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.

2017 BMW 530i xDrive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 23, 2017 at 6:03 AM

The BMW 5 Series has been on the scene since 1972, and now the vehicle is in its seventh generation.

Autos by Acronyms

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 21, 2017 at 6:01 AM

Carlos Tavares is the CEO of Groupe PSA, the French company that produces Peugeot, Citroën and DS vehicles, the company that, just a couple weeks ago, closed on its acquisition of Opel from General Motors.

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.

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.

Cylinder Coating for Improved Performance

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 08, 2017 at 6:29 AM

Generally, when OEMs produce aluminum engine blocks (aluminum rather than cast iron because cast iron weighs like cast iron), they insert sleeves into the piston bores—cast iron sleeves.

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.

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.

The Bollinger B1: An Electric Sport Ute

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 28, 2017 at 6:08 AM

The Bollinger Motors B1 has been revealed.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 27, 2017 at 6:39 AM

Volvo was once the official vehicle, it seems, of the college professor, especially those with elbow-patched tweed jackets and fragrant pipe.

Cars Classic and Contemporary Concerns

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 24, 2017 at 8:11 AM

The Concours d'Elegance of America is happening this coming weekend, Friday July 28 through Sunday the 30th, at the Inn at St.

The Future of Diesels?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 19, 2017 at 6:52 AM

“The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty—especially for our customers.

Breaking Down the Chevy Bolt

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 17, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Sandy Munro and his team of engineers and costing analysts at Munro & Associates were contacted by UBS Research—an arm of the giant banking and investment firm—and asked whether it was possible to do a teardown and cost assessment of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.