The brand is being forced to protect its franchise as the prestige leader among small cars and may be looking at producing a mini Mini to compete against the growing number of city cars, many of them electric....More
“It takes a long time to build a brand back up – not that long to damage it,” Nick Reilly says of Opel. The first-generation Ampera EREV arrives in Europe later this year but won’t be built there....More
Flat matte paint made a trendy appearance this year in the hands of tuners and design houses, while two of the newest mainstream brand designers brought exterior-trim elements in three dimensions....More
Subaru and Toyota are jointly developing rear-drive sports cars with boxer engines for arrival next year. Subaru execs say they aren’t turning their backs on the auto maker’s core technology, symmetrical all-wheel drive....More
The all-new Wards 10 Best User Experiences competition drills deeply into the user-friendliness of vehicle systems designed to minimize distraction and frustration, prevent accidents and improve safety in neighborhoods and on the highway....More
Winner profiles will appear on WardsAuto.com beginning Sept. 21, and honored automakers will receive their trophies on Oct. 4 at the WardsAuto User Experience Conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
Under the terms of the settlement, the automaker’s assembly plant in Oshawa, an engine and transmission plant in St. Catharines and a parts depot in Ontario all will receive significant new investment....More
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.