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.
Seven electrified powertrains are in the running for the 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition. In this Under the Hood installment, we look at the Fiat 500e, Kia Soul, VW e-Golf and BMW i3 EVs, as well as the extended-range i3....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
Officially they’re separate companies, but group Chairman Chung Mong-koo has Hyundai and Kia working closely in concert as he looks to maximize efficiencies and continue to move the two up the world rankings of biggest and best-loved brands....More
Last month’s relative improvement resulted from the government scrappage incentive program supporting domestic-vehicle sales and the sharp decline of the ruble raising short-term demand for imported models....More
Eight WardsAuto editors drive the vehicles in October and November during their routine daily commutes in metro Detroit, the same way most Americans experience their vehicles – going to the grocery store, visiting relatives on weekends, taking kids to school and occasionally wearing down the treads with a thick smoky burnout in a vacant parking lot....More
The pool of Ward’s 10 Best Engines nominees consists of the 2014 winners plus every new or significantly improved powertrain that is priced below $60,000 and is available in U.S. showrooms during the first quarter of 2015. Eight WardsAuto editors based in Southfield, MI, drive the vehicles in October and November.
The U.S. arm of Hyundai blames erroneous fuel-economy ratings from ’11-’13 on a “data processing error” and the faulty “regulatory interpretation” related to coastdown testing as the method used to calculate a vehicle’s resistance or road load....More
Some analysts speculate VW Group anticipated an investigation and suggested to SEAT that it take the initiative and alert regulators. They note the Spanish automaker has lost more than €1.5 billion since 2005 but is seeing sales recover....More
The arrival of the first ix35 models comes just after £11 million in U.K. government and industry funding is earmarked to expand the nationwide hydrogen refueling station network and increase the uptake of fuel-cell vehicles....More
On paper, one might expect this engine to feel underpowered and sluggish in a midsize cars such as the Sonata. But a number of WardsAuto editors have driven it, and their reviews are favorable. To date, the car has delivered 31.2 mpg (7.5 L/100 km).
The investment is part of a deeper £500 million ($806.2 million) government funding pot to be invested between 2015 and 2020 in the U.K.’s drive to become a global leader in the development and take-up of low-emissions vehicles....More
I thought efforts to limit distracted driving were spreading. Standing intact, however, is the apparent belief one can’t enjoy listening to Tom Petty without seeing his face grinning from a corner of the touchscreen....More
Tata’s weaknesses include product planning that fails to recognize changing markets, dealers’ lack of understanding of what buyers want and low profit margins. Management has given no clear indication that it is addressing these issues....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