Automotive Engineering

On Ioniq

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 10, 2017 at 6:21 AM

Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America, thinks that if car companies are going to meet the 2025 CAFE requirement for hitting 54.5 mpg (assuming that it isn’t rolled back to something easier to achieve) then they’re going to have to get a heck of a lot more electrified models in the market.

Play Ball!

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

Today is Opening Day in Detroit for the Tigers (assuming the weather doesn’t throw the proverbial curve). Given the number of people in the D who are associated with this industry, odds are good that there aren’t a whole lot of people looking at this today.

Another Reason Robots Might Be Better Drivers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 06, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Did you know that when you are driving and there is an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing parked on the road ahead you are to (1) move over a lane to your left or, should that not be possible for whatever reason, (2) slow down to a speed that will make it safer for the emergency personnel who might be in the roadway? “Of course!” you think. “Everyone knows that.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while doing so is a law in all 50 states, and has been since 2012, “Research shows that most Americans don’t know that this law exists.” Now you might be thinking, “Well, I don’t know that it is a law, but it certainly is the sensible thing to do.” Yes.

Automotive Design

Stylish Stamping

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 05, 2017 at 7:08 AM

Think of this: steel or aluminum blanks are picked up by two robots and placed on a conveyor belt.

The Art of German Car Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2017 at 5:27 AM

Although this is incredibly short notice, if you can get yourself to the Techno-Classica event in Essen, Germany, by tomorrow, April 5 at 7:00 pm CEST, and you’re your way to the Autostadt booth (Hall 7, stand 410), you’ll have an opportunity to hear a panel discussion about automotive design that will make the short-notice travel to Germany worth it.

Automotive Design

Honda Launches Its Latest Fuel Cell Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2017 at 5:35 AM

If Honda is anything, it is an engine company.

The Indy Car Takes Shape—for 2018

March 31, 2017 at 6:17 AM

Even though the 2017 Indianapolis 500—which is still, arguably, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”—has yet to be run (it is scheduled for May 28), INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the open-wheel racing series, has provided a look at the universal aerodynamic bodywork kit that will be used for the 2018 series.

Automotive Production

Honda Increases the Ability to Flex

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

One of the phrases that you don’t hear all too often anymore is “production flexibility.” Which means, of course, the wherewithal to make Y is X isn’t selling all that well, or making a shift to Z if the other two are lagging.

Automotive Engineering

Less Is More at Lotus

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 29, 2017 at 6:37 AM

If you want to get a sense of just how obsessed they are with reducing mass at Group Lotus for the cars that they hand-craft, just take a look at this, which is found on the interior of the new Elise Sprint: Yes, that’s the open-gate manual gearbox.

Automotive Design

Will Adient Take Flight?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 28, 2017 at 6:07 AM

Adient puts seats in more than 25-million vehicles per year.

Talking Jeep Design

March 27, 2017 at 6:17 AM

For more than 20 years, Mark Allen has been working at what is now FCA (it wasn’t, of course, when he started). Designing trucks.

Automotive Powertrain

Internal Combustion Engines’ Continued Domination (?)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 24, 2017 at 6:45 AM

According to a new research study by Deutsche Bank, “PCOT III: Revisiting the Outlook for Powertrain Technology” (that’s “Pricing the Car of Tomorrow”), to twist a phrase from Mark Twain, it seems that the reports of the internal combustion engine’s eminent death are greatly exaggerated.