Automotive Engineering

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

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.

Surf’s Up!, computationally speaking

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 21, 2017 at 6:18 AM

The accompanying image is not an automotive product: Yet it is something that can transport a person at speeds of up to 50 mph.

Another VW Concept EV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 20, 2017 at 6:03 AM

"By 2025, we want to boost annual sales of electric vehicles to one million units,” says Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Brand.

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.

Dodge Demon Engineering Aspects

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 18, 2017 at 6:43 AM

According to the folks at Dodge, the Charger SRT Hellcat model—that’s the one with the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque—has a top speed of 204 mph.

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.

Apple Back on the Road?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 14, 2017 at 2:55 PM

In the automotive and tech world, this is blowing up the Internet in a way that’s bigger than Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine’s photo shoot: Apple has, as of today, shown up on the list of companies that has received an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Z: Blast from the Past

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2017 at 5:57 AM

This is the first-generation Fairlady Z 432, which was launched in Japan in November 1969, then made its way to America the following year as the Datsun 240Z: Why 240Z?

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.

Tech Watch - 4/17

By: Scott Anderson - April 05, 2017 at 1:52 PM

2017 Jeep Compass: For the Four Corners of the Earth

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 05, 2017 at 9:30 AM

The compact SUV segment is gaining traction in the global market, so Jeep, the brand known for vehicles with incredible tractive capabilities, has designed and engineered a new vehicle for that segment, the all-new Compass.