Automotive Chassis

It’s no longer about linkages and structures alone. Advances in everything from shocks to steering: this is the place.

Kia Creates a Crossover—Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 22, 2017 at 6:06 AM

Steve Kosowski, manager, Long Range Planning & Strategy at Kia Motors America says that back in 2011-2012, the executives at Kia in Korea—as well as their opposite numbers at Hyundai—decided that they needed to develop an all-new platform for an “eco vehicle.” This vehicle could come in different flavors, conceivably, as in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full EV.

Economy Comes to Carbon Fiber Parts (?)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 05, 2017 at 6:35 AM

Have economies of scale come to the production of automotive parts with carbon fiber materials?

All About the Buick Enclave—and Then Some

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 24, 2017 at 6:56 AM

One of the hottest vehicle segments right now—and for the foreseeable future—is the midsize crossover, and within that category, the premium/luxury subset, with vehicles like the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Lincoln MKX, is doing particularly well.

2017 Genesis G90 AWD 3.3T Premium

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 19, 2017 at 6:53 AM

There are two aspects to any car.

Toyota, Infiniti, Lincoln and New York

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 17, 2017 at 6:40 AM

At the New York Auto Show last week, Toyota revealed a concept vehicle—a small four-wheel drive vehicle—that was designed at Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California.

Ford Brings Hybrid Tech to Police Pursuit

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 10, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Kevin Layden, director of Electrified Powertrain Engineering at Ford, points out that when a police officer is giving vehicular chase to someone, there is a good likelihood that the police vehicle is going to be starting from no or low speed, so the launch is critical.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.