Toyota has been cool toward EV technology, believing fuel-cell vehicles offer a better long-term solution to global warming. But the No.1 hybrid maker nevertheless launched all-electric versions of the Scion iQ and RAV4 in 2012....More
The pricing gains are good news for auto makers, but for many consumers it is leading to downsizing. Loan terms are getting longer and higher prices are putting younger, first-time buyers in jeopardy....More
During the 2009 downturn, most of the manufacturers curtailed spending and stopped adding capacity, only to be caught unawares when the market recovered in 2010. They do not intend to repeat that mistake....More
This year's WardsAuto Interiors Conference was held May 22 at The Henry hotel in Dearborn, MI. The sold-out event delivered compelling keynote speeches and panel sessions, celebrated winners of Ward's 10 Best Interiors and honored student designs from the College for Creative Studies.
Cadillac and Lincoln have the cash to reclaim some of their greatness and continue the development of great premium cars and trucks. Both brands can seriously say they have begun a long road back to top tier in their home market. Much more is required globally....More
Ford is ending production after 88 years, but it’s not going away. Rather, it will become a full importer. Officials say it costs four times as much to build a car in Australia as it does in Asia, and twice as much as in Europe....More
As the WardsAuto Interiors Conference gets under way today, various sectors of the industry strive to deliver the newest technology, the cleanest fit-and-finish, the most advanced human-machine interface and the most comfortable seats at the best price....More
The auto maker credits the April result to recovery from the 2011 flooding that shuttered its Thailand plant, and to ongoing deliveries in the government tax-refund program for first-time car buyers....More
The Piquette plant built 12,000 Model T’s by 1910, and by then the car’s runaway success gave birth to yet another big idea: Ford’s Highland Park plant 4 miles (6.4 km) to the north, a hulking complex 10 times larger than the humble wood and brick Piquette facility that later was used to produce Studebakers....More
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