Automotive Engineering

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

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.

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.

Ford Simulates Gravity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 08, 2016 at 5:39 AM

Although virtual development tools are being used more and more, there are still some things that are done in the real world.

Building the Bolt EV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 05, 2016 at 5:36 AM

Generally, pictures of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) are along the lines of this: Not this: But that second shot is important, in that it is taken on the inside of the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Michigan, where the vehicle is being built.

Acura Design’s “North Star”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Dave Marek and his team have created a concept that encapsulates the direction that Acuras to come will exhibit. The Acura Precision Concept is a design study that they’re going to be tested against.

Pacifica: The Minivan That Matters

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2016 at 5:25 AM

While the whole notion of minivans might provoke an involuntary eye roll among some people, here’s an interesting fact: so far this year, through the end of March, Chrysler delivered 31,616 Town & Country minivans, which makes it, by far, the biggest selling vehicle in the brand’s showroom.