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.
The executive also promises the slow-selling Cube will live on in a future iteration, but not as the curvy MPV it is today, and pledges the next Titan large pickup will be an “all-American” truck....More
There’s still work to be done in boosting sales of fullsize pickups and compact cars, Pierre Loing admits. And the future of Nissan’s Cube small car beyond the current generation appears in doubt....More
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.
A record six diesels are in this year’s competition. WardsAuto editors are driving 45 vehicles with all-new or redesigned engines or propulsion systems. Among the nominees, 20 are turbocharged and three are supercharged....More
Indonesia is among the top emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region, with a population of 250 million. The country, which has 36 vehicles for every 1,000 residents, is seen as one of the world’s most promising passenger-vehicle markets....More
In addition to vehicle assembly, the B-car is bringing additional work to the U.K. plant and its supply chain in axle manufacturing, cylinder-head casting, camshaft machining and engine assembly....More
The NV200 small van, launched in the U.S. in March, sold 1,081 units through June. But the result pales in comparison with the best-selling Ford Transit Connect that posted 20,446 deliveries in the period....More
Without solid backing on Wall Street, FCA may have trouble securing favorable credit for the estimated €50 billion needed to reach aggressive volume targets set last May for the Chrysler, Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands....More
Ultracaps, long considered too costly for widespread application in light vehicles, appear to be gaining traction – albeit ever so slowly – as electrification takes hold and automakers find the technology’s advantages harder to resist....More
Networked vehicles that can communicate with each other and the infrastructure open up a new range of possibilities for user functions that will make driving safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly, the supplier says....More
Should the government publicize vehicle-performance data reported by manufacturers and used to identify potential safety defects? Are thousands of scattered eyes necessarily better than a single trained eye?...More