“The days of brute horsepower and force are changing,” with more customers wanting exciting vehicles capable of quick acceleration but not requiring massive fuel consumption to do so, says Toyota’s Jim Lentz....More
Chevy’s global marketing chief admits the 54-year-old Impala name briefly knocked at death’s door because the current model grew stale after GM’s bankruptcy delayed the arrival of the 10th-generation model....More
Nissan is being boosted in the U.S. by a new product blitz, its CEO says. The Japanese auto maker will launch a fleet of new vehicles this year, including the ’13 Altima midsize sedan in July and Sentra small car and Pathfinder SUV this fall....More
The new taxi has a 12V electrical outlet and two USB ports to charge phones and other handheld devices; a driver USB port; overhead reading lights and floor lighting; a transparent roof panel; and leather-look seat fabric that is antimicrobial....More
Acura’s vice president confirms the RLX, to bow at the New York auto show in April, is a total redesign of the RL, the current-generation model that debuted in 2004 and is one of the longest-selling passenger cars in the U.S....More
First launched in late 2008 at the height of the economic downturn, the U.S.-built, Camry-based midsize CUV failed to gain traction with purse-pinching consumers. A second market campaign was hurt by a parts shortage in Japan....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
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.