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.

Internal Combustion Engines’ Continued Domination (?)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 24, 2017 at 6:45 AM

According to a new research study by Deutsche Bank, “PCOT III: Revisiting the Outlook for Powertrain Technology” (that’s “Pricing the Car of Tomorrow”), to twist a phrase from Mark Twain, it seems that the reports of the internal combustion engine’s eminent death are greatly exaggerated.

GM Is Down with Diesels

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 16, 2017 at 6:20 AM

General Motors is one company that is clearly embracing the diesel engine.

Engine Evaluation from the Inside

By: Christopher A. Sawyer - March 07, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Predictive Fleet Technologies claims its software can look inside an engine to diagnose its health. However, it may be more valuable in the design, development and assembly phases.

Introducing Arteon: Volkswagen’s Stylish Sedan

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Volkswagen is making a design-led advance into the market as it is launching the Arteon, a five-seat fastback sedan.

The Panamera. . .Wagon

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 03, 2017 at 6:17 AM

There are two things that are true of automotive journalists: they like station wagons.

Cars Then & Now & in Cuba

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 27, 2017 at 6:16 AM

This is the very first Chevrolet Camaro: It has VIN #100001.

Adient, Diesels and Artificial Intelligence

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

Did you ever wonder about how interior designers go about developing seats for vehicles?

2017 Buick LaCrosse Premium AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 14, 2017 at 5:35 AM

The Buick design team deserves the strongest of accolades for their work at transforming the appearance of the brand from one of, well something akin to “the last ride” to one of contemporary stylishness befitting of a the cohort of automotive customers who didn’t cast their first presidential ballot in 1968 or earlier.

After Hours in the Second City

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2017 at 5:28 AM

The Chicago Auto Show is held each year at McCormick Place.

Toyota TRD in City of the Big Shoulders

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 09, 2017 at 5:44 PM

For some reason, the Chicago Auto Show has the reputation of being the “truck show.” That is, if you’re going to be showing a new truck, don’t reveal it in Detroit, New York or LA, do it in Chicago.

Ford Expedition: Bigger, Better

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2017 at 6:23 AM

If you’re going to introduce a new full-size SUV, you might as well do it in a place where there are more of them sold than anywhere else, says Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas.

2017 GMC Acadia AWD SLT-1

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 07, 2017 at 6:36 AM

It must strike some people as rather amusing that essentially every vehicle manufacturer in the known world—and probably also in parts unknown—is busy chasing the development of crossovers and sport utility vehicles.