Vehicles in Operation http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53347/more en Hybrids, EVs Shine in U.K. Owner-Satisfaction Survey http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/hybrids-evs-shine-uk-owner-satisfaction-survey <div class="node-body article-body">The Lexus IS takes the No.1 slot with a satisfaction rating of 93.96%, ending the Skoda Yeti’s 3-year stint at the top of the survey. Three-quarters of all Lexus IS owners who responded own the eco-friendly hybrid version.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/hybrids-evs-shine-uk-owner-satisfaction-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/hybrids-evs-shine-uk-owner-satisfaction-survey#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Europe Vehicles & Technology United Kingdom Hyundai Lexus Nissan Renault SEAT Skoda Electric Vehicles Hybrid Vehicles Vehicles in Operation Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:28:00 +0000 1267941 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>IS hybrid leads way for Lexus in owner ratings.</strong></p> Inner Beauty for the Masses http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/inner-beauty-masses <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Editors selected the Ward’s 10 Best Interiors after spending February and March evaluating 42 new interiors and scoring them on design aesthetics, materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value, fit-and-finish and driver information. Trophies will be awarded May 13.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/inner-beauty-masses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/inner-beauty-masses#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan South Korea Germany Italy BMW Chrysler Ford GMC Honda Jeep Kia Mazda Mercedes Nissan Aluminum Carbon Fiber Cockpit Electric Vehicles Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Information & Entertainment Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Vehicles in Operation BMW i3 C400 Chrysler 300C Ford F-150 King Ranch GMC Canyon Honda Fit Jeep Renegade Kia Sedona Mazda6 Mercedes C-Class Nissan Murano Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 1260201 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Nissan Murano interior punctuated by smooth, flowing lines extending from IP to center console.</strong></p> Secondhand Australian Auto Imports Raise Red Flags http://wardsauto.com/politics/secondhand-australian-auto-imports-raise-red-flags <div class="node-body article-body">The federal panel’s recommendation ‟challenges the Federal Government’s stance that it has no intention of allowing Australia to become the dumping ground for other countries’ old secondhand vehicles,” an industry official says.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/secondhand-australian-auto-imports-raise-red-flags" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/secondhand-australian-auto-imports-raise-red-flags#comments Premium Auto Makers Politics Dealers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Australia Ford Trade Vehicles in Operation Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:20:00 +0000 1257871 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Not all garages equipped to fix secondhand imports, industry argues.</strong></p> Ford Holding Strong Against Van Competition; FCA Forecast to Grow http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-holding-strong-against-van-competition-fca-forecast-grow <div class="node-body article-body">In small and large commercial vans, Ford still leads, gaining sales momentum while losing share.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-holding-strong-against-van-competition-fca-forecast-grow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-holding-strong-against-van-competition-fca-forecast-grow#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chrysler Ford Mercedes Nissan Vehicles in Operation Chevrolet Chevy Econoline FCA Ford General Motors gm GMC Hyundai Mercedes Nissan NV NV200 ProMaster Ram Sprinter Transit Transit Connect Van vans Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1256391 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford Transit slightly underperforming Econoline.</strong></p> Honda Kills Crosstour, Shifting Models Among Plants http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/honda-kills-crosstour-shifting-models-among-plants <div class="node-body article-body">Honda initially wanted to sell 40,000 units annually of the Accord-based CUV, but the vehicle’s best tally was 28,851 units in 2010, WardsAuto data shows.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/honda-kills-crosstour-shifting-models-among-plants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/honda-kills-crosstour-shifting-models-among-plants#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Honda Management & Strategy Capacity Utilization Vehicles in Operation Accord Acura CR-V Crosstour CUV Honda HR-V ILX John Mendel MDX RDX TLX Venza Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:06:00 +0000 1256291 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Honda Crosstour introduced in 2010.</strong></p> Gasoline’s Price Edge Not Slowing U.S. Diesel Growth http://wardsauto.com/north-america/gasoline-s-price-edge-not-slowing-us-diesel-growth <div class="node-body article-body">The industry expects diesel sales to rise 1% to 2% this year, aided largely by Volkswagen’s marketing efforts and the introduction of diesel versions of the Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Colorado and Nissan Titan pickups.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/north-america/gasoline-s-price-edge-not-slowing-us-diesel-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/north-america/gasoline-s-price-edge-not-slowing-us-diesel-growth#comments Premium Limited Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Volkswagen Diesel Sales Results Vehicles in Operation Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:30:00 +0000 1253701 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Volkswagen&rsquo;s 2.0L EA288 diesel powers several popular models.</strong></p> Aussie Motorists Chasing Glamor Look North to Japan http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/aussie-motorists-chasing-glamor-look-north-japan <div class="node-body article-body">Roy Morgan Research finds four of the five most popular makes of sports cars, coupes and 2-door convertibles in the country are Japanese. Among their 326,000 owners, 11.1% drive a Mitsubishi, followed by Toyota, BMW, Nissan and Mazda.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/aussie-motorists-chasing-glamor-look-north-japan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/aussie-motorists-chasing-glamor-look-north-japan#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Australia Japan BMW Mazda Mitsubishi Nissan Toyota Vehicles in Operation Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:04:00 +0000 1241801 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Toyota 86 GTS descended from 2000 GT featured in James Bond film.</strong></p> Toyota: 4Runner and Highlander to Fill Venza Void http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/toyota-4runner-and-highlander-fill-venza-void <div class="node-body article-body">In 2014, Venza sales fell 16.3% to 29,991 units, while 4Runner and Highlander deliveries rose 49.0% and 14.5%, respectively.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/toyota-4runner-and-highlander-fill-venza-void" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/toyota-4runner-and-highlander-fill-venza-void#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Toyota Management & Strategy Plants & Production Vehicles in Operation Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:04:00 +0000 1236491 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Venza ending U.S. production in June.</strong></p> Suzuki U.K. Pulls Out Stops on Celerio Brake Fix http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/suzuki-uk-pulls-out-stops-celerio-brake-fix <div class="node-body article-body">After Autocar magazine reported the failure of its emergency-braking test from high speed, Suzuki issued a safety recall, saying the problem was a flaw in the brake-pedal release mechanism. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/suzuki-uk-pulls-out-stops-celerio-brake-fix" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/suzuki-uk-pulls-out-stops-celerio-brake-fix#comments Premium Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Europe Vehicles & Technology Australia United Kingdom Suzuki Retail Sales & Marketing Brakes Safety Vehicles in Operation Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:04:00 +0000 1232601 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Suzuki resumes Celerio shipments to dealers.</strong></p> Automakers, Suppliers Warm to U.S.-Cuba Trade Thaw http://wardsauto.com/politics/automakers-suppliers-warm-us-cuba-trade-thaw <div class="field-byline"> Craig Howie </div> <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. auto-industry leaders see the Cuban market as ripe for development, but barriers to entry include the country’s still largely state-controlled economy; a lack of dealer network and financial infrastructure for car sales; and poor road quality.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/automakers-suppliers-warm-us-cuba-trade-thaw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/automakers-suppliers-warm-us-cuba-trade-thaw#comments Public Auto Makers Politics Sales & Marketing Suppliers North America North America - Regional Auto Makers Suppliers Sales & Marketing Tariffs Trade Vehicles in Operation Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:23:00 +0000 1222131 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Pre-1959 revolution cars potential bonanza for parts makers.</strong></p>