If the exterior gets them, the interior keeps them. So designers and engineers are paying more attention than ever on everything from the textures of the materials to the ergonomics of the switches. Spend some time in here.

“Compared to the previous CX-9 that was maybe more submissive, this time we wanted it to represent Mazda in a very proud, very stylish manner.” Julien Montousse, director, Design, Mazda North American Operations
Automotive Interiors

Developing the 2016 Mazda CX-9

Mazda reckons that about 80 percent of its midsize three-row crossover will be sold in North America. So the development was executed in the U.S. by a group of people who are committed to real-world driving, not the stuff of window stickers and brochures.

Toyota: Collaborate or . . . .

The number of auto companies that carry a family name and still have people of that name in important positions are Ford, Toyota and. . . ? Suzuki.

2016 Toyota RAV4 SE AWD

Light vehicle sales in Russia have been rather weak for the past several months, given all manner of issues ranging from a weak currency to the significant drop in oil prices.