Peak ICE?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 13, 2017 at 6:05 AM

According to Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president, Powertrain Div., North America, Continental, looking ahead, “The future of individual mobility is electric.” Meaning, the electrification of powertrains will not only continue, but accelerate.

Kia and Nissan Win EyesOn Design Awards

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 12, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Congratulations to both Kia and Nissan for receiving EyesOn Design Awards at the North American International Auto Show in the categories of Production and Concept vehicles, respectively.

Big at BMW

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 11, 2017 at 6:55 AM

Quick—where is the highest volume plant of Bayerische Motoren Werke, more commonly known as “BMW,” located?

2017 NACOTY: The Triumph of Design and Engineering

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 10, 2017 at 6:53 AM

The North American Car/Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards—which now also encompasses  Utilities—were presented yesterday at the North American International Auto Show to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Honda Ridgeline and Chrysler Pacifica.

Mustangs, Camaros and F-150s

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 09, 2017 at 5:40 AM

If you’re shopping for a Mustang, you’re faced with a variety of choices, not simply in terms of the color or the wheels that you’re going to be applying to your ride, but in terms of which model you’re going to select.

Bosch Study Shows Benefits of Existing Tech

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 06, 2017 at 6:20 AM

While the drive toward full autonomy for vehicles is seemingly picking up speed with announcements from companies with new LiDAR systems or the deployment of deep-learning AI systems in vehicles, and while Bosch is working hard in a number of areas to automate driving, here’s something that is striking that comes out of a study, “Connected Car Effect 2025,” that Bosch and the consulting firm Prognos performed.

Audi & NVIDIA Go Deeper

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 05, 2017 at 10:25 AM

NVIDIA, the tech company that transformed powerful, compact computing with its graphical processing units (GPUs) that lead to systems-on-a-chip (SOC)*, and Audi, the car company that transformed what was the state of the art of automotive interiors (and which has been using NVIDIA tech in its vehicles for navigation displays, for example, which enhances the look of the interiors of its cars and crossovers), jointly announced last night at a keynote at CES 2017 that they’re going to be working together to advance artificial applications to address autonomous driving capabilities.

FCA Opens the Door to The Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2017 at 7:20 PM

FCA introduced a high-tech concept vehicle today, the Chrysler Portal, at the event previously known as the “Consumer Electronics Show,” now simply CES.

ZF in the Oasis

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 30, 2016 at 6:57 AM

What you’re looking at is the “Intelligent Rolling Chassis” ZF has developed for the Rinspeed Oasis, a concept vehicle.

Silicon Valley Meets Detroit

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 30, 2016 at 6:04 AM

One of the things that the tech companies that are entering the automotive space as though they are like the prospectors who came rolling into California back in the mid-19th century (“Thar’s gold in them there cars!”) perhaps don’t understand clearly is that the auto companies are very, very, very cost sensitive.

Auto & Creative Destruction

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 29, 2016 at 9:05 AM

“Creative destruction,” or “schöpferische Zerstörung,” is an idea from Joseph Schumpeter, an Austrian-American economist, who had it that there are profound changes that occur when there are new product and process innovations.