Automotive Engineering

This zone covers the materials, processes, equipment and expertise used in vehicle development, from turbochargers to transmissions.

Design, She Said

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 24, 2016 at 5:10 AM

Renault is introducing the new Grand Scenic today, so we’re going to take this opportunity to show some sketches that were made by the Renault design team during the development of the new Scenic, a team headed by Agneta Dahlgren, Groupe Renault’s Head of Design for C-Segment and Electric Vehicles, who, incidentally, was named Woman of the Year 2016 by WAVE (Women and Vehicles in Europe) last week.

Not the Kind of Hybrid You Might Expect

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 23, 2016 at 5:37 AM

Chances are, when you think of a “hybrid” vehicle you think of something like this, the Prius: Chances are really good you don’t think of something like this, a Class 8 drayage truck (a truck that moves cargo a short distance, such from a ship to a warehouse) from Mack Trucks: But that truck is actually a hybrid vehicle that Mack Trucks has developed and is testing, in a project led by the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

A Million-Mile Tundra

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 18, 2016 at 6:00 AM

This is something few of us will ever see in real-life: Yes, that’s an odometer reading one mile short of one-million miles, the odometer of a 2007 Toyota Tundra owned, until last week, by Victor Sheppard, who traded it to Toyota last week for a 2016 Tundra.

Honda Re-Imagines and Re-Engineers the Ridgeline

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 16, 2016 at 6:00 AM

When Honda announced the first-generation Ridgeline in 2005, it opened the press release describing the vehicle: “The Honda Ridgeline re-defines what a truck can be with its true half-ton bed payload capability, an interior similar to a full-size truck and the exterior length of a compact truck.” And all that said, people simply couldn’t get over the way there is a diagonal piece, a sail-shaped buttress, between the cab and the box.

Lotus Is Light

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 11, 2016 at 5:49 AM

Although there aren’t a huge number of Lotus vehicles rolling around in the U.S.—according to Left-Lane.com, in 2015 Lotus sold 80 cars in the U.S., a number so low that there is not much that puts it into context (e.g., there were 1,009 Lamborghinis sold in the U.S.)—but small numbers is something that the Hethel, U.K.-based sports car manufacturer is working toward—at least when it is comes to lowering the mass of its products.

Don Panoz Isn’t Slowing Down

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 09, 2016 at 3:14 AM

Way back in 2000, we ran an article that opened with the provocative question: “Why Is Panoz America’s Coolest Car Company?” The company, Panoz Auto Development, was established by Danny Panoz, whose father, Don Panoz, established the pharmaceutical company that invested the time-release transdermal patch—yes, the nicotine patch that is used by people who want to quit smoking.