WardsAuto editors have been meeting with several auto makers to discuss their entries for the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Engines competition. Powertrain engineers from Nissan, Chrysler and Hyundai have visited WardsAuto offices in Southfield, MI, to talk technology.
Dodge executive Bob Broderdorf says the boost in production coincided with traditionally strong fourth-quarter demand for fullsize SUVs and, as a result, “We are selling them as fast as we can."...More
Aiming for a 4% market share in three years from the less than 1% now held by Fiat, the alliance will launch nine new and refreshed models, four each from the Fiat and Chrysler-Jeep family and an Abarth-brand small sports car....More
Delayed buildouts suggest Chrysler is looking for a way to keep Dodge showrooms filled until fresher product arrives or perhaps ease the transition to a smaller lineup. Not every brand has to cover every segment, a key executive says....More
For a second-consecutive month, sales of the new Dodge Dart compact sedan continued to slide. But results were healthy for other key models, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram pickups and Chrysler 200....More
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, hosted its fifth annual Maker Faire Detroit this past weekend in highlighting the importance of grassroots innovation and problem-solving. Some 400 creators participated in this year’s event, including 100 for the first time.
“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw....More
The earnings swoon also reflected difficulties in international markets, specifically South America, where economic headwinds are affecting sales, and in Europe, where GM continues to book losses as it restructures its business....More
Popularity of this new breed of vehicles is growing rapidly worldwide, and more automakers are beginning to test the U.S. market, where buyers are expected to migrate from small hatchbacks and sedans....More
In October 2013, trade between NAFTA partners totaled $103.1 billion, up 4.5% from a year earlier, marking the first month in the pact’s history in which trade exceeded $100 billion in a single month....More
Economic recovery is weak and gradual, unemployment remains stubbornly high and Europe faces a growing and acute economic challenge from other global regions. We will only deliver the full potential benefits of the Single Market if we set a genuinely new course for Europe....More