Automotive Body

From the designers that give shape and form to exteriors to the materials that are used to build bodies, here’s where you can find information about giving shape and physicality to automotive form.

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.

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.

The Toyota Concept-i: Driving 2030

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Not all people think that the future of automobiles consists of undifferentiated pod-like structures that will contain people like just so much cargo. Ian Cartabiano and his colleagues at Calty are among them, so they’ve created Concept-i.

The Panamera. . .Wagon

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 03, 2017 at 6:17 AM

There are two things that are true of automotive journalists: they like station wagons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Honda Brings Back the Hatchback

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 02, 2017 at 10:06 AM

The last time Honda had a five-door Civic was for the third generation: from 1988 to 1991. Now on generation 10, the hatch is back.

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.