ZF hosted journalists for a 1-day TechAcademy at a former runway in Greenville, SC, to demonstrate its capabilities in chassis and driveline technologies. Eight-speed, 9-speed and dual-clutch transmissions were among the systems evaluated, as well as rear-wheel steering.
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
The German luxury-car maker’s L.A. Auto Show offerings include a unique all-wheel-drive plug-in fuel-cell vehicle and a new styling exercise that previews a new A9 model and could reintroduce 4-wheel steering to the market....More
VW has three 4-cyl. gas turbos in this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, powering the VW Golf and GTI and Audi S3. To stand out in this crowd, an engine will need great fuel economy, lively step-off and a smooth demeanor in casual driving....More
The ’14 Jetta we tested last year stickered for $23,985, compared with $21,815 for the fun and functional ’15 Golf TSI hatchback we are evaluating this fall. Stepping up the displacement ladder in the EA888 engine family brings us to the 2.0L turbo, which makes 220 hp in the new VW GTI and 292 hp in the ’15 Audi S3.
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
Surprisingly, it was planned as a small-volume engine for high-performance compact S4s and S5s. Now it is Audi's only V-6 available in midrange A6s and A7s, the flagship A8 sedan and Q5, SQ5 and Q7 CUVs....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.
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 islands are lovely to visit, but be prepared for narrow winding roads with few guardrails to protect the buses, ATVs, scooters, cars and pedestrians that use them. And don’t bother looking for road signs....More
Assuming the industry and world survive, historians and economists of the future will decide where leadership in sustainability came from. The general perception here that the U.S. will not be the leader....More
Design chief Walter de Silva has had a lot on his plate as manager of a huge empire, and it is unclear whether a direct replacement will be groomed or responsibilities divided more strategically among the bevy of brands in the VW Group....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