In general, vehicle interiors exhibit better quality and fit-and-finish than ever before. Still, the occasional sloppy seam, ill fitting A-pillar trim and rough headliner edge find their way into the cabins of the most fastidious auto makers.
WardsAuto editors evaluated 46 vehicles this year as part of the Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition and came across numerous examples of beautifully applied stitching that enhanced the aesthetics in vehicles of all ranges.
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
The plan includes redesigned versions of the S80, V70, XC60, S60 and V60, as well as new V40 and XC40 for the U.S. By the time Volvo’s product offensive is complete four years from now, no vehicle in the lineup will be more than four years old....More
Today’s auto-industry executives must connect Silicon Valley and Detroit, as well as address entirely new dimensions of safety concerns, such as how to protect their customers’ privacy and data....More