As automakers maximize the potential of vehicle platforms, a GKN executive says the electric rear axle is a simple way to convert a front-drive architecture to a fuel-saving hybrid that also enables AWD when necessary....More
Tim Bajarin, a leading high-tech industry strategist, takes exception to results of a national online survey suggesting most female consumers would not be interested in driverless cars and, as a result, could prove an obstacle to market adoption....More
With Indian sales having risen 12.9% year-over-year through May, according to WardsAuto data, VW is investing in production capacity and local sourcing with an eye toward expanding the domestic market....More
Spain’s competition commission contends the dealers agreed to fix prices and exchange market information, creating cartels in several geographic zones surrounding Madrid, Catalonia, Andalusia, North, Asturias and Valencia....More
SUVs were popular among private buyers in particular, as they boosted May sales 10.1% year-over-year. Business and government purchases of SUVs remained steady. After five months, SUV sales were up 13.5% at 157,415 units....More
Audi Russia chief Achim Saurer says the low- and mid-priced segments of the Russian market will bear the brunt of what is projected to be a 30% year-on-year decline in sales this year, creating opportunities for higher-end brands....More
European Parliament member Albert Dess, whose Bavarian constituency is home to BMW, Audi and Lamborghini, supports improved air quality but argues: “Car manufacturers should not be rushed into measures which form a disproportional burden for them.”...More
Bosch hosted its biennial International Automotive Press Briefing this week at its test track in Boxberg, Germany, for more than 300 journalists from 40-some nations. The afternoon was spent test driving (or riding in) up to 40 vehicles, including the VW XL1 concept, a self-driving Tesla Model S and a Porsche 918 Spyder.
The investment raises the possibility Audi A1 production CUV could be transferred to Martorell from the VW plant in Brussels, as the Spanish factory already builds the Audi Q3 and labor costs are lower there than in Belgium....More
The ’15 Ibiza is compatible with smartphones running on either Android or iOS operating systems and features the MirrorLink system that displays the user interface of the smartphone applications on the touchscreen....More
EV buyers no longer will have to pay a 25% sales tax on vehicles already exempt from the import duties applied to fuel-based cars. They also are allowed to use bus lanes and can be parked at reduced rates....More
In a memorable drive along the Le Mans race course that followed the Mediterranean coastline on our way to Nice, Denise filled my head with raucous stories of her many races and the famous drivers she knew from the early days....More
The map pocket has become a vital storage bin in today's vehicles, clearly used for much more than folded paper roadmaps. A smattering of photos from the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors field shows the varying approaches as automakers attempt to maximize the utility of this space.
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
The Lexus IS takes the No.1 slot with a satisfaction rating of 93.96%, ending the Skoda Yeti’s 3-year stint at the top of the survey. Three-quarters of all Lexus IS owners who responded own the eco-friendly hybrid version....More
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
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.