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The Automotive Design & Production Production Zone consists of the hardware—tools, machining centers, grinders, etc.—that is used in automotive manufacturing.

“Compared to the previous CX-9 that was maybe more submissive, this time we wanted it to represent Mazda in a very proud, very stylish manner.” Julien Montousse, director, Design, Mazda North American Operations
Automotive Production

Developing the 2016 Mazda CX-9

Mazda reckons that about 80 percent of its midsize three-row crossover will be sold in North America. So the development was executed in the U.S. by a group of people who are committed to real-world driving, not the stuff of window stickers and brochures.

EVs for the Trades

One of the limitations of most electric vehicles (EVs) is that of range: for the typical driver who is used to having at least 200 miles of range thanks to the efficiency of gasoline as a fuel being faced with about 100 miles of range is unsatisfactory, especially given (1) long recharge times compared with the amount of time it takes to put a few gallons in the tank and (2) the idea that it may be necessary to drive >200 miles at a moment’s notice.

Ford GT Display Development

As you are unlikely to ever be in one of these: (and I’m not implying my odds for getting there are much better), you’re unlikely to ever see this, the 10-inch wide all-digital display in the Ford GT: Speaking to the development of TFT LCD display, Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance, said, “Driver focus and attention are key with such high performance.

Lexus on Land and at Sea

Last week in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, Lexus debuted the 2018 Lexus LS 500, the fifth-generation of company’s flagship sedan: This is an all-new car, based on the Lexus GA-L architecture, which, according to the company, is the stiffest in its history, providing a basis for handling, smoothness and quietness.