Recognized for producing brakes for high-performance cars, Italy-based Brembo has expanded its product strategy to include high-volume mainstream vehicles. But BMW, Mercedes and the new Chevrolet Corvette remain core customers....More
Brembo stepped up its presence in the market for foundation brakes as one of the top players, Robert Bosch, was exiting because profit margins are thin, compounded at the time by declining volumes. Rivals TRW and Continental remained. But Brembo’s biggest advantage over the established giants was entering the segment without extensive legacy costs and large amounts of capacity going unused.
Lacks’ only customer to date is Audi, which is using the innovation on its flagship ’15 A8 Quattro. The A8 is a low-volume car, but for the privately owned supplier the application marks a significant breakthrough....More
The vans to be displayed have been modified by some of the country’s top aftermarket shops and feature a number of alterations, including interior reconstructions, graphics and exterior add-ons....More
To reach series production, Schaeffler, Ford and other co-developers must lower the cost of each part, conduct functional safety and environmental testing and document the technology for potential customers....More
Blacktop, or what Dodge executives call “sinister,” is a dark, sporty trim that calls to mind the Batmobile or perhaps something from James Bond’s garage. It will be shown in several Dodge models at next week’s Detroit auto show....More
The Adam can be personalized in so many ways that few will look alike. There are 12 basic body colors painted as 2-tones, with 3-tones possible with some sporty models. Many trim elements can be switched over the course of ownership....More
“People want products that are consumed publically to be more reflective of their identity, because others see them,” says a professor of marketing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. “Cars are very much for self-expression.”...More
The Explorer Sport, powered by a 3.5L twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost engine, also is targeting domestic competitors. Peterson says the new Explorer should take a bite out of Dodge Durango R/T and Grand Cherokee sales....More
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.