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Here Are Wards ’10 Best’ Car Interiors of 2016



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Wards Auto has announced its 2016 list of the top 10 Best interiors, and there are a few surprises.

Selected from 47 eligible contenders, which needed to be all-new or heavily revised for the 2016 model year with no regard for market segment or price. Each was judged based on aesthetics, design harmony, materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value, fit-and-finish, and overall user experience.

It must be noted that the rising cost of cars and in conjunction with the decreasing cost of consumer technology means customers now have very high expectations for even inexpensive transportation.

New, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS, interior

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Ward’s choosing the gen-6 Camaro doesn’t surprise us one bit. Not only is it a significant improvement over the previous Camaro’s interior, but it supposedly offers high enough material quality and flare to “set a new standard for an interior in this segment.”

“Who knew the cabin of a muscle car could incorporate so many soft surfaces and still feel like a sporty coupe intended to be driven hard?”

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan, interior

2016 Chrysler Pacifica

The new Chrysler Pacifica makes its predecessor, the Town and Country, look like something out of the 90s. It offers everything a minivan should more, including an ascetically-tasteful design, a plethora of creature comforts for both parents and kids, and a vacuum cleaner.

A selection of rich color combinations and high quality materials help deliver a soothing first impression.

New, 2016 Honda Civic steering wheel

2016 Honda Civic

Honda was panned years ago by critics who found the interior of the previous-generation Civic to be dull, cheap and uninviting. Those memories have since been erased by the 10th-generation Civic, which treats buyers to a fresh, upscale cabin that not only stands apart from its segment rivals, but also “reminds the world why the Civic remains one of America’s most popular small cars.”

The new Civic is the least-expensive vehicle on 2016’s best interior list, but it hardly qualifies as cheap.

2017 Cadillac XT5, interior

2016 Cadillac XT5

The XT5 replaces the SRX, Cadillac’s best-selling vehicle, and is lauded for its first-rate materials, impressive integration of advanced technology, seamless connectivity of the Cadillac User Experience, Ultraview panoramic sunroof, overall comfort and ergonomics, and generally flawless fit-and-finish.

“After climbing into a new XT5, Cadillac lovers will scarcely remember the SRX nameplate.”

New Audi TTS Coupe interior

2016 Audi TTS

The second-generation Audi TTS’ driver-focused virtual cockpit impressed the judges with its sporty style and ergonomics.

“Audi redefines how a driver experiences a compact sports coupe by integrating buttons and climate controls in clever places on the instrument panel, freeing up space and resulting in a cabin that feels less cramped.”

2016 BMW 7-Series, cockpit

2016 BMW 7 Series

BMW faced a tall challenge when Mercedes-Benz launched the latest S-Class sedan a few years ago with a stunningly beautiful interior that set the benchmark for luxury sedans, but Wards believes the Bavarian automaker rose to the occasion.

The new 7 Series is said to elevate BMW’s interior design language and features enough electronic wizardry to entertain a tech geek for hours on end. Frankly, we think it looks plain compared to the competition and would have left it off the list.

2016 Lexus RX interior

2016 Lexus RX

Having pioneered the idea of the luxury crossover, the Lexus RX remains a groundbreaking entity. It is the best-selling vehicle in its class, outselling many of its rivals by a factor of three.

It made the best interiors list thanks largely to its impeccable fit-and-finish; high quality leather, wood and metallic trim elements; form-fitting seats; and crisply lit gauges and display screen. It also won a lot points for its space-freeing packaging.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, cockpit

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Previously called the GLK , the new GLC comes flush with the premium features you expect from a Mercedes but at a reasonably low price… you know, for a Mercedes.

Its interior is virtually identical to that of the C-Class, so it’s not something that would win any freshness awards. Even so, it’s classy, very premium and techy; comes with a long list of options; and is “supremely comfortable.”

New Volvo XC90 SUV interior

2016 Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 interior probably makes the most dramatic styling statement of the bunch, leveraging a uniquely Scandinavian sensibility that largely explains why Ikea is so successful.

It’s so simple yet engaging and employs the kind of far-reaching elements seen only in concept vehicles, particularly the 2-tier center console.

New 2016 Nissan Maxima, interior

2016 Nissan Maxima

The Maxima remains Nissan’s flagship car after eight generations on the market and the spacious interior of the latest model delivers a warm and inviting environment that competes with significantly more expensive luxury vehicles.

“It makes a brilliant first impression with expert craftsmanship, a unique black-and-camel color scheme and loads of spectacular touches, such as the 2-tone flat-bottom steering wheel, expertly applied contrast stitching, cushy Zero-Gravity front seats and Alcantara diamond-quilted seating surfaces.”

Do you agree with Ward’s list of 10 Best interiors of 2016? Let us know what changes you would make to it in the comments below.

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10 Exciting Electric Cars Coming In 2020



Rivian R1T Electric Truck

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2020 is a good year for anyone shopping for an electric vehicle.

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the perfect electric car, 2020 could be the year you found one. It’s noteworthy for the large number of high-profile EVs that will be released.

With prices becoming competitive and range anxiety almost a thing of the past, the age of the electric vehicle is truly upon us. Whether you’re looking for a practical car to use for daily commutes or something that simply wows people with impeccable style, there’s bound to be something for you. Here are ten exciting electric vehicles we are looking forward to the most in 2020.

Rivian R1T Truck R1S SUV

1. Rivian R1T Truck / R1S SUV

There have been much excitement surrounding Rivian, and for good reason. The electric car upstart is seen by many as a serious threat to Tesla, and you have the Rivian R1T and R1S SUV to thank for that. The all-electric R1T pickup truck is arguably the coolest and most well-rounded pickup in recent memory, offering supercar-levels of performance (it does zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds!), world-class trucking capabilities, and serious off-road chops. A massive 80kWh battery gives it an effective driving range of 400 miles (644 km) and can be charged to 100% capacity in an hour when depleted.

Mechanically identical to the R1T, the R1S is for those who would prefer more seats and a hatch rather than a truck bed. As a seven-passenger electric SUV, it’s better suited for carrying people around than the R1T.

Porsche Mission E-Cross Turismo Concept

2. Porsche Taycan / Taycan Cross Turismo

As the company’s first fully-electric vehicle, Porsche’s long-awaited Taycan four-door performance sedan and its high-riding Taycan Cross Turismo estate (wagon) variant will offer buyers a super powerful lithium-ion battery and up to 350 kW charging capacity. Both models can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and have a driving range of more than 300 miles (500 km). Their battery can be charged to provide 62 miles of range in just four minutes.

New Tesla Model Y Small SUV

3. Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y is essentially the SUV version of the highly-popular Tesla Model 3, featuring the same interior design and similar performance. It offers more interior room than the Model 3, however, with an optional package allowing it to seat up to seven people. The most affordable Model Y will have a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km/h), while the long-range version might deliver as much as 300 miles (483 km).

Volkswagen ID Hatchback Concept

4. Volkswagen ID Neo

As one of the more affordable family cars coming to the market, the Volkswagen ID Neo is for the masses. Essentially an all-electric interpretation of the highly-popular VW Golf, the practical five-door compact hatchback has capable motors, a 125kw charging capacity, and is expected to come with three different battery size options giving it a driving range from 180 miles on the low end to 342 miles.

Volkswagen ID Crozz II_Concept, Driving

5. Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

The VW I.D. Crozz is a fully-electric compact crossover with rear-biased all-wheel drive system. It offers 311 miles (500 km) of driving range, according to European NEDC tests, and performance should be brisk thanks to two electric motors generating a combined 302 hp. With a 150 kW DC fast charger, its battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes.

According to Volkswagen, the production I.D. Crozz will have as much interior room as the VW Tiguan SUV.

Peugeot e-208 electric car

6. Peugeot e-208

French automaker PSA took its first step towards the full electrification of its entire lineup by 2023 with the Peugeot e-208, an all-electric version of Peugeot’s hot selling 208 city car. The impeccably-styled electric hatchback uses a 50 kWh battery pack to power a 100 kW electric motor for an estimated 211-mile (34 km) range on the WLTP cycle, while fast charging can give it an 80% charge in around 30 minutes.

Primed for city driving, the electric Peugeot e-208 should be within reach for most people, even those who might need a little help from car-buying service like Buy Here Pay Here Car Lots.

Audi E-Tron Sportback

7. Audi e-tron Sportback

The Audi e-tron Sportback is one of the more exciting, head-turning electric vehicles coming in 2020. As a coupe-like SUV, it is a more stylish interpretation of the new Audi e-tron SUV for those who place design above practicality. And like the regular e-tron SUV, it will likely utilize one electric motor at the front and one at the rear to produce a maximum of 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 490 lb⋅ft (664 Nm) of torque, allowing it to hit 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). A 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides a driving range of over 200= miles EPA range and can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.

White Polestar 2 EV

8. Polestar 2

As the second car from Polestar (formerly the performance arm of Volvo), the Polestar 2 is a five-door fastback EV featuring many hallmarks of Scandinavian design and offering 310 miles (500 km) of range from a 87kWh battery. Its 408 horsepower and all-wheel drive system provide more than enough propulsion to get you moving. Learn more about the Polestar 2.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

9. Mercedes-Benz EQC

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is Mercedes-Benz’s first-ever all-electric SUV. A little bigger than the Mercedes-Benz GLC and expected to go on sale in early 2020, the electrified German SUV has an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors — one at each axle to provide all-wheel drive — that make 402 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. The EQC is estimated to be priced around $90,000.

BMW ix3 electric SUV Concept

10. BMW iX3

With the German government massively supporting the development of electric vehicles, it’s no surprise to see BMW bringing several to the market. Essentially an all-electric version of the popular X3 SUV, the BMW iX3 makes around 270bhp and can travel up to 249 miles on a full charge, and charging its 70kWh battery to full capacity when depleted takes just 30 minutes!

BMW plans to introduce a whole fleet of new electric vehicles over the next few years, and the iX3 will probably be its most popular model.

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New, 2020 Audi S8 Brings A 563 Horsepower Biturbo V8



2020 Audi S8 Super Sedan

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A standard active suspension and four-wheel steering are some of the major performance highlights.

There is a new Audi S8 and it packs more power, more technology and better overall performance than its predecessor.

Audi’s has a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 with cylinder deactivation and 48-volt mild hybrid technology that improves fuel efficiency for a heart, pumping out 563 horsepower (571PS) and 590 pound-feet of torque. That makes it 100 horsepower and 100 pound-feet more powerful than the A8’s twin-turbo V8.

In addition to the powerful engine, the S8 comes standard with all-wheel steering and predictive active suspension that limits body roll to just 2.5 degrees in ‘dynamic’ mode and can lift the car by up to 50 mm for easier ingress and egress.

A revised front bumper, side sills, dual twin exhaust outlets, and S badging sets the performance sedan from the lesser A8, while the interior gets a Carbon Vector upper inlay that creates a special 3D effect, Matte aluminum trim, and diamond-stitched seats with embroidered S badging.

The new and improved Audi S8 will be offered in both short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase versions, but only the long-wheelbase S8 will be sold in the United States and likely in Canada… with size-figure price tag, of course.

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Will The Next Audi A8 Be Fully-Electric?



New, 2018 Audi A8 Luxury Sedan

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Audi’s flagship sedan will definitely be electrified, but by how much?

Audi revealed a number of big changes for its lineup during its 2019 Annual General Meeting. In addition to announcing killing off the TT sports car, adding more SUVs, and possibly replacing the R8 with an electric supercar, the company also hinted at a fully electric A8 sedan.

“The next generation of the Audi A8 might well be all-electric. That has not been decided yet, but I can well imagine it,” stated Bram Schot, Audi AG Chairman of the Board of Management. “We are thinking about revolutionizing the top-end class with a completely new concept for the A8.”

The current generation Audi A8, which benefits from mild hybrid technology, went on sale not too long ago in 2018, so its successor is quite a few years away. That should give Audi some time to improve it electric vehicle technology and ponder approving the electric A8 for production.

An electric Audi A8 will take on the Tesla Model S. What are you hoping for?

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