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
I thought efforts to limit distracted driving were spreading. Standing intact, however, is the apparent belief one can’t enjoy listening to Tom Petty without seeing his face grinning from a corner of the touchscreen....More
Discussions at the ITS World Congress in Detroit will center on questions about legislation, data protection and liability – specifically, where it rests if a computer-guided car goes the wrong way and causes mayhem, injury or death....More
Toyota sold 665,740 hybrids in the year’s first six months, 4.1% ahead of last year's record pace. Honda followed with global sales of 158,696 units, a 105.8% spike, while Hyundai jumped 33% to 27,118....More
Using ultra-high-strength steel can save 88 lbs. on a typical body, and adding aluminum can double that to 187 lbs. But the last improvement comes from the carbon-fiber panels, the automaker finds....More
Goldman Sachs also predicts global light-vehicle sales will grow 3.4% annually over the next six years to 104 million units in fiscal 2020, up from 82.4 million in 2013 and a projected 85.1 million in fiscal 2014....More
Jatco is producing about 1,500 units of the second transmission in its CVT8 Hybrid series monthly, but plans to raise output to 4,500 units per month by 2016, with its Aguascalientes, Mexico-based subsidiary accounting for almost all of the growth....More
U.K. enthusiasm for Toyota hybrids is reflected in the fact sales of the hybrid-powered Auris are overtaking those of the gasoline and diesel versions combined, and the Yaris Hybrid’s share of overall sales of the supermini is growing....More
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.
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 plan includes redesigned versions of the S80, V70, XC60, S60 and V60, as well as new V40 and XC40 for the U.S. By the time Volvo’s product offensive is complete four years from now, no vehicle in the lineup will be more than four years old....More
Today’s auto-industry executives must connect Silicon Valley and Detroit, as well as address entirely new dimensions of safety concerns, such as how to protect their customers’ privacy and data....More