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.
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....More
Ford’s current level of localization in Russia is estimated at 40%, and the automaker says it intends to raise that share to 83%-85% by 2019. That is significantly higher than the 60% target stipulated in an agreement with the government....More
The innovative aluminum body gets most of the attention, but the interior of the all-new '15 Ford F-150 also has been completely redesigned. A 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors winner was a top-of-the-line F-150 4x4 Supercrew King Ranch stickering at $60,675, including nearly $8,000 worth of optional equipment.
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....More
News Corp. Australia says production employees will be reduced to 1,260 from 1,530 and vehicle output will be reduced by 50 units to 240 a day. Parent General Motors is closing the plant in 2017....More
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....More
Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov says GM’s relatively low 25% level of localization of sourcing, manufacturing activity and R&D hurt the automaker when the value of the ruble began sinking....More
Vehicle prices were expected to fall after the new 6% GST replaced a 10% sales and services tax April 1, but dealers spent March offering even better deals to clear stock bought under the now-expired higher tax....More
Automakers are investing heavily in lightweighting and new engine technology to improve fuel economy. But they could get a bigger bang for the buck simply by replacing batteries with supercapacitors in stop-start applications, Ioxus’ marketing chief says....More
Additional North American production capacity in 2016 from a new plant at Volkswagen and increases at existing facilities among other automakers will raise available straight-time production to 18.4 million units....More
It used to be no one got to see the new model before its big reveal. Now automakers are leaking early glimpses of future cars and trucks through spy photographers and other means. Is this a good thing?...More