To optimize their logistics and supply-chain management strategies, automakers need the ability to track large amounts of data across the globe in order to provide a high-level overview of where supply chain time and money are spent....More
The Ministry of Transport will test “truck platooning” technology for moving containers between port terminals. A truck with a driver will be followed by a convoy of three or four driverless vehicles....More
Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries will continue diverting its Japan-built cars to Shanghai because its Tianjin operations have not returned to normal since the deadly Aug. 12 chemical explosion....More
The automaker will suspend operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin through Sunday instead of Wednesday as originally planned, due to safety concerns following last week's deadly warehouse explosion....More
Toyota says it will halt operations through Wednesday at its plant in Tianjin, where more than 100 people died in a series of explosions last week. Volkswagen, Renault and Mitsubishi cars were damaged in the blasts and BMW diverted shipments of automobiles from Tianjin to Shanghai....More
A Frost & Sullivan report says emerging middle classes in countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan will create a demand for more, and updated, cars....More
The anticipated arrival of self-driving cars has automakers rethinking interiors and how they will look and feel in the future, as seen in several concepts exhibited at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
For the first time in 23 years of testing, a V-8 fails to earn a spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list, but many high-output turbocharged 6-cyl. engines are generating enough horsepower and torque to fill the void....More
WardsAuto editors evaluated the 40 vehicles in October and November, driving to and from home, work, school, the hardware store and on weekend roadtrips. There is no instrumented testing. Vehicles must have a base price no higher than $62,000 to be eligible.
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.