Automotive Powertrain

The Unstately (But Remarkable) Performance of Bentley

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 01, 2019 at 8:41 AM

Who knew that a Bentley could be so brisk—and bold?

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Automotive Powertrain

The Globe from the Powertrain Perspective

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 01, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Although there are some who think that the internal combustion engine (ICE) is doomed, that it is gasping its last intake sequence and will soon be completely exhausted, James Martin, Senior Research Analyst, Powertrain and Compliance, IHS Markit, is not one of them.

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MONET Gains More Traction

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 29, 2019 at 9:03 AM

MONET Technologies was established last February as a joint venture between SoftBank and Toyota to address three business domains: (1) on-demand mobility services; (2) data-analysis services; (3) autonomous vehicle mobility services (which they’re calling “Autono-MaaS,” with the “MaaS” being “Mobility as a Service”). These undertakings align well with the two companies, as SoftBank is a telecom and tech company (and an investor in a multitude of advanced tech companies) and Toyota, of course, builds mobility devices (a.k.a,, vehicles). (Image: MONET) If there is one thing that is certain about creating autonomous, connected, shared services and vehicles it is that the undertaking is staggeringly expensive.

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Automotive Production

Volvo Trucks to Invest $400-million in Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 28, 2019 at 11:11 AM

How do you assure a better future? By investing in it. That’s what Volvo Trucks is doing.

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California, Canada and Counting Cars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 28, 2019 at 6:20 AM

According to widely accepted statics, if California was a country, it would have the fifth largest economy in the world.

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Automotive Production

ZF and AKC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 26, 2019 at 10:50 AM

Rear steering can provide big benefits. And ZF is building lots of them.

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Automotive Materials

See What McLaren Automotive Has Developed

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 26, 2019 at 6:55 AM

There are two extraordinary capabilities of McLaren Automotive: its ability to design and its mastery of lightweight material utilization.

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Automotive Production

American Made

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 25, 2019 at 1:57 PM

People who make their living in the auto industry probably won’t be surprised, but some others will be when they look at the Cars.com ranking of the most “American-made” vehicles.

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VW and CNG

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 25, 2019 at 11:50 AM

Electric cars are coming. CNG cars are here right now.

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Automotive Electronics

FCA Adds Uconnect Market: Shopping on the Road

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 25, 2019 at 6:10 AM

While there are several people who are concerned that their car will be hacked in a way analogous to that executed by researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek of a reporter’s Jeep Cherokee for an article in Wired, let’s face it: he was a reporter for Wired who was writing about what those guys could do, not some random person who was on their way to work.

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Automotive Engineering

Deep Dive on the Hyundai Palisade

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 24, 2019 at 6:41 AM

A true indication of how times are changing in the auto industry can be seen in what has happened at Hyundai Motor America, which has just launched an important product in its portfolio, in fact an all-new vehicle that HMA people refer to as the “flagship” for the brand.

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Automotive Engineering

Good News for Sedan Product Planners

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 20, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Sedans may be down, but a global study conducted by Nissan shows that they’re certainly not out.

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