As the UAW’s regional director in Illinois Williams has dealt extensively with the Detroit Three automakers, Caterpillar, Case, Mitsubishi and Navistar, where he has been a board member for seven years....More
The automaker’s new San Jose Chiapa plant is about more than just building vehicles. For Audi, it is the first big stake in the ground for what is foreseen as a significant presence in the region....More
Perhaps reflecting the growing tensions between the U.S. and Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Ford Focus deliveries plunged 54% in April to 2,549 units. Year-to-date Focus sales retreated 51% from like-2013 to 10,923 units....More
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
WardsAuto editors gather for the final two roundtable discussions announcing the winners for the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. Vehicles discussed include: Kia Soul+, Mazda3, Mercedes-Benz S550, Rolls-Royce Wraith and VW GTI....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
Sales have plunged since jumping by triple digits in 2010 and 2011, with VW and SkodaAuto deliveries tumbling 19% year-on-year to 82,239 units in 2013, WardsAuto data shows. Indian production fell by roughly half....More
Tracker Police Liaison Officer Adrian Davenport says the most expensive car recovered in 2013 was worth £90,000, but the average recovered car’s value was just £23,600, down from the year before....More
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors highlights the Volkswagen GTI, a hot hatch that combines craftsmanship and attention to detail in one of the finest cabins available in the C-segment....More
Without solid backing on Wall Street, FCA may have trouble securing favorable credit for the estimated €50 billion needed to reach aggressive volume targets set last May for the Chrysler, Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands....More
Ultracaps, long considered too costly for widespread application in light vehicles, appear to be gaining traction – albeit ever so slowly – as electrification takes hold and automakers find the technology’s advantages harder to resist....More
Networked vehicles that can communicate with each other and the infrastructure open up a new range of possibilities for user functions that will make driving safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly, the supplier says....More
Should the government publicize vehicle-performance data reported by manufacturers and used to identify potential safety defects? Are thousands of scattered eyes necessarily better than a single trained eye?...More