Automotive Design

Back to Two Wheels for Mobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 25, 2017 at 6:23 AM

Although the amount of attention on the development of autonomous vehicles is staggering given that there probably isn’t an outlet that hasn’t devoted time or space to the prospect of robotic vehicles, what people seem to have lost sight of are the facts that (1) initial applications are going to be in geo-fenced areas and (2) the autonomous vehicles are likely to be shared vehicles, which will also have a consequence on where they travel.

Is Brexit U.K. Auto’s Waterloo?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 24, 2017 at 6:20 AM

French manufacturers, particularly those in the automotive sector, are making significant investments in robotic technology, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The organization says that its most recent figures show that the number of robots installed in the French car industry rose 22 percent, to 1,400 units.

Automotive Management

On the Changes at Ford

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 22, 2017 at 10:31 AM

A quick word on the promotion of Jim Hackett to the position of president and CEO of the Ford Motor Company, who is replacing Mark Fields, less than a week after the company announced that it would be reducing its white collar headcount in North America and the Asia-Pacific region, presumably a move that Fields made to show unhappy Ford stockholders, who had seen their stock trading at $17.72 on July 18, 2014, literally 17 days after Fields took over, and not that high since.

Automotive Powertrain

Kia Creates a Crossover—Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 22, 2017 at 6:06 AM

Steve Kosowski, manager, Long Range Planning & Strategy at Kia Motors America says that back in 2011-2012, the executives at Kia in Korea—as well as their opposite numbers at Hyundai—decided that they needed to develop an all-new platform for an “eco vehicle.” This vehicle could come in different flavors, conceivably, as in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full EV.

Spending $3-million in Dubai

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 19, 2017 at 6:18 AM

According to a Forbes story from last year, when it comes to cities with the greatest number of billionaires, Dubai is tied at 21st with Delhi, Bangkok and Sao Paulo, each of which are the residences of 14 billionaires. (Should you be wondering what city is the home to the most, it is New York, with 79.

Automotive Management

What Is a “Manufacturer”?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 18, 2017 at 6:20 AM

It isn’t often that you’re able to cite a specific date when a car company actually “launches” into the market, but that happened on Monday for Karma Automotive.

Automotive Design

2017 Toyota Camry XSE

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 17, 2017 at 7:05 AM

The Toyota Way is a set of principles that guide the company, a set that has, at its basis, two fundamentals, which are “Respect for People” and “Continuous Improvement.” Arguably, the former helps realize the latter.

Automotive Production

911 x 1,000,000

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 16, 2017 at 7:05 AM

Last week, the one-millionth Porsche 911, an Irish Green Carrera S, rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen.

Automotive Powertrain

Developing the World’s First Fuel Cell Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 15, 2017 at 7:05 AM

With vehicles like the Toyota Mirai and the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, you might think that hydrogen-fueled vehicles are a brand-new phenomenon.

Automotive Management

Kaizen to Eleven

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 12, 2017 at 5:20 AM

On Wednesday Toyota Motor Corp. announced its financial results for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2017, and things were not all that cheery.

Automotive Powertrain

Karma from California

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 11, 2017 at 5:29 AM

Chances are, you (like me) missed the 2017 U.S.

Automotive Design

What Is a Porsche?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 10, 2017 at 5:32 AM

One more about sales and I promise I will stop.