The automaker is making a big play in trucks with the new Pilot, just-launched HR-V small CUV and a planned return next year of the Ridgeline pickup. But how much that will shift its mix away from cars remains to be seen, a top executive says....More
If FCA, Ford, GM and Nissan had achieved the same rise in the WRI ranking as Honda and Toyota, the four automakers collectively would have posted an estimated $2.02 billion higher operating income in 2014....More
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
“We believe that we do have technologies that can technically meet the targets but we must be able to commercially produce these vehicles and sell them to customers who want to keep returning to them,” says FCA’s Chris Cowland....More
The Civic lineup again will include 2- and 4-door body styles, powered by a new 1.5L turbocharged gasoline engine, as well as a hatchback for the first time in a long time and a U.S. Type R for the first time ever....More
Favorable exchange rates, growing new-vehicle demand worldwide and some astute management moves play a role in the positive near-term outlook. Weaknesses? There are some, says CLSA’s Chris Richter....More
When a car like the affordable Fit rolls in with an onyx cabin that manages to rise above the dark and dreary wintertime surroundings, rest assured it is truly deserving. Is it any wonder a car named Fit is a showcase for expert fit-and-finish?...More
It helps when the Fit's black surfaces are soft-touch matte-finish trim on the instrument panel, doors and armrests, not to mention the high-quality leather on the steering wheel and heated front firmly bolstered seats. This monochromatic approach makes the metallic bits on the IP, doors, vents, steering wheel and shifter bezel really pop.
The Bangkok Post reports the poor first-quarter result prompts the Federation of Thai Industries to back away from its January forecast of a 14.4% surge in production and instead predict output will drop for a third straight year....More
Detroit's Cobo Center hosted the 2015 SAE World Congress last week. Some 11,000 engineers from 40 countries came to town for 1,500 technical presentations, more than a dozen topical panels and several keynote speeches.
The impetus behind EPIC is concern the auto industry will lack manufacturing expertise in coming years, either because current workers’ skills will become outdated or the number of new mechanics and engineers will fall short of demand....More
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
“Ablation casting was a key concept in order to produce this spaceframe,” Chief Engineer Ted Klaus says of the new NSX. “Without being able to apply castings at all the suspension points, we couldn’t produce a body this rigid.”...More
Honda uses this week’s SAE World Congress in Detroit to trickle out some tantalizing nuggets of information about the car’s body rigidity, aerodynamics and drivetrain in an extensive Powerpoint presentation.
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
Honda’s vision for future mobility includes an idea that one-ups Tesla founder Elon Musk’s hyperloop concept of a train traveling in a vacuum tube from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than an hour....More
CEO Mark Fields tells reporters at Ford’s new Silicon Valley R&D facility that an autonomous vehicle or driverless car will fit within the company's century-old tradition of offering affordable transportation....More
Regulators are granting Volvo, Mitsubishi, Mazda, JLR and Subaru an added hybrid option and a later compliance date of Jan. 1, 2018, by which time each company will be expected to have an approved pure ZEV or hybrid transitional ZEV on the market....More
Some 55% of fatal accidents in the U.S. are caused by a vehicle leaving its lane and striking an object, pedestrian or another vehicle. Continental’s Road Departure Protection system is meant to prevent those collisions....More