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.
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
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors features the Rolls-Royce Wraith, a car for discriminating buyers and Powerball jackpot winners. There’s no price cap for our competition, and it costs nothing to dream....More
Levels of personalization on Phantom models were highest, with 99% of Middle Eastern owners, 98% of North American customers, 95% of Europeans and 86% of Asians creating bespoke vehicles for themselves....More
Forgiving a few fit-and-finish issues, the new 2-door fastback delivers a remarkable interior that caters to younger entrepreneurs. The Wraith adds an important new dimension for the iconic British luxury brand....More
Far and away, the most astounding feature of the new Wraith interior is the matte-finish Canadel paneling, made of Brazilian rosewood and named for the cove in France where Henry Royce once vacationed.
Against a backdrop of negative market sentiment in the luxury segment, the automaker reported strong third-quarter and year-to-date growth in China thanks to demand for Phantom and Ghost models....More
Luxury-segment cars typically launch new technologies before the features begin to show up in conventional mass-produced vehicles. So it’s no surprise that the new S-Class is studded with innovations, including 20 active safety features in the S550....More
The car companies are dismayed by higher taxes on the SUVs, luxury cars and CBU units that have been the fastest-growing segments of the industry. Some worry about varying increases on vehicles competing in the same category....More
The increased activity comes on the heels of GM’s decision last year to increase overall capital spending 20%, an outlay hike in new-product spending that puts it on par with other leading global OEMs....More
Favorable exchange rates, growing new-vehicle demand worldwide and some astute management moves play a role in the positive near-term outlook. Weaknesses? There are some, says CLSA’s Chris Richter....More
Ford’s current level of localization in Russia is estimated at 40%, and the automaker says it intends to raise that share to 83%-85% by 2019. That is significantly higher than the 60% target stipulated in an agreement with the government....More
Sergio Marchionne declines to reveal potential partners or whether he is in discussions with other OEMs, but says financial analysts must play role in promoting the need for industry consolidation....More
The in-vehicle experience continues to evolve rapidly, with both automakers and suppliers ramping up the rate of innovation. Here are a few thoughts on how we can bring a human touch to these connected features....More