Materials http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53442/more en Falling Gasoline Prices Hurting Small-Car Sales, Ford’s Hinrichs Says http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/falling-gasoline-prices-hurting-small-car-sales-ford-s-hinrichs-says <div class="node-body article-body">Joe Hinrichs, president-The Americas, says low fuel prices and a consumer shift toward CUVs and SUVs have put a dent in small-car sales. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/falling-gasoline-prices-hurting-small-car-sales-ford-s-hinrichs-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/falling-gasoline-prices-hurting-small-car-sales-ford-s-hinrichs-says#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Aluminum Product Development Sales Results Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:04:00 +0000 1201561 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford Focus sales down 7.4% in 2014.&nbsp;</strong></p> Ford GT an Innovation Showcase, Fields Says http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-gt-innovation-showcase-fields-says <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ford CEO Mark Fields says the automaker is not moving away from designing fuel-efficient vehicles, despite its introduction of high-powered cars. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-gt-innovation-showcase-fields-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/ford-gt-innovation-showcase-fields-says#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford 2015 North American International Auto Show Aluminum Carbon Fiber Gasoline Turbocharger Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:57:00 +0000 1198001 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Ford GT supercar to be powered by twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6.</strong></p> Production Acura NSX Revealed in Detroit http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/production-acura-nsx-revealed-detroit <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The NSX has a carbon-fiber floor, and body panels are a mix of aluminum and sheet molding composite.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/production-acura-nsx-revealed-detroit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/production-acura-nsx-revealed-detroit#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Acura 2015 North American International Auto Show Aluminum Carbon Fiber Future Products Hybrid Vehicles Acura aluminum carbon fiber Honda Marysville Mike Accavitti NSX OH Raymond supercar Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 1197141 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Acura NSX on sale in U.S. late 2015.</strong></p> Alfa Romeo Adds to North American Stable With 4C Spider http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/alfa-romeo-adds-north-american-stable-4c-spider <div class="field-deck"> 2015 North American International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Alfa Romeo 4C Spider boasts the same structural rigidity as the coupe without weight-adding reinforcements.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/alfa-romeo-adds-north-american-stable-4c-spider" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/alfa-romeo-adds-north-american-stable-4c-spider#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional Alfa Romeo 2015 North American International Auto Show Carbon Fiber Gasoline Turbocharger Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:01:00 +0000 1196741 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Alfa Romeo 4C Spider boasts carbon-fiber monocoque chassis.</strong></p> Where’s the Eco in EcoBoost? http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-engines/where-s-eco-ecoboost <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The F-150’s 2.7L V-6 didn’t make our list because of disappointing fuel economy, and the Mustang’s 2.3L I-4 just doesn’t sound like it belongs in a pony car.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-engines/where-s-eco-ecoboost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-engines/where-s-eco-ecoboost#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Diesel Resource Center Ward's 10 Best Engines North America North America - Regional U.S. Ford Lincoln Aluminum Diesel Fuel Economy Gasoline Product Development Turbocharger 1.5L 2.3L 2.7L aluminum EcoBoost Ford F-150 Ford Fusion Ford Mustang Ford transit Power Stroke 3.2L I-5 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:23:00 +0000 1189551 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Judge Tom Murphy inspects 2.7L EcoBoost in F-150.</strong></p> Aluminum-Intensive F-150 Spurs Technician Training http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/aluminum-intensive-f-150-spurs-technician-training <div class="field-byline"> WardsAuto Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Topics include damage analysis, repair decisions and techniques for working with vehicle components made of aluminum.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/aluminum-intensive-f-150-spurs-technician-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/aluminum-intensive-f-150-spurs-technician-training#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Aluminum Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:19:00 +0000 1191371 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Aluminum-intensive F-150 spurs technician training.</strong></p> 2015 Winner: Chevrolet 6.2L LT1 OHV DI V-8 http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-engines/2015-winner-chevrolet-62l-lt1-ohv-di-v-8 <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Whereas the Hellcat Hemi V-8 is a Braveheart mallet to the face, the 460-hp ’Vette powerplant is a black-ops sniper with a clear shot in daylight. Other naturally aspirated small-blocks will outsell the LT1, but they will never outperform it.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-engines/2015-winner-chevrolet-62l-lt1-ohv-di-v-8" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-engines/2015-winner-chevrolet-62l-lt1-ohv-di-v-8#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Engines North America North America - Regional U.S. Chevrolet Aluminum Automatic Chassis Fuel Economy Gasoline Product Development 6.2L LT1 V-8 Active Fuel Management Chevy Corvette Corvette cylinder deactivation Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Hemi naturally aspirated Porsche 911 small-block V-8 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:11:00 +0000 1184981 at http://wardsauto.com 2015 Winner: BMW 127-kW Electric Motor http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-engines/2015-winner-bmw-127-kw-electric-motor <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The BMW i3’s 170-hp electric motor propels the spacious 4-seater with a free-wheeling simplicity that is uncommon among EVs. Aggressive regenerative braking lets you drive while rarely touching the brake pedal. This is the future.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-engines/2015-winner-bmw-127-kw-electric-motor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-engines/2015-winner-bmw-127-kw-electric-motor#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Engines North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW BMW Carbon Fiber Electric Vehicles Emissions Fuel Economy Gasoline Li-ion Product Development BMW i3 Cadillac ELR Chevrolet Volt Drew Winter EREV Fiat 500e generator Kia Soul EV range extender Ultimate Driving Machine VW e-Golf zero emissions ZEV Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:02:00 +0000 1185061 at http://wardsauto.com Research Finds New Dimension in Fuel-Cell Efficiency http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/research-finds-new-dimension-fuel-cell-efficiency <div class="node-body article-body">The discovery makes monolayers of graphene, and its sister material boron nitride, attractive for possible uses as proton-conducting membranes, which are at the heart of modern fuel-cell technology.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/research-finds-new-dimension-fuel-cell-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/research-finds-new-dimension-fuel-cell-efficiency#comments Premium Asia Pacific Europe Vehicles & Technology China Netherlands United Kingdom Fuel-Cell Vehicles Materials Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:22:00 +0000 1175421 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Studies indicate graphene could boost fuel-cell</strong><strong>&nbsp;durability.</strong></p> Luxury Automakers Cater to Lead Feet of Well-Heeled http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/luxury-automakers-cater-lead-feet-well-heeled <div class="field-byline"> Alysha Webb </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With mass-market cars now offering LED lighting, Bluetooth connectivity and even Alcantara fabrics, performance is where many luxury brands are trying to stand out. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/luxury-automakers-cater-lead-feet-well-heeled" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/luxury-automakers-cater-lead-feet-well-heeled#comments Public World Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology World Audi Bentley Cadillac Maybach Mercedes Porsche Sales & Marketing Autonomous Vehicles Information & Entertainment Interior Lighting Materials Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:12:00 +0000 1176411 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Porsche Panamera Turbo S lacks little except cutting-edge technology.</strong></p>