Materials http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53442/more en New Shelby Mustang to Sport Oz Carbon-Fiber Wheels http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/new-shelby-mustang-sport-oz-carbon-fiber-wheels <div class="node-body article-body">Details of Carbon Revolution’s deal with Ford have not been released, but the Australian government, presiding over the impending manufacturing departure of Ford, GM Holden and Toyota, is quick to take credit.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/new-shelby-mustang-sport-oz-carbon-fiber-wheels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/new-shelby-mustang-sport-oz-carbon-fiber-wheels#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Suppliers Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Australia Ford Carbon Fiber Purchashing Wheels Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:19:00 +0000 1317051 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Supplier touts carbon-fiber wheels&rsquo; weight savings.</strong></p> BMW Plant Showcase for Carbon-Fiber Production http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production <div class="node-body article-body">The plant in Dingolfing, Germany, has upgraded paint and body shops and new “material trains” for moving components to the line as the sixth-generation 7-Series flagship sedan nears launch.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Suppliers Europe Europe - Regional Germany BMW Rolls Royce Aluminum Body Carbon Fiber Employment Manufacturing Technology Product Development Steel Vehicle Assembly BMW 7-Series body panels camera gates Carbon Core Deggendorf Dingolfing EDP material trains Moses Lake semi-anechoic structural components wind chamber Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:12:00 +0000 1300271 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Warehouse at Dingolfing complex converted to carbon-fiber production for all-new 7-Series.</strong></p> All-New ’16 BMW 7-Series http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/all-new-16-bmw-7-series <div class="node-body gallery-body">BMW unveils the all-new '16 7-Series in its hometown of Munich and hopes the car will close the sales gap with its No.1 rival, the Mercedes S-Class, when it arrives in fall.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/all-new-16-bmw-7-series" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/all-new-16-bmw-7-series#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW Carbon Fiber Chassis Exterior Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Turbocharger Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:09:00 +0000 1297491 at http://wardsauto.com BMW Rolls Out Lightweight, Luxurious 7-Series http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/bmw-rolls-out-lightweight-luxurious-7-series <div class="node-body article-body">A new plug-in hybrid powertrain, active-chassis control, rear-wheel steering, gesture recognition and automated parking are among innovations appearing on BMW’s all-new flagship.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/bmw-rolls-out-lightweight-luxurious-7-series" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/bmw-rolls-out-lightweight-luxurious-7-series#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Europe Vehicles & Technology Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW Autonomous Vehicles Carbon Fiber Chassis Cockpit Collision Avoidance Design Fuel Economy Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Turbocharger 7-Series 740e 740i 750i xDrive Active Kidney Grille Carbon Core Double-VANOS Dynamic Damper Control gesture recognition i3 i8 PHEV plug-in hybrid Valvetronic Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000 1296101 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Pricing for all-wheel-drive 750i xDrive starts at $97,400.&nbsp;</strong></p> SRT Tomahawk More Than Just a Game http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/srt-tomahawk-more-just-game <div class="node-body article-body">FCA hopes to take the gaming world by storm with the SRT Tomahawk, a dramatic 1-seater incorporating far-out technologies from the year 2035. Designers working on the project got to suspend the rules of the real world – to a point.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/srt-tomahawk-more-just-game" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/srt-tomahawk-more-just-game#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. SRT Aerodynamics Carbon Fiber Exterior Gasoline Product Development Social Media Design Dome Gran Turismo Laguna Seca Mark Trostle Mike Shinedling PlayStation Polyphony Ralph Gilles Tomahawk Video games Thu, 04 Jun 2015 18:08:00 +0000 1293421 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>FCA&rsquo;s Gilles (<em>left</em>) and Trostle proud of virtual creation.</strong></p> 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="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="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