Design http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53399/more en Cheap Gas Not to Blame for Plunging Mini Sales http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/cheap-gas-not-blame-plunging-mini-sales <div class="node-body article-body">With the supply pipeline now full of new Hardtop models, Mini is predicting 2015 to be its best year ever in the U.S. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/cheap-gas-not-blame-plunging-mini-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/cheap-gas-not-blame-plunging-mini-sales#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Mini Exterior Sales Results Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:19:00 +0000 1210921 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mini 4-door Hardtop model joined lineup shortly after Clubman model phased out</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> In Lexus Parlance, F Is for Flogging http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/lexus-parlance-f-flogging <div class="field-deck"> <font color="#800517">Test Drive </font> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Lexus’ new coupe, the RC, arrives with an angry double-trapezoid face, taut sheet metal, excellent chassis dynamics, bold colors and an excellent 467-hp V-8 that loves track day. This car is not a real-estate agent’s safe choice.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/lexus-parlance-f-flogging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/lexus-parlance-f-flogging#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Test Drives North America Asia Pacific - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan Lexus Exterior Fuel Economy Gasoline Interior Product Development Seats Vehicle Interiors Test Drives Adaptive Variable Suspension Atomic Silver and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 Audi A5 BMW 4-Series Cadillac ATS F Sport Lexus Dynamic Handling Mercedes C-Class Molten Pearl RC RC 350 RC F Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:54:00 +0000 1210901 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Atomic Silver RC 350 and Infrared RC 350 F Sport behind V-8-powered Molten Pearl RC F.</strong></p> ’15 Lexus RC 350 and RC F http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/15-lexus-rc-350-and-rc-f <div class="node-body gallery-body">Now on sale, the V-8-powered RC F is available for $62,400. Pricing for the RC 350 starts at $42,790 for RWD and $45,025 for AWD. The entry price for the RC 350 F Sport is $47,875 for RWD and $49,705 for AWD. See related article: In Lexus Parlance, F Is for Flogging</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/15-lexus-rc-350-and-rc-f" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/15-lexus-rc-350-and-rc-f#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Test Drives North America Asia Pacific - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan Lexus Exterior Gasoline Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Test Drives Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:53:00 +0000 1211511 at http://wardsauto.com <p>RC 350 F Sport offers additional track-worthy features not available on RC 350.</p> Autonomous CUV for Offroad Enthusiasts Latest Design Challenge http://wardsauto.com/blog/autonomous-cuv-offroad-enthusiasts-latest-design-challenge <div class="node-body blog-body">An autonomous car for driving enthusiasts may sound like an oxymoron, but we’re betting there will be a lot of consumers in 2030 who still like to drive, at least on weekends.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/autonomous-cuv-offroad-enthusiasts-latest-design-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/autonomous-cuv-offroad-enthusiasts-latest-design-challenge#comments Blog Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Interior Vehicle Interiors Road Ahead Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:50:00 +0000 1209981 at http://wardsauto.com Student Designers Visit NAIAS http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/student-designers-visit-naias <div class="node-body gallery-body">WardsAuto kicks off its annual student interior design competition with a class visit to the North American International Auto Show. Students spend hours examining new vehicles. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/student-designers-visit-naias" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/student-designers-visit-naias#comments Public Blog Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Autonomous Vehicles Future Products Interior Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:49:00 +0000 1209891 at http://wardsauto.com <p>Futuristic BMW i3 first stop on student tour of North American International Auto Show.</p> CD Players Not Dead Yet http://wardsauto.com/blog/cd-players-not-dead-yet <div class="node-body blog-body">The ability of the CD player, and the cassette player before it, to live long past their expected departure date should be a lesson to all technology forecasters.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/cd-players-not-dead-yet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/cd-players-not-dead-yet#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Instrument Panel Interior Sound Systems Road Ahead Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:12:00 +0000 1197051 at http://wardsauto.com Hyundai to Redesign Sonata After Lackluster Start http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/hyundai-redesign-sonata-after-lackluster-start <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The old Sonata’s exterior was “free advertising,” which Hyundai doesn’t get now with the ’15 Sonata, says U.S. CEO Dave Zuchowski.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/hyundai-redesign-sonata-after-lackluster-start" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/hyundai-redesign-sonata-after-lackluster-start#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Hyundai Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing 2015 North American International Auto Show Exterior car Dave Zuchowski Design Fluidic Sculpture Honda Accord Hyundai look middle midsize sedan Sonata styling Toyota Camry Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:17:00 +0000 1199141 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&#39;15 Hyundai Sonata.</strong></p> Ram Rebel Geared Toward Off-Road Use http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ram-rebel-geared-toward-road-use <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ram Rebel receives a number of exterior changes, including a billet silver Ram badge on the grille.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ram-rebel-geared-toward-road-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ram-rebel-geared-toward-road-use#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ram 2015 North American International Auto Show Exterior Gasoline Interior Suspension Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:01:00 +0000 1196821 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&rsquo;15 Ram Rebel powered by 3.6L Pentastar V-6 or 5.7L Hemi V-8.</strong></p> New Lincoln MKX Arrives in Fall http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-lincoln-mkx-arrives-fall <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Among midsize luxury CUVs, the Lincoln MKX has trailed big sellers from BMW, Cadillac and Mercedes. But the new model arrives this fall with fresh styling, a clean interior, high-end audio and numerous active-safety technologies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-lincoln-mkx-arrives-fall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-lincoln-mkx-arrives-fall#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Lincoln 2015 North American International Auto Show Exterior Interior Product Development Safety Sound Systems Suspension Vehicle Interiors Acura Audi BMW X5 Cadillac SRX Ford Edge Harman Infiniti Lincoln Black Label Lincoln MKX Mercedes MyLincoln Mobile premium audio QuantumLogic Surround Sound Revel THX Volvo Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:01:00 +0000 1198401 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Styling of all-new Lincoln MKX is stately, distinguished.</strong></p> Mercedes Concept Designers Render Luxury in Motion http://wardsauto.com/europe/mercedes-concept-designers-render-luxury-motion <div class="node-body article-body">‟The design had to appeal equally to the intellect and to the emotions and its exterior had to signal its visionary and pioneering character at first glance,” Mercedes-Benz design chief Gorden Wagener says of the F 015 self-driving concept car.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/mercedes-concept-designers-render-luxury-motion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/mercedes-concept-designers-render-luxury-motion#comments Premium Auto Makers Europe Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Germany Mercedes Autonomous Vehicles Exterior Interior Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:11:00 +0000 1196231 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Seats in autonomous Mercedes F 015 concept swivel out as doors open.</strong></p>