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.
A concise summation of all 41 interiors evaluated as part of the 2014 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker....More
The redesign marks the most daring Camry styling to date. The best-selling car in the U.S. gets entirely new sheet metal with bolder character lines. It’s a little longer and slightly wider, too....More
WardsAuto editors gather for a roundtable discussion of several vehicles vying for 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors honors. Vehicles discussed include: Chevy Corvette, GMC Yukon Denali, and Toyota Highlander....More
This top-level Toyota Tundra 1794 CrewMax, which stickers at $49,715, is well equipped with perforated leather seats, front-row knee airbags, Entune premium JBL audio and a 7-in. high-resolution touch screen.
In addition to Toyota, Subaru and Lexus, Aisin AI supplies Mazda and Mitsubishi in Japan and PSA Peugeot Citroen, General Motors and Lotus overseas. The supplier is developing a new 6-speed transmission for the Porsche 911 sports coupe....More
Toyota says its fuel-cell car carries a tank with 11 lbs. (5 kg) of compressed hydrogen that can keep the wheels spinning for 300 miles (483 km). Recharging at hydrogen stations can be completed within five minutes....More
A massive crowd of at least 150,000 people are attending the International Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas to find the latest electronic devices and to be dazzled in high definition. Automakers and suppliers have stepped up participation to stay current with digital innovations.
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