Insiders say three or four years ago, automakers decided they didn’t want to hand over their interiors to giant consumer electronics providers and started reaching into the lower tiers for knowledge and more control over their brand identities....More
The company wants its new 14-building research campus in Germany to function like a university, specifically Stanford. Each building is designed to foster interaction and exchange of ideas between students and engineers....More
Lexus’ GS F sedan corners great with its torque-vectoring differential, sounds great with its active sound control exhaust system, goes hard with its 467-hp V-8 and looks awfully spiffy, prepped for battle with German rivals....More
The Lexus GS F, on sale in December for $84,440, incorporates significant performance upgrades in the powertrain and chassis departments as every F-brand entry will differ from its base vehicle from the A-pillar forward.
* To cut investment plans by 1 bln euros a year at VW brand
* To speed up cost cutting at VW brand division
* To focus more on electric, hybrid vehicles
(Adds detail on electrical vehicles strategy, background)
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Toyota has created a new class of stock that locks shareholders into holding their certificates for at least five years. Toyota says it needs a financial instrument that will allow it to fund long-term investments that won’t pay off for years. How will U.S.-based automakers compete against that?...More
Toyota Thailand President Kyoichi Tanada predicts industrywide full-year volume will range from 760,000 to 770,000 units, with the automaker’s own sales totaling about 265,000, down from 280,000 previously....More
Automotive hues may begin to skew toward a more colorful palette in 2018-19, but for now buyers tend to like conservative choices like white, black, silver and gray. Here’s a look at what the experts predict in car colors....More
International Trade and Industry Minister Ong Ka Chuan says a partnership would allow Malaysia to leverage China’s R&D capabilities and help the automaker come up with a competitive model for the ASEAN market....More
Lighter vehicles are more fuel efficient, and the mass savings pave the way for adding technologies such as battery propulsion and autonomous-driving hardware in the future, GM’s Mark Reuss says....More
The arrival of a new model year represents the promise and possibility that comes with freshly stamped sheet metal, form-fitting seats, aesthetics that speak directly to one’s desires and, simply, stuff that works better....More
GM’s future includes two new car-sharing and ride-sharing projects meant to test existing hardware and software systems, gain insight into the habits of users and add to the automaker’s bottom line....More
Engineers with Suzuki and its Indian joint venture were tasked with developing a low-maintenance engine with high fuel efficiency, compliant with current and future emissions standards and able to fit in Suzuki’s full range of small cars....More
For the 23rd year in a row, top powertrain engineers from around the world gathered to celebrate the winners of the Wards 10 Best Engines competition. Trophies were awarded at a ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show.
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.