Ambient lighting takes center stage in the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition. Even certain vehicles that failed to make the cut manage to deliver impressive cabin lighting that is soft, distinctive, occasionally sporty and, at times, romantic.
Automakers are working to expand not only by exporting but also by producing compact vehicles, increasing dealerships and promoting rural sales and service within India. The domestic manufacturers face the additional challenge of strengthening their technological capabilities....More
Ford, the top-ranked Detroit-based automaker in Planning Perspectives’ annual study, climbed to within 30 points of Toyota in 2012 but now trails by more than 50. Chrysler and GM are 70 points behind the Japanese automaker....More
The federal government is boosting its contribution to A$100 million, while another A$55 million comes from the Victorian and South Australian state governments and GM Holden and Toyota, two of the automakers ending local production....More
Australian Automobile Assn. Executive Director Andrew McKellar says April’s 6.2% slump reflects dwindling consumer sentiment over the upcoming federal budget, which could include big tax increases....More
WardsAuto highlights some of the disappointing features identified in vehicles evaluated for 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. Problems range from fit-and-finish and ergonomics to comfort and overall layout. These are the types of issues that result in lower scores for vehicles in the competition.
A concise summation of all 41 interiors evaluated as part of the 2014 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker....More
The redesign marks the most daring Camry styling to date. The best-selling car in the U.S. gets entirely new sheet metal with bolder character lines. It’s a little longer and slightly wider, too....More
Even if BMW is denied government help in lowering the i3’s price, the automaker believes the car will succeed because it will be available both as an all-electric vehicle and as an EV with a range extender....More
The government says Honda and Mazda are increasing spending and a Daihatsu-owned components maker is on its way, but questions surround the company granted the country’s first energy-efficient vehicle license....More
Recalling Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation strategy that won independence for India in 1947, the Ford employees are showing up for work but are refusing the company’s offers of a free lunch and free round-trip transportation to and from their homes....More
“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw....More
The earnings swoon also reflected difficulties in international markets, specifically South America, where economic headwinds are affecting sales, and in Europe, where GM continues to book losses as it restructures its business....More
Popularity of this new breed of vehicles is growing rapidly worldwide, and more automakers are beginning to test the U.S. market, where buyers are expected to migrate from small hatchbacks and sedans....More
In October 2013, trade between NAFTA partners totaled $103.1 billion, up 4.5% from a year earlier, marking the first month in the pact’s history in which trade exceeded $100 billion in a single month....More
Economic recovery is weak and gradual, unemployment remains stubbornly high and Europe faces a growing and acute economic challenge from other global regions. We will only deliver the full potential benefits of the Single Market if we set a genuinely new course for Europe....More