Automotive Engineering

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

INFINITI, F1 and Your Garage

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 23, 2017 at 6:10 AM

There is a phrase that’s often used to justify manufacturer participation in motor sports that has it, “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.” This was particularly the case when NASCAR ran what were “stock cars,” as in cars that were almost like those held in stock at dealerships.

The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 21, 2017 at 6:57 AM

As we looked at one convertible yesterday and as today is the official start of summer, here’s another, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus.

The McLaren 570S Spider

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 20, 2017 at 6:59 AM

Issues associated with convertible versions of existing vehicles—and we don’t mean mussed-up hair—are that there tends to be a reduction in structural rigidity (after all, in effect, you’re cutting off the top of a unibody) and there is often an addition of a sizable amount of mass to handle the convertible mechanism.

VW Atlas, Post-Marchionne & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2017 at 6:12 AM

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was developed by VW in Wolfsburg, but the three-row midsize SUV is not (1) built in the massive complex in Germany nor (2) even available in the German market.

Improving the Accord

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 14, 2017 at 5:54 AM

Although there is clearly a penchant for crossovers in the U.S. market, not all cars are finding direly diminished sales.

GM Advances Autonomy at Orion

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 13, 2017 at 10:48 AM

The GM Orion Assembly Plant measures 4.3-million square feet and the people there have built in excess of five-million cars since it was opened in 1983.

The Navigator’s Engineer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 12, 2017 at 6:16 AM

The forthcoming 2018 Lincoln Navigator is an all-new version of the three-row SUV.

Creating a New Crossover: The 2018 Chevy Equinox

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 08, 2017 at 9:30 AM

The segment is hot around the world. And that’s where this new crossover will be sold. So making it right really matters.

Sketching Sonata

June 08, 2017 at 9:23 AM

When cars are introduced to the media at auto shows, the general approach, although one that changes with varying levels of the proverbial smoke and mirrors of show business, is to have the vehicle on stage under a sheet, an executive holding forth about it, and then, voila!, the vehicle is revealed as the sheet is pulled away. Hyundai did something significantly different for the introduction of the 2018 Sonata at the New York International Auto Show this past April.

What Does the Future Look Like?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 08, 2017 at 6:32 AM

On the one hand, we think it is absolutely great: General Motors and Honda working together to develop and, perhaps more importantly, manufacture fuel cells at a facility in Brownstown Township, Michigan.

Tech for >200 mph

June 07, 2017 at 2:38 PM

The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid & the Transformation of Acura

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

As Gary Robinson, manager of Acura Product Planning, puts it, “We are Honda’s performance brand. That is something we take very seriously.” Yes, even when developing a hybrid. An SUV hybrid.