EVs for the Trades

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 19, 2017 at 6:16 AM

One of the limitations of most electric vehicles (EVs) is that of range: for the typical driver who is used to having at least 200 miles of range thanks to the efficiency of gasoline as a fuel being faced with about 100 miles of range is unsatisfactory, especially given (1) long recharge times compared with the amount of time it takes to put a few gallons in the tank and (2) the idea that it may be necessary to drive >200 miles at a moment’s notice.

Ford GT Display Development

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 18, 2017 at 6:37 AM

As you are unlikely to ever be in one of these: (and I’m not implying my odds for getting there are much better), you’re unlikely to ever see this, the 10-inch wide all-digital display in the Ford GT: Speaking to the development of TFT LCD display, Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance, said, “Driver focus and attention are key with such high performance.

Lexus on Land and at Sea

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2017 at 6:06 AM

Last week in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, Lexus debuted the 2018 Lexus LS 500, the fifth-generation of company’s flagship sedan: This is an all-new car, based on the Lexus GA-L architecture, which, according to the company, is the stiffest in its history, providing a basis for handling, smoothness and quietness.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback LT w/RS

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 16, 2017 at 6:25 AM

I’ve driven a lot of cars over the years, but never have I driven one that was targeted in a tweet from a president-elect--"General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border.

Peak ICE?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 13, 2017 at 6:05 AM

According to Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president, Powertrain Div., North America, Continental, looking ahead, “The future of individual mobility is electric.” Meaning, the electrification of powertrains will not only continue, but accelerate.

Kia and Nissan Win EyesOn Design Awards

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 12, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Congratulations to both Kia and Nissan for receiving EyesOn Design Awards at the North American International Auto Show in the categories of Production and Concept vehicles, respectively.

Big at BMW

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 11, 2017 at 6:55 AM

Quick—where is the highest volume plant of Bayerische Motoren Werke, more commonly known as “BMW,” located?

2017 NACOTY: The Triumph of Design and Engineering

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 10, 2017 at 6:53 AM

The North American Car/Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards—which now also encompasses  Utilities—were presented yesterday at the North American International Auto Show to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Honda Ridgeline and Chrysler Pacifica.

Mustangs, Camaros and F-150s

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 09, 2017 at 5:40 AM

If you’re shopping for a Mustang, you’re faced with a variety of choices, not simply in terms of the color or the wheels that you’re going to be applying to your ride, but in terms of which model you’re going to select.

Bosch Study Shows Benefits of Existing Tech

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 06, 2017 at 6:20 AM

While the drive toward full autonomy for vehicles is seemingly picking up speed with announcements from companies with new LiDAR systems or the deployment of deep-learning AI systems in vehicles, and while Bosch is working hard in a number of areas to automate driving, here’s something that is striking that comes out of a study, “Connected Car Effect 2025,” that Bosch and the consulting firm Prognos performed.

Audi & NVIDIA Go Deeper

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 05, 2017 at 10:25 AM

NVIDIA, the tech company that transformed powerful, compact computing with its graphical processing units (GPUs) that lead to systems-on-a-chip (SOC)*, and Audi, the car company that transformed what was the state of the art of automotive interiors (and which has been using NVIDIA tech in its vehicles for navigation displays, for example, which enhances the look of the interiors of its cars and crossovers), jointly announced last night at a keynote at CES 2017 that they’re going to be working together to advance artificial applications to address autonomous driving capabilities.