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
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