Materials http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53442/more en Making Luxury Interiors Green http://wardsauto.com/industry/making-luxury-interiors-green <div class="node-body article-body">Now in its second year, the Alcantara-sponsored International Symposium on Sustainability in Venice, Italy, is focusing on ways to make the automotive industry carbon-neutral. Alcantara CEO Andrea Boragno says his company could be a model.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/making-luxury-interiors-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/making-luxury-interiors-green#comments Public World Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Suppliers Europe Analysis Industry Materials Italy Interiors Technology Data & Insights World Miscellaneous Audi BMW Lamborghini Porsche Suppliers Tesla Politics Global Sources Globalization Headliner Materials OE-Supplier Relations Product Development Production Purchashing Seats Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:03:00 +0000 1390911 at http://wardsauto.com <p align="left"><strong>Alcantara CEO Andrea Boragno discusses sustainability in industry at Venice conference.</strong></p> ’16 Mercedes AMG GT S http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/16-mercedes-amg-gt-s <div class="node-body gallery-body">The Mercedes AMG GT S looks, feels and sounds like Germany’s best efforts to launch an American-style muscle car, right down to the high-rpm howl, the gentle shake and burble at idle and the delicious gasp of backpressure during downshifts as a corner approaches. </div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/16-mercedes-amg-gt-s" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/test-drives/16-mercedes-amg-gt-s#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Test Drives North America Industry North America - Regional Engines HMI U.S. Materials Vehicle Architecture/Chassis Technology Germany Interiors Technology Test Drives Dealer Miscellaneous Mercedes Brakes Carbon Fiber Cockpit Exterior Fuel Economy Gasoline Information & Entertainment Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Tires Turbocharger Test Drives Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:13:00 +0000 1379861 at http://wardsauto.com Come Play, Ponder, Create at Platform 12 http://wardsauto.com/industry/come-play-ponder-create-platform-12 <div class="node-body article-body">Time is of the essence on the top floor of the main building at Bosch’s new research center in Renningen, Germany, where the freedom to contemplate in an unconventional space is purposely designed to yield the next great invention.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/come-play-ponder-create-platform-12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/come-play-ponder-create-platform-12#comments Public Management & Strategy Suppliers Europe Vehicles & Technology Europe - Regional Industry North America - Regional HMI Materials Germany Technology Miscellaneous Bosch Design Future Products Information & Entertainment Materials Product Development Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:31:00 +0000 1377711 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Bosch&rsquo;s Birgit Thoben explains how Platform 12 visitors use materials found inside &ldquo;flight data recorder&rdquo; drawers.</strong></p> Tom Murphy Creating Fun at Bosch’s Platform 12 http://wardsauto.com/industry/creating-fun-bosch-s-platform-12 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Platform 12 at Bosch's new research campus in Germany is a large, open room surrounded entirely by glass on three walls, and the space is peppered with work stations. As ideas flourish here, the goal is to bring advanced innovations to production. </div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/creating-fun-bosch-s-platform-12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/creating-fun-bosch-s-platform-12#comments Public Management & Strategy Suppliers Europe Vehicles & Technology Europe - Regional Industry North America - Regional Materials Safety Technology Germany Technology Miscellaneous Bosch Design Electronics Future Products Materials Product Development Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:30:00 +0000 1377741 at http://wardsauto.com New Honda Parts Plant in Thailand Comes on Line http://wardsauto.com/industry/new-honda-parts-plant-thailand-comes-line <div class="node-body article-body">The plant initially will operate a polymer-injection line to manufacture front consoles for Honda’s City and Jazz models. But it soon will begin producing polymer-injection parts for other Honda assembly plants in Asia and Oceania.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/new-honda-parts-plant-thailand-comes-line" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/new-honda-parts-plant-thailand-comes-line#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Plants & Production Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Analysis Industry Materials Thailand Technology Data & Insights Miscellaneous Honda Component Plastic Production Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:41:00 +0000 1368911 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>New plant supplying front consoles for Jazz subcompact.</strong></p> 7-Series Body-in-White Marks Materials Milestone for BMW http://wardsauto.com/technology/7-series-body-white-marks-materials-milestone-bmw <div class="node-body article-body">The new flagship is the emerging poster child for hybrid body construction, with a mix of aluminum, high-strength steel and carbon fiber, a blend that allowed BMW to cut weight of the structure some 88 lbs.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/technology/7-series-body-white-marks-materials-milestone-bmw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/technology/7-series-body-white-marks-materials-milestone-bmw#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Europe Vehicles & Technology Industry Materials Germany Technology Miscellaneous BMW Aluminum Carbon Fiber Steel Vehicle Assembly Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:45:00 +0000 1363551 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Weight slashed 88 lbs. in body-in-white.</strong></p> CAFE and Cheap Energy Drive Auto Plastics Growth http://wardsauto.com/industry/cafe-and-cheap-energy-drive-auto-plastics-growth <div class="node-body article-body">TPO plastics producers are aiming to compete directly with steel and aluminum in big parts such as liftgates; a major Chinese supplier views the U.S. as the global low-cost source for manufacturing interior parts. </div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/cafe-and-cheap-energy-drive-auto-plastics-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/industry/cafe-and-cheap-energy-drive-auto-plastics-growth#comments Public Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry Engines Manufacturing Technology U.S. Materials Technology Miscellaneous Suppliers Fuel Economy Global Sources Globalization Manufacturing Technology Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:03:00 +0000 1367451 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Trinseo Automotive co-developed plastic liftgate with Renault for the &rsquo;15 Espace CUV. The hatch is 10% lighter than a comparable steel version.</strong></p> Trinseo GM Mass Reductions Drive Savings, Opportunities http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/gm-mass-reductions-drive-savings-opportunities <div class="node-body article-body">Lighter vehicles are more fuel efficient, and the mass savings pave the way for adding technologies such as battery propulsion and autonomous-driving hardware in the future, GM’s Mark Reuss says.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/gm-mass-reductions-drive-savings-opportunities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/gm-mass-reductions-drive-savings-opportunities#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America Industry Alternative (EVs, HEVs, FCVs) Autonomous Vehicles U.S. Materials Technology Miscellaneous Cadillac Chevrolet Aluminum Autonomous Vehicles Electric Vehicles Fuel-Cell Vehicles Platinum Product Development Steel Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:27:00 +0000 1362641 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GM&rsquo;s Reuss talks mass-reduction savings.</strong></p> New Technologies Flourish in ’16 http://wardsauto.com/technology/new-technologies-flourish-16 <div class="node-body article-body">The arrival of a new model year represents the promise and possibility that comes with freshly stamped sheet metal, form-fitting seats, aesthetics that speak directly to one’s desires and, simply, stuff that works better.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/technology/new-technologies-flourish-16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/technology/new-technologies-flourish-16#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Asia Pacific - Regional Europe - Regional Industry North America - Regional Autonomous Vehicles Engines U.S. Materials Safety Technology Interiors Technology Dealer Miscellaneous BMW Cadillac Honda Lexus Lincoln Volvo Car Aluminum Autonomous Vehicles Carbon Fiber Emissions Fuel Economy Gasoline Lane-Departure Warning Product Development Safety Seats Steel Turbocharger Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:18:00 +0000 1356981 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Volvo XC90 among vehicles offering automatic liftgates or trunk lids.</strong></p> Tom Murphy Galpin, Fisker Offer Rocket Speedster Concept http://wardsauto.com/technology/galpin-fisker-offer-rocket-speedster-concept <div class="node-body article-body">Galpin and designer Henrik Fisker recently unveiled the Rocket Speedster Concept, a 2-seat version of the $109,100 Rocket coupe, derived from the ’15 Ford Mustang GT. The Speedster has not yet been confirmed for production.</div> <p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/technology/galpin-fisker-offer-rocket-speedster-concept" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/technology/galpin-fisker-offer-rocket-speedster-concept#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry North America - Regional Engines HMI U.S. Materials Vehicle Architecture/Chassis Technology Interiors Technology Dealer Miscellaneous Ford Sales & Marketing Brakes Carbon Fiber Exterior Gasoline Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Supercharger Suspension Wheels Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1345881 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Galpin Motors President Beau Boeckmann (left) and designer Henrik Fisker display Rocket Speedster Concept at Pebble Beach.</strong></p>