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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.

 The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is the sixth generation of the compact car. It is designed and engineered to compete with products including the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda3 and more. Scott Margason, Hyundai Motor America, director, Product Planning, says that they take a “class-above” approach to development of vehicles, so he notes that while the 2017 Elantra offers 95.8-ft3 of passenger room and 14.4-ft3 of cargo space, the 2016 Audi A4 provides only 91- and 12-ft3, respectively.
Automotive Production

2017 Hyundai Elantra: All This and More

Compact cars were once considered to be stepping stones to at least a midsize model. That may no longer be the case and buyers both young and old are looking for style, content and capability in smaller packages (assuming they’re not going for a crossover). The all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra is built to compete—and we do mean built.

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.

Molding and Materials

Let’s face it: when it comes to vehicle development from here on out, the likelihood that there will be a single material that pretty much handles all aspects of the construction of the structural and/or exterior aspects of that car or truck is about on par with Katy Perry giving up her Twitter account.

Lincoln Continental’s Light Touch

Lincoln is making another move to help differentiate its products in the luxury market, this time for the forthcoming 2017 Continental sedan, taking a cue from a successful technical implementation first used on its MKC crossover.

Sit on a Citroën

One of the more-clever functional vehicle design elements that has appeared in some time was launched back in 2014 on the Citroën C4 Cactus, the Airbump that’s affixed to the body sides and bumpers of the car.