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
Although officials won’t say the concept will be built, it is a safe bet that at least elements of the design will make it on a production car by 2018, likely as BMW’s answer to Mercedes’ upcoming top-of-the-line Maybach S-Class....More
BMW is expanding annual capacity in South Carolina 50% to 450,000 vehicles to produce the all-new X7 3-row utility vehicle. Plus, the plant has begun building the new X4, which will go on sale this summer....More
Last year was the German marque’s best ever in Korea, with sales of 33,066 vehicles, accounting for more than 21% of all new import registrations. Including the Mini brand, the automaker’s share stood at 25%....More
OEs are pressing for more than brick-and-mortar changes and modern décor. They want showroom culture to evolve as well, and evidence suggests dealers who follow these new employee/customer roadmaps will be rewarded....More
As European customers take ownership of the new i3 electric vehicle, Herbert Diess says establishing a public infrastructure “is not really very important because most people are charging their cars at home.”...More
The effort to polish up the luxury automaker’s showroom experience is spearheaded by the marque’s “Future Retail” program that will see U.S. dealers collectively spend $2.5 billion over the next five years to transform and expand showroom capacity 40%....More
The coupe and sedan, displayed in their world premiere at this year’s North American International Auto Show, go on sale simultaneously early this summer with a more powerful engine, aggressively bolstered seats, bold styling and an emphasis on lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber.
On a long road trip, we’re convinced 40 mpg (5.8 L/100 km) is within reach in this spacious luxury cruiser with its 8-speed automatic transmission, because diesels, unlike gasoline engines, routinely outperform their stated mileage estimates....More
The winners, which include three diesels, an EV, eight engines using direct fuel injection and six with forced induction, emerged from a field of 44 powertrains evaluated by WardsAuto editors in October and November....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