Mercedes-Benz launched its first and only U.S. vehicle assembly plant in 1995. Officially known as Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, MBUSI has solely produced SUVs and CUVs for North America and export markets until production of the C-Class luxury sedan began in June.
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.
Ford, the top-ranked Detroit-based automaker in Planning Perspectives’ annual study, climbed to within 30 points of Toyota in 2012 but now trails by more than 50. Chrysler and GM are 70 points behind the Japanese automaker....More
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
Tracker Police Liaison Officer Adrian Davenport says the most expensive car recovered in 2013 was worth £90,000, but the average recovered car’s value was just £23,600, down from the year before....More
Industry analysts say Daimler is in dire need of a local production base, given the government’s recent decision to ban the purchase by state bodies and agencies of any cars produced outside the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan....More
Chief Johan de Nysschen is looking to lead Cadillac out of a “no-man’s” land, where its vehicles are priced too high for legacy customers and the brand lacks the equity required to conquest Mercedes and BMW buyers....More
In 2017, California’s emissions rules will change and FCVs will carry the traveling credits automakers use to remain 50-state compliant. The rule change could lead to a shift in OEM capital investment....More
The new model should appeal to customers of high-end European makes but “who really want an American car,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s chief marketing officer. “This is an in-your-face (car); there’s nothing subtle about it.”...More
How come we are not getting back to levels of the previous LV sales peak in 2006? The best answer to that question is the underperformance of pickups, especially the untapped potential of small pickups....More