Automotive Production

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

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?

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.

Honda Increases the Ability to Flex

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 30, 2017 at 6:33 AM

One of the phrases that you don’t hear all too often anymore is “production flexibility.” Which means, of course, the wherewithal to make Y is X isn’t selling all that well, or making a shift to Z if the other two are lagging.

Ford’s Approach to Additive Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Although 3D printing has become something that is hip an almost artisanal among the digital cognoscenti and within the maker movement, there is the set that contains 3D printing as a subset—additive manufacturing—which is something that is being pursued in earnest by a number of mass manufacturers in order to achieve parts and products the likes of which would be difficult if not completely impossible to produce with conventional methods.

The Toyota Concept-i: Driving 2030

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Not all people think that the future of automobiles consists of undifferentiated pod-like structures that will contain people like just so much cargo. Ian Cartabiano and his colleagues at Calty are among them, so they’ve created Concept-i.

Nissan Presses on in England

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 01, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, UK, has completed the installation of a £37-million stamping press line that’s taken 18 months to complete but which provides the plant the ability to produce as many as 2.5-million panels for the vehicles manufactures: the Nissan Juke, Qashqai and Leaf, as well as the Infiniti Q30 and QX30.