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.

Honda Re-Imagines and Re-Engineers the Ridgeline

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 16, 2016 at 6:00 AM

When Honda announced the first-generation Ridgeline in 2005, it opened the press release describing the vehicle: “The Honda Ridgeline re-defines what a truck can be with its true half-ton bed payload capability, an interior similar to a full-size truck and the exterior length of a compact truck.” And all that said, people simply couldn’t get over the way there is a diagonal piece, a sail-shaped buttress, between the cab and the box.

Don Panoz Isn’t Slowing Down

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 09, 2016 at 3:14 AM

Way back in 2000, we ran an article that opened with the provocative question: “Why Is Panoz America’s Coolest Car Company?” The company, Panoz Auto Development, was established by Danny Panoz, whose father, Don Panoz, established the pharmaceutical company that invested the time-release transdermal patch—yes, the nicotine patch that is used by people who want to quit smoking.

The 2017 Kia Sportage

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2016 at 9:04 AM

Kia Motors America COO and executive vice president says this crossover is “crafted for the urban pioneer.” And it is designed and engineered for competing in one of the hottest segments in the overall auto market.

Driving Fuel Efficiency Improvements

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2016 at 5:51 AM

Electrification of the vehicle powertrain doesn’t mean getting rid of the internal combustion engine and sticking an electric motor in its place and batteries where the fuel tank would otherwise be.

Major Manufacturing Money for Michigan (well, Ohio, too)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 26, 2016 at 1:07 PM

The Ford Livonia Transmission Plant is about four miles due east of the AD&P Plymouth office, so we are delighted to learn that the vehicle manufacturer is making a $1.4-billion investment in the plant, where a six-speed automatic is presently being produced for a variety of hot-selling vehicles such as the Mustang and the F-150, and which will be starting production of a 10-speed automatic in June, which will be used in such vehicles as the new F-150 Raptor. 2017 Raptor This investment, according to Ford, creates or retains 500 hourly jobs at the plant.