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 Powertrain

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 Engineering

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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Automotive Interiors

2019 Kia K900

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 12, 2019 at 7:44 AM

In the luxury vehicle space, the use of nouns, by and large, has been replaced by alphanumerics.

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Automotive Electronics

What Is the Future of Powertrains?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 11, 2019 at 6:59 AM

There were massive reverberations late last year when it was reported that Volkswagen plans to develop no new internal combustion engine (ICE) platforms after 2026.

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Automotive Design

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Continues in a Limited Manner (& More)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2019 at 10:51 AM

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a carbon fiber monocoque and an aluminum chassis, which contribute to a 10.4 power-to-weight ratio, meaning that its all-aluminum, 237-hp direct injected turbocharged engine doesn't’t have a heck of a lot of mass to move (curb weight: 2,487 pounds), so there is a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds, which is rather attention grabbing should you be one of the two occupants, as the overall length of the car is just 157 inches, or about the distance traveled for an average-sized person taking five steps.

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