Autonomous at the Factory Door

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 19, 2017 at 6:28 AM

According to Sweden-based engineering services firm Semcon, a given new vehicle—of which there are some 80-million produced globally each year—must be manually moved about 25 times before it reaches the customer.

Automotive Engineering

The 2017 MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 19, 2017 at 6:27 AM

The 2017 MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4 in its standard form is not a car for everyone.

Automotive Design

One Step Closer to NACTOY Victory

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 18, 2017 at 6:09 AM

The North American International Car of the Year (NACTOY) jury have come up with their list of semifinalists in the Car, Utility and Truck category, and if there is anything that can be discerned from the lists of the vehicles is that there is a breadth of high-quality offerings available for buyers.

Automotive Engineering

Electric Vehicles in America

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 15, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Last week Nissan globally unveiled the all-new second-generation LEAF.

Automotive Production

ZF Makes 100 Million Electric Park Brakes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 14, 2017 at 6:13 AM

There are production milestones, and then there are really production milestones, like this one: In 2002 ZF pioneered the electric park brake (EPB). Last week the company announced that it has become the world’s first company to produce 100 million of them.

Automotive Interiors

Is Past Prologue: Mustangs Then and Jaguars Tomorrow

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

This is a picture of the interior of the 1994 Ford Mustang, the fourth generation of the venerable vehicle: While it is certainly stylish—for 1994—one notable aspect is the steering wheel: in 1990 the Mustang got a driver’s side airbag as standard equipment.

Automotive Interiors

Adient Seats Awarded

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 12, 2017 at 7:58 AM

Adient, the company previously known as the “Johnson Controls Automotive Division,” has done exceedingly well in the J.D.

20 Years and Still Going Strong

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 11, 2017 at 8:01 AM

Usually in this space on Mondays there is a précis of the “Autoline After Hours” that we shot the preceding Thursday.

The Jaguar Land Rover Gorillaz Hiring Strategy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 07, 2017 at 6:50 AM

One of the prevailing problems throughout industry is finding talent.

Automotive Engineering

Watson Meets the Beetle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2017 at 6:40 AM

Nothing kicks an OEM into gear like a crisis.

Automotive Body

Automotive Past and Future and Lots In Between

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 05, 2017 at 6:06 AM

The Nissan Pao is a small three-door—approximately 147 inches long, 62 inches wide, 58 inches high, and with a 91-inch wheelbase—that had a three year run, from 1989 to 1991.

Automotive Electronics

JLR and Owning the Steering Wheel

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) posits that in the future people will be calling on various vehicles to take them where they need to go.