Takeaways from this year’s competition: Direct injection and forced induction remain extremely popular; diesels still hold a considerable fuel-efficiency edge over gasoline engines; and there is a future for pushrods....More
Porsche deserves credit for delivering a compact naturally aspirated engine that feels and sounds so powerful. This is the type of efficient yet diabolically fun powerplant every sports car maker needs to do well as CAFE standards ramp up in the U.S....More
The winners, which include three diesels, an EV, eight engines using direct fuel injection and six with forced induction, emerged from a field of 44 powertrains evaluated by WardsAuto editors in October and November....More
This is the 20th year for Ward’s 10 Best Engines, a competition created to recognize outstanding powertrain achievement, world-class technologies and those rare engines or electric propulsion systems that are so compelling they help sell the vehicle.
Even Porsche’s most zealous fans could not have predicted the runaway success of the Cayenne, which arrived in 2002. The automaker expects the smaller, less-expensive Macan to be even more popular....More
The lineup begins with the base $78,100 Panamera powered by a 3.6L naturally aspirated V-6 and tops out with an all-new addition, the $161,100 Turbo Executive with a wheelbase stretched 5.9 ins. to accommodate a roomier backseat – ideal for China, Panamera’s No.1 market.
The program was targeted at devising a toolkit that would reduce the time it takes to develop the human-machine interface, which puts controls for everything from the vehicle’s radio to advanced active-safety systems in front of the driver....More
Some of the biggest share gains of 2013 have been registered by the Detroit Three, specifically Ford and Chrysler, while Asian auto makers, notably Kia and Hyundai, experienced some of the biggest losses....More
Toyota has been cool toward EV technology, believing fuel-cell vehicles offer a better long-term solution to global warming. But the No.1 hybrid maker nevertheless launched all-electric versions of the Scion iQ and RAV4 in 2012....More
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