Automotive Production

Fiat 500L Hits 500,000

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2018 at 10:11 AM

Today is a notable day in Kragujevac, Serbia, because the Fiat factory there produced its 500,000th Fiat 500L, a Sicilia Orange car with a glossy black roof, powered by a 1.6-liter MultiJet engine.

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Bosch Adds SPLT: The Supplier Gains Mobility Service Capability

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 21, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Bosch, the supplier that is probably most familiar to people in the auto industry for its products including antilock braking systems and fuel injectors, is entering the ridesharing business.

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Automotive Design

The Citroën New Berlingo: The Leisure Class

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 21, 2018 at 6:31 AM

Leave it to the French to come up with a better approach to positioning what is ostensibly a minivan but which has design cues that have the robustness that might be associated with a sport ute.

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Didi Chuxing and What’s Missing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 20, 2018 at 6:30 AM

While the global car sharing market is anticipated to grow 34 percent annually between 2017 and 2024, the rate is expected to be 40 percent in China.

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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.

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Automotive Chassis

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 Materials

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 Design

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 Powertrain

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 Design

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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