Drew Winter

Content Director/Senior Editor WardsAuto.com,

Drew is a WardsAuto Content Director and senior editor at WardsAuto.com. He writes about a variety of issues.

Wards Intelligence | Outlook Q2 2018 Trends in Auto Interiors 
Download the presentations and video now for the June 7th Wards Intelligence Outlook Conference, Q2 2018.
Auto Supplier Auria Targets Sounds of Silence
The parts aren’t pretty, but eliminating new types of annoying sounds in electric and autonomous vehicles promises to become big business for new soft trim supplier.
Kia Stinger Brings Something New to Sedan Segment
The distinctive design vocabulary, striking colors and shocking practicality of a hatchback design make the Stinger stand out in an ocean of highly competent but predictable sedans.
Student Designers Create Driver Engagement in Age of Autonomy
Seats and human-machine interfaces are designed to be reconfigurable to accommodate performance modes as well as relaxed situations.
2018 WardsAuto/CCS Student Design Project

WardsAuto’s latest student design project, the ninth collaboration with the Transportation Design Dept. of Detroit’s prestigious College for Creative Studies, is aimed at designing vehicle interiors that use advanced technology to make drivers more involved with driving during certain times. The final projects will be displayed at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference May 30 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Cork Touted as Affordable Luxury Trim for Interiors
The material already has been mass produced as an interior door garnish in the Hyundai Grandeur Hybrid and was a finalist for a 2017 Society of Plastics Engineers Innovation award in the U.S.
CUVs and Trucks Fuel 11.6% Gain in GM’s March Sales
GM saw double-digit sales gains in March thanks to CUVs, pickups and an extra selling day.
New Hyundai Santa Fe Gets Diesel, Bolder Look 2
The Santa Fe’s smooth, sculpted exterior has been replaced with blocky, muscular lines, pronounced fender flares and a more SUV-like stance.
Continental, NVIDIA Partner on AI System for Self-Driving Cars
Continental self-driving vehicle systems based on NVIDIA AI car computer and Continental sensors coming in 2021.
FCA CEO Marchionne Plans to Finish 2018 on High Note
One bonus this year will be the Republican tax cuts. Marchionne says they will be worth $800 million to $1 billion. “That’s a big number,” he says.
Röchling Has Solution for Blinded Autonomous Cars
Röchling’s computer-controlled fluid cleaning system knows when key cameras and Lidar systems need to be sprayed clean.
A Dissenting Opinion on NACTOY Winners
The Kia Stinger is something new in a segment that badly needs innovation. Kia took big risks and broke new ground. To me it is most deserving of the North American Car of the Year award.
2018 Winner: Honda Clarity 130-kW Fuel Cell/Electric Propulsion System 2
Generous incentives and Acura-level driving dynamics make this fuel-cell “engine” ready for prime time despite all the unseen, insanely complex things going on under the hood.
Bosch Targets Huge Smart Cities Market
In community based parking, Bosch technology takes over the search for a parking spot. It works by cars automatically reporting vacant spaces to the cloud as they drive past.
NVIDIA Removes Major Roadblocks to Autonomous Vehicles
New Xavier processor delivers 30 trillion operations per second using just 30 watts of power.
Market Intel
Jan 1, 2018

2018 Commercial Vehicle Report  

A thorough examination on the state of the U.S. commercial vehicle market, highlighting risks and opportunities for industry players....More
Sep 18, 2017

Commercial Vehicle Utilization Report  

Commercial Vehicle Brand Utilization Report provides analysis of available data to spot risks and opportunities and help guide business strategy and investment....More
Jun 30, 2017

2017 U.S. Light-Vehicle Equipment Report  

Data and analysis covering five years of equipment take rates for powertrain, ADAS, safety and other major features....More
Market Analysis
Apr 22, 2019

South America Vehicle Production, March 2019  

South America vehicle production by manufacturer and country for total vehicles and light vehicles for March 2019....More
Apr 18, 2019

South America Vehicle Production, February 2019  

South America vehicle production by manufacturer and country for total vehicles and light vehicles for February 2019....More
Apr 17, 2019

North America Production, March 2019  

North America production by country, vehicle type, and manufacturer; by manufacturer, model line, and country; by manufacturer and platform; by manufacturer and plant; and by manufacturer and segment group for March 2019....More

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