Highlights from the Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Ceremony held during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 21, 2014 in Dearborn, MI. WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter announces the winners and calls auto maker representatives to the stage to accept their honors....More
ArcelorMittal Chinese steel JV to supply global, domestic OEMs; small Michigan companies get chance to fill supply bills for Detroit Three; Hikaru Sugi steps down as CEO of Denso’s North American operations....More
More than 500 people attended the recent WardsAuto Interiors Conference in Dearborn, MI, to hear two compelling keynote speeches and eight panel sessions. Also honored at the conference were winners of the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors and the College for Creative Studies Student Design Competition.
A lot of the heavy brand lifting will have to come from Chrysler’s marketing team and agencies. For Chrysler to be successful in the core of the mainstream market it will need to create a meaningfully different brand persona....More
In the case of battery-electric vehicles, experts see the ramp-up of public charging stations as particularly sluggish. “Bottom line, all the talk about public charging isn’t happening,” says GM’s Britta Gross....More
Making Dodge a performance-oriented marque doesn’t mean volumes will decline, says brand CEO Tim Kuniskis. “We sold 100,000 Dodge Chargers last year, and that's high volume,” he tells WardsAuto....More
As the UAW’s regional director in Illinois Williams has dealt extensively with the Detroit Three automakers, Caterpillar, Case, Mitsubishi and Navistar, where he has been a board member for seven years....More
This year, Chrysler took home a Ward’s 10 Best Interiors prize for its new Chrysler 200 and Jeep Cherokee, but its award-winning ways began in 2009, when an all-new interior-design philosophy kicked in full force with the ’09 Ram pickup....More
Ambient lighting takes center stage in the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition. Even certain vehicles that failed to make the cut manage to deliver impressive cabin lighting that is soft, distinctive, occasionally sporty and, at times, romantic.
Ford, the top-ranked Detroit-based automaker in Planning Perspectives’ annual study, climbed to within 30 points of Toyota in 2012 but now trails by more than 50. Chrysler and GM are 70 points behind the Japanese automaker....More
It’s unclear whether the two officials were taking advantage of the drop in share price since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled its 5-year strategy on Tuesday or if it was an attempt to prop up the stock’s value....More
Researchers say a material with the same weight and density as aerogel, but with 10,000 times more stiffness, offers promise for the automotive-parts industry where lightweight, high-stiffness and high-strength materials are needed....More
Maruti Suzuki is campaigning to convince global and local investors of the benefits of parent Suzuki’s wholly owned India operation. But some Maruti Suzuki shareholders oppose the plan and regulators have questioned its legality....More