Automotive Electronics

Cars were once predominately valued in steel, glass, rubber, and aluminum. Now it’s silicon. Electronics developments drive the vehicles of today and tomorrow.

Internal Combustion Engines’ Continued Domination (?)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 24, 2017 at 6:45 AM

According to a new research study by Deutsche Bank, “PCOT III: Revisiting the Outlook for Powertrain Technology” (that’s “Pricing the Car of Tomorrow”), to twist a phrase from Mark Twain, it seems that the reports of the internal combustion engine’s eminent death are greatly exaggerated.

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.

Introducing Arteon: Volkswagen’s Stylish Sedan

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Volkswagen is making a design-led advance into the market as it is launching the Arteon, a five-seat fastback sedan.

Data Is the New Gas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 02, 2017 at 8:28 AM

Perhaps it has something to do with comparatively low gas prices.

Cars Then & Now & in Cuba

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 27, 2017 at 6:16 AM

This is the very first Chevrolet Camaro: It has VIN #100001.

VW, Mobileye and Swarm Data

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 15, 2017 at 6:43 AM

Generally when there are photographs of autonomous vehicles, they are often singular: there is a vehicle.

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.