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).

The Toyota Mirai and How Fuel Cells Work

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 18, 2016 at 5:04 AM

Hydrogen is not only the first element on the Periodic Table (so it gets Atomic Number 1), but it is also the simplest—one proton and one electron—and it is also the most abundant element in the universe.

Spring Is Sprung & the Potholes Are Growing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 15, 2016 at 5:13 AM

Here in the greater Detroit metropolitan, Spring has made its way in a herky-jerky motion, which, with changing weather conditions (cold/wet/warm/wet/cold/cold/cold/wet/warm/etc.), has done its best to transform roads into something that resembles the consequence of unending showers—meteor showers.

Innovation for Comfortable Rides

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 13, 2016 at 5:11 AM

As the pursuit of greater fuel efficiency, whether it’s for achieving miles-per-gallon increases or carbon dioxide emissions decreases, continues with seeming increased vigor, it seems as though “energy on demand” is something of a mantra, whether this means providing energy to throttle response or simply to provide what’s needed to actuate something only when needed.

There’s Small and Then There Are Quadracycles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2016 at 5:00 AM

Generally, when there’s a report about meeting crash test requirements (or, as is more the headline-making case: NOT meeting the requirements), it has to do with something like a full-size sedan or an SUV or the like.