Automotive Engineering

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

Tahoe Custom: Chevy’s New SUV Value Play

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 18, 2017 at 5:38 AM

Although the common wisdom has it that crossovers and SUVs have limitless growth opportunities, maybe the folks at Chevrolet have discerned something that indicates that there’s still something called economic gravity.

Handcrafting the Infiniti Prototype 9

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 17, 2017 at 5:55 AM

The Infiniti Prototype 9, which is going to be part of the marque’s exhibit at this weekend’s 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is interesting for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that although this has the look of the 1940s, it has powertrain technology of right now: it features a 120-kW electric motor that’s powered by a 30-kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Nissan’s Advanced Powertrain Department.

BMW X2 in Seriously Ugly Camo

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 12, 2017 at 7:39 AM

When you see spy shots of vehicles that are still under development, they have some form of masking on them so as to distort their surfaces, features and other identifying characteristics.

Intel Creating 100 Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 10, 2017 at 12:24 PM

Intel is building a fleet of fully autonomous—as in SAE Level 4 (“Automated Driving System of all aspects of the dynamic driving task, even if a human driver does not respond appropriately to a request to intervene”)—vehicles—100 of them--that will be launched later this year for testing in the US, Israel and Europe.

Digital Tech in the Range Rover Velar

August 09, 2017 at 10:59 AM

The Range Rover Velar, based on Jaguar 's Land Rover lightweight aluminum architecture, has a design that’s predicated on "reductionism."

2017 Kia Niro Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 09, 2017 at 6:28 AM

What surprised me about the Kia Niro was not the 47 mpg that I achieved without trying.

Mazda, CARB and PSA North America: Car Talk

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 07, 2017 at 6:22 AM

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars, an annual event, was held last week in Traverse City, Michigan.

VW T-ROC Sketched

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 04, 2017 at 8:06 AM

Volkswagen is continuing its product offensive especially in the crossover space (Tiguan, Atlas), as it will be making the public debut of the T-ROC compact crossover—reportedly based on the same MQB platform that undergirds the Golf, so it is compact in that context—on August 23.

Building a 4,398-pound Car (That Goes 261 mph)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 02, 2017 at 1:35 PM

With a base price on the order of €2.4-million and a production run of 500, the Bugatti Chiron is not just any car. And it isn’t built like one, either.

Developing the 2018 Honda Odyssey

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 01, 2017 at 3:54 PM

This is the fifth generation of the Honda minivan. Stronger, safer and 
even more clever than its predecessors.

About the Honda Odyssey

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2017 at 7:46 AM

Chad Harrison is the LPL for the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan.

North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2017 at 5:36 PM

Consider the competition, selected from vehicles introduced during the most-recent Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York auto shows, vehicles that are flat-out concepts or just this side short of production.