Automotive Production

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

ZF Makes 100 Million Electric Park Brakes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 14, 2017 at 6:13 AM

There are production milestones, and then there are really production milestones, like this one: In 2002 ZF pioneered the electric park brake (EPB). Last week the company announced that it has become the world’s first company to produce 100 million of them.

Labor Day 2017

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Today in the United States it is Labor Day.

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.

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.

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.

First Look at the 2018 Honda Accord

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM

“We are redefining the Honda Accord for a new generation of buyers by bringing something unexpected that challenges the idea of what a mainstream sedan can be.” That’s Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Div. of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., talking about the 10th generation, 2018 Accord that was unveiled today in Detroit and which will launch this fall.

VR for VW

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 12, 2017 at 6:14 AM

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) of a professional sort (vs. all of the recreational possibilities that VR provides), the general application seems to be for design.

TLX Reset

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 30, 2017 at 12:53 PM

For the 2018 model, Acura designers and engineers made changes to the sport sedan that go beyond a typical refresh. Here’s why and how.

The Eighth-Generation Camry: Inside Info

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 26, 2017 at 6:10 AM

The eighth-generation Camry is unlike any of the preceding models within the nameplate’s life, but it is also unlike anything we’ve seen from Toyota brand (i.e., absenting the former Scion or the currently existing Lexus brands) probably since the last-generation Celica (RIP, 2006). That’s because the 2018 Camry was not just imagined, styled, engineered, and built so as to be a car that has superb quality, reliability and durability—things that have long been hallmarks of the family sedan—but actually to be exhilarating and engaging for those who are looking for something more than what’s pretty much been on offer in Toyota showrooms.

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.