A striking feature of this year’s talks was the union’s ability to win higher wages at a time when raises of any kind have been difficult to come by for most Americans, including those in relatively safe jobs, labor expert Harley Shaiken says....More
Ford’s redesigned ’17 Escape CUV makes its world debut at the Los Angeles auto show, featuring two new turbo engines, updated interior and Ford-first SYNC Connect cloud-based vehicle information and control system....More
Annual production capacity at Vsevolozhsk is 160,000 units, but Ford built just 30,000 cars there in 2014, laying off 700 employees as a consequence. Output for full-year 2015 is estimated at only 15,000 units....More
Forget flat-plane cranks – it’s a new spray-in cylinder liner that makes the ’16 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang engine really rock. Plasma Transferred Wire Arc saves weight and space, allowing displacement to grow to 5.2L....More
The new MKX CUV is arriving in showrooms as dealers sell down the old model. Next year, Ford’s luxury brand will bring back the Continental nameplate based on a sedan concept that was well-received at auto shows in New York and Shanghai....More
Some analysts speculate China’s refusal to certify the LG Chem and Samsung SDI battery packs is a response to South Korea’s decision to deploy the U.S.-built Terminal High-Altitude Aerial Defense missile system to guard the country against attacks by China....More
Drawing heritage cues from the first civilian Dodge off-roader introduced in 1946, the '17 Ram Power Wagon picks up design cues from the Ram 1500 Rebel and strength from a heavy-duty chassis and 6.4L V-8 hitched to a Borg Warner transfer case and beefy solid axles front and rear.
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.