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.

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Automotive Engineering

McLaren Senna: No Need to Say More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 15, 2018 at 6:42 AM

At the front of the McLaren Senna there are four aero surfaces: the front splitter, active aero blades, fixed aero blades, and slot-gaps positioned between the headlights and the daytime running lights.

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Automotive Body

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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Automotive Design

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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Automotive Production

Ford Invests $25-million More at Kentucky Truck

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 12, 2018 at 8:50 AM

To prepare the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant to launch the Lincoln Navigator and the Ford Expedition last fall, Ford invested approximately $900-million in the facility, putting in more than 400 new robots (mainly in the body shop), creating a robot lab to support all of that automation, installing a data analytics hub that allows supervisors and workers to be more efficient, and even a 3D printer to quickly and cost-effectively create tooling. “The response from customers regarding our new full-size SUVs has been exceptional,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Global Operations, so Ford is investing an additional $25-million in the plant to help amp up the production of the vehicles.

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Automotive Engineering

Fiat 500: A Reason Why

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 10, 2018 at 6:32 AM

Yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show Fiat announced that for 2018, all 500 models in the U.S. will be turbocharged.

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Fear of (Not) Driving Persists

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 09, 2018 at 6:57 AM

When asked what they’d do while in a self-driving vehicle, according to Morning Consult research, 57 percent are very or somewhat likely to “Do nothing but operate the vehicle” and 59 percent say “Eat.”

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Automotive Electronics

Lincoln Navigator’s Digital Direction

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2018 at 6:21 AM

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator—the 2018 North American International Truck of the Year—features a 12-inch configurable gauge cluster.

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Automotive Engineering

2017 Mazda6 I Grand Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 07, 2018 at 6:21 AM

Admittedly, people are now buying more vehicles in the crossover category than in the car class.

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An Attainable Bentley Introduced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 06, 2018 at 6:46 AM

The third-generation, aluminum-intensive Bentley Continental GT was launched late last August, and as a vehicle that has as its base engine a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine that powers the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds with the occupants being cosseted in interior comfort, the starting price in the U.S. is $236,100 is certainly reasonable.

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Automotive Body

Kona, Powertrains and Autonomous Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 05, 2018 at 6:49 AM

Hyundai Motor America is launching a B-segment crossover in the U.S., and John Juriga, Director of Powertrain, Hyundai-Kia Technical Center, talks about it on this edition of “Autoline After Hours.” Juriga points out that the Kona is based on an all-new platform and slots in the company’s CUV lineup below the Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.

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Automotive Powertrain

Nissan Goes Snow Patrol for Chicago

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2018 at 12:16 PM

According to the National Weather Service, in 2013-14 the seasonal snowfall in Chicago was 82 inches, an amount of precipitation that would probably make those who had to endure it wish they’d had the Armada Snow Patrol concept that Nissan is introducing this week at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

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