Automotive Powertrain

For about 100 years, internal combustion engines—spark- and compression-ignition types—have been dominant. But now, they’re joined by—or with—electric motors. And the ways and means to improve the performance of all types of engines are being driven like never before.

Fuel Cells for Big Rigs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 30, 2017 at 6:04 AM

The Port of Los Angeles—which measures 7,500 acres, 4,300 of which are land and the remainder water—is the number-one port in the U.S. based on container volume ranking.

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 World’s First Fuel Cell Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 15, 2017 at 7:05 AM

With vehicles like the Toyota Mirai and the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, you might think that hydrogen-fueled vehicles are a brand-new phenomenon.

Karma from California

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

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

Creating the C-HR

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Yes, this is a Toyota. A production crossover. One that will clearly appeal to those who are wondering where Scion has gone.

Why Twizy Can Make Sense

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 28, 2017 at 6:52 AM

Last week Renault announced its support of Groupama Team France, a team that is competing in the 35th America’s Cup, by providing the team with 10 Twizy electric vehicles, which will be used by the team in Bermuda, where it has set up base.

Shelby Mustang: A Few Colors More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 25, 2017 at 6:59 AM

You may be surprised to learn of how many 2017 Mustangs are on offer.

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.

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.