Automotive Interiors

Magna Advances Seating Configurations

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 13, 2018 at 7:05 AM

Swamy Kotagiri, chief technology officer of Magna International, says that the massive automotive supplier—in 2017 it had $38.9-billion in global sales; it has 173,000+ employees, 340 manufacturing operations, 89 engineering/product development/sales centers throughout the world—which has four primary areas of business, including Body Exteriors & Structures (exteriors, body and chassis, roof systems), Power & Vision (powertrain, electronics, mechatronics mirrors, lighting), Seating Systems, and Complete Vehicles, is focusing on electrification, autonomy, and smart mobility.

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Automotive Management

Biermann Heading Hyundai Motor Group R&D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Albert Biermann had been vice president of Engineering for BMW M; in the spring of 2015 he joined the Hyundai Group, where he headed Vehicle Test and High Performance Development.

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Automotive Production

VW Opens Additive Center

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 11, 2018 at 8:36 AM

Volkswagen is further showing its commitment to the promise of additive technology for production operations by the opening today of a 3,100-square meter center in Wolfsburg that is dedicated to the technology.

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Automotive Powertrain

2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 10, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Acura has long been the brand that isn’t said in the same breath with the companies with which it competes—and it is “long” as in the brand was launched in March 1986, making it the first Japanese luxury brand in the U.S. market, beating out both Lexus and Infiniti.

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Automotive Interiors

Henry Payne Buys a Tesla Model 3

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 10, 2018 at 6:46 AM

Did you ever think about buying a Tesla Model 3, the car that has garnered hundreds of thousands of reservations and hundreds of thousands of more words from people anticipating and then, eventually, driving the vehicle?

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Digital Domain

About Additive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 06, 2018 at 6:11 AM

If you’re interested in what 3D/additive can/can’t do, then you might want to attend the Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Automotive, that is being held at the first industry day of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), January 16, in Cobo Center. 

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Digital Domain

Ford Advancing Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2018 at 5:31 PM

To assure that the company maintains its capabilities, relevance and leading-edge know-how in manufacturing, Ford has spent $45-million on its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford Township, Michigan, just west of Detroit.

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Porsche Runs Want Ads As Cool As a 911

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2018 at 5:57 AM

Finding first-rate employees is a challenge that every company faces on an on-going basis.

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Automotive Design

Jeep Goes Gladiator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 03, 2018 at 6:31 AM

According to Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand-North America, Jeep is the most-recognized vehicle on the planet, and while he is probably more than somewhat biased in this assessment, he is also probably right.

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Sponsored Content

How Topology Optimization Enables Design for Lightweighting

November 30, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Simulation software enables automotive engineers to take advantage of the lightweighting opportunities provided by technologies like 3D printing and microcellular injection molding.

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A Really Powerful Wind Tunnel

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 29, 2018 at 6:39 AM

A few years ago General Motors installed a new wind tunnel for testing 40 percent-size vehicles.

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Automotive Design

NACTOY Finalists Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2018 at 11:21 PM

The finalists for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards were announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, and because the choices are essentially based on choices predicated on design and engineering (after all, as the jurors drive the vehicles, it isn’t an issue of sales or marketing), the selections of the three finalists in each category can be considered among the best in class when it comes to those two functions.

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