The 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines were chosen from a field of 36 nominees, including the 10 returning winners and 27 all-new or re-engineered powertrains and propulsion systems available in the U.S. for under $60,000. The winners consist of two V-8s, a diesel V-6, three 4-cyl. turbos, two 2-cyl. turbos, an electric vehicle and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell.
Even though Lincoln is just getting started there, the brand has something many premium makers lack: a rich history of celebrities and American presidents as customers. Still, the brand president says sales in China will not rival Audi anytime soon....More
WardsAuto editors gather for a roundtable discussion of several diesel vehicles vying for 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines honors. Vehicles discussed include: BMW X5, Cruze Diesel, Ram 1500, Ford Transit, Volkswagen Golf TDI....More
WardsAuto editors met recently with four automakers to discuss their entries in the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines competition. The meetings with Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Hyundai are helpful as the editors gather information about new technologies and discuss driving impressions with automaker engineers.
Supporters of the existing federal-aid program say slashing assistance will scuttle any chance for the industry to diversify after GM Holden, Ford and Toyota end local manufacturing by the end of 2017....More
Set for its public unveiling today at the auto show here and due to hit U.S. showrooms next summer, the revised Explorer features a few styling tweaks, including a more-sculpted hood, but most of the news is around its new top-of-the-line Platinum trim level.
The new model should appeal to customers of high-end European makes but “who really want an American car,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s chief marketing officer. “This is an in-your-face (car); there’s nothing subtle about it.”...More
The new model, shown to the press just days before its public unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week, boasts a 5.2L engine that is the first production V-8 from Ford employing a flat-plane cranksaft typical of racing applications and found in some high-end exotics....More
Domestic sales fell after the national consumption tax was increased April 1, but the decline was offset by brisk demand in North America and the effects of the weaker yen against the dollar, among other pluses....More
Dennis Williams does not seem convinced complete wage parity will occur, as he talks about “bridging” the gap between the two levels and stresses that the automakers must continue to be successful....More