Materials http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53442/more en Automakers, Suppliers Show Off Powertrain Prowess http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/automakers-suppliers-show-powertrain-prowess <div class="field-deck"> 2015 SAE World Congress </div> <div class="node-body article-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/automakers-suppliers-show-powertrain-prowess" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/automakers-suppliers-show-powertrain-prowess#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Acura Hyundai Toyota Sales & Marketing 2015 SAE World Congress Aluminum Diesel Fuel-Cell Vehicles Gasoline Magnesium Steel Transmissions Fri, 22 May 2015 09:49:00 +0000 1283881 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Honda says 60% of Acura TLX frame uses lightweight materials.</strong></p> Smarter, Lighter, Stronger Materials Seen for Future Interiors http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/smarter-lighter-stronger-materials-seen-future-interiors <div class="field-deck"> 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Graphene to create conductive surfaces and seats using glass fiber and carbon fiber hybrid structural components are just two ideas seen for tomorrow’s innovative interior materials.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/smarter-lighter-stronger-materials-seen-future-interiors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/smarter-lighter-stronger-materials-seen-future-interiors#comments Public Suppliers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America World JCI 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference Carbon Fiber Plastic Vehicle Interiors Wed, 13 May 2015 16:55:00 +0000 1280471 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Robert Eller speaks at innovative materials session of 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference.</strong></p> Joe Wilssens OEMs Take Map Pockets in Many Directions http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/oems-take-map-pockets-many-directions <div class="node-body gallery-body">The map pocket has become a vital storage bin in today's vehicles, clearly used for much more than folded paper roadmaps. A smattering of photos from the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors field shows the varying approaches as automakers attempt to maximize the utility of this space.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/oems-take-map-pockets-many-directions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/oems-take-map-pockets-many-directions#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America Asia Pacific - Regional Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan South Korea Germany United Kingdom BMW Cadillac Chevrolet Dodge Ford GMC Jeep Kia Land Rover Lexus Mercedes Ram Toyota Volkswagen Interior Plastic Product Development Vehicle Interiors Fri, 08 May 2015 11:13:00 +0000 1275471 at http://wardsauto.com Seeing Red Isn’t All Bad http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/seeing-red-isn-t-all-bad <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In a car like the all-new Mercedes C-Class, the Diamond White Metallic sheet metal is the predictable, safe bet, but the soft, quilted crimson leather that appears once the door opens serves as an invitation as irresistible as the siren’s song.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/seeing-red-isn-t-all-bad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/seeing-red-isn-t-all-bad#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany Mercedes Aluminum Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Vehicle Assembly B-Class Black Ash Open Pore Wood C400 CLA Coupe Diamond White GLA leather Mercedes-Benz C-Class S-Class sedan Thu, 07 May 2015 10:15:00 +0000 1273741 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Sport Package red leather comes standard on C400.</strong></p> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner: Mercedes C-Class http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-mercedes-c-class <div class="node-body gallery-body">We find the new C-Class, stickering at about half the price of the S-Class flagship, to be a consummate bargain (well-equipped for $65,000). Plus, it carries over many of the advanced technologies that distinguish the S-Class, particularly the innovative interface and mood-specific ambient lighting.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-mercedes-c-class" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-mercedes-c-class#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany Mercedes Aluminum Headliner Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Thu, 07 May 2015 10:14:00 +0000 1273751 at http://wardsauto.com 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Quick Hits http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-quick-hits <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A concise summation of all 42 interiors evaluated as part of the 2015 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-quick-hits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-quick-hits#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America Asia Pacific - Regional Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan South Korea Germany Italy United Kingdom Acura Alfa Romeo BMW Chevrolet Chrysler Ford Infiniti Kia Land Rover Lexus Mazda Mercedes Mitsubishi Volkswagen Aluminum Cameras Carbon Fiber Cockpit Electric Vehicles Headliner Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Plastic Product Development Seatbelts Seats Acura TLX Alfa Romeo 4C BMW i3 BMW i8 Cadillac Escalade Chrysler 300C Ford Mustang Honda CR-V Infiniti QX80 Jeep Renegade Kia Sorento Land Rover Discovery Sport Lexus RC 350 Mercedes CLS400 SRT Hellcat Subaru Outback Thu, 07 May 2015 10:10:00 +0000 1274731 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Spectacular wood trim extends to second-row armrest of Infiniti QX80.</strong></p> Ford Shelby GT350 Best Mustang Ever, Performance Director Says http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-shelby-gt350-best-mustang-ever-performance-director-says <div class="node-body article-body">The Ford Shelby GT350, set to launch later this year, comes with a litany of upgrades over the all-new ’15 Mustang GT with performance pack.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-shelby-gt350-best-mustang-ever-performance-director-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/ford-shelby-gt350-best-mustang-ever-performance-director-says#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Brakes Carbon Fiber Suspension Wheels Wed, 06 May 2015 10:27:00 +0000 1273891 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford says GT350 has most track-credible brake system ever offered on a production Mustang.</strong></p> Honda Fit: Black Is Beautiful http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/honda-fit-black-beautiful <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When a car like the affordable Fit rolls in with an onyx cabin that manages to rise above the dark and dreary wintertime surroundings, rest assured it is truly deserving. Is it any wonder a car named Fit is a showcase for expert fit-and-finish?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/honda-fit-black-beautiful" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/honda-fit-black-beautiful#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America Asia Pacific - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan Honda Cameras Climate Controls/HVAC Headliner Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Plastic Product Development Seats 5-door Bluetooth Expanded View Driver’s Mirror HD radio Honda Fit EX-L James Amend Jim Irwin Magic Seat Pandora Fri, 01 May 2015 10:35:00 +0000 1271471 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Fit has lots of electronic gadgets but goes old-school for climate controls.</strong></p> 2015 SAE World Congress -- View From the Floor http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/2015-sae-world-congress-view-floor <div class="node-body gallery-body">Detroit's Cobo Center hosted the 2015 SAE World Congress last week. Some 11,000 engineers from 40 countries came to town for 1,500 technical presentations, more than a dozen topical panels and several keynote speeches.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/2015-sae-world-congress-view-floor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/2015-sae-world-congress-view-floor#comments Public Auto Makers 2015 Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Asia Pacific - Regional Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan Chrysler Honda Hyundai Nissan 2015 SAE World Congress Carbon Fiber Chassis Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Diesel Emissions Fuel Economy Fuel-Cell Vehicles Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Steel Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:37:00 +0000 1269221 at http://wardsauto.com Chrysler 300 Interior Bowls Over Competition http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/chrysler-300-interior-bowls-over-competition <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Making big sedans relevant again, the refreshed Chrysler 300 carries over many of the styling cues, inside and out, that have made it a perennial contender, while integrating a number of meaningful improvements.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/chrysler-300-interior-bowls-over-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/chrysler-300-interior-bowls-over-competition#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Chrysler Aluminum Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Sales Results Seats 300C Platinum Chevrolet Impala Chrysler 300 Dodge Charger Drew Winter Ford Taurus Mercedes S-Class Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:01:00 +0000 1268021 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Two-tone Indigo/Linen leather-wrapped steering wheel hand-stitched.</strong></p>