“If one were sentenced to eternal damnation,” one WardsAuto editor concluded, “there’s no finer way to get there than in the Hellcat, running into the abyss at wide-open throttle while the helpless soul hangs on for dear life.”...More
The Kia tiger grille positively identifies the Sportage front end but headlights no longer are integrated. The new frontal look is prompting comparisons to the Porsche Macan, a strong seller in Korea....More
“We can get there with the technology,” Magna’s Swamy Kotagiri says at the Management Briefing Seminars. “The biggest hurdles relate to how much infrastructure (is necessary) and issues related to ethics and liability.”...More
GM’s purchasing chief concedes the automaker has needed to mend supplier relations, but he says the push for component and vehicle commonality has resulted in longer-term sourcing, which benefits both sides....More
While broccoli is good for people, they’d rather have doughnuts, much in the same way new-car buyers would rather drive light trucks than fuel-efficient small cars or hybrids, says Honda dealer Forrest McConnell III....More
An expert says lower wages, growing technology prowess, improved quality and productivity, plus its favorable location amenable to exports, are contributing to Mexico’s success in luring automotive investment....More
More than 10% of ’15 model-year vehicles already meet CAFE standards for 2020 or later, including many pickups and other utility vehicles. Automakers outline how a diversity of powertrain solutions has helped it all come about....More
Mohatarem credits growing employment and near-zero inflation as major factors in the more robust outlook. GM has kept a lid on big incentive programs, he says, which automakers typically employ to stir sales....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.