Chrysler in 2005 updated an attraction at the first Chicago show held in 1901: an indoor wooden track used to introduce the novelty of the horseless carriage that most visitors never had seen before, much less driven in....More
Frost & Sullivan analyst Kavan Mukhtyar says the trimming of subsidies to contain the budgetary deficit may lead to higher fuel prices, which in turn may impact 2013 sales by raising the cost of vehicle ownership....More
Video highlights from the 2013 Ward's 10 Best Engines awards ceremony, held Jan. 16 in Detroit. Full video from the ceremony, featuring acceptance speeches from the winning auto makers, will be posted to WardsAuto.com soon. Check back for the full program....More
Subaru earns its third Ward’s 10 Best Engines trophy for its high-output boxer, a 2.0L 4-cyl. naturally aspirated gem that produces 100 hp/L and instills hope that cars of the future will not be appliances, void of passion and emotion....More
Toyota and Honda saw sharp increases in their U.S. market share last year, while Nissan, Hyundai, Mazda and Mitsubishi fell. Still, Asian auto makers were the No.1 regional group in auto sales in 2012....More
This year’s winners consist of five 4-cyls., four 6-cyls. and one V-8. Four honorees are turbocharged and two supercharged. Eleven electric vehicles or hybrids were evaluated among 40 powertrains, but none made the cut this year....More
Subaru is not a premium brand, but it walks a fine line between high volume and luxury.
Its adoption of EyeSight will expose active-safety technologies to a broader pool of consumers, who will need to learn what the system can and cannot do the same way they discovered how to use personal computers and smartphones.
During a recent demonstration of EyeSight at historic Willow Run Airport, the technology works as advertised, but only after David Sullivan, Subaru’s car line manager, explains the system’s limitations....More
Chief Johan de Nysschen is looking to lead Cadillac out of a “no-man’s” land, where its vehicles are priced too high for legacy customers and the brand lacks the equity required to conquest Mercedes and BMW buyers....More
In 2017, California’s emissions rules will change and FCVs will carry the traveling credits automakers use to remain 50-state compliant. The rule change could lead to a shift in OEM capital investment....More
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
How come we are not getting back to levels of the previous LV sales peak in 2006? The best answer to that question is the underperformance of pickups, especially the untapped potential of small pickups....More