Special Reports http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53362/more en Automakers, Suppliers Show Off Powertrain Prowess http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/automakers-suppliers-show-powertrain-prowess <div class="field-deck"> 2015 SAE World Congress </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Toyota’s 1.2L 4-cyl. mill, the second in the automaker’s new downsized engine lineup, was introduced in Japan as an option for the Aurus in April and is being launched this month on an unspecified model in Europe.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/automakers-suppliers-show-powertrain-prowess" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/automakers-suppliers-show-powertrain-prowess#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Acura Hyundai Toyota Sales & Marketing 2015 SAE World Congress Aluminum Diesel Fuel-Cell Vehicles Gasoline Magnesium Steel Transmissions Fri, 22 May 2015 09:49:00 +0000 1283881 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Honda says 60% of Acura TLX frame uses lightweight materials.</strong></p> Ram Ecodiesel Barely Louder Than German Luxury Cars http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ram-ecodiesel-barely-louder-german-luxury-cars <div class="field-deck"> Story Behind 2015 10 Best Engines </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One key contributor to its unusual quietness is its rigid compacted graphite iron (CGI) block and bedplate. CGI typically reduces combustion noise 0.5 to 1.5 dBA vs. conventional gray iron.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ram-ecodiesel-barely-louder-german-luxury-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ram-ecodiesel-barely-louder-german-luxury-cars#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Engines North America U.S. Bosch Ram Diesel Story Behind 2015 10 Best Engines Turbocharger Fri, 22 May 2015 09:11:00 +0000 1274881 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Specs reflect engine status during testing last fall. Ram&rsquo;s most-efficient 2WD Ecodiesel model now rated at 21/29 mpg (11.2-8.1 L/100 km).</span></strong></p> Predictions and AutoNation’s Predicament at the Top http://wardsauto.com/dealers/predictions-and-autonation-s-predicament-top <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Megadealer 100 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Will Warren Buffett make a bid for the Hendrick auto dealership group?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/predictions-and-autonation-s-predicament-top" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/predictions-and-autonation-s-predicament-top#comments Public Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships 2015 WardsAuto Megadealer 100 Dealership Management Tue, 19 May 2015 11:04:00 +0000 1276771 at http://wardsauto.com Megadealers Leave Mark on Auto Industry http://wardsauto.com/dealers/megadealers-leave-mark-auto-industry <div class="field-byline"> Phil Villegas </div> <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Megadealer 100 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An analysis for the 27th annual WardsAuto Megadealer 100 looks at how grand-scale auto retailing started and where it went. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/megadealers-leave-mark-auto-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/megadealers-leave-mark-auto-industry#comments Public Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships Retail 2015 WardsAuto Megadealer 100 Tue, 19 May 2015 10:35:00 +0000 1275611 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Rick</strong> <strong>Hendrick&rsquo;s group quick to adapt.&nbsp; &nbsp;</strong></p> Student Designers Honored at WardsAuto Interiors Conference http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/student-designers-honored-wardsauto-interiors-conference-0 <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The assignment was to design an interior for a 2030 compact CUV with self-driving capabilities. Ten seniors from the Transportation Design Dept. at CCS took on the challenge. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/student-designers-honored-wardsauto-interiors-conference-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/student-designers-honored-wardsauto-interiors-conference-0#comments Public Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. IAC Lear 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference Fri, 15 May 2015 21:35:00 +0000 1282861 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Jeongyoo Kim accepts 2015 Grand Prize award&nbsp;for design of 2030 CUV interior concept at WardsAuto Interiors Conference.</strong></p> Joe Wilssens 2015 Student Design Awards http://wardsauto.com/2015/2015-student-design-awards <div class="node-body gallery-body">Jeongyoo Kim won the grand prize for a concept that features modular seating and a centrally located steering wheel that allows front-seat occupants to face rear-seat passengers during autonomous driving, but also provides a strong, highly bolstered center seat to provide necessary support during off-roading adventures.</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/2015/2015-student-design-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/2015/2015-student-design-awards#comments Public 2015 U.S. IAC Lear 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference Fri, 15 May 2015 21:23:00 +0000 1282931 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>IAC EcoBlend and Lear Design Innovation awards recognize specific aspects of student designs.</strong></p> Luxury Automakers Seek Differentiation http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/luxury-automakers-seek-differentiation <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Mainstream automakers now are incorporating woods and leathers into their vehicles, leaving luxury marques scrambling to differentiate their offerings. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/luxury-automakers-seek-differentiation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/luxury-automakers-seek-differentiation#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America U.S. Continental General Motors Lincoln 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference Information & Entertainment Interior Vehicle Interiors Fri, 15 May 2015 14:57:00 +0000 1282551 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GM&rsquo;s Bernard says luxury tastes vary by region.&nbsp;</strong></p> From the Floor: 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/floor-2015-wardsauto-interiors-conference-1 <div class="node-body gallery-body">More than 600 people, an all-time high, attended the WardsAuto Interiors Conference this week in the all-new conference facilities at Detroit's Cobo Center for keynote speeches, panel sessions and award presentations for Ward's 10 Best Interiors and the College for Creative Studies Student Design Competition.</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/floor-2015-wardsauto-interiors-conference-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/floor-2015-wardsauto-interiors-conference-1#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Asia Pacific - Regional Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Auto Makers Sales & Marketing 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference Climate Controls/HVAC Headliner Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Vehicle Interiors Fri, 15 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000 1281911 at http://wardsauto.com Nissan Titan at WardsAuto Interiors Conference http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/nissan-titan-wardsauto-interiors-conference <div class="node-body gallery-body">Nissan rolled out its all-new '16 Titan fullsize pickup at Detroit's Cobo Center as part of this week's WardsAuto Interiors Conference. First to market later this year will be the Titan XD with 5.0L Cummins diesel V-8, followed by gasoline offerings.</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/nissan-titan-wardsauto-interiors-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/nissan-titan-wardsauto-interiors-conference#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan Nissan 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference Diesel Exterior Headliner Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Special Reports Thu, 14 May 2015 21:11:00 +0000 1281781 at http://wardsauto.com Cars Lose Weight, One Part at a Time http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/cars-lose-weight-one-part-time <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Auto industry concentrates more than ever on designing weight out of vehicles.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/cars-lose-weight-one-part-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/cars-lose-weight-one-part-time#comments Public Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Faurecia Magna Suppliers 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference Vehicles & Technology Thu, 14 May 2015 19:05:00 +0000 1281711 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Lambert describes holy grail of lightweight seats.</strong></p>