General Motors Through June

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 25, 2016 at 5:41 AM

One of the things that General Motors is emphasizing of late is that it has a “retail-focused strategy.” This means that rather than selling to rental companies, it is focusing on selling to consumers.

The Car-Shoe Continuum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 22, 2016 at 5:39 AM

Back in 2008, BMW revealed a concept vehicle that is still revolutionary all these years later: It was called the GINA Light Visionary Model, with the acronym standing for “Geometry and Functions In ‘N’ Adaptions.” Fundamentally, the vehicle is based on a moveable substructure and a flexible textile outer cover.

Cue the Anthem-Like Music

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 20, 2016 at 5:37 AM

If this wasn’t the Summer of the Superhero—Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Capital America: Civil War; X-Men: Apocalypse—we might not have written about this, but given this image: how could we not?

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 19, 2016 at 5:36 AM

According to an estimate from Inside EVs, a web publication dedicated to all things electric vehicle, there were an estimated 1,360 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrids delivered during the first half of 2016.

VW Makes Environmental Strides—in Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 15, 2016 at 5:39 AM

While that whole diesel thing still may not be working out so well for Volkswagen Group—last week Reuters reported that the European Consumer Organization put out a statement citing a test by an Italian consumer group, Altroconsumo, that shows that a 2.0-liter EA 189 Euro 5 diesel engine in an Audi Q5 had 25 percent higher NOx emissions after the dodgy software had been removed than before it—but the manufacturing personnel at Volkswagen brand have been working hard at improving things on their end, as in improving the environmental correctitude of their operations by 25.3 percent and saving the company more than €100 million in the process.

Electric Wheels—for Bikes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 13, 2016 at 5:14 AM

During a recent meeting we attended held by Robert Bosch in its North American headquarters in Farmington Hills, we learned about a variety of initiatives related to such things as Industry 4.0 and advances in automotive technology for automated solutions.

Addressing Prop Shaft Vibrations

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 12, 2016 at 5:40 AM

The BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive, which will be available in the U.S. in September, is powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 that produces 600 hp between 5,750 rpm and 6,250 rpm and provides maximum torque of 590 lb-ft starting at 3,000 rpm.

Bloodhound SSC to Run for the Record in 2017

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 11, 2016 at 5:42 AM

The Bloodhound SSC—the vehicle that has been designed and engineered to break the record set by Andy Green in the Thrust SSC back on October 15, 1997: 763.035 mph, the World Land Speed Record that still stands—will make its run in October 2017 in South Africa, the team recently announced. (Photos: Flock & Siemens) Of course, this is if the development continues on course: there is just one Bloodhound SSC, so if something goes wrong with it. . . . One interesting aspect of the development project is that a key portion is the disassembly of the car.