Automotive Design

This zone includes interviews with top designers, information on software and design tools as well as design strategies used by automakers and automotive suppliers.

The Artisanal Bentley

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 02, 2016 at 5:49 AM

One of the characteristics of manufacturing in China is that the country’s factories churn out literally billions of products per year.

Lincoln Continental’s Light Touch

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 28, 2016 at 9:10 AM

Lincoln is making another move to help differentiate its products in the luxury market, this time for the forthcoming 2017 Continental sedan, taking a cue from a successful technical implementation first used on its MKC crossover.

Sit on a Citroën

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 28, 2016 at 5:44 AM

One of the more-clever functional vehicle design elements that has appeared in some time was launched back in 2014 on the Citroën C4 Cactus, the Airbump that’s affixed to the body sides and bumpers of the car.

Bugatti for the Rumpus Room

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 27, 2016 at 5:43 AM

Obviously, when the price tag for the Bugatti Chiron is on the order of $2.6-million, chances are good that there aren’t going to be a whole lot of garages that have the supercar in their garages.

The Kia Sportage Inside and Out

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 25, 2016 at 5:42 AM

Kia Motors America has a lot riding on the 2017 Sportage. (As do other Kia companies in various other countries around the world, as the Sportage is a global vehicle, and while it might be considered a compact crossover in the U.S. market, the vehicle is just the right size pretty much everywhere else.) This version is the fourth generation of the vehicle.

Honda (Re)Energized

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 21, 2016 at 5:48 AM

Honda, says John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., is fairly rare in the U.S. auto industry right now for at least a couple of reasons.

The Toyota Mirai and How Fuel Cells Work

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 18, 2016 at 5:04 AM

Hydrogen is not only the first element on the Periodic Table (so it gets Atomic Number 1), but it is also the simplest—one proton and one electron—and it is also the most abundant element in the universe.

There’s Small and Then There Are Quadracycles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2016 at 5:00 AM

Generally, when there’s a report about meeting crash test requirements (or, as is more the headline-making case: NOT meeting the requirements), it has to do with something like a full-size sedan or an SUV or the like.

Cadillac Creates More Luxury: the XT5

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Paul Spadafora, chief engineer, Cadillac XT5, had, in his estimation, a fantastic opportunity as he and his team set about to develop Cadillac’s all-new midsize crossover vehicle for a number of reasons, one of which is the simple fact that this is one of the hottest segments going in the auto industry, so if you want to be in the game, you have to play hard against the likes of the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLE-Class.