Automotive Design

Designworks at Work

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 07, 2017 at 6:15 AM

It is rather ordinary to say that BMW Group subsidiary designs vehicles.

Automotive Interiors

Introducing Arteon: Volkswagen’s Stylish Sedan

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Volkswagen is making a design-led advance into the market as it is launching the Arteon, a five-seat fastback sedan.

Cadillac, Lincoln & Crossovers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2017 at 6:02 AM

In February, Cadillac delivered 10,823 vehicles.

Automotive Powertrain

The Panamera. . .Wagon

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 03, 2017 at 6:17 AM

There are two things that are true of automotive journalists: they like station wagons.

Automotive Electronics

Data Is the New Gas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 02, 2017 at 8:28 AM

Perhaps it has something to do with comparatively low gas prices.

Automotive Production

Nissan Presses on in England

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 01, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, UK, has completed the installation of a £37-million stamping press line that’s taken 18 months to complete but which provides the plant the ability to produce as many as 2.5-million panels for the vehicles manufactures: the Nissan Juke, Qashqai and Leaf, as well as the Infiniti Q30 and QX30.

Automotive Production

Anecdote about Automation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 28, 2017 at 6:20 AM

This is the Case IH 8000 Series Austoft sugar cane harvester: According to CNH Industrial, which owns Case, in Brazil, where equipment like this is used, sugar cane harvesting, which had once been a labor-intensive process (as had been the production of cars and components), workers had been able to cut cane at a rate of up to 500 kg per hour.

Automotive Management

Cars Then & Now & in Cuba

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 27, 2017 at 6:16 AM

This is the very first Chevrolet Camaro: It has VIN #100001.

Automotive Engineering

Ford Copies Nature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 24, 2017 at 6:35 AM

As Nature (yes, capital N Nature) has done a pretty good job of designing things, it is somewhat surprising that Man (ditto) doesn’t follow Nature’s lead more often when it comes to designing objects.

Automotive LIghtweighting

Hybrid—Not What You Think

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

When you think “hybrid,” you probably think something like this: But that’s not what equipment supplier KraussMaffei thinks.

The Discrete Charm of the EV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2017 at 6:07 AM

Margot Robbie, in the 2015 film The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’s 2010 book, is shown in a bubble bath.

Automotive Production

Rationalization and PSA Sochaux

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 21, 2017 at 6:55 AM

Should PSA Group acquire Opel, which seems likely (and which may have already happened by the time you read this), there will be what is euphemistically called “rationalization” occurring regarding the companies’ facilities.