The California vehicle market has long been dominated by import brands. But the Detroit Three automakers have started to make inroads on that dominance. Rising pickup sales are the driving force behind those gains....More
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne believes the agreement resolves some key issues, including the inequitable nature of the 2-tier wage system where new workers receive less than more senior employees doing the same job....More
“If one were sentenced to eternal damnation,” one WardsAuto editor concluded, “there’s no finer way to get there than in the Hellcat, running into the abyss at wide-open throttle while the helpless soul hangs on for dear life.”...More
No new ads found their way onto the Most Engaging list for the week, allowing Mazda, Lexus, Chevy, Fiat and Dodge to hold their ground. Spending rose on some 210 automotive spots aired nationally....More
Without 2-step variable valve lift, the ’15 version of the Pentastar always operated in high-lift mode, consuming more fuel. FCA says the new system results in less overall pumping work, singlehandedly accounting for a fuel-economy gain of up to 2.7%....More
Some officials express concern the union is more focused on maintaining its strike fund than using it to push for real economic gains, and they are putting the executive board on notice. “We have expectations,” notes one activist member....More
The 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise in Metro Detroit doesn't happen officially until this Saturday, but crowds have been gathering for several days in Royal Oak to see classic sheet metal. With mild weather, Tuesday night was perfect for car enthusiasts to see and be seen.
Through June, FCA says the diesel makes up 18% of the Ram 1500s shipped from the plant but only 12% of the retail mix. The automaker says a 20% retail mix remains in sight. But it should have been achieved by now....More
President Dennis Williams says the UAW will stick to its tradition of pattern bargaining, in which a contract negotiated with one automaker is adopted by the others. That company typically also is named a strike target if the talks falter....More
General Motors has questioned Fiat Chrysler’s claimed 20% take-rate for the Ram EcoDiesel, and FCA says the rampup continues. An FCA executive says production bottlenecks at the plant in Cento, Italy, have been fixed to free up additional volume for the engine....More
Highlights from the Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Ceremony held during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 13, 2015 in Detroit, MI. WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter announces the winners and calls auto maker representatives to the stage to accept their honors....More
BMW and Ford each have two stout turbo-6s in the hunt this year, while Infiniti has one. All five are smooth, extremely refined, reasonably fuel-efficient and dishing up loads of horsepower and torque....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.