Automotive Powertrain

Rivian Gets Even More Money, Now From Ford

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 24, 2019 at 8:39 AM

The electrification of automotive is serious business. This week it was announced that Ford is making a $500-million equity investment in Rivian.

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Automotive Electronics

Smartphones Optimize EV Parameters

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 24, 2019 at 6:28 AM

The intersection of smartphones and vehicles is growing, as OEMs add all manner of capabilities to their vehicles so that the phones can do more than provide a means by which Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are brought into the cabin.

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Automotive Electronics

Clouds from Both Sides Now: Ford, Autonomic, Amazon, Alibaba

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 24, 2019 at 6:13 AM

Autonomic is a fully owned subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility. It has developed something it calls the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC).

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Automotive Engineering

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 23, 2019 at 8:52 AM

The week I am driving a Mazda CX-5, a Signature AWD version, Mazda North American Operations announced its first quarter sales. And while I look at the number, I really don’t understand them.

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Porsche Making Earth Day Every Day

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 22, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) is working with South Pole, a Swiss organization that develops programs to help companies and organizations of all types to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Automotive Engineering

“After Hours” in New York

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 22, 2019 at 7:16 AM

Last week the New York International Auto Show held its press and industry preview days, which essentially means that the Javits Center was full of people who buy few cars (journalists), people who want to sell lots of cars (dealers) and a wide array of professionals who make up the global auto industry.

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Automotive Powertrain

The Return of Retro: Zero Labs’ Bronco EV & VW’s ID. BUGGY

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 19, 2019 at 10:33 AM

“I am proud to say, after three years and thousands of hours in development, we have created a meaningful production vehicle so unique that one look is all it takes to forever change the way we separate the relationship between our past and our future.”

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Automotive Chassis

Aston Martin: Past Is Prologue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 19, 2019 at 6:04 AM

Aston Martin cars finished 1-2 in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans (with, interestingly enough, Caroll Shelby being one of the two drivers in the winning car), something that the company is celebrating 60 years later with the DBS 59, a variation of the DBS Superleggera.

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Automotive Engineering

Lincoln Corsair Takes Flight

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 17, 2019 at 6:34 AM

“We wanted to create a dramatic, youthful Lincoln with terrific harmony.” And with the Corsair, they’ve accomplished what they set out to do.

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Automotive Electronics

A $2-trillion EV Market in 2040?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 16, 2019 at 6:18 AM

Researchers at Accenture Strategy have calculated that by 2040 the EV market will be in excess of $2-trillion in North America and Europe.

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Automotive Engineering

Mazda’s Masahiro Moro Talks Mazda in North America

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 15, 2019 at 5:57 AM

Masahiro Moro is the chairman and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, as well as the senior managing executive officer for Oversight of Operations in North America.

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Automotive Materials

A Professional Grade Bed for the GMC Sierra

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2019 at 6:58 AM

Staying with yesterday’s carbon fiber theme. . .GMC has announced that the Sierra Denali 1500 and the Sierra AT4 1500 will be available in early June (in limited numbers, initially, with wider availability next year) with a carbon fiber bed.

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