There’s Small and Then There Are Quadracycles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2016 at 5:00 AM

Generally, when there’s a report about meeting crash test requirements (or, as is more the headline-making case: NOT meeting the requirements), it has to do with something like a full-size sedan or an SUV or the like.

Cadillac Creates More Luxury: the XT5

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Paul Spadafora, chief engineer, Cadillac XT5, had, in his estimation, a fantastic opportunity as he and his team set about to develop Cadillac’s all-new midsize crossover vehicle for a number of reasons, one of which is the simple fact that this is one of the hottest segments going in the auto industry, so if you want to be in the game, you have to play hard against the likes of the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLE-Class.

Ford Simulates Gravity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 08, 2016 at 5:39 AM

Although virtual development tools are being used more and more, there are still some things that are done in the real world.

There’s CAD. And There’s Clay.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 06, 2016 at 5:38 AM

If you were to go back in time to the turn of this century (sounds more amazing than “sixteen years ago”) and asked someone in the automotive product development community about the dominance that would exist for all manner of digital design tools, you would undoubtedly get a robust response that would make it absolutely clear that by 2016—if not before—the digitization of design would be at full throttle and that people would be working in studios with Oculus Rift headgear as commonly as prescription lenses.

Building the Bolt EV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 05, 2016 at 5:36 AM

Generally, pictures of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) are along the lines of this: Not this: But that second shot is important, in that it is taken on the inside of the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Michigan, where the vehicle is being built.

Pacifica: The Minivan That Matters

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2016 at 5:25 AM

While the whole notion of minivans might provoke an involuntary eye roll among some people, here’s an interesting fact: so far this year, through the end of March, Chrysler delivered 31,616 Town & Country minivans, which makes it, by far, the biggest selling vehicle in the brand’s showroom.

1957 Revisited by Jaguar

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 31, 2016 at 5:35 AM

For a few years, back in the days of the PT Cruiser and the Chevy HHR, the whole “retro” design phenomenon was upon us like an itch.