From entry-level economy cars and rear-wheel-drive sport coupes to luxury plug-in hybrids and a raft of utility vehicles, this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Interiors pool finds automakers thinking creatively about passenger compartments....More
A year that began with great optimism soured as months wore on, with sales deflating from a relatively robust 1.6 million units in March to a meager 739,263 in August, according to WardsAuto data....More
So why isn’t the industry giving us fantastic new naturally aspirated 6-cyl. engines? Blame CAFE. Engineering budgets can stretch only so far, and automakers have discovered a turbocharged 4-cyl. can deliver the same, if not better, performance....More
The pool of Ward’s 10 Best Engines nominees consists of the 2014 winners plus every new or significantly improved powertrain that is priced below $60,000 and is available in U.S. showrooms during the first quarter of 2015. Eight WardsAuto editors based in Southfield, MI, drive the vehicles in October and November.
World Health Organization statistics show Japan reported 5.2 traffic deaths per 100,000 people in 2010. ITS Japan Chairman and Toyota technical advisor Hiroyuki Watanabe hopes to reduce that to below 2.6 by 2018....More
In the case of battery-electric vehicles, experts see the ramp-up of public charging stations as particularly sluggish. “Bottom line, all the talk about public charging isn’t happening,” says GM’s Britta Gross....More
While the fuel is becoming popular as an alternative to gasoline for fleet vehicles, the number of CNG-powered cars on the road remains minuscule, and that’s unlikely to change unless the number of CNG fueling stations increases....More
In Southfield, MI, Denso is spending $10 million to purchase a neighboring 3-story building to join the current campus of four facilities, creating 176 new jobs. The supplier also announces a consortium to study how drivers interact with vehicles....More
There’s no denying the punch, power, silkiness and “I’ve got this” attitude of a world-class V-6. For some of them, the tradeoff has been middling fuel economy. Not so for the Honda Accord’s superb 3.5L....More
This is the 20th year for Ward’s 10 Best Engines, a competition created to recognize outstanding powertrain achievement, world-class technologies and those rare engines or electric propulsion systems that are so compelling they help sell the vehicle.
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 impetus behind EPIC is concern the auto industry will lack manufacturing expertise in coming years, either because current workers’ skills will become outdated or the number of new mechanics and engineers will fall short of demand....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