Automotive Electronics

Can Autonomy Help Reduce Diabetes?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 10, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Autonomous vehicles may have a future benefit that no one ever talks about: Overall health improvement for the people formerly known as “drivers.” This is a conclusion that can be drawn from a recent Gallup survey that shows that Transportation workers—as in people who drive long-haul trucks for a living (as well as bus drivers, pilots, and even ship personnel)—have a higher rate of diabetes than other major occupations.

Automotive Powertrain

2017 Kia Niro Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 09, 2017 at 6:28 AM

What surprised me about the Kia Niro was not the 47 mpg that I achieved without trying.

Automotive Powertrain

Cylinder Coating for Improved Performance

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 08, 2017 at 6:29 AM

Generally, when OEMs produce aluminum engine blocks (aluminum rather than cast iron because cast iron weighs like cast iron), they insert sleeves into the piston bores—cast iron sleeves.

Automotive Engineering

Mazda, CARB and PSA North America: Car Talk

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 07, 2017 at 6:22 AM

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars, an annual event, was held last week in Traverse City, Michigan.

Automotive Engineering

VW T-ROC Sketched

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 04, 2017 at 8:06 AM

Volkswagen is continuing its product offensive especially in the crossover space (Tiguan, Atlas), as it will be making the public debut of the T-ROC compact crossover—reportedly based on the same MQB platform that undergirds the Golf, so it is compact in that context—on August 23.

Auto vs. Tech: Guess Who Wins

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 04, 2017 at 5:35 AM

Matthew Simoncini, president and CEO of Lear Corp., provided some fairly compelling figures this week at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars that show just how out-of-whack the valuations of tech companies are vis-à-vis auto companies.

Automotive Management

Sales Stronger than What They Seem

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 03, 2017 at 6:22 AM

On August 1, Toyota announced U.S. July sales of 222,057 units, which, on a daily selling rate basis, was up 7.8 percent (and there was one fewer sales day than in July 2016) and up 3.6 percent of volume.

SUVs to Continue to Climb, Says LMC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 02, 2017 at 5:51 AM

According to research conducted by LMC Automotive, things aren’t looking particularly well for cars between now and 2021 in the U.S. market.

Automotive Electronics

Conti & Magna and the Run North to CAR MBS

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 01, 2017 at 6:29 AM

Yesterday through Thursday, the Grand Traverse Resort in northern Michigan is the epicenter of automotive technology as here the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is holding its annual Management Briefing Seminars (MBS), which brings together the best and the brightest and boldest in the automotive industry.

Automotive Engineering

About the Honda Odyssey

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2017 at 7:46 AM

Chad Harrison is the LPL for the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan.

Automotive Design

North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2017 at 5:36 PM

Consider the competition, selected from vehicles introduced during the most-recent Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York auto shows, vehicles that are flat-out concepts or just this side short of production.

Automotive Production

The Bollinger B1: An Electric Sport Ute

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 28, 2017 at 6:08 AM

The Bollinger Motors B1 has been revealed.