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.

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.

Developing the World’s First Fuel Cell Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 15, 2017 at 7:05 AM

With vehicles like the Toyota Mirai and the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, you might think that hydrogen-fueled vehicles are a brand-new phenomenon.

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.

Why Twizy Can Make Sense

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 28, 2017 at 6:52 AM

Last week Renault announced its support of Groupama Team France, a team that is competing in the 35th America’s Cup, by providing the team with 10 Twizy electric vehicles, which will be used by the team in Bermuda, where it has set up base.

Nissan Leaf and the Challenge of Distance

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 26, 2017 at 6:00 AM

According to Google, the distance between Boston and Washington, DC, is 439.6 miles via I-95 and that it would take 7 hours and 40 minutes to drive.

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.

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.