Most of Canada’s substantial auto-manufacturing industry is in southern Ontario, and the privately owned 83-year-old Ambassador Bridge is busy with truck traffic carrying vehicles and auto parts between the two countries....More
The skills required to design and build future engines also will change dramatically. Traditionally the turf of mechanical engineers, training related to thermal sciences, computer simulation and materials science will be key....More
Improvements such as reducing mechanical friction within the engine and replacing the belt-driven water pump with an electric version have yielded double-digit fuel-economy improvements, Toyota says....More
“We’ll come close to breaking the 16 million-(unit) barrier in 2014, but actually do it in 2015,” analyst Jeff Schuster tells WardsAuto. However, this time it will be different: They will be healthier sales.”...More
Each powertrain has a compact architecture for short overhang in the vehicle. Cast-iron blocks have been replaced with aluminum to reduce engine weight 20%, and carbon-dioxide emissions have been cut 20%....More
Carbon fiber long has been a subject of discussion, debate and speculation as to its practical use in mass-produced vehicles. Twenty years ago, Ford built a concept car using carbon-fiber parts, but it never made it into production....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.