Will Adient Take Flight?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 28, 2017 at 6:07 AM

Adient puts seats in more than 25-million vehicles per year.

Talking Jeep Design

March 27, 2017 at 6:17 AM

For more than 20 years, Mark Allen has been working at what is now FCA (it wasn’t, of course, when he started). Designing trucks.

Internal Combustion Engines’ Continued Domination (?)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 24, 2017 at 6:45 AM

According to a new research study by Deutsche Bank, “PCOT III: Revisiting the Outlook for Powertrain Technology” (that’s “Pricing the Car of Tomorrow”), to twist a phrase from Mark Twain, it seems that the reports of the internal combustion engine’s eminent death are greatly exaggerated.

The Transparent Idea Factory

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 23, 2017 at 6:24 AM

We’ve previously seen how ZF is driving its innovation through the use of quick pitches, now Volkswagen has announced that it is working to not only capture new ideas in the areas of fleet management, car sharing, navigation and more, but will be providing the teams that are successful in their pitches with space in the Transparent Factory in Dresden.

AWD as Needed from GKN

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 22, 2017 at 6:09 AM

This is what the GKN Driveline all-wheel-drive (AWD) Disconnect system for small to medium-sized vehicles—it is a scalable architecture—looks like: The system is designed so that when a vehicle is in steady-state cruising the clutch system disengages the rear section of the driveline.

Buying a Car from a Vending Machine

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 21, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Although used-car shopping is something that we don’t ordinarily cover, this is a bit too, well, bizarre to overlook: The Carvana Car Vending Machine.

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.

Simulating Motorcycle Handling

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 17, 2017 at 5:50 AM

Although this may appear to be a rather sophisticated video game, it is actually what’s claimed to be the “world’s first vehicle dynamics grade” driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulator for doing things like creating chassis setups.

GM Is Down with Diesels

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 16, 2017 at 6:20 AM

General Motors is one company that is clearly embracing the diesel engine.

Pitching ZF

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 15, 2017 at 6:02 AM

As vehicles become more automated, the technology that’s going to make that happen—hardware and software alike—is more than likely going to come from the supply base, not from the OEMs.

Lincoln in F Major

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 14, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Lincoln is taking the opportunity to redefine what “luxury” means for the customer, which is more about elegance than lap times at a German track.

The High Costs of Nearly Nothing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 13, 2017 at 6:45 AM

On Friday, Volkswagen pled guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and an import crime in U.S. federal court.