Automotive Production

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

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.

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.

A Million Miatas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 26, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Production of the Mazda Miata—officially known as the “MX-5”—started in the Ujina Plat No. 1 in Hiroshima in April 1989, 27 years ago.

Honda (Re)Energized

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 21, 2016 at 5:48 AM

Honda, says John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., is fairly rare in the U.S. auto industry right now for at least a couple of reasons.

Cadillac Creates More Luxury: the XT5

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Paul Spadafora, chief engineer, Cadillac XT5, had, in his estimation, a fantastic opportunity as he and his team set about to develop Cadillac’s all-new midsize crossover vehicle for a number of reasons, one of which is the simple fact that this is one of the hottest segments going in the auto industry, so if you want to be in the game, you have to play hard against the likes of the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLE-Class.

Building the Bolt EV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 05, 2016 at 5:36 AM

Generally, pictures of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) are along the lines of this: Not this: But that second shot is important, in that it is taken on the inside of the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Michigan, where the vehicle is being built.

Acura Design’s “North Star”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Dave Marek and his team have created a concept that encapsulates the direction that Acuras to come will exhibit. The Acura Precision Concept is a design study that they’re going to be tested against.

1957 Revisited by Jaguar

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 31, 2016 at 5:35 AM

For a few years, back in the days of the PT Cruiser and the Chevy HHR, the whole “retro” design phenomenon was upon us like an itch.

NSX Goes Racing (Without the Hybrid Parts)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 25, 2016 at 5:07 AM

The 2017 Acura NSX is meant to go fast—it has a twin-turbocharged DOHC V6 that produces 500 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque and a front twin motor unit that drives the front wheels and a direct drive motor that is located between the engine and the nine-speed transmission—and it does, with a top speed of 191 mph.