Internal Combustion Engines’ Continued Domination (?)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 24, 2017 at 6:45 AM

According to a new research study by Deutsche Bank, “PCOT III: Revisiting the Outlook for Powertrain Technology” (that’s “Pricing the Car of Tomorrow”), to twist a phrase from Mark Twain, it seems that the reports of the internal combustion engine’s eminent death are greatly exaggerated.

AWD as Needed from GKN

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 22, 2017 at 6:09 AM

This is what the GKN Driveline all-wheel-drive (AWD) Disconnect system for small to medium-sized vehicles—it is a scalable architecture—looks like: The system is designed so that when a vehicle is in steady-state cruising the clutch system disengages the rear section of the driveline.

Buying a Car from a Vending Machine

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 21, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Although used-car shopping is something that we don’t ordinarily cover, this is a bit too, well, bizarre to overlook: The Carvana Car Vending Machine.

Automotive Interiors

Adient Emerges

This long-time interior supplier is now a brand-new company that’s looking at things in a whole different way.

March 24, 2017 - Gary S. Vasilash

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AAH #370: We've Got the Head of Jeep Design. Special guest: Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design, FCA. Topic: 2017 Jeep Compass. Panel: John McElroy,; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Eric Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

Feature Simulating Injection Molding Gets Even Better

March 24, 2017 - Lawrence C. Boyd, Jr.

New injection molding software can simulate—and analyze.

Feature Pieces of Plastic

Notable developments and uses of polymers, from turbochargers to oil pans to...yes, the Batmobile.


Ford Details Lower Profit Forecast

Ford Motor Co. says in a regulatory filing that its adjusted pretax profit this year is likely to drop to $9 billion from $10.4 billion in 2016, largely because of increased spending on such emerging mobility technologies as autonomous driving systems.