Driving Fuel Efficiency Improvements

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2016 at 5:51 AM

Electrification of the vehicle powertrain doesn’t mean getting rid of the internal combustion engine and sticking an electric motor in its place and batteries where the fuel tank would otherwise be.

The Artisanal Bentley

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 02, 2016 at 5:49 AM

One of the characteristics of manufacturing in China is that the country’s factories churn out literally billions of products per year.

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.