Automotive Production

The Automotive Design & Production Production Zone consists of the hardware—tools, machining centers, grinders, etc.—that is used in automotive manufacturing.

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.

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.

GM Advances Autonomy at Orion

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 13, 2017 at 10:48 AM

The GM Orion Assembly Plant measures 4.3-million square feet and the people there have built in excess of five-million cars since it was opened in 1983.

What Does the Future Look Like?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 08, 2017 at 6:32 AM

On the one hand, we think it is absolutely great: General Motors and Honda working together to develop and, perhaps more importantly, manufacture fuel cells at a facility in Brownstown Township, Michigan.

Pressing Composites

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 31, 2017 at 8:11 AM

When we think 4,000-ton hydraulic presses, making sheet metal body panels comes to mind.

Back to Two Wheels for Mobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 25, 2017 at 6:23 AM

Although the amount of attention on the development of autonomous vehicles is staggering given that there probably isn’t an outlet that hasn’t devoted time or space to the prospect of robotic vehicles, what people seem to have lost sight of are the facts that (1) initial applications are going to be in geo-fenced areas and (2) the autonomous vehicles are likely to be shared vehicles, which will also have a consequence on where they travel.

What Is a “Manufacturer”?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 18, 2017 at 6:20 AM

It isn’t often that you’re able to cite a specific date when a car company actually “launches” into the market, but that happened on Monday for Karma Automotive.

2017 Toyota Camry XSE

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 17, 2017 at 7:05 AM

The Toyota Way is a set of principles that guide the company, a set that has, at its basis, two fundamentals, which are “Respect for People” and “Continuous Improvement.” Arguably, the former helps realize the latter.

911 x 1,000,000

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 16, 2017 at 7:05 AM

Last week, the one-millionth Porsche 911, an Irish Green Carrera S, rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen.

Kaizen to Eleven

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 12, 2017 at 5:20 AM

On Wednesday Toyota Motor Corp. announced its financial results for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2017, and things were not all that cheery.

Karma from California

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

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

Economy Comes to Carbon Fiber Parts (?)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 05, 2017 at 6:35 AM

Have economies of scale come to the production of automotive parts with carbon fiber materials?