Automotive Materials

Whether it is steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, magnesium , or something else, you’re going to find it in a car or truck and you’re going to find it here. Even wood. Really.

Bentley Takes Flight (Sort Of)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 26, 2017 at 6:25 AM

In 2016 Bentley Motor delivered 11,023 vehicles globally, which was a nine percent increase over its sales in 2015.

Back to Two Wheels for Mobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 25, 2017 at 6:23 AM

Although the amount of attention on the development of autonomous vehicles is staggering given that there probably isn’t an outlet that hasn’t devoted time or space to the prospect of robotic vehicles, what people seem to have lost sight of are the facts that (1) initial applications are going to be in geo-fenced areas and (2) the autonomous vehicles are likely to be shared vehicles, which will also have a consequence on where they travel.

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.

Karma from California

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 11, 2017 at 5:29 AM

Chances are, you (like me) missed the 2017 U.S.

Economy Comes to Carbon Fiber Parts (?)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 05, 2017 at 6:35 AM

Have economies of scale come to the production of automotive parts with carbon fiber materials?

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.

Serious About Steel

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2017 at 4:03 PM

Automakers continue to use the material to make vehicles that are strong, safe, light and affordable. Here’s a look at some of the recent uses of steel.

McLaren Meets LEGO

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2017 at 6:00 AM

There is a growing concern that young people are becoming increasingly disinterested in automobiles, that they’ll avail themselves of Lyft or Uber when they reach the Age of Visiting the DMV, not of a driver’s license and a beater.

Tech Watch - 4/17

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

Tech Watch/April 2017

By: Scott Anderson - April 04, 2017 at 3:28 PM

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.