Light Rider

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 30, 2016 at 5:36 AM

When you think of the forthcoming LA Auto Show and Los Angeles in general, you may think of (1) very expensive, very large vehicles being piloted by very egotistical stars and (2) very jammed freeways full of the aforementioned, as well as numerous other vehicles of a less ostentatious variety.

Mercedes Pairs Hydrogen with Plug-in

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 29, 2016 at 5:36 AM

While there is increasing attention—thanks, largely, to Tesla in general and the forthcoming introduction, by General Motors, of the Chevrolet Bolt EV—to electric vehicles powered by, well, electricity, there is another type of EV out there that may gain some ground: electric vehicles powered by hydrogen.

Cybersecurity on Wheels

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 28, 2016 at 5:49 AM

  According to IHS Automotive there are on the order of 112-million vehicles on the road today that are “connected,” that is, “have a connection through the internet, though telematics, an onboard modem or a paired device in the vehicle, such as a mobile phone or other device.” With that last bit about the mobile phone being paired with the car, it is surprising that the number of connected vehicles isn’t greater.

Flying Beetle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 27, 2016 at 5:20 AM

When you think of the Volkswagen Beetle, chances are you remember the classic Doyle Dane Bernbach ads from the 1960s or the little flower vase on the instrument panel of the New Beetle.

Breaking Away—Electrically

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 23, 2016 at 5:34 AM

One of the things that is becoming more important to several automobile manufacturers is discovering alternatives to the norm, not only in creating advanced powertrains and autonomous technology, but as regards alternatives to straight-up cars and trucks.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 22, 2016 at 5:33 AM

The Honda Accord is simply a really, really good car. (Yes, that’s not precisely a technical automotive description nor is it a highly sophisticated assessment, but when you get right down to it, normal people are in the market for midsize sedans like the Accord, and they are likely to be interested in the comparative levels of goodness of a car more than knowing about the 0 to 60 time or the way that it feels when carving through a curve.) We’ve already talked about it with another powertrain.

48-volt Is On Its Way

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 20, 2016 at 5:51 AM

If you have any question about the almost certain inevitability of 48-volt electrical architecture in vehicles to facilitate the creation of mild hybrids for fuel economy and the utilization of electric superchargers for improved performance, then the number of companies that are pursuing these technologies ought to be an answer.

Lambo Contest for Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 15, 2016 at 5:27 AM

As Automobili Lamborghini gets ready to launch the Urus SUV in a couple of years, it has decided that it would create some attraction for the town of Sant’Agata Bolognese, where the company is headquartered, by having an international architectural contest to create two works that will be situated in roundabouts leading into town.