Product Development http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53310/more en Mexico Plant Aims to Raise Kia’s Americas Profile http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mexico-plant-aims-raise-kia-s-americas-profile <div class="node-body article-body">Plans for the 300,000-unit-capacity facility call for growing market penetration in Mexico, exporting vehicles to markets in Central America and supporting Kia and Hyundai operations in the U.S. through exports.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mexico-plant-aims-raise-kia-s-americas-profile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mexico-plant-aims-raise-kia-s-americas-profile#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production North America South America South America - Regional Mexico U.S. Hyundai Kia Plants & Production Capacity Utilization Globalization Product Development Vehicle Assembly Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:41:00 +0000 1248441 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Kia to build Forte compact at Mexico plant; pickup not in play for now.</strong></p> 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Acura TLX http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-acura-tlx <div class="node-body gallery-body">Acura's new TLX sedan represents a cross between two vehicles no longer available: the smaller TSX and more stately TL. The interior carries on Honda/Acura's excellent reputation for fit-and-finish, as well as a deep-rooted reluctance to take stylistic chances. Our TLX 2.4L Tech carries a sticker price of $35,920, including $895 in destination charges.</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-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-acura-tlx" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-acura-tlx#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan Acura Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:31:00 +0000 1238621 at http://wardsauto.com Accelerating the Path to Modularity http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/accelerating-path-modularity <div class="field-byline"> Michael Lalande </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Component complexities, management silos and legacy computer systems make the move to modular vehicle platforms a challenge. But there is a proven roadmap to follow.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/accelerating-path-modularity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry-voices/accelerating-path-modularity#comments Public Industry Voices World Auto Makers Management & Strategy World Auto Makers Product Development Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 1247761 at http://wardsauto.com 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Mazda6 http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-mazda6 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The redesigned Mazda6 won a Ward&#39;s 10 Best Interiors trophy two years ago, and this mid-cycle refresh delivers a new display screen and multimedia interface, as well as more premium materials. Our Grand Touring test vehicle stickered for $33,395.</p> </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-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-mazda6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-mazda6#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan Mazda Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1238641 at http://wardsauto.com 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Chevrolet Trax http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-chevrolet-trax <div class="node-body gallery-body">Assembled in South Korea, Chevrolet Trax enters the compact CUV segment loaded with features popular among young buyers. Test vehicle equipped with front-wheel drive and 1.4L turbo-4 is priced at $23,815, including $875 destination charges.</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-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-chevrolet-trax" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-chevrolet-trax#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. South Korea Chevrolet Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:23:00 +0000 1245471 at http://wardsauto.com Ford GT Interior Leverages Biometric Research http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-gt-interior-leverages-biometric-research <div class="node-body article-body">The 2-seat supercar launching next year is among the first in the Ford stable drawing from a new research project that quantifies a driver’s emotional attachment to a vehicle interior and even tracks brainwaves and eye movements.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-gt-interior-leverages-biometric-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-gt-interior-leverages-biometric-research#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional China U.S. Ford Carbon Fiber Future Products Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats aluminum biometrics cupholders driver habits Ford GT interiors Moray Callum NAIAS Raj Nair Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:40:00 +0000 1246081 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford GT interior designed to convey lightness and connection to motorsports.</strong></p> Ford GT Interior http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-gt-interior <div class="node-body gallery-body">Ford will begin producing its new GT supercar next year, and its all-business interior is designed to be safe, functional and comfortable in the most extreme driving circumstances. </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/auto-makers/ford-gt-interior" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-gt-interior#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Ford Aluminum Carbon Fiber Future Products Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:39:00 +0000 1246191 at http://wardsauto.com <p>Moray Callum, Ford&#39;s vice president-design, speaks to journalists about Ford GT interior.</p> Exec: Chrysler Won’t Cut Corners to Reach Mainstream http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/exec-chrysler-won-t-cut-corners-reach-mainstream <div class="node-body article-body">Although Chrysler is moving the 300 toward the mainstream, the automaker still is targeting buyers of the near-luxury sedans it has rivaled in the past.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/exec-chrysler-won-t-cut-corners-reach-mainstream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/exec-chrysler-won-t-cut-corners-reach-mainstream#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Chrysler Jeep Ram Retail Sales & Marketing Product Development Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:49:00 +0000 1245641 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>AWD well-received Chrysler 300&nbsp;feature in Snowbelt.</strong></p> Colorado High Country Puts GM on New Path in Thailand http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/colorado-high-country-puts-gm-new-path-thailand <div class="node-body article-body">Chevrolet’s first product geared to its new focus on the pickup/SUV end of the market is the Colorado High Country, a niche model that will fill a longstanding gap in the brand’s Thai truck portfolio. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/colorado-high-country-puts-gm-new-path-thailand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/colorado-high-country-puts-gm-new-path-thailand#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific South America Brazil India Thailand Chevrolet Sales & Marketing Product Development Vehicle Assembly Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:45:00 +0000 1245321 at http://wardsauto.com <p><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px;">Colorado designed in Brazil, tailored to Thai market.</span></p> 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Ram Promaster City Wagon http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-ram-promaster-city-wagon <div class="node-body gallery-body">No question, Ram's Promaster City Wagon, hailing from Europe as part of the Fiat linkup, is a compact cargo van in a growing segment. But this vehicle offers second-row seating for three occupants, making it a viable alternative for small-business owners who occasionally need to cart around the kids. Base price of $24,130 makes it compelling.</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-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-ram-promaster-city-wagon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-wards-10-best-interiors-nominee-ram-promaster-city-wagon#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Italy Fiat Ram Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 1239291 at http://wardsauto.com