MANN+HUMMEL’s Dust Buster

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 16, 2017 at 9:40 AM

While driving is associated with putting things like particulates in the air, a German company that specializes in making filters is testing technology that can actually allow vehicles to help clean the air.

Maven Amps Up the Gig

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 14, 2017 at 6:51 AM

Rachel Bhattacharya, Chief Growth Officer for Maven, General Motors car-sharing service, said in a presentation at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars a couple week back that the Chevy Bolt EVs that are in the Maven fleet—there are more than 100 available in LA now, and they’re going to double that number, and the Bolt fleet in San Francisco will also double to more than 125 by the end of 2017; there have been more than 1.4-million miles racked up in Maven Gig Bolt EVs since February—are hugely popular (do the math: a comparatively small number of cars, a comparatively large number of miles). And what is undoubtedly going to amp up the popularity is that Maven has announced that it is now offering Maven Gig vehicles in LA, as well as San Francisco and San Diego.

BMW X2 in Seriously Ugly Camo

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 12, 2017 at 7:39 AM

When you see spy shots of vehicles that are still under development, they have some form of masking on them so as to distort their surfaces, features and other identifying characteristics.

Automotive Engineering

Building a 4,398-pound Car (That Goes 261 mph)

With a base price on the order of €2.4-million and a production run of 500, the Bugatti Chiron is not just any car. And it isn’t built like one, either.

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AAH #387 - PSA Returns & CARB Will Not Back Down. Topic: CAR’s Management Briefing Seminars - Hot topics in the auto industry is what the first week in August is all about, at least in Traverse City, Michigan. That’s where CAR, the Center for Automotive Research, holds its annual Management Briefing Seminars. And this year AFTER HOURS caught up with three speakers who are definitely making news at the conference; one talks emissions when it comes to CARB; the second is with the North American revival of PSA, and then our third discusses the prolonged life of the I.C.E. Special Guests: Annette Hebert, California Air Resources Board; Larry Dominique, President & CEO, PSA North America, Inc.; Robert Davis, SVP, Mazda NA. Doctor Data & wrap up. Panel: John McElroy,; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production

Feature Siemens PLM Launches More Comprehensive PLM Capabilities

August 16, 2017 - Lawrence S. Gould

From costing to configuring, from planning to executing, the latest release of Teamcenter handles all this and more.

Feature Building a 4,398-pound Car (That Goes 261 mph)

August 16, 2017 - Gary S. Vasilash

With a base price on the order of €2.4-million and a production run of 500, the Bugatti Chiron is not just any car. And it isn’t built like one, either.


Report: New-Car Inventories Remain Balanced in Europe

Dealer supplies of unsold new cars in Europe are at near ideal levels, according to market analysts LMC Automotive.