Molding and Materials

- April 29, 2016 at 5:25 AM

Let’s face it: when it comes to vehicle development from here on out, the likelihood that there will be a single material that pretty much handles all aspects of the construction of the structural and/or exterior aspects of that car or truck is about on par with Katy Perry giving up her Twitter account.

Lincoln Continental’s Light Touch

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 28, 2016 at 9:10 AM

Lincoln is making another move to help differentiate its products in the luxury market, this time for the forthcoming 2017 Continental sedan, taking a cue from a successful technical implementation first used on its MKC crossover.

Sit on a Citroën

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 28, 2016 at 5:44 AM

One of the more-clever functional vehicle design elements that has appeared in some time was launched back in 2014 on the Citroën C4 Cactus, the Airbump that’s affixed to the body sides and bumpers of the car.

Bugatti for the Rumpus Room

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 27, 2016 at 5:43 AM

Obviously, when the price tag for the Bugatti Chiron is on the order of $2.6-million, chances are good that there aren’t going to be a whole lot of garages that have the supercar in their garages.

Major Manufacturing Money for Michigan (well, Ohio, too)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 26, 2016 at 1:07 PM

The Ford Livonia Transmission Plant is about four miles due east of the AD&P Plymouth office, so we are delighted to learn that the vehicle manufacturer is making a $1.4-billion investment in the plant, where a six-speed automatic is presently being produced for a variety of hot-selling vehicles such as the Mustang and the F-150, and which will be starting production of a 10-speed automatic in June, which will be used in such vehicles as the new F-150 Raptor. 2017 Raptor This investment, according to Ford, creates or retains 500 hourly jobs at the plant.

A Million Miatas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 26, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Production of the Mazda Miata—officially known as the “MX-5”—started in the Ujina Plat No. 1 in Hiroshima in April 1989, 27 years ago.

Volvo Trucks for Serious Hauling

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 26, 2016 at 5:00 AM

Chances are, no one is going to ever haul 20 trailers connected together to form a 300-meter long chain, trailers that are carrying 40 containers full of Volvo spare parts.

The Kia Sportage Inside and Out

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 25, 2016 at 5:42 AM

Kia Motors America has a lot riding on the 2017 Sportage. (As do other Kia companies in various other countries around the world, as the Sportage is a global vehicle, and while it might be considered a compact crossover in the U.S. market, the vehicle is just the right size pretty much everywhere else.) This version is the fourth generation of the vehicle.

Honda (Re)Energized

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 21, 2016 at 5:48 AM

Honda, says John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., is fairly rare in the U.S. auto industry right now for at least a couple of reasons.

HOG, JOG and the EMEA

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 20, 2016 at 5:00 AM

For those of us who live in the United States, there are two motor vehicle brands that seem to be quintessentially “American.” One is Jeep.

Freudenberg: Technology Meets Humanity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 19, 2016 at 5:00 AM

When Dr. Mohsen Sohi, CEO and member of the Board of Management, The Freudenberg Group, a Germany-based conglomerate with a considerable footprint in the automotive space, particularly in sealing and filters, and strong presence in the North American market, which represented 26% of the company’s sales in 2015, talked about the company’s 2015 financials, it was nice to hear that a supplier has had a good run, as in improvements six years in a row, with 2015 overall sales increasing by 7.6% to €7.57 billion (or $8.36-billion).