2017 AMG C63 Coupe

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 21, 2016 at 11:02 AM

With the exception of Formula One fans, chances are that most people in the U.S. who think about “Mercedes-Benz” think “purveyor of luxury cars.” (Perhaps now “crossovers and SUVs” might be added to the descriptor, but somehow “Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz” doesn’t seem to have a GLS as its payoff.) And should you say to some subset of people “AMG,” they know that that has something to do with “performance” variants of Mercedes vehicles.

Engineering the Colorado ZR2

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 20, 2016 at 6:06 AM

“Our engineers have been incredibly successful developing Corvette and Camaro performance variants with broad performance envelopes,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Pacifica Hybrid Explained

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 19, 2016 at 6:27 AM

Chrysler pioneered the modern-day minivan more than 30 years ago and has been refining and improving that type of vehicle ever since.

Why Buy?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 16, 2016 at 6:12 AM

Car manufacturers make cars, right?* Then they are distributed to dealers who sell them.

Hyundai’s Value Proposition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 15, 2016 at 6:15 AM

The previous-generation Hyundai Elantra (2010 to 2015) had the edgy Fluidic Sculpture design forming its sheet metal; it’s bigger brethren, the Sonata, was more visible in this regard, though the smaller size of the Elantra gave the skin a greater tautness than was the case on the Sonata.

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 14, 2016 at 6:49 AM

Last month at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg—an automotive theme park and education center created by Volkswagen Group, and which is not only a tourist destination but a delivery center for Germans who have ordered VWs—there was a presentation of “Vocho Teotihuacano.” As you may have noticed, the name of that artwork is in Spanish, not German.

Lear’s Creative—and Productive—Approach

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 13, 2016 at 6:02 AM

When asked what the “secret sauce” is that makes the “Crafted by Lear” approach to next-generation automotive seating development distinctive, Jeneanne Hanley, Lear's vice president for Global Trim and Craftsmanship, has an interesting answer: “Glue.” No, she isn’t referring to a gelatinous adhesive.

Where the Model T Was Born

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2016 at 6:11 AM

According to Nancy Darga, the Milwaukee Junction area in Detroit—which is just east of the New Center area, northeast of Wayne State University—was, back in the first two decades of the 20th century, something of a Silicon Valley for the auto industry.

Continental Tech for Easier Riding

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 09, 2016 at 6:08 AM

One of the more usual navigation apps is Waze, as in addition to the basic mapping/routing function, it provides information about the route—traffic jams, accidents, etc.—that is captured in real-time from the Wazers who are using the app.