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What Lightweighting Technologies Are Making CAFE Standards Attainable?

January 03, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Technologies like microcellular injection molding and 3D printing have increased the lightweighting options available to manufacturers, but how do design engineers adjust?

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Automotive Management

Reuss Named GM President

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2019 at 9:05 AM

A quick shout out to Mark Reuss, one of the best people in the industry, who was named president of GM this morning.

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Automotive Production

Tesla Sales and the Triumph Over High Seating

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 02, 2019 at 9:06 AM

The most remarkable thing about Tesla’s announcement today of its 2018 performance was not that it manufactured 86,555 vehicles in Q4, which is 8 percent more than its previous record quarter (Q3), of which 61,394 were Model 3s and 25,161 were Model S and X, nor that it is reducing prices for all of its models sold in the U.S. starting today by $2,000, in order to address the reduction in the federal tax credit that customers can receive from $7,500 to $3,750.

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Automotive Engineering

Portal Axles and 130 mph

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 02, 2019 at 8:08 AM

The G 500 4 x 42 was a special model developed by Mercedes that had a run from December 2015 to October 2017.

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Automotive Design

Tires and Design Domination

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 31, 2018 at 6:48 AM

Tire design is something that we don’t think a whole lot about.

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Automotive Electronics

The SOLO EV Is Really Being Built

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 28, 2018 at 7:23 AM

From the point of view of structural engineering and assembly, electric vehicles are a whole lot simpler than those with internal combustion engines, which probably goes a long way to explain why there are so many startups showing EVs.

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Automotive Powertrain

Aston Martin to Launch “Heritage EV” Program

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 26, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer: “We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come. Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”

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Automotive Management

Fluid Handling, Hot Cars & 2018 in the Rear View

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 24, 2018 at 7:19 AM

When you think about electric vehicles, you probably picture things like high-voltage orange wires.

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Automotive Engineering

2019 Genesis G70 RWD 2.0T Dynamic

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 21, 2018 at 6:40 AM

The G70 is equipped with everything from a 15-speaker Lexicon sound system to a microfiber suede headliner, from full LED headlights to quilted front seats that are heated and cooled and rear seats that are heated, from a head-up display to a limited-slip rear differential.

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BMW and Daimler: Almost Unimaginable

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 19, 2018 at 10:03 AM

While we are probably not at the edge of the Apocalypse, the joint announcement coming from BMW Group and Daimler AG today is something that most people probably didn’t expect and might have seemed Apocalyptic not all that long ago.

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Automotive Design

Continental, Element & B-pillars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 18, 2018 at 11:46 AM

At the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda introduced a concept, the Model X.

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Automotive Electronics

Aptiv’s Sure Thing in Las Vegas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 17, 2018 at 9:54 AM

Autonomous driving technology developer Aptiv has just announced that it has established its Las Vegas Technical Center, a 130,000-sq. ft. facility that includes R&D, data management, a demo center and resources for vehicle operations: Las Vegas is the site of where Aptiv has its largest self-driving fleet: there are 75 vehicles operating there.

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