The Ward’s 10 Best Engines program went on the road this week to a Volvo powertrain launch program in Shanghai. The Swedish automaker, owned by China’s Geely Automobile since 2010, is presenting to 200 Chinese journalists two new 2.0L Drive-E 4-cyl. engines.
WardsAuto/AutomotiveCompass data shows this year about a third of the top-volume platforms will cross four or more size segments. By 2019, that percentage will go to half, and those will span up to seven market segments....More
Outlining Volvo’s strategy, R&D chief Peter Mertens says the new Scalable Platform Architecture is designed for an all-new family of FWD powertrains utilizing compact, lightweight 4-cyl. engines complemented by hybrid technology....More
The JV plans to expand in Belarus in two stages, with annual capacity of 60,000 units to be reached by the end of 2015 and 120,000 planned in 2017. The second stage also is expected to include a stamping operation....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.