By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 29, 2016 at 5:24 AM
Another data point pointing to the interest in China for SUVs—as well as for advanced technology vehicles—is the announcement by GKN Driveline that it is supplying its electric axle drive system, which it calls “eAxle,” for deployment in a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 for the Chinese market.
- November 28, 2016 at 5:56 AM
When it comes to motorcycles, the U.S. is far from being the dominant producer.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 25, 2016 at 5:02 AM
Last week Mazda unveiled the forthcoming CX-5, the second generation of the compact crossover that was launched in 2012, the first of the Mazda models to feature both KODO design and SKYACTIV technology.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 23, 2016 at 5:19 AM
“Intelligent” all-wheel or four-wheel drive systems are proliferating in vehicles nowadays. (Although “proper” four-wheel-drive systems generally have a transfer case and are deliberately engaged, the terminology is getting pretty fuzzy.) And dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs) are being used more, now that the software has worked the jerkiness out of them.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 22, 2016 at 6:41 AM
"In order to become a global provider of sustainable mobility, we are pressing ahead with future projects such as electromobility, digital connectivity and new mobility services, equipped with the necessary resolve and financing.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2016 at 5:37 AM
If you were to look at Ford’s vehicle sales through October (according to Autodata) you’d discover that second to the F-Series, the vehicle with the greatest percent of overall U.S. market share is the Escape crossover (1.8 percent; the F Series, incidentally, is 4.6 percent). Then after the Escape is the Fusion at 1.6 percent, then the Explorer at 1.4 percent.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 18, 2016 at 6:28 AM
While plenty of companies are talking about it, Hyundai is actually doing it: For those who have an Amazon Echo and a vehicle equipped with second-generation Blue Link (as in: all 2017 model Blue Link equipped vehicles; 2016 Genesis, Azera, Tucson, Sonata (SE, Sport Limited, Sport 2.0T, Limited 2.0T, Eco 1.6T), Sonata Hybrid (Limited Ultimate package), Veloster (Tech package), Elantra GT (Tech package); and 2015 model Genesis, Sonata, Azera) have—via an update—what they’re calling the “Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa.” Which means, quite simply, that when you talk to your Echo, the voice commands are sent to your Hyundai and allow you to do things like remotely start it and lock and unlock the doors.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 17, 2016 at 6:30 AM
If you sometimes wonder why the automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers have to work with or become more familiar with Big Data and the companies that are associated with handling, processing and using it, you can get your answer by listening to Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, speaking at the AutoMobility LA conference.