Panasonic’s automotive division previously has partnered with Fender and recording veteran Elliot Scheiner for audio systems and now teams up with the legendary London studio where the Beatles recorded hit after hit during the 1960s....More
Takeaways from this year’s competition: Direct injection and forced induction remain extremely popular; diesels still hold a considerable fuel-efficiency edge over gasoline engines; and there is a future for pushrods....More
On a long road trip, we’re convinced 40 mpg (5.8 L/100 km) is within reach in this spacious luxury cruiser with its 8-speed automatic transmission, because diesels, unlike gasoline engines, routinely outperform their stated mileage estimates....More
The winners, which include three diesels, an EV, eight engines using direct fuel injection and six with forced induction, emerged from a field of 44 powertrains evaluated by WardsAuto editors in October and November....More
This is the 20th year for Ward’s 10 Best Engines, a competition created to recognize outstanding powertrain achievement, world-class technologies and those rare engines or electric propulsion systems that are so compelling they help sell the vehicle.
True to its history of rise, fall and rise again, Brazil’s auto industry has no intention of fading away, despite a stagnant economy that remains unaffected by the postponement of the government’s IPI tax increase on vehicles....More
“The human being is fantastic sensor and analyzer,” Klaus Kompass says. “He is probably the best we have today at analyzing a complete situation with the blink of an eye. We don’t have technical systems that can do that” yet....More
The 4-Series coupe is a new nameplate, which means WardsAuto will count it separately from the 3-Series. Subtracting coupe sales from the 3-Series tally will open the door to Mercedes’ C-Class becoming America’s best-selling luxury car....More
The Mini Cooper designers insisted on retaining certain characteristics – the soft edges, circular headlamps, short overhangs, tall roofline and go-cart handling – and BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer is glad they did....More
Despite the familial resemblance, Mini executives say virtually every aspect of the new vehicle, including all the sheet metal, the seats, grille, suspension, interior electronics and even the antenna, is re-engineered.
Forgiving a few fit-and-finish issues, the new 2-door fastback delivers a remarkable interior that caters to younger entrepreneurs. The Wraith adds an important new dimension for the iconic British luxury brand....More
Far and away, the most astounding feature of the new Wraith interior is the matte-finish Canadel paneling, made of Brazilian rosewood and named for the cove in France where Henry Royce once vacationed.
A record six diesels are in this year’s competition. WardsAuto editors are driving 45 vehicles with all-new or redesigned engines or propulsion systems. Among the nominees, 20 are turbocharged and three are supercharged....More
Leading the big-truck surge will be General Motors, which has full availability of its re-engineered Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra fullsize pickups, plus redesigned SUVs now hitting the market....More
Inventory of domestically made LVs is where most of March’s excess inventory exists. There could be some production slowdowns, but higher retail incentives in place in March are likely to continue in April, and possibly increase....More