48-volt Is On Its Way

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 20, 2016 at 5:51 AM

If you have any question about the almost certain inevitability of 48-volt electrical architecture in vehicles to facilitate the creation of mild hybrids for fuel economy and the utilization of electric superchargers for improved performance, then the number of companies that are pursuing these technologies ought to be an answer.

Lambo Contest for Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 15, 2016 at 5:27 AM

As Automobili Lamborghini gets ready to launch the Urus SUV in a couple of years, it has decided that it would create some attraction for the town of Sant’Agata Bolognese, where the company is headquartered, by having an international architectural contest to create two works that will be situated in roundabouts leading into town.

A Lot of Gas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 14, 2016 at 5:24 AM

Although you could probably park the world’s entire fleet of hydrogen-fueled cars in a Walmart parking lot and have plenty of room left over for a number of RVs, Information Trends, a market research firm, says that by 2032—16 years from now—the cumulative number of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on a global basis will be in excess of 20-million.

Hudsons & Diesels & Sales, Oh My

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 12, 2016 at 5:32 AM

Ed Souers has a keen interest in cars that were built by Hudson Motors, a company that produced cars in Detroit for the better part of the first half of the 20th century, a company that, in 1954, joined up with Nash, which led to American Motors.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 09, 2016 at 5:08 AM

I remember the first time I saw Mazda’s KODO design language, with the sharp creases and surfaces that provided a sense of overall taut sheet metal and a notion that even a static object was moving. “Sure,” I thought. “That’s going to be considerably watered down to a certain pudding-like consistency by the time that it makes production.” Boy was I wrong.

Navigation Comes to Pocket Bikes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 08, 2016 at 5:53 AM

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “NHTSA does not define the terms ‘motor scooter,’ ‘moped,’ ‘pocket bike,’ ‘mini-chopper,’ ‘mini-ninja,’ or any other terms of this nature that may be used for the purpose of marketing motorcycles and motor driven cycles.

Autonomy and Baidu . . .?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 07, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Last week Baidu USA announced that it has received an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.