The rapid growth in EV charging is supported by figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which show the number of plug-in cars registered in the U.K. quadrupled from 3,586 in 2013 to 14,498 last year....More
Toyota’s U.S. sales head says dealers may have to change hiring and compensation practices to better appeal to Millennial and minority buyers, predicts no change in long-term CAFE standards and pledges a comeback by the Scion youth brand....More
Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukvanich says upcoming excise-tax changes will lower retail prices of eco-cars and hybrids. The new tax will be based on carbon-dioxide emissions, E-85 compatibility and fuel efficiency instead of engine size....More
Chinese components are priced so low that Indian manufacturers are seeking anti-dumping duties. But India also has a free-trade agreement with the ASEAN trade bloc that allows duty-free imports of parts made in those countries....More
A transportation group promoting sustainable development claims the difference between real-world fuel consumption and automakers’ claims widened from 8% in 2001 to 31% in 2013 and without action is likely to exceed 50% by 2020....More
The changes reduce the time dealerships have to correct violations in their ads and tighten the standards under which a violating dealer is referred to the Illinois attorney generalʼs office for discipline....More
Industry expert David Bailey credits the EC with “quite a clever move,” noting its new emissions rules apply not only to European automakers but also to U.S. or Chinese manufacturers looking to sell within the trade bloc....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.