Mercedes Makes a New Speedform

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 02, 2017 at 5:24 AM

If we go back to the Mercedes A-Class of 2008, we find this: That vehicle looks more utilitarian than Mercedesian.

Profound Painting

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 01, 2017 at 6:22 AM

Imagine a paint job—and “job” is a rather pedestrian word in this context—for a vehicle that is 10 layers thick and which uses 250 percent more paint than the standard, a standard which is already superlative.

Hyperloop in Central Europe

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2017 at 6:21 AM

While looking into Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, it came to our attention that last May the company announced that a “base technology” for its system--which will have a capsule containing people that will be propelled through a pylon mounted tube--is “Vibranium,” which it describes as a “smart material specifically developed for the Hyperloop application.” We thought that it was a material that was specifically developed for the Marvel Universe, though we may be wrong. (For an interesting look at vibranium vs. adamantium, we’d like to call your attention to a piece that appeared in Machine Design last year, as well, which you can see here.) But the Hyperloop Vibranium was created with help from a company with carbon-fiber composite capability, C2i of Slovakia.

Chevy’s ZR2, Ford’s Apple Pick & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 30, 2017 at 5:54 AM

The forthcoming Chevy Colorado ZR2 is designed and engineered to be able to handle off-road situations of all types with aplomb.

Abundant Acreage for Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 27, 2017 at 5:33 AM

“We have visited virtually every other active safety and autonomous vehicle test facilities around the world, talked with dozens of customers, and are partnering with many others in the space so that we can best serve the needs of everyone regarding safer vehicle, safer drivers, and safer roads.” That’s Mark-Tami Hotta, CEO of the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio, announcing that TRC is instituting Phase 1 of an expansion, a new 540-acre Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test Center that will be configured within the TRC’s 4,500 acres.

Range Rover Sport SVR: Fast No Matter What

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 26, 2017 at 6:24 AM

The Range Rover Sport SVR is, apparently, an astounding vehicle.

Money for “Fuel”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 25, 2017 at 6:22 AM

Imagine going to your local gas station and having the guy behind the counter, the guy surrounded by beef jerky, lottery tickets, vaping devices, and various “stimulants,” saying to you: “Thanks for using our product.

2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 24, 2017 at 6:49 AM

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is the vehicle that Cadillac needs now in a way than it probably has never needed a vehicle more.

On the Road to Detroit

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 23, 2017 at 6:31 AM

The LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington, has another moniker, one that gives an indication that even in a part of the world that one might not associate with automobiles, this is the real deal when it comes to a collection of vehicles: America’s Car Museum.

World Sales in 2016: Some Much Better than Others

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 20, 2017 at 6:50 AM

The Global Light Vehicle market—as in cars and crossovers and trucks and utes—had a solid performance last year according to initial assessments form LMC Automotive.

Mustang Changes for 2018

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 20, 2017 at 6:37 AM

On Tuesday Ford unveiled—using the social media channels of actor Dwayne Johnson (this has got to unnerve some of the auto buff book editors)—the 2018 Mustang, which has undergone some modifications: under the hood (the 3.7-liter V6 is giving way to a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four, and a 10-speed automatic is available), on the dash (a 12-inch, all-digital LCD screen is available for the dashboard), at the tires (12 wheel choices), on the chassis (MagneRide damper technology is being offered with the Mustang Performance Package), and on the exterior (three new paint colors). And while on the subject of the exterior, there are some notable changes—a lower, remodeled hood, repositioned hood vents, new upper and lower front grilles, LED front lights, revised LED taillamps, new rear bumper and fascia.

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.