Automotive Engineering

Another VW Concept EV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 20, 2017 at 6:03 AM

"By 2025, we want to boost annual sales of electric vehicles to one million units,” says Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Brand.

Automotive Chassis

2017 Genesis G90 AWD 3.3T Premium

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 19, 2017 at 6:53 AM

There are two aspects to any car.

Automotive Engineering

Dodge Demon Engineering Aspects

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 18, 2017 at 6:43 AM

According to the folks at Dodge, the Charger SRT Hellcat model—that’s the one with the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque—has a top speed of 204 mph.

Automotive Powertrain

Toyota, Infiniti, Lincoln and New York

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 17, 2017 at 6:40 AM

At the New York Auto Show last week, Toyota revealed a concept vehicle—a small four-wheel drive vehicle—that was designed at Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California.

Automotive Design

Apple Back on the Road?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 14, 2017 at 2:55 PM

In the automotive and tech world, this is blowing up the Internet in a way that’s bigger than Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine’s photo shoot: Apple has, as of today, shown up on the list of companies that has received an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Automotive Design

McLaren Meets LEGO

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2017 at 6:00 AM

There is a growing concern that young people are becoming increasingly disinterested in automobiles, that they’ll avail themselves of Lyft or Uber when they reach the Age of Visiting the DMV, not of a driver’s license and a beater.

Automotive Management

Ford Envisions a Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2017 at 3:27 PM

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub was developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a massive complex for trains and subways going in and out of New York.

Automotive Engineering

Z: Blast from the Past

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2017 at 5:57 AM

This is the first-generation Fairlady Z 432, which was launched in Japan in November 1969, then made its way to America the following year as the Datsun 240Z: Why 240Z?

Automotive Interiors

Ford Brings Hybrid Tech to Police Pursuit

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 10, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Kevin Layden, director of Electrified Powertrain Engineering at Ford, points out that when a police officer is giving vehicular chase to someone, there is a good likelihood that the police vehicle is going to be starting from no or low speed, so the launch is critical.

Automotive Engineering

On Ioniq

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 10, 2017 at 6:21 AM

Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America, thinks that if car companies are going to meet the 2025 CAFE requirement for hitting 54.5 mpg (assuming that it isn’t rolled back to something easier to achieve) then they’re going to have to get a heck of a lot more electrified models in the market.

Play Ball!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 07, 2017 at 6:36 AM

Today is Opening Day in Detroit for the Tigers (assuming the weather doesn’t throw the proverbial curve). Given the number of people in the D who are associated with this industry, odds are good that there aren’t a whole lot of people looking at this today.

Another Reason Robots Might Be Better Drivers

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

Did you know that when you are driving and there is an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing parked on the road ahead you are to (1) move over a lane to your left or, should that not be possible for whatever reason, (2) slow down to a speed that will make it safer for the emergency personnel who might be in the roadway? “Of course!” you think. “Everyone knows that.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while doing so is a law in all 50 states, and has been since 2012, “Research shows that most Americans don’t know that this law exists.” Now you might be thinking, “Well, I don’t know that it is a law, but it certainly is the sensible thing to do.” Yes.