Automotive Management

Ford Design Changes (People, That Is)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 22, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Ford is making some changes in terms of its design team, according to Automotive News, with the objective of making its operations more streamlined and efficient.

Automotive Design

Pickups and Prices

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 21, 2017 at 6:28 AM

So Mercedes is now in the pickup market.

BP Helps People Breathe Easier

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 20, 2017 at 6:46 AM

If you read this statement on a webpage, you might think that it was put there by an organization other than the one that put it there: “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and is in large part due to an increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activities.

Automotive Powertrain

The Future of Diesels?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 19, 2017 at 6:52 AM

“The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty—especially for our customers.

Automotive Engineering

The Jaguar E-Pace and Magna

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 18, 2017 at 6:33 AM

While “Jaguar” and “sports car” are almost synonymous, the people at Jag undoubtedly looked at the fortunes of their sister company, Land Rover, and recognized that the whole utility universe is expanding faster than Edwin Hubble thought the whole universe is.

Automotive LIghtweighting

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.

Automotive Powertrain

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.

Automotive Engineering

Porsche Racing to the Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 14, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Porsche is part of VW Group and it is one of the companies that is involved in putting vehicles on the U.S. market with diesel engines in violation of EPA emissions regulations, specifically model year 2013–2016 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-liter V6 models.

Automotive Management

Renault, Brilliance & BMW

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 13, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Groupe Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings (CBA) announced that they were entering into a cooperative agreement through which they will jointly produce and sell light commercial vehicles in China.

Digital Domain

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.

Automotive Interiors

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 11, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Perhaps the reason why the Prius Prime looks the way it does is because of the success of the three previous generations of the car that became the name for “hybrids” the way that “Kleenex” has come to stand for “tissue,” even though no one has probably ever called another vehicle manufacturer’s hybrid a “Prius,” which is certainly not the case with the object one reaches for when a sneeze is imminent.

Beetle Beetles On

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 10, 2017 at 6:59 AM

Most of the time when the name “Volkswagen” gets reported, it has something to do with something not so good, as in the diesel imbroglio that continues on and on like the Jetta TDI in one of those TV commercials of not long ago.