Automotive Design

Share This with a High School Student Who Likes to Draw Cars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2019 at 9:05 AM

“As the field of automotive design grows, it’s vital that we increase awareness and educate students and parents about the good-paying opportunities available.

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Automotive Design

How to Keep a Last-gen Truck Current

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2019 at 7:23 AM

When Ram Truck launched the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, the company didn’t want to simply stop building the last-generation vehicle at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (which has been in operation since 1938, during which time it has produced more than 12.5-million trucks). Rather, they kept it in production adding the word “Classic” to the name, thereby indicating its difference from the new truck (built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant). In order to keep the Classic of interest, the company has gone back to 1976, the year they launched the Dodge Warlock, a “factory-personalized” pickup, and have created the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock.

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Automotive Powertrain

GMC Acadia Adds an Engine—and an AT4 Package

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 21, 2019 at 8:58 AM

The 2020 GMC Acadia is getting a new grille and something being that grille that is notable, a 230-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 that produces 258 lb-ft of torque.

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Automotive Electronics

Electric Motors for Aero and Auto

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 20, 2019 at 8:28 AM

Rolls-Royce—the manufacturer of aircraft engines, not the one that makes high-end vehicles with four wheels—is working with another British company, YASA, on the development of the ACCEL, an electric airplane.

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Automotive Electronics

Diesels in German Audi Q8s

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 19, 2019 at 9:22 AM

Although diesel engines have fallen into some disrepute in the U.S. market for non-truck light vehicle applications, this is not the case, perhaps surprisingly, in Germany.

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Automotive Engineering

Engineering the 2020 Cadillac XT6

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 18, 2019 at 7:53 AM

Cadillac currently has three non-car vehicles in its lineup, the imposing and possibly venerable Escalade, the XT5, which started its existence as the SRX and is now crushing it in the market, and the most recent, the compact XT4, which is in a sweet spot for those looking to get into the premium portion of the market.

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Automotive Powertrain

A Really, Really Quick MINI Coming Next Year

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 15, 2019 at 7:15 AM

One of the challenges that MINI faces is that when the brand was resurrected by BMW in 2000-2001, small cars actually had market appeal and the MINI Hardtop of that period was nothing if not appealing.

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Tenneco to Spin Off DRiV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 14, 2019 at 9:41 AM

DRiV is the name of the company that is being spun off from Tenneco later this year, a consequence of Tenneco’s acquisition of Federal-Mogul last year.

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Digital Domain

Lambo Embraces Carbon (The Company, not the Element)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 14, 2019 at 7:43 AM

“Through our extensive procurement research, we found that many of our vehicle components were ideal candidates for digital manufacturing,” said Stefan Gramse, chief procurement officer of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “Digital manufacturing” as in additive.

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Automotive Electronics

Another Reason to Be Nervous About Autonomous Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2019 at 9:36 AM

Although all OEMs and suppliers do their utmost best to assure nothing but top-notch quality is achieved for their vehicles and systems, sometimes things simply go wrong because, well, that’s just how the Universe is.

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Automotive Design

SEAT and the Future of Transportation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2019 at 7:13 AM

Last fall, SEAT, the Martorell-based vehicle manufacturer that is part of the Volkswagen Group, launched the SEAT eXS powered by Segway.

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Bentley Looking for Apprentices

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 12, 2019 at 8:33 AM

It is always encouraging to learn about the efforts of OEMs and suppliers that are running apprenticeship programs to help train the future of the industry.

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