Road Ahead http://wardsauto.com/blog/96684/feed Blogs with an emphasis on technology, design and suppliers. en Driving in Greece Stressful, But Worth It http://wardsauto.com/blog/driving-greece-stressful-worth-it <div class="node-body blog-body">The islands are lovely to visit, but be prepared for narrow winding roads with few guardrails to protect the buses, ATVs, scooters, cars and pedestrians that use them. And don’t bother looking for road signs. </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/driving-greece-stressful-worth-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/driving-greece-stressful-worth-it#comments Blog Auto Makers Politics Europe Vehicles & Technology Europe - Regional Greece SEAT Globalization Safety Vehicles & Technology Akrotiri Athens Fira Kos Oia road safety Santorini scooters traffic Road Ahead Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:19:00 +0000 1135471 at http://wardsauto.com Welcome to ‘Virtual Cockpit’ http://wardsauto.com/blog/welcome-virtual-cockpit <div class="node-body blog-body">Unlike most systems now widely used, the Audi TT eliminates the display screen mounted in the center stack or above 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/welcome-virtual-cockpit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/welcome-virtual-cockpit#comments Blog Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Audi Suppliers Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Road Ahead Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:22:00 +0000 1137171 at http://wardsauto.com 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