Some of the biggest share gains of 2013 have been registered by the Detroit Three, specifically Ford and Chrysler, while Asian auto makers, notably Kia and Hyundai, experienced some of the biggest losses....More
Toyota has been cool toward EV technology, believing fuel-cell vehicles offer a better long-term solution to global warming. But the No.1 hybrid maker nevertheless launched all-electric versions of the Scion iQ and RAV4 in 2012....More
In general, vehicle interiors exhibit better quality and fit-and-finish than ever before. Still, the occasional sloppy seam, ill fitting A-pillar trim and rough headliner edge find their way into the cabins of the most fastidious auto makers.
WardsAuto editors evaluated 46 vehicles this year as part of the Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition and came across numerous examples of beautifully applied stitching that enhanced the aesthetics in vehicles of all ranges.
Chrysler in 2005 updated an attraction at the first Chicago show held in 1901: an indoor wooden track used to introduce the novelty of the horseless carriage that most visitors never had seen before, much less driven in....More
Frost & Sullivan analyst Kavan Mukhtyar says the trimming of subsidies to contain the budgetary deficit may lead to higher fuel prices, which in turn may impact 2013 sales by raising the cost of vehicle ownership....More
Video highlights from the 2013 Ward's 10 Best Engines awards ceremony, held Jan. 16 in Detroit. Full video from the ceremony, featuring acceptance speeches from the winning auto makers, will be posted to WardsAuto.com soon. Check back for the full program....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