Automotive Engineering

Ford Enhancing Development Capabilities

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 16, 2017 at 5:58 AM

Although computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and other digital tools are extensively used by Ford (as well as all other major—and minor—vehicle developers), at the end of the day, cars and trucks exist in the real world.

Automotive Supply Side

VW, Mobileye and Swarm Data

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 15, 2017 at 6:43 AM

Generally when there are photographs of autonomous vehicles, they are often singular: there is a vehicle.

Automotive Chassis

2017 Buick LaCrosse Premium AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 14, 2017 at 5:35 AM

The Buick design team deserves the strongest of accolades for their work at transforming the appearance of the brand from one of, well something akin to “the last ride” to one of contemporary stylishness befitting of a the cohort of automotive customers who didn’t cast their first presidential ballot in 1968 or earlier.

Automotive Interiors

After Hours in the Second City

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2017 at 5:28 AM

The Chicago Auto Show is held each year at McCormick Place.

Automotive Engineering

Infiniti’s Signature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 10, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Infiniti, at long last, seems to be on a roll in the U.S. market.

Automotive Electronics

Toyota TRD in City of the Big Shoulders

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 09, 2017 at 5:44 PM

For some reason, the Chicago Auto Show has the reputation of being the “truck show.” That is, if you’re going to be showing a new truck, don’t reveal it in Detroit, New York or LA, do it in Chicago.

Automotive Electronics

Ford Expedition: Bigger, Better

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2017 at 6:23 AM

If you’re going to introduce a new full-size SUV, you might as well do it in a place where there are more of them sold than anywhere else, says Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas.

Automotive Powertrain

2017 GMC Acadia AWD SLT-1

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

It must strike some people as rather amusing that essentially every vehicle manufacturer in the known world—and probably also in parts unknown—is busy chasing the development of crossovers and sport utility vehicles.

Automotive Electronics

Engineering the 2017 Lincoln Continental

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 06, 2017 at 5:48 AM

Mike Celentino, is chief engineer for the 2017 Lincoln Continental.

Automotive Engineering

Building Bikes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 03, 2017 at 5:26 AM

According to the folks at Sculpteo, a 3d printing and engineering services company based outside of Paris, they built what they describe as “the first ever fully functional bike created using digital manufacturing.” To prove that this is a real bike, not a booth exhibit, the two designers of the bike, Alexandre d’Orsetti and Piotr Widelka, rode it from Las Vegas, where it had been on display at CES, to San Francisco, where Sculpteo has a facility.

Automotive Design

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.

Automotive Body

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.