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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.

Automotive Production

2016 Lexus RX: Creating the Fourth Generation

The Lexus RX crossover has been enormously popular since it went on sale in March 1998. So when chief engineer Takayuki Katsuda had to develop the fourth generation vehicle, he had quite a challenge. Especially as he had to best the third generation—for which he’d also been the chief engineer.

Automotive Production

On Mazda: The CX-3 & the MX-5

The design and engineering capabilities of Mazda are remarkable. Realize that according to Autodata, in 2014 Mazda’s share of the U.S. market was 1.9%—and the share of the Ford Fusion alone was 1.9%. Yet the CX-3 subcompact crossover and the MX-5 roadster are vehicles that few other vehicle manufacturers can match.

Automotive Production

Still Scion After All These Years

Scion has always been a bit, well, quirky. And perhaps in keeping with that off-beat approach to the industry, it is launching two entirely different vehicles—a sedan and a hatch—at the same time. Which, when you realize that they represent 40% of the showroom (the other cars being the FR-S, tC and xB), is somewhat . . . unusual.

Kia Garners More Design Awards

The iF Design Awards were established in Germany in 1953 with six guiding principles: To identify, support and promote good design To raise awareness of design among the public and the role it plays in our lives To help companies integrate design into their long-term strategies To safeguard the role of professional designer and boost awareness for this job profile To effect social change through design To support talented young people and create a public platform for young designers Each year the competition receives approximately 5,000 entries from some 70 countries.

GM: The Drive to Profitability, Part 2

In a previous post we looked at some of the reasons behind the 2015 GM record $10.8-billion earnings before interest and tax (EBIT). It is worth noting that the company is fairly confident that 2016 will be good as well, reaffirming its expectation that its earnings per share-adjusted will be “between $5.25 and $5.75.” It probably isn’t wishful thinking.