Ford reveals its all-new Focus RS, slated for arrival next year with a 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cyl. that carries a number of upgrades from its first application in the all-new Mustang. Ford isn’t discussing pricing or volume projections....More
Establishing a global production footprint is a key element of Mazda’s structural reform plan announced in February 2012, and the launch of Mazda Powertrain Mfg. operations marks another important milestone....More
The 1.8L TSI is among the most affordable powerplants springing from the smartly crafted third-generation EA888 engine family. This accessible, delightful I-4 can be had for under $18,000 in the Golf....More
Exploring the Hellcat’s expansive powerband is nothing short of transformative. Getting out of the car afterward, one might resemble Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with a glowing aura after conversing with God....More
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....More
The three smallest engines we tested among 36 nominees for 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines earned spots on our tough-to-crack list. The nominees included 18 4-cyl. engines, and 15 of those were turbocharged....More
WardsAuto editors evaluated 36 all-new or improved powertrains before settling on the winners: two V-8s, a diesel V-6, three 4-cyl. turbos, two 3-cyl. turbos, a battery-electric vehicle and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell....More
ZF hosted journalists for a 1-day TechAcademy at a former runway in Greenville, SC, to demonstrate its capabilities in chassis and driveline technologies. Eight-speed, 9-speed and dual-clutch transmissions were among the systems evaluated, as well as rear-wheel steering.
So why isn’t the industry giving us fantastic new naturally aspirated 6-cyl. engines? Blame CAFE. Engineering budgets can stretch only so far, and automakers have discovered a turbocharged 4-cyl. can deliver the same, if not better, performance....More
For the 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, we have seven new or improved gasoline 2.0L turbo-4s among the 38 nominees to evaluate, and a number of them, including the WRX boxer, are drawing solid reviews from the judges....More
As the horsepower war rages on, it’s Chrysler’s turn this year to claim victory with a massively re-engineered Hemi “Hellcat” 6.2L pushrod V-8 said to corral the cumulative force of 707 ponies. Editors recently evaluated the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat for Ward's 10 Best Engines.
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
Electric cars simply are more convenient than gasoline cars and will only become more so. My electric car is always full. This is because I plug it in every night. I almost never have to take it to the garage, because upgrades/fixes are downloaded overnight....More