s work to set in stone exactly what separates, for example, a Camaro Z/28 from a Camaro SS. It’s some serious business, too.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/chevy-camaro-chief-engineer-nailing-down-name-game" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/chevy-camaro-chief-engineer-nailing-down-name-game#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chevrolet Exterior Gasoline Supercharger Al Oppenheiser Chevrolet Camaro GingerMan Raceway SS Z/28 ZL1 Road Ahead Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:11:00 +0000 1040251 at http://wardsauto.com Could Carbon Capture Improve CAFE? http://wardsauto.com/blog/could-carbon-capture-improve-cafe <div class="node-body blog-body">A recent paper shows even a modest on-board carbon-capture system could produce significant corporate average fuel economy improvements for any automaker.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/could-carbon-capture-improve-cafe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/could-carbon-capture-improve-cafe#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Emissions Gasoline Product Development Road Ahead Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:58:00 +0000 1031751 at http://wardsauto.com