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 production model will be vastly different from the concept that was the target of criticism for its polarizing styling. “It will be very contemporary, very elegant,” the automaker’s top U.S. executive promises....More
When it takes two months to build a Mulsanne – to fabricate and paint the body, to bathe the cabin in finery, to have one guy (Bob Bishop) assemble the 6.75L twin-turbo V-8 – it becomes evident why this car is insanely expensive....More
With so much drooling on about craftsmanship and comfort, it’s easy to forget the Mulsanne is, in the end, a mode of transportation, built to splash through mud puddles, not a work of art to be adored in a museum.
Luxury-segment cars typically launch new technologies before the features begin to show up in conventional mass-produced vehicles. So it’s no surprise that the new S-Class is studded with innovations, including 20 active safety features in the S550....More
The Bentley facility in northwest England, once bombed by the Germans, was puttering along until VW took over in 1998, launched new vehicles, improved efficiency and ramped up production to record levels....More
Despite reports the PHEV will reach the market before the 2017 target date, the auto maker likely will wait until it gains marketing experience from the planned 2016 launch of its mechanical cousin, the Bentley Falcon CUV....More
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
New-car sales in China are expected to grow at least 5% this year. But margins on those sales, already small, have vanished for many dealers. Retailers now are looking to look to areas such as finance and insurance and used-car sales for profits....More