The Detroit Three met the challenge of the U.S. 18-month downturn that ended in mid-2009 by lowering their respective break-even points through downsizing. “We have 27 markets, so it’s a little bit more complex,” Karl-Freidrich Stracke says....More
U.S. customers account for 45% of BMW’s high-performance vehicles, while China is the second-biggest market, the company says. The German auto maker sold 19,000 M-branded vehicles worldwide last year, a 12.8% improvement....More
Rather than cut capacity, OEMs are offering big discounts on their popular small cars, resulting in “horror stories about the pricing in the B-segment,” the CEO says. “We are not even recovering the variable costs.”...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.