Daimler http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53569/more en Enhanced Mexico Trade Piques EU Automakers’ Interest http://wardsauto.com/politics/enhanced-mexico-trade-piques-eu-automakers-interest <div class="field-byline"> Carmen Paun </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With the value of European car exports to Mexico reaching €1.3 billion ($1.4 billion) in 2014, EU automakers are assessing how exports could be increased following a trade-deal upgrade.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/enhanced-mexico-trade-piques-eu-automakers-interest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/enhanced-mexico-trade-piques-eu-automakers-interest#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Europe North America Europe - Regional Mexico Audi BMW Mercedes Sales & Marketing European Commission Globalization Production Tariffs Trade Vehicle Assembly Thu, 21 May 2015 09:00:00 +0000 1283641 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Yucatan dealership among more than 20 Mercedes outlets in Mexico.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> OEMs Take Map Pockets in Many Directions http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/oems-take-map-pockets-many-directions <div class="node-body gallery-body">The map pocket has become a vital storage bin in today's vehicles, clearly used for much more than folded paper roadmaps. A smattering of photos from the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors field shows the varying approaches as automakers attempt to maximize the utility of this space.</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/oems-take-map-pockets-many-directions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/oems-take-map-pockets-many-directions#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America Asia Pacific - Regional Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan South Korea Germany United Kingdom BMW Cadillac Chevrolet Dodge Ford GMC Jeep Kia Land Rover Lexus Mercedes Ram Toyota Volkswagen Interior Plastic Product Development Vehicle Interiors Fri, 08 May 2015 11:13:00 +0000 1275471 at http://wardsauto.com Seeing Red Isn’t All Bad http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/seeing-red-isn-t-all-bad <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In a car like the all-new Mercedes C-Class, the Diamond White Metallic sheet metal is the predictable, safe bet, but the soft, quilted crimson leather that appears once the door opens serves as an invitation as irresistible as the siren’s song.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/seeing-red-isn-t-all-bad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/seeing-red-isn-t-all-bad#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany Mercedes Aluminum Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Vehicle Assembly B-Class Black Ash Open Pore Wood C400 CLA Coupe Diamond White GLA leather Mercedes-Benz C-Class S-Class sedan Thu, 07 May 2015 10:15:00 +0000 1273741 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Sport Package red leather comes standard on C400.</strong></p> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner: Mercedes C-Class http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-mercedes-c-class <div class="node-body gallery-body">We find the new C-Class, stickering at about half the price of the S-Class flagship, to be a consummate bargain (well-equipped for $65,000). Plus, it carries over many of the advanced technologies that distinguish the S-Class, particularly the innovative interface and mood-specific ambient lighting.</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-mercedes-c-class" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-winner-mercedes-c-class#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany Mercedes Aluminum Headliner Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Product Development Seats Thu, 07 May 2015 10:14:00 +0000 1273751 at http://wardsauto.com 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Quick Hits http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-quick-hits <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A concise summation of all 42 interiors evaluated as part of the 2015 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-quick-hits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/2015-ward-s-10-best-interiors-quick-hits#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America Asia Pacific - Regional Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan South Korea Germany Italy United Kingdom Acura Alfa Romeo BMW Chevrolet Chrysler Ford Infiniti Kia Land Rover Lexus Mazda Mercedes Mitsubishi Volkswagen Aluminum Cameras Carbon Fiber Cockpit Electric Vehicles Headliner Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Plastic Product Development Seatbelts Seats Acura TLX Alfa Romeo 4C BMW i3 BMW i8 Cadillac Escalade Chrysler 300C Ford Mustang Honda CR-V Infiniti QX80 Jeep Renegade Kia Sorento Land Rover Discovery Sport Lexus RC 350 Mercedes CLS400 SRT Hellcat Subaru Outback Thu, 07 May 2015 10:10:00 +0000 1274731 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Spectacular wood trim extends to second-row armrest of Infiniti QX80.</strong></p> In Search of Interior Features Going Outside the Box http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/search-interior-features-going-outside-box <div class="node-body article-body">I came across some features that got me wondering, “Why don’t they all have that?” (as opposed to, “Why does the Lincoln Navigator have two volume settings for its chime?”)</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/search-interior-features-going-outside-box" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/search-interior-features-going-outside-box#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America U.S. BMW Ford Honda Kia Lexus Lincoln Mercedes Toyota Volkswagen Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup Instrument Panel Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1267061 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Miles-to-empty readout complements fuel gauge in F-150.</strong></p> 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> BMW Crowned World’s Most Reputable Company http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/bmw-crowned-world-s-most-reputable-company <div class="node-body article-body">BMW ranked third in last year’s survey and Daimler was eighth. Nissan and Suzuki were on the 2014 list but didn’t make the cut this year. GM squeezed in at 96th after missing the list last year while embroiled in the ignition-switch recall crisis. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/bmw-crowned-world-s-most-reputable-company" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/bmw-crowned-world-s-most-reputable-company#comments Public World Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Suppliers World BMW Bosch Daimler Ford General Motors Honda Toyota Volkswagen Sales & Marketing Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:46:00 +0000 1266071 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>BMW, maker of Ward&rsquo;s 10 Best Interiors winner i3, highly regarded globally.</strong></p> Volvo Eyes More Than Sliver of India Luxury Market http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/volvo-eyes-more-sliver-india-luxury-market <div class="node-body article-body">Volvo’s objective of 20,000 annual sales in India by 2020 is the same number set by larger luxury rivals Audi, BMW and Mercedes – but they hope to hit their targets by 2018.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/volvo-eyes-more-sliver-india-luxury-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/volvo-eyes-more-sliver-india-luxury-market#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Audi BMW Mercedes Volvo Car Globalization Sales Results Tariffs Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:01:00 +0000 1257901 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Automaker challenged in India by limited product lineup.</strong></p> Daimler Moving Closer to New Plant in Russia http://wardsauto.com/europe/daimler-moving-closer-new-plant-russia <div class="node-body article-body">Construction is targeted to begin by the end of the year and be completed by the end of 2016. The plant is expected to reach capacity by 2017. Planned production volumes and location of the operation have not been disclosed.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/daimler-moving-closer-new-plant-russia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/daimler-moving-closer-new-plant-russia#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Plants & Production Europe Russia Mercedes Vehicle Assembly Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:42:00 +0000 1264871 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>S-Class, shown in production in Sindelfingen, Germany, candidate for Russia assembly.</strong></p>