Automotive Interiors

If the exterior gets them, the interior keeps them. So designers and engineers are paying more attention than ever on everything from the textures of the materials to the ergonomics of the switches. Spend some time in here.

Kia Creates a Crossover—Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 22, 2017 at 6:06 AM

Steve Kosowski, manager, Long Range Planning & Strategy at Kia Motors America says that back in 2011-2012, the executives at Kia in Korea—as well as their opposite numbers at Hyundai—decided that they needed to develop an all-new platform for an “eco vehicle.” This vehicle could come in different flavors, conceivably, as in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full EV.

Developing the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2017 at 4:14 PM

In some regards, it is just a car. Of course, it is a car with some of the most advanced technology available in the industry today. But it isn’t some sort of science project, but a real production reality.

Does the “S” Stand for “Spa”?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2017 at 6:34 AM

When Mercedes unveiled the new S-Class in Shanghai last month, there was, understandably, a lot of attention paid to such things as its 48-volt integrated starter alternator, electric booster compressor, and getting-closer-to-autonomous DISTRONIC Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist.

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.

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.

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.

Honda Launches Its Latest Fuel Cell Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2017 at 5:35 AM

If Honda is anything, it is an engine company.

Less Is More at Lotus

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 29, 2017 at 6:37 AM

If you want to get a sense of just how obsessed they are with reducing mass at Group Lotus for the cars that they hand-craft, just take a look at this, which is found on the interior of the new Elise Sprint: Yes, that’s the open-gate manual gearbox.

Will Adient Take Flight?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 28, 2017 at 6:07 AM

Adient puts seats in more than 25-million vehicles per year.