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.

INFINITI, F1 and Your Garage

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 23, 2017 at 6:10 AM

There is a phrase that’s often used to justify manufacturer participation in motor sports that has it, “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.” This was particularly the case when NASCAR ran what were “stock cars,” as in cars that were almost like those held in stock at dealerships.

The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 21, 2017 at 6:57 AM

As we looked at one convertible yesterday and as today is the official start of summer, here’s another, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus.

The McLaren 570S Spider

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 20, 2017 at 6:59 AM

Issues associated with convertible versions of existing vehicles—and we don’t mean mussed-up hair—are that there tends to be a reduction in structural rigidity (after all, in effect, you’re cutting off the top of a unibody) and there is often an addition of a sizable amount of mass to handle the convertible mechanism.

VW Atlas, Post-Marchionne & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2017 at 6:12 AM

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was developed by VW in Wolfsburg, but the three-row midsize SUV is not (1) built in the massive complex in Germany nor (2) even available in the German market.

Improving the Accord

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 14, 2017 at 5:54 AM

Although there is clearly a penchant for crossovers in the U.S. market, not all cars are finding direly diminished sales.

The Navigator’s Engineer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 12, 2017 at 6:16 AM

The forthcoming 2018 Lincoln Navigator is an all-new version of the three-row SUV.

2017 Honda Civic Hatch Sport Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 02, 2017 at 6:51 AM

Swindon, England, has what is called the “Magic Roundabout.” It consists of five roundabouts that surround a sixth.

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.