Automotive Electronics

Volvo: Much Ado About Not Much

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 07, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Every Volvo launched from 2019 on will have an electric motor.

Automotive Electronics


By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 06, 2017 at 2:32 PM

The French Fifth Republic was established in 1958.

Automotive Engineering

NACTOY: The 2017 Nominees

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 06, 2017 at 8:26 AM

The initial list of the vehicles that have qualified for the 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) awards have been released today, so because these awards are significant to the industry (and only partially because I am one of the 60 judges, representatives of auto journalism across the continent), here is the list of vehicles that will be considered.

Automotive Materials

Polycarbonate Is Clearly Lighter

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 05, 2017 at 8:29 AM

Mass reduction is an absolute must when it comes to electric vehicles for the simple reason that if there is less mass to be moved, then the motor doesn’t have to work as hard as it otherwise might, which means less energy is consumed.

Gas Prices on the Fourth of July

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 04, 2017 at 6:56 AM

Today in the U.S. it is Independence Day.

Automotive Powertrain

Tires and Ice Cream

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 03, 2017 at 6:39 AM

According to the folks from Michelin, there are over 200 ingredients in an auto tire that fall into five groups: “Natural rubber: the main component of the tread layers Synthetic rubber: part of the treads of car, van and 4x4 tires Carbon black and silica: used as a reinforcing agent to improve durability Metallic and textile reinforcement cables: the "skeleton" of the tire, forming the geometric shape and providing rigidity.

Automotive Materials

Winning Parts from Powder (Metal)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 30, 2017 at 6:33 AM

Although 3D printing is getting lots of buzz in both the technical and consumer arenas, there is another process that’s been around longer (as in about 100 years) that cleverly creates production parts: powder metallurgy (PM). As the name implies, metal powders, placed in a die, are transformed into parts through the application of pressure and heat.

Automotive Powertrain

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

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

The Mazda CX-5 first appeared on the scene in 2012, and for 2017, the vehicle has undergone some major transformations, to enhance what was already a notable small crossover.

Automotive Management

Porsche and A Time of Transition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 27, 2017 at 6:29 AM

When you think about Porsche, you probably envision the same thing that I do, which is something like a 911 or a Macan.

Automotive Production

The Eighth-Generation Camry: Inside Info

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 26, 2017 at 6:10 AM

The eighth-generation Camry is unlike any of the preceding models within the nameplate’s life, but it is also unlike anything we’ve seen from Toyota brand (i.e., absenting the former Scion or the currently existing Lexus brands) probably since the last-generation Celica (RIP, 2006). That’s because the 2018 Camry was not just imagined, styled, engineered, and built so as to be a car that has superb quality, reliability and durability—things that have long been hallmarks of the family sedan—but actually to be exhilarating and engaging for those who are looking for something more than what’s pretty much been on offer in Toyota showrooms.

Automotive LIghtweighting

INFINITI, F1 and Your Garage

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 23, 2017 at 6:10 AM

There is a phrase that’s often used to justify manufacturer participation in motor sports that has it, “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.” This was particularly the case when NASCAR ran what were “stock cars,” as in cars that were almost like those held in stock at dealerships.