The Chevy pickup has comfortable seats, a smooth ride and quiet cabin, and it passed the inclement weather test. But the gas gauge and storage bins are tiny. It’s a worthy competitor in the midsize pickup segment....More
An MBS panel, which included interests from the steel, aluminum and plastics sectors, makes it appear, at least, there’s not quite as much competition between materials suppliers as widely believed....More
JCI’s Jeff Williams says the shift to mega-platforms will place new pressure on suppliers’ quality, reliability and systems control. A major engineering miscue on a mega-platform will be, well, a mega-mistake....More
“I don’t want to be in my vehicle thinking it will be truly a complete co-pilot for quite a few years. I use the term ‘teammate,’ because I think that’s important for the U.S. society in general to understand,” Toyota’s Chuck Gulash says....More
Normally a beacon of light, the sprawling Grand Traverse Resort hosting MBS managed to keep open Sunday with a smattering of emergency lighting, but clerks needed glow sticks and light from cell phones to register guests....More
More BMW i offerings appear to be in the pipeline, too. Asked if the automaker has plans for models beyond the i3 and i8, Girard answers coyly, “There are a lot of numbers between three and eight.”...More
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....More
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.
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.
BMW and Ford each have two stout turbo-6s in the hunt this year, while Infiniti has one. All five are smooth, extremely refined, reasonably fuel-efficient and dishing up loads of horsepower and torque....More
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.