More than 500 people attended the recent WardsAuto Interiors Conference in Dearborn, MI, to hear two compelling keynote speeches and eight panel sessions. Also honored at the conference were winners of the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors and the College for Creative Studies Student Design Competition.
The hardware and software bridging blueprint and car are on display at the newly opened Visteon Innovation Center, a showroom for products now in use, nearing production or conceptualized for cars of the future....More
Freescale microcontrollers run park-assist, seat controls and other auto apps; JCI developing fuel-saving battery-cooling technology; Axalta supplying eco-friendly basecoat to Indian automakers....More
This year's WardsAuto Interiors Conference was held May 22 at The Henry hotel in Dearborn, MI. The sold-out event delivered compelling keynote speeches and panel sessions, celebrated winners of Ward's 10 Best Interiors and honored student designs from the College for Creative Studies.
Attaching a plastic bin securely around the sides and rear of the floor console would prevent headaches for many drivers and eliminate the black hole where French fries, crumbs and spilled liquid often end up....More
Johnson Controls, the world’s largest seat producer, uses the Detroit auto show each year as a place to highlight new ideas for improving passenger comfort and interior design, such as the plastic "Catch Bin."
The KMWU’s wage-hike demand is 252% higher than the 63,000-won monthly increase agreed upon in 2014, and it seeks bonuses 43% to 238% higher than the average 10.5 million won paid out last year....More
Automakers are investing heavily in lightweighting and new engine technology to improve fuel economy. But they could get a bigger bang for the buck simply by replacing batteries with supercapacitors in stop-start applications, Ioxus’ marketing chief says....More
Additional North American production capacity in 2016 from a new plant at Volkswagen and increases at existing facilities among other automakers will raise available straight-time production to 18.4 million units....More
It used to be no one got to see the new model before its big reveal. Now automakers are leaking early glimpses of future cars and trucks through spy photographers and other means. Is this a good thing?...More