Automotive Production

What Does the Future Look Like?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 08, 2017 at 6:32 AM

On the one hand, we think it is absolutely great: General Motors and Honda working together to develop and, perhaps more importantly, manufacture fuel cells at a facility in Brownstown Township, Michigan.

Autonomous in Boston

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 07, 2017 at 6:14 AM

nuTonomy is a company that is working to develop software for self-driving vehicles.

Automotive Design

Ian Callum Goes Back to School

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 06, 2017 at 6:41 AM

Jaguar’s director of Design, Ian Callum, is the gentleman in this picture.

Automotive Management

UAW and MAGA

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 05, 2017 at 5:48 AM

Although trade unions and politics are subject that rarely arise on “Autoline After Hours,” that’s far from being the case on this show, where we are joined in the studio by Brian Pannebecker, who is a lift-truck driver at the Ford Sterling Axle Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan,  (where they make products including rear axles for the F150, F250, Expedition/Navigator, Mustang, front axles for the F150, F250, Expedition, Navigator, and the rear drive unit for the Flex/MKT, Escape, Fusion/MKZ, Ecosport, and Kuga) and  who, for reasons which he explains, resigned from UAW Local 228, and who has an attorney who had previously been on the National Labor Relations Board on speed-dial lest he get harassed while on the job.

Automotive Interiors

2017 Honda Civic Hatch Sport Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 02, 2017 at 6:51 AM

Swindon, England, has what is called the “Magic Roundabout.” It consists of five roundabouts that surround a sixth.

Volvo on the Silk Road

June 01, 2017 at 6:37 AM

Volvo has been building cars in Gothenburg, Sweden, since 1927.

Automotive LIghtweighting

Pressing Composites

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 31, 2017 at 8:11 AM

When we think 4,000-ton hydraulic presses, making sheet metal body panels comes to mind.

Automotive Electronics

Fuel Cells for Big Rigs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 30, 2017 at 6:04 AM

The Port of Los Angeles—which measures 7,500 acres, 4,300 of which are land and the remainder water—is the number-one port in the U.S. based on container volume ranking.

Remember & Thank

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 29, 2017 at 6:01 AM

Here in the United States it is Memorial Day, a day during which all Americans should reflect on all of those brave women and men who have died in military service on behalf of their country.

Automotive Materials

Bentley Takes Flight (Sort Of)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 26, 2017 at 6:25 AM

In 2016 Bentley Motor delivered 11,023 vehicles globally, which was a nine percent increase over its sales in 2015.

Automotive Design

Back to Two Wheels for Mobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 25, 2017 at 6:23 AM

Although the amount of attention on the development of autonomous vehicles is staggering given that there probably isn’t an outlet that hasn’t devoted time or space to the prospect of robotic vehicles, what people seem to have lost sight of are the facts that (1) initial applications are going to be in geo-fenced areas and (2) the autonomous vehicles are likely to be shared vehicles, which will also have a consequence on where they travel.

Is Brexit U.K. Auto’s Waterloo?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 24, 2017 at 6:20 AM

French manufacturers, particularly those in the automotive sector, are making significant investments in robotic technology, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The organization says that its most recent figures show that the number of robots installed in the French car industry rose 22 percent, to 1,400 units.