Automotive Chassis

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 28, 2017 at 6:28 AM

The Mazda CX-5 first appeared on the scene in 2012, and for 2017, the vehicle has undergone some major transformations, to enhance what was already a notable small crossover.

Automotive Management

Porsche and A Time of Transition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 27, 2017 at 6:29 AM

When you think about Porsche, you probably envision the same thing that I do, which is something like a 911 or a Macan.

Automotive Production

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.

Automotive LIghtweighting

INFINITI, F1 and Your Garage

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 23, 2017 at 6:10 AM

There is a phrase that’s often used to justify manufacturer participation in motor sports that has it, “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.” This was particularly the case when NASCAR ran what were “stock cars,” as in cars that were almost like those held in stock at dealerships.

Automotive Design

Would James Bond Wear Them?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 22, 2017 at 6:06 AM

This is a car.

Automotive Production

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.

Automotive Management

ZF and Hella Partnering for Advancing Technology

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 20, 2017 at 12:48 PM

In an effort to advance autonomous and assisted driving technologies, two major automotive suppliers—ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.--have established a strategic partnership, with ZF bringing systems know-how (as well as driveline and safety technologies and an entire ecosystem of other partners it is organizing toward this end.

Automotive Powertrain

The McLaren 570S Spider

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 20, 2017 at 6:59 AM

Issues associated with convertible versions of existing vehicles—and we don’t mean mussed-up hair—are that there tends to be a reduction in structural rigidity (after all, in effect, you’re cutting off the top of a unibody) and there is often an addition of a sizable amount of mass to handle the convertible mechanism.

Automotive Management

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.

Automotive Design

Peugeot Design Lab Turns Five

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 15, 2017 at 6:03 AM

The Peugeot Design Lab is celebrating its fifth birthday this week, perhaps with some of the oysters that are on offer on the food truck that the firm developed for the Maison Gillardeau earlier this year, based on the Peugeot Expert van.

Automotive Design

Improving the Accord

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 14, 2017 at 5:54 AM

Although there is clearly a penchant for crossovers in the U.S. market, not all cars are finding direly diminished sales.

Automotive Production

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.