2016 Audi TTS

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 02, 2016 at 6:10 AM

Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer who is well known in the design community for his 10 principles of good design.

GKN, BMW, SUV & AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 29, 2016 at 5:24 AM

Another data point pointing to the interest in China for SUVs—as well as for advanced technology vehicles—is the announcement by GKN Driveline that it is supplying its electric axle drive system, which it calls “eAxle,” for deployment in a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 for the Chinese market.

Bosch and ABS for Bikes

- November 28, 2016 at 5:56 AM

When it comes to motorcycles, the U.S. is far from being the dominant producer.

The Chinese Love SUVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 24, 2016 at 5:09 AM

On the occasion of the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show, which runs through November 27, Namrita Chow, a principal analyst at IHS Markit, provided some insight into where the Chinese auto market is, and where it is going.

Honda and Off-Road Intelligence

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 23, 2016 at 5:19 AM

“Intelligent” all-wheel or four-wheel drive systems are proliferating in vehicles nowadays. (Although “proper” four-wheel-drive systems generally have a transfer case and are deliberately engaged, the terminology is getting pretty fuzzy.) And dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs) are being used more, now that the software has worked the jerkiness out of them.

VW, the Future & the End of “Conventional” Jobs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 22, 2016 at 6:41 AM

"In order to become a global provider of sustainable mobility, we are pressing ahead with future projects such as electromobility, digital connectivity and new mobility services, equipped with the necessary resolve and financing.

Ford EcoSport and Other Automotive Endeavors

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2016 at 5:37 AM

If you were to look at Ford’s vehicle sales through October (according to Autodata) you’d discover that second to the F-Series, the vehicle with the greatest percent of overall U.S. market share is the Escape crossover (1.8 percent; the F Series, incidentally, is 4.6 percent). Then after the Escape is the Fusion at 1.6 percent, then the Explorer at 1.4 percent.

Hyundai Hears an Echo

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 18, 2016 at 6:28 AM

While plenty of companies are talking about it, Hyundai is actually doing it: For those who have an Amazon Echo and a vehicle equipped with second-generation Blue Link (as in: all 2017 model Blue Link equipped vehicles; 2016 Genesis, Azera, Tucson, Sonata (SE, Sport Limited, Sport 2.0T, Limited 2.0T, Eco 1.6T), Sonata Hybrid (Limited Ultimate package), Veloster (Tech package), Elantra GT (Tech package); and 2015 model Genesis, Sonata, Azera) have—via an update—what they’re calling the “Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa.” Which means, quite simply, that when you talk to your Echo, the voice commands are sent to your Hyundai and allow you to do things like remotely start it and lock and unlock the doors.

Intel on the Numbers of Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 17, 2016 at 6:30 AM

If you sometimes wonder why the automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers have to work with or become more familiar with Big Data and the companies that are associated with handling, processing and using it, you can get your answer by listening to Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, speaking at the AutoMobility LA conference.