Product Development http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53310/more en BMW i3: Progressively Quirky, Spot-On http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-progressively-quirky-spot <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The BMW i3 earns its 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors trophy for ambitiously combining practicality, progressive materials and quirky styling into an unconventional package that may shock at first but soon grows comforting.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-progressively-quirky-spot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-progressively-quirky-spot#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW Carbon Fiber Chassis Electric Vehicles Emissions Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats BMW i3 BMW i8 Christie Schweinsberg eucalyptus olive-leaf extract recycled hemp swan-wing doors Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:18:00 +0000 1261371 at http://wardsauto.com 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner – BMW i3 http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-bmw-i3 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Once inside the i3, the eye is drawn to an odd assemblage of materials that makes one wonder if this particular model left the factory without all its parts. But the package works, and the materials, alone, deserve an award for sustainability.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-bmw-i3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-bmw-i3#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW Carbon Fiber Climate Controls/HVAC Cockpit Electric Vehicles Emissions Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:17:00 +0000 1261401 at http://wardsauto.com 10 Best Interiors Keep on Trucking http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/10-best-interiors-keep-trucking <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For the first time, five vehicles classified as trucks make our list. For the next two weeks, WardsAuto will present articles and photo galleries featuring the winners, some of the losers and other trends we spotted during the competition.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/10-best-interiors-keep-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/10-best-interiors-keep-trucking#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan South Korea Germany BMW Chrysler Ford GMC Honda Hyundai Jeep Mazda Mercedes Nissan Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Interior Product Development Sales Results Seats BMW i3 build quality Chrysler 300 comfort fit-and-finish Ford F-150 King Ranch GMC Canyon Honda Fit Jeep Renegade Kia Sedona Mazda6 Mercedes C-Class Nissan Murano Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1267111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Winners will be honored May 13 at WardsAuto Interiors Conference in Detroit.</strong></p> Honda Pioneers Ablation Casting With NSX http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/honda-pioneers-ablation-casting-nsx <div class="field-deck"> 2015 SAE World Congress </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“Ablation casting was a key concept in order to produce this spaceframe,” Chief Engineer Ted Klaus says of the new NSX. “Without being able to apply castings at all the suspension points, we couldn’t produce a body this rigid.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/honda-pioneers-ablation-casting-nsx" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/honda-pioneers-ablation-casting-nsx#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan Acura Aluminum Chassis Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Li-ion Manufacturing Technology Product Development Turbocharger ablation ablation casting Acura NSX Alotech Alotech Limited BMW i8 Ferrari LaFerrari Marysville McLaren P1 Ohio Performance Manufacturing Center Porsche 918 Spyder Shawn Tarr spaceframe Ted Klaus Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:35:00 +0000 1266231 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Honda chief engineers Ted Klaus and Yashuhide Sakamoto with Acura NSX.</strong></p> Tom Murphy Acura NSX at SAE World Congress http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/acura-nsx-sae-world-congress <div class="node-body gallery-body">Honda uses this week’s SAE World Congress in Detroit to trickle out some tantalizing nuggets of information about the car’s body rigidity, aerodynamics and drivetrain in an extensive Powerpoint presentation. </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/acura-nsx-sae-world-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/acura-nsx-sae-world-congress#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan Acura Aerodynamics Aluminum Chassis Dual Clutch (DCT) Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Li-ion Manufacturing Technology Product Development Turbocharger Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:34:00 +0000 1266241 at http://wardsauto.com Volvo, Chinese Parent Geely to Develop Small Car http://wardsauto.com/volvo-chinese-parent-geely-develop-small-car <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Volvo President and CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the automaker will build a small car based on a common platform and engine technology co-developed with Geely at its Belgian factory.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/volvo-chinese-parent-geely-develop-small-car" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Asia Pacific Europe China Belgium Sweden Globalization Product Development Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:56:00 +0000 1266691 at http://wardsauto.com Opel-PSA Co-Development Deal Takes Shape With LCVs http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/opel-psa-co-development-deal-takes-shape-lcvs <div class="node-body article-body">The LCVs to be built at Vigo are among several new-vehicle programs being jointly developed by PSA and Opel/Vauxhall parent General Motors.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/opel-psa-co-development-deal-takes-shape-lcvs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/opel-psa-co-development-deal-takes-shape-lcvs#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Europe France Spain Turkey Citroen Opel/Vauxhall Peugeot Product Development Vehicle Assembly Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 1265931 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Combo production moving to Spain from Turkey.</strong></p> REFILE-PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO open to expand mini-car collaboration beyond Toyota http://wardsauto.com/refile-psa-peugeot-citroen-ceo-open-expand-mini-car-collaboration-beyond-toyota <div class="node-body reuters_news-body"><p>(Fixes spelling of CEO's name in second paragraph)</p> <p>By Norihiko Shirouzu</p> <p>SHANGHAI April 23 (Reuters) - French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen is open to bringing in more partners to its existing collaboration with Toyota Motor Corp to share the cost of designing and manufacturing mini-cars, according to its chief executive.</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/refile-psa-peugeot-citroen-ceo-open-expand-mini-car-collaboration-beyond-toyota" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Asia Pacific Europe Japan France Globalization Product Development Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:43:10 +0000 1265371 at http://wardsauto.com OEMs Ponder Dual-Fuel, Cooled EGR Combustion Strategies http://wardsauto.com/north-america/oems-ponder-dual-fuel-cooled-egr-combustion-strategies <div class="field-deck"> 2015 SAE World Congress </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A Southwest Research scientist says many automakers are just getting started in their research of the dual-fuel RCCI system, and that it will take at least a decade before the technology is ready for production vehicles. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/north-america/oems-ponder-dual-fuel-cooled-egr-combustion-strategies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/north-america/oems-ponder-dual-fuel-cooled-egr-combustion-strategies#comments Public Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. BorgWarner Delphi 2015 SAE World Congress California Air Resources Board (CARB) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Diesel Emissions Flex-Fuel Vehicles Fuel Economy Future Products Gasoline Product Development Turbocharger Cary Henry compression ignition cooled EGR dual-fuel exhaust gas recirculation GDCI HCCI low temperature combustion PCCI port fuel injection RCCI Southwest Research Institute SwRI Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:29:00 +0000 1264761 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Southwest Research runs tests on spark-ignited natural-gas Cummins engine modified to operate with cooled EGR.</strong></p> Peugeot, IBM Expanding Connected-Car Partnership http://wardsauto.com/peugeot-ibm-expanding-connected-car-partnership <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The automaker and the computer-services provider are extending by seven years their year-old agreement to develop connected-car services more advanced than current navigation and infotainment technology.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/peugeot-ibm-expanding-connected-car-partnership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Europe Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. France Globalization Information & Entertainment Product Development Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:08:00 +0000 1264491 at http://wardsauto.com