Automotive Engineering

The Transparent Idea Factory

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 23, 2017 at 6:24 AM

We’ve previously seen how ZF is driving its innovation through the use of quick pitches, now Volkswagen has announced that it is working to not only capture new ideas in the areas of fleet management, car sharing, navigation and more, but will be providing the teams that are successful in their pitches with space in the Transparent Factory in Dresden.

Automotive Chassis

AWD as Needed from GKN

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 22, 2017 at 6:09 AM

This is what the GKN Driveline all-wheel-drive (AWD) Disconnect system for small to medium-sized vehicles—it is a scalable architecture—looks like: The system is designed so that when a vehicle is in steady-state cruising the clutch system disengages the rear section of the driveline.

Buying a Car from a Vending Machine

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 21, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Although used-car shopping is something that we don’t ordinarily cover, this is a bit too, well, bizarre to overlook: The Carvana Car Vending Machine.

Digital Domain

Ford’s Approach to Additive Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Although 3D printing has become something that is hip an almost artisanal among the digital cognoscenti and within the maker movement, there is the set that contains 3D printing as a subset—additive manufacturing—which is something that is being pursued in earnest by a number of mass manufacturers in order to achieve parts and products the likes of which would be difficult if not completely impossible to produce with conventional methods.

Automotive Engineering

Simulating Motorcycle Handling

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 17, 2017 at 5:50 AM

Although this may appear to be a rather sophisticated video game, it is actually what’s claimed to be the “world’s first vehicle dynamics grade” driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulator for doing things like creating chassis setups.

Automotive Powertrain

GM Is Down with Diesels

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 16, 2017 at 6:20 AM

General Motors is one company that is clearly embracing the diesel engine.

Automotive Supply Side

Pitching ZF

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 15, 2017 at 6:02 AM

As vehicles become more automated, the technology that’s going to make that happen—hardware and software alike—is more than likely going to come from the supply base, not from the OEMs.

Automotive Design

Lincoln in F Major

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 14, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Lincoln is taking the opportunity to redefine what “luxury” means for the customer, which is more about elegance than lap times at a German track.

Automotive Management

The High Costs of Nearly Nothing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 13, 2017 at 6:45 AM

On Friday, Volkswagen pled guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and an import crime in U.S. federal court.

Automotive Engineering

Bentley Bentayga Mulliner: Crystal & 600 hp

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 09, 2017 at 5:29 AM

For those of you who are not up on your 18th or 19th-century British history, you may not know that in 1897 HJ Mulliner established the coach building firm H.J.

Toyota Catching Air

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 08, 2017 at 6:22 AM

There is a growing concern among automakers that young people just aren’t as keen on driving as those automakers—as in people who are generally north of 45—find that even their own children, kids who have grown up with a highly satisfactory lifestyle thanks to the existence of cars and trucks, are largely indifferent to driving or, in some cases, even getting a license.

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.