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.

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.

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.

2017 Toyota Camry XSE

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 17, 2017 at 7:05 AM

The Toyota Way is a set of principles that guide the company, a set that has, at its basis, two fundamentals, which are “Respect for People” and “Continuous Improvement.” Arguably, the former helps realize the latter.

Karma from California

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 11, 2017 at 5:29 AM

Chances are, you (like me) missed the 2017 U.S.

What Is a Porsche?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 10, 2017 at 5:32 AM

One more about sales and I promise I will stop.

Developing the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2017 at 4:14 PM

In some regards, it is just a car. Of course, it is a car with some of the most advanced technology available in the industry today. But it isn’t some sort of science project, but a real production reality.

Creating the C-HR

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Yes, this is a Toyota. A production crossover. One that will clearly appeal to those who are wondering where Scion has gone.

Does the “S” Stand for “Spa”?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2017 at 6:34 AM

When Mercedes unveiled the new S-Class in Shanghai last month, there was, understandably, a lot of attention paid to such things as its 48-volt integrated starter alternator, electric booster compressor, and getting-closer-to-autonomous DISTRONIC Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist.

Lambo Designs to Get Dirty?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 03, 2017 at 6:33 AM

To participate in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series of races that are held in Europe, Asia, America, and the Middle East, you’ve got to be behind the wheel of, what else?, a Lambo.

Art, Automotive & Executives

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 01, 2017 at 5:58 AM

Although Don Tocco, founder and president of D.L.

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.

Surf’s Up!, computationally speaking

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 21, 2017 at 6:18 AM

The accompanying image is not an automotive product: Yet it is something that can transport a person at speeds of up to 50 mph.