It’s anybody’s guess whether Henrik Fisker – acclaimed for his designs of the Aston Martin DB9 and V-8 Vantage, BMW Z8 and his own Fisker Karma hybrid-electric vehicle – will put his new effort into a traditional combustion-based product or again pick up the green baton....More
The Volkswagen Touareg has been a laggard in Ward's burgeoning Middle Luxury CUV segment, selling only 6,961 units in 2014. Yes, VW is a mainstream brand, but the Touareg has skewed near-luxury based on price and premium content. The refreshed Touareg sticks with that formula and is much improved. Our AWD V-6 diesel test vehicle stickers for $60,080.
Subaru's redesigned AWD turbocharged WRX sedan, always popular among rally-car enthusiasts, arrives for interior evaluation with stylish carbon-fiber trim, gray and red stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel and an updated central display that includes a boost gauge. Test vehicle sticker price, including $795 destination charges, is $29,639.
Acura's new TLX sedan represents a cross between two vehicles no longer available: the smaller TSX and more stately TL. The interior carries on Honda/Acura's excellent reputation for fit-and-finish, as well as a deep-rooted reluctance to take stylistic chances. Our TLX 2.4L Tech carries a sticker price of $35,920, including $895 in destination charges.
The redesigned Mazda6 won a Ward's 10 Best Interiors trophy two years ago, and this mid-cycle refresh delivers a new display screen and multimedia interface, as well as more premium materials. Our Grand Touring test vehicle stickered for $33,395.
Assembled in South Korea, Chevrolet Trax enters the compact CUV segment loaded with features popular among young buyers. Test vehicle equipped with front-wheel drive and 1.4L turbo-4 is priced at $23,815, including $875 destination charges.
The 2-seat supercar launching next year is among the first in the Ford stable drawing from a new research project that quantifies a driver’s emotional attachment to a vehicle interior and even tracks brainwaves and eye movements....More
No question, Ram's Promaster City Wagon, hailing from Europe as part of the Fiat linkup, is a compact cargo van in a growing segment. But this vehicle offers second-row seating for three occupants, making it a viable alternative for small-business owners who occasionally need to cart around the kids. Base price of $24,130 makes it compelling.
Kia continues taking its Sedona minivan more upscale to compete with Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The redesigned '15 model, fully loaded, carries a premium price, too: $43,295, including destination and handling.
The Mercedes S550 sedan earned a 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors trophy, and this year the coupe is vying for contention, delivering the same jaw-dropping features as the 4-door while amping up style with bold red leather inside.
The innovative aluminum body gets most of the attention, but the interior of the all-new '15 Ford F-150 also has been completely redesigned. Evaluated for the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition was a top-of-the-line F-150 4x4 Supercrew King Ranch stickering at $60,675, including nearly $8,000 worth of optional equipment.
The recall, expanded from an October action involving 238,000 Altimas, covers 640,000 sedans sold in the U.S. and Canada with secondary hood latches that may fail and cause the hood to raise while the vehicle is in motion....More
The Corvette always has been unique as a 2-seat muscle car with few competitors, and the high-tech, lightweight Z06 and more aerodynamic Z07 place the nameplate amid even more rarefied, even exotic, company.
“Ablation casting was a key concept in order to produce this spaceframe,” Chief Engineer Ted Klaus says of the new NSX. “Without being able to apply castings at all the suspension points, we couldn’t produce a body this rigid.”...More
Many established U.S. suppliers downsized during the market downturn of 2008 and 2009. That left room for new suppliers to get a foothold in the now-booming market, and Chinese firms are taking advantage of that opportunity....More
Group Vice President Doug Murtha says buyer demographics for the iA sedan and iM hatchback basically are the same as those for any car in the Scion lineup: people who want a high-mileage, affordable new small car that isn’t bare-bones....More
The in-vehicle experience continues to evolve rapidly, with both automakers and suppliers ramping up the rate of innovation. Here are a few thoughts on how we can bring a human touch to these connected features....More