Automotive Materials

The NIO PAL by LAYER: A Scooter You’d Covet

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 10, 2019 at 6:14 AM

If you think about electric scooters for urban transport you might have in mind some mangled and abandoned objects that you’ve seen littering the sidewalks in major metropolises.

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Automotive Production

Energy at Honda Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 09, 2019 at 1:32 PM

The Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America plant in Russells Point, Ohio, which produces more than 850,000 transmissions per year, is the first automotive transmission manufacturing facility in the U.S. to earn the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.

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Automotive Design

Serious Student Design: The Kids Are More Than Alright

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 09, 2019 at 6:19 AM

“We are always impressed by the next generation of talent that competes in the annual Drive for Design contest, but this year our expectations were vastly surpassed based on the level of comprehensive artwork submitted.”

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Automotive Design

Volkswagen Introduces ID.3: If You’re In Europe, Get In Line

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 08, 2019 at 8:47 AM

In case you’re wondering, the name of the first electric vehicle that Volkswagen is rolling out as part of its massive electrification program is ID.3. One benefit of early ID.3 adopters: free electricity for the first year, up to 2,000 kWh.

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Automotive Design

Aluminum Sheet for EV Battery Enclosure

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 08, 2019 at 6:34 AM

As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) is about to increase almost exponentially, aluminum supplier Novelis is preparing to provide customers—be they OEMs or suppliers—with solutions, not only such things as aluminum sheet products for closures, but the company has developed what it says is the first-ever aluminum-sheet battery enclosure.

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Automotive Design

Ford’s Global 3D Model

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 07, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Gravity Sketch is a 3D virtual reality tool that allows designers to go directly to 3D modeling, with gestures taking the place of a stylus and tablet. Ford designers find the Co-Creation feature particularly useful, as this allows designers in studios around the world to be able to interact with the “same” 3D model.

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Automotive Management

Market, Tech, Positioning, Product and More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 06, 2019 at 6:46 AM

Once upon a time, automakers used to provide 10-day sales numbers. But as time has gone on, GM decided to go quarterly, then this year Ford followed suit, and now FCA has decided that with its April reporting, it, too, will go for the quarter not the month.

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Automotive Design

Saving the Manual (Sort Of)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 02, 2019 at 6:20 AM

Aston Martin has announced that the Vantage AMR, which is powered by a 503-hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, is being equipped with a Graziano seven-speed manual transmission.

 

 

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Automotive Electronics

Micromobility Matters, It Seems

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 01, 2019 at 4:11 PM

"While DENSO is certainly concerned about the projected future decline of new car sales in the United States, we are also very excited about the growth possibilities offered by the new types of mobility that are being pioneered by startup companies around the world." 

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Bicycles and Beyond

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 01, 2019 at 7:17 AM

According to NACTO, last year in the U.S. there were 84-million trips taken on bikes and scooters. What’s most notable about that figure is that it is more than twice as many trips as had been taken on micromobility services the previous year, which clearly indicates growth in that space.

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Automotive Engineering

2019 Lexus RC 350 F Sport AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 30, 2019 at 6:30 AM

The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” isn’t exactly the sort of thing that someone who writes for a living feels really happy about, but when it comes to the Lexus RC 350 F Sport, thousands of words, indeed.

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Automotive Body

Bollinger Motors: The Craft Movement for the Auto Industry?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 29, 2019 at 6:43 AM

Robert Bollinger is not your typical guy with an industrial design degree from Carnegie Mellon. Although he had hoped to study automotive design, that wasn’t in the cards.

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