Automotive Materials

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 Materials

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 Electronics

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 Powertrain

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 Engineering

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 Electronics

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.

Automotive Electronics

Back Seat Talker

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 13, 2017 at 6:43 AM

Drivers have been talking to cars for a number of years now.

Automotive Chassis

The Navigator’s Engineer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 12, 2017 at 6:16 AM

The forthcoming 2018 Lincoln Navigator is an all-new version of the three-row SUV.

Automotive Electronics

Nissan Driving Technology

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 09, 2017 at 6:44 AM

Less than 10 years ago I wrote about the amazing technology that Volvo was deploying; it used sensors to detect objects in front of a vehicle and, if the driver didn’t seem to be taking the appropriate action (e.g., braking) the vehicle’s system would do it automatically.