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CES, Auto Shows & Other Automotive Items

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 19, 2018 at 6:28 AM

Steven Sinofsky, former president of Microsoft Windows Division and present board partner at investment firm Andreessen Horowitz, posted a long story on Medium in which he detailed his impressions of the 2018 CES.

Rolls Names SUV: Cullinan

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2018 at 9:02 AM

As you can undoubtedly tell by looking at (a) the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and (b) the configuration of the grille, this is obviously a Rolls-Royce: And you are probably wondering about two things as well: (a) given that paisley paint scheme, it seems as though this is some sort of John Lennon edition Rolls, and (b) why is it in the dirt and not on Bond Street or somewhere else more fitting?

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Tailoring SEAT Seats

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2018 at 6:52 AM

Last year SEAT sold nearly 470,000 vehicles, which is a solid number for the Spain-based member of the Volkswagen Group that exports approximately 80 percent of its production to some 80 countries around the world.

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Taro Ueda and Designing for Today

February 19, 2018 - Gary S. Vasilash

When he was growing up, the car was a “dream product.” But today Taro Ueda and his team at Nissan Design America are facing people who are not as interested in sheet metal as they are in what’s on the screens of their smartphones. Ueda understands that. And he’s working to make sure Nissan design stays relevant.

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Feature Considering Clarity

February 19, 2018 - Gary S. Vasilash

The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is the third of the Clarity models to be launched. Not only is it a highly competitive hybrid in its own right, but it also is part of a clever strategy being deployed by Honda to achieve economies of scale in electrified vehicles.

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Feature Taro Ueda and Designing for Today

February 19, 2018 - Gary S. Vasilash

When he was growing up, the car was a “dream product.” But today Taro Ueda and his team at Nissan Design America are facing people who are not as interested in sheet metal as they are in what’s on the screens of their smartphones. Ueda understands that. And he’s working to make sure Nissan design stays relevant.

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U.S. Commerce Dept. Backs Tariffs on Aluminum, Steel

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has recommended that the White House impose global duties of 24% on imported steel and 7.7% on foreign-made aluminum.