Ford EcoSport and Other Automotive Endeavors

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.

Hyundai Hears an Echo

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.

Intel on the Numbers of Autonomy

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.

2018 Ford EcoSport: Small Is the New Big

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 16, 2016 at 6:37 AM

Eric Loeffler, chief program engineer for the 2018 Ford EcoSport, recalls driving home from work one day from the product development center in Brazil where work was underway on developing the vehicle that will be coming to the U.S. in 2018, having been launched in 2003 in South America and is now become available in 140 countries around the world.

48-volt Hits Production

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 14, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“In 2025, approximately one in five new vehicles across the world will be equipped with a 48-volt drive,” Juergen Wiesenberger, head of Hybrid Electric Vehicles at Continental North America said last week.

Audi Launching Laser Lights

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 11, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Audi, which arguably revolutionized automotive lighting in 2004, when it brought out the A8 L W12 with LED daytime running lights, will be undoubtedly have other OEMs chasing it again as it is supplementing the LED headlights* on an exclusive edition of the R8 with laser high-beam modules.

GM, Poetry and Biodiversity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 10, 2016 at 5:28 AM

Some of you may recognize this passage from William Blake’s “Jerusalem”: And did the Countenance Divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills?

Lutz Live

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 07, 2016 at 4:26 AM

Bob Lutz says that a few years ago, his partner Gilbert Villarreal was interested in the Fisker Karma but not particularly taken with the hybrid powertrain.

Beyond Aluminum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 04, 2016 at 6:58 AM

If you want to get a sense of why this is a multi-material industry going forward, an industry that is making a transition from (almost) strictly ferrous materials to various others, including ferrous materials, just as it is making a transition from strictly internal combustion engines to electrification, including internal combustion engines, then know that on Tuesday, November 1, a new company was launched, Arconic Inc. 3D printed polymer prototype patterns—not aluminum Which is notable because Arconic used to be part of Alcoa Inc.