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54.5 MPG CAFE BY 2025 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, By Drew Winter
THE LOUD FIGHT IN THE U.S. CONGRESS over raising the national debt ceiling drowned out the announcement, but in late July, the Obama Admin. sealed an

News

Kia Launching RWD Car, Developing 7-Speed DCT 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, Christie Schweinsberg
KIA WILL BEGIN PRODUCTION OF A REAR-wheel-drive car in May 2012, company officials tell media in Seoul. Launch markets have not been determined. A Kia
GM Eyes Engineering Efficiencies 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, David E. Zoia
GENERAL MOTORS SAYS IT WILL SLASH the number of vehicle and engine architectures over the next decade, while drastically cutting the amount of effort
Mazda to Adopt Common Architecture for Full Lineup 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, Byron Pope
MAZDA PLANS TO BASE ALL FUTURE vehicles on a common architecture beginning with the '12 CX-5 cross/utility vehicle launching later this year, two top
New Chevy Cruze Diesel Geared for Performance 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, James M. Amend
GENERAL MOTORS THINKS A SIZABLE segment of U.S. car buyers want more than just fuel economy from a diesel engine, making the business case for an oil-burner
Toyota Confirms RAV4 Production in Woodstock 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, Christie Schweinsberg
TOYOTA CONFIRMS THE UPCOMING RAV4 electric vehicle will be fully assembled at its Woodstock, ON, Canada, plant, with output beginning next year. Ward's
Chrysler Capping SRT Model Proliferation 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, Eric Mayne
CHRYSLER IS DETERMINING HOW MANY models will feature the badge of its performance-oriented SRT brand. The '12 lineup features four SRT8 models, as the

Editorials & Columnists

The New State of the Art 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, DREW WINTER
NEXT MONTH, WARDSAUTO WORLD launches as a digital only publication. If you have not read the digital edition yet, you should fire it up on your PC, laptop
Radical New Way to Build Vehicles 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, JOHN McELROY
THERE IS A NEW, BETTER WAY TO BUILD cars, and it does not require a traditional assembly line. That's the premise of a startlingly different way of looking
Chrysler in Context 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, ERIC MAYNE
I miss the relative solitude of the pre-Internet era. The media voices we heard then were not just fewer, they were better-informed. And their opinions
INTAKE 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld Why Repeat Oil Failures? IN RESPONSE TO JOHN MCELROY'S column (see WAW July '11, p.14), of course the price of oil fluctuates. The higher the price, the

Suppliers

Transmission Developer Shifts Gears 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY DAVE ZOIA
HAS GONE COMMERCIAL. The Warwick, U.K.-based transmission developer, founded around the unique concept of a mechanically actuated automatic, has shifted

Materials

Breaking the Glass Barrier 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY WILLIAM DIEM
A CHINESE OR INDIAN AUTO MAKER could be the first to go for plastic car windows in a big way, says an executive at Sabic Innovative Plastics. In China

Interiors

Hyundai Rocks Interior Trim 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY CHRISTIE SCHWEINSBERG
HYUNDAI, ALWAYS SEARCHING OUT NEW technology and processes to increase the luxury quotient of even its most affordable cars, is employing a very old material

Engineers/Designers Speak Out

Auto Engineers Wary of 2025 CAFE Target 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY DREW WINTER
LEGENDARY ENGINEER AND INVENTOR Charles Kettering is famous for saying: The price of progress is trouble. And trouble is what most automotive engineers

Fuel Efficiency Update

Inventory Woes Hurt Fuel Economy 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY JOHN SOUSANIS
WHILE FIRST-QUARTER SMALL-CAR SALES lifted the U.S. average fuel economy of new light vehicles to a non Cash for Clunkers quarterly high, inventory shortages
Hybrid Battery Durability Stuns Ford 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY BYRON POPE
WHEN IT COMES TO BATTERY TECHNOLOGY, the automotive industry beats aerospace hands down, a top Ford researcher says. Bob Taenaka, Ford battery technical

New Wheels

Genesis V-6 Smooth, Powerful But Late 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY TOM MURPHY
NISSAN SET THE BAR HIGH FOR PREMIUM V-6s when its VQ engine family arrived in 1995 and proceeded to win 14 straight Ward's 10 Best Engines awards. Along
De-Contented Versa Not as Delightful 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY CHRISTIE SCHWEINSBERG
The Japanese Big Three in 2006 had the same great idea: Let's get back in the subcompact segment. Toyota, Honda and Nissan's timing was perfect, as high
Even Car Purists Can Appreciate It 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY TOM MURPHY
MANY YEARS BEFORE THE TERM warned of an epic traffic jam in southern California, it could have referred to a trend that was sweeping through the ranks

Behind 10 Best Engines

Latest Tech Creates Mighty Mini 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY GARY WITZENBURG
WE TOSS AROUND THE TERM IN THE AUTO industry when referring to innovative styling or features or even a new market segment. But probably no vehicle in

Articles

VW Still Hoping to Negotiate CAFE Rules 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, BY DREW WINTER
VOLKSWAGEN, ONE OF SEVERAL AUTO makers that did not sign off on the Obama Admin.'s proposed corporate average fuel economy standards for 2025, still is
Marchionne No Fan of Union Seats on Corporate Boards 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, Willian Diem
THE HEADS OF CHRYSLER AND THE United Auto Workers union get along, but Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne rejects the idea of The German method of
Chrysler: Better Supplier Relations Spur Better Products 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, James M. Amend
CHRYSLER PURCHASING CHIEF DAN Knott says the days of entitlement attitudes at the auto maker are over as it remakes itself after bankruptcy, pledging
Ford Diesel: To Be or Not to Be 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, David C. Smith
FORD BUILDS TURBODIESEL-POWERED cars in Europe but is not rushing to offer them in the U.S., Dan Kapp, director-Powertrain Research, tells Ward's following
Driver Distractions Could Trigger More Regulations 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, David C. Smith
DRIVER DISTRACTION TRIGGERED BY THE avalanche of new information technology available in cars and trucks needs serious attention by auto makers and electronics
Despite Uncertainties, IAC Sees Upbeat Signs 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, William Diem
THE GLOBAL AUTO INDUSTRY IS LOOKing at a period of strong cash generation over the coming cycle, says James Kamsickas, co-CEO of International Automotive
GM Sees More North American-Sourced Parts Ahead for Chevy Sonic 
Sep 1, 2011 12:00 PM, Ward's AutoWorld, James M. Amend
GENERAL MOTORS WILL SOURCE MORE parts from North America for the Korea-developed Chevrolet Sonic small car after its U.S. production launch hits full





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