News & Analysis http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53464/more en Hybrids, EVs Shine in U.K. Owner-Satisfaction Survey http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/hybrids-evs-shine-uk-owner-satisfaction-survey <div class="node-body article-body">The Lexus IS takes the No.1 slot with a satisfaction rating of 93.96%, ending the Skoda Yeti’s 3-year stint at the top of the survey. Three-quarters of all Lexus IS owners who responded own the eco-friendly hybrid version.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/hybrids-evs-shine-uk-owner-satisfaction-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/hybrids-evs-shine-uk-owner-satisfaction-survey#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Europe Vehicles & Technology United Kingdom Hyundai Lexus Nissan Renault SEAT Skoda Electric Vehicles Hybrid Vehicles Vehicles in Operation Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:28:00 +0000 1267941 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>IS hybrid leads way for Lexus in owner ratings.</strong></p> Autoline Daily http://wardsauto.com/news-amp-analysis/autoline-daily <div class="node-body video-body">BMW Slashes i3 Tooling Costs; Piech Calls It Quits; Uber vs. Leasing Cost Comparison</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/news-amp-analysis/autoline-daily" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/news-amp-analysis/autoline-daily#comments Public News & Analysis Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:08:00 +0000 830251 at http://wardsauto.com The Dealer 5 | April 27, 2015 http://wardsauto.com/dealers/dealer-5-april-27-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">Dealer news and information from WardsAuto and around the web. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/dealer-5-april-27-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/dealer-5-april-27-2015#comments Public Dealers U.S. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:30:00 +0000 1267841 at http://wardsauto.com Forecast: April Daily Sales to Reach 13-Year High http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/forecast-april-daily-sales-reach-13-year-high <div class="node-body article-body">The latest WardsAuto forecast calls for U.S. automakers to sell 1.47 million light vehicles this month, equating to a 16.8 million-unit SAAR.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/forecast-april-daily-sales-reach-13-year-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/forecast-april-daily-sales-reach-13-year-high#comments Public Data Center Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Sales Results Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:50:00 +0000 1267031 at http://wardsauto.com Top 25 Boasts New Faces, But Group as Powerful as Ever http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/top-25-boasts-new-faces-group-powerful-ever <div class="node-body article-body">This elite bunch of best-sellers generated 45% of all Q1 U.S. vehicle deliveries. It took 200 additional models to account for the remaining 55% share. That latter group may have to step up the pace if the market is to reach 17 million units this year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/top-25-boasts-new-faces-group-powerful-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/top-25-boasts-new-faces-group-powerful-ever#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:28:00 +0000 1265981 at http://wardsauto.com Are 1-Hour Deals Doable at Car Dealerships? http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/are-1-hour-deals-doable-car-dealerships <div class="node-body article-body">eLend Solution’s Pete MacInnis believes a typical car purchase takes too long, and the culprit is F&I.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/are-1-hour-deals-doable-car-dealerships" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/finance-insurance-resource-center/are-1-hour-deals-doable-car-dealerships#comments Public Dealers Finance & Insurance Resource Center North America U.S. Dealerships Retail Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:54:00 +0000 1257771 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Self-described &ldquo;operations junkie&rdquo; MacInnis.</strong></p> BMW i3: Progressively Quirky, Spot-On http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-progressively-quirky-spot <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The BMW i3 earns its 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors trophy for ambitiously combining practicality, progressive materials and quirky styling into an unconventional package that may shock at first but soon grows comforting.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-progressively-quirky-spot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-progressively-quirky-spot#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW Carbon Fiber Chassis Electric Vehicles Emissions Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats BMW i3 BMW i8 Christie Schweinsberg eucalyptus olive-leaf extract recycled hemp swan-wing doors Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:18:00 +0000 1261371 at http://wardsauto.com 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner – BMW i3 http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-bmw-i3 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Once inside the i3, the eye is drawn to an odd assemblage of materials that makes one wonder if this particular model left the factory without all its parts. But the package works, and the materials, alone, deserve an award for sustainability.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-bmw-i3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-bmw-i3#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW Carbon Fiber Climate Controls/HVAC Cockpit Electric Vehicles Emissions Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:17:00 +0000 1261401 at http://wardsauto.com UPDATE 1-VW investors hope Piech exit may usher in change http://wardsauto.com/update-1-vw-investors-hope-piech-exit-may-usher-change <div class="node-body reuters_news-body"><p>* VW investors say Piech exit may boost shares -survey</p> <p>* Shares up almost 5 pct</p> <p>* VW strategy shifts to address Piech criticism -sources (Releads on VW's strategic issues, adds analyst comments, detail and background)</p> <p>BERLIN, April 27 (Reuters) - Investors hope that Volkswagen will be able to revive profitability at its core division, cure underperformance overseas and bury lingering plans for acquisitions after the resignation of Chairman Ferdinand Piech.</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/update-1-vw-investors-hope-piech-exit-may-usher-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Europe Germany Management & Strategy Finance Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:14:27 +0000 1267701 at http://wardsauto.com 10 Best Interiors Keep on Trucking http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/10-best-interiors-keep-trucking <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For the first time, five vehicles classified as trucks make our list. For the next two weeks, WardsAuto will present articles and photo galleries featuring the winners, some of the losers and other trends we spotted during the competition.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/10-best-interiors-keep-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/10-best-interiors-keep-trucking#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Japan South Korea Germany BMW Chrysler Ford GMC Honda Hyundai Jeep Mazda Mercedes Nissan Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Interior Product Development Sales Results Seats BMW i3 build quality Chrysler 300 comfort fit-and-finish Ford F-150 King Ranch GMC Canyon Honda Fit Jeep Renegade Kia Sedona Mazda6 Mercedes C-Class Nissan Murano Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1267111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Winners will be honored May 13 at WardsAuto Interiors Conference in Detroit.</strong></p>