Daimler http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53569/more en Line Blurred Between Luxury, Mainstream Interiors http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/line-blurred-between-luxury-mainstream-interiors <div class="field-deck"> 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winners </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Even “entry-level” cars earning Ward’s 10 Best Interiors honors this year are delivering premium content. Each day for the next two weeks, WardsAuto will profile a winning interior. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/line-blurred-between-luxury-mainstream-interiors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/line-blurred-between-luxury-mainstream-interiors#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America North America - Regional U.S. Chevrolet Chrysler GMC Hyundai Jeep Kia Mazda Mercedes Rolls Royce Volkswagen 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Information & Entertainment Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Vehicle Interiors Voice Activation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Chrysler 200C GMC Sierra Denali Hyundai Equus Ultimate Jeep Cherokee Limited Kia Soul Mazda3 Mercedes S550 Mercedes-Benz Rolls-Royce Wraith Volkswagen GTI Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:12:00 +0000 998401 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>WardsAuto editors evaluated 41 new or improved interiors in picking winners.</strong></p> Mercedes Seeks to Continue Sprinter Success http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/mercedes-seeks-continue-sprinter-success <div class="node-body article-body">The new ’14 Sprinter comes standard with a 2.1L 4-cyl. diesel engine producing 161 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/mercedes-seeks-continue-sprinter-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/mercedes-seeks-continue-sprinter-success#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Dealerships Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Dealerships Freightliner Mercedes Automatic Diesel Exterior Sales Results Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:22:00 +0000 996311 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&rsquo;14 Mercedes Sprinter commercial van gets updated sheetmetal.</strong></p> New Buyers, Regulations Breaking Old Definition of Luxury, Execs Say http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-buyers-regulations-breaking-old-definition-luxury-execs-say <div class="field-deck"> 2014 New York International Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Just a few short years ago, luxury makers targeted the baby-boomer generation almost exclusively. Today, luxury brands are marketing to buyers as young as 20-something Millennials.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-buyers-regulations-breaking-old-definition-luxury-execs-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/new-buyers-regulations-breaking-old-definition-luxury-execs-say#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Audi Cadillac Hyundai Mercedes 2014 New York International Auto Show Sales Results Audi Cadillac ELR David Zuchowski Equus Genesis Hyundai Infiniti Mercedes Michael Bartsch Scott Keogh Steve Cannon Tesla Uwe Ellinghaud Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 996391 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Cadillac&rsquo;s Uwe Ellinghaus says Tesla taught premium makers key lesson.</strong></p> Supplier Roundup http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-104 <div class="node-body article-body">Magna subsidiary raising output of electronic latches; Daimler assigns 9-speed AT work to Romania facility; new leadership at Aisin Seiki’s U.S. technical center.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-104" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-104#comments Premium Management & Strategy Plants & Production Auto Makers Asia Pacific Supply Chain Europe Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Canada U.S. Japan Czech Republic Romania Aisin Continental Magna Mercedes Toyota Automatic Body Brakes Capacity Utilization Component Labor & Human Resources OE-Supplier Relations Product Development Suspension Transmission Elio Motors GKN Driveline Ideal Automotive Markus Schafer Samir Salaman Yoshiaki Kato Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:45:00 +0000 993711 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GKN North Carolina customers include Detroit Three, BMW.</strong></p> From Kia to Rolls-Royce, Interiors Honored http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/kia-rolls-royce-interiors-honored <div class="field-deck"> 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Culled from a pool of 41 new or redesigned vehicles, the 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors represent a broad swath of cars and utility vehicles available in the U.S.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/kia-rolls-royce-interiors-honored" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/kia-rolls-royce-interiors-honored#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America U.S. Japan South Korea Germany United Kingdom Chevrolet Chrysler GMC Hyundai Jeep Kia Mazda Mercedes Rolls Royce Volkswagen 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Carbon Fiber Cockpit Headliner Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Seats Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Chrysler 200C GMC Sierra Denali Hyundai Equus Jeep Cherokee Kia Soul Mazda3 Mercedes S550 Rolls-Royce Wraith Volkswagen GTI Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:12:00 +0000 990981 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mercedes S550 both technologically advanced and aesthetically engaging.</strong></p> 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Winners http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2014-wards-10-best-interiors-winners <div class="node-body gallery-body">From headliners to brushed-aluminum pedals, the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors are a tribute to exceptional design, clever technology and old-school craftsmanship. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2014-wards-10-best-interiors-winners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2014-wards-10-best-interiors-winners#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America U.S. Japan South Korea Germany United Kingdom Chevrolet Chrysler GMC Hyundai Jeep Kia Mazda Mercedes Rolls Royce Volkswagen 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Carbon Fiber Cockpit Headliner Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Seats Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:11:00 +0000 991031 at http://wardsauto.com Mercedes SUV Coupe Concept Headed for Beijing http://wardsauto.com/europe/mercedes-suv-coupe-concept-headed-beijing <div class="field-deck"> 2014 Beijing Auto Show </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The new model is expected to fit at the top end of the segment and compete against the Audi Q7 and upcoming BMW X7.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/mercedes-suv-coupe-concept-headed-beijing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/mercedes-suv-coupe-concept-headed-beijing#comments Public Management & Strategy Auto Makers Asia Pacific Europe Vehicles & Technology China Germany Mercedes 2014 Beijing Auto Show Product Development Vehicles & Technology Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:30:00 +0000 992631 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>SUV concept to make world debut April 20 in China.</strong></p> Innovation Center Showcases What’s Next at Visteon http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/innovation-center-showcases-what-s-next-visteon <div class="node-body article-body">The hardware and software bridging blueprint and car are on display at the newly opened Visteon Innovation Center, a showroom for products now in use, nearing production or conceptualized for cars of the future.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/innovation-center-showcases-what-s-next-visteon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/innovation-center-showcases-what-s-next-visteon#comments Public Gated Management & Strategy Auto Makers Asia Pacific Europe Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America China U.S. South Korea Russia BMW JCI Mercedes Visteon Climate Controls/HVAC Electric Vehicles Electronics Finance Future Products Globalization Instrument Panel Interior Li-ion OE-Supplier Relations Product Development Restructuring Vehicle Interiors Duckyang Industry e-Bee Halla Visteon Richard Vaughan Visteon Innovation Center Viston Avtopribor Electronics Yanfeng Visteon Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:26:00 +0000 990411 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Visteon Innovation Center features include Horizon Cockpit concept using 3-D system that maps driver&#39;s gestures through kinematic spatial hand, then replicates motion as a virtual ‟hand&rdquo; shown on center-stack display.</strong></p> Automakers Withstanding South Africa Labor Strife http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/automakers-withstanding-south-africa-labor-strife <div class="field-byline"> Bill Corcoran </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Industry representative Nico Vermuelen says he believes most automakers are in South Africa to stay, as the country has a relatively developed economy and can be used as a base for selling cars in the rest of Africa.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/automakers-withstanding-south-africa-labor-strife" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/automakers-withstanding-south-africa-labor-strife#comments Premium Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Auto Makers Africa / Middle East Supply Chain Suppliers South Africa BMW Ford General Motors Mercedes Employment Globalization Labor & Human Resources Logistics OE-Supplier Relations Production Trade National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:12:00 +0000 989591 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Locally built</strong> <strong>Hilux South Africa&rsquo;s best-selling vehicle in 2013.</strong></p> Supplier Roundup http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-103 <div class="node-body article-body">BorgWarner adds thermostats to emissions-control arsenal; Daimler quits JV with maker of battery cells for Smart; Dirac technology will customize Harman Kardon audio system in Volvo V70. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-103" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/supplier-roundup-103#comments Premium Management & Strategy Auto Makers Supply Chain Europe Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. France Germany Italy Sweden BorgWarner Citroen Daimler Mazda Smart TRW Volvo Car Airbags Globalization Instrument Panel Li-ion Purchashing Sound Systems Aunde Deutsche ACCUmotive Dirac Evonik James Verrier Jim O'Sullivan Li-Tec Mitsubishi Electric Wahler Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:30:00 +0000 988631 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Roof airbag frees up cabin space for storage, IP expansion or openness.</strong></p>