Although industry giants OnStar and ATX Group have been offering services such as roadside assistance and hands-free calling for nearly 12 years, the technologies have struggled to catch on with consumers....More
Ask a group of auto designers or engineers to explain what makes an interior irresistible to prospective buyers, and you likely will go through an exercise that sounds like three blind men describing an elephant....More
Ross has reasons to be pessimistic: People are losing jobs and unable to replace their vehicles; the housing market is in shambles; Americans are defaulting on loans; and household debt is up to $13.8 trillion....More
“Most of our suppliers would no longer exist unless we let them raise prices. I believe other Tier 1s are in a similar position,” says Wilbur Ross, who formed International Automotive Components in 2005....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.