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Automotive Lightweighting: The Case for Plastics

June 29, 2018 at 12:31 PM

Understanding and choosing from all the different material options is one of the biggest challenges with automotive lightweighting. That’s why it’s important to consider alternatives to metals like magnesium and aluminum in favor of plastic components. (Sponsored Content)

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Automotive Body

Creating a Record-Setting Porsche Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 29, 2018 at 10:22 AM

Thirty-five years and 31 days after Stefan Bellof set a lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit, it was bested today by Timo Bernhard, who lapped the 12.94-mile course in 5 minutes, 19.55 seconds in the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, a time that was better than the late Bellof’s by 51.58 seconds.

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Automotive Powertrain

Dodge Launches Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 28, 2018 at 2:16 PM

“It’s a Hellcat possessed by a Demon,” Steve Beahm says quite simply.

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Satisfying Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 28, 2018 at 6:34 AM

The AutoPacific 2018 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs) were announced last week.

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Ford Achieves Emission Reduction Goal 8 Years Early

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 27, 2018 at 10:56 AM

Ford announced today that although it had planned, starting in 2010, that it would reduce CO2 emissions 30 percent per vehicle produced by 2025, it has achieved that goal eight years early, an impressive accomplishment.

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Digital Domain

Digital Design Tools Dropping

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 26, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Allegorithmic, a French developer of 3D texture and material authoring software used to design everything from digital games to advertisements, has been spending the last few weeks dropping new digital “materials” specifically created for use in automotive design.

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Automotive Electronics

Networking for Autonomous Vehicles Alliance Established

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 26, 2018 at 10:28 AM

When a working group consisting of a major customer/developer and suppliers is formed around a particular technology, you know that things are moving along at some speed in that technological area.

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Automotive Electronics

Eaton Adds eMobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 26, 2018 at 9:11 AM

This morning automotive supplier Eaton announced that it has established a new global business that’s named and dedicated to eMobility.

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Tariffs on Autos: “No One Wins”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 26, 2018 at 6:01 AM

While talk of tariffs may make the president sound tough and which gives the talking heads on cable something to talk about, the impact of the potential 25 percent tariffs on vehicles imported to the U.S. could have some fairly significant consequences.

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Automotive Electronics

Graphene for Better Seats

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 25, 2018 at 8:33 AM

Promethient has developed a solid-state heating and cooling technology that it has named “Thermavance,” which makes use of graphene. This is a setup that is specifically for seats in everything from automobiles to golf cars, a heating and cooling system that is directly below the seating material and effectively works as a heat pump.

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A Lesson from Le Mans

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 21, 2018 at 6:58 AM

“I wouldn’t say we had the speed to win but we had the team to win.”

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Automotive Management

Ford and VW Explore Collaboration. Period.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2018 at 4:44 PM

When Volvo announced in 2017 that it would electrify all of its vehicles by 2019, many people thought that this meant that it would be eliminating all of the internal combustion engines that it has on offer and from 2019 it would be all electric vehicles, all the time.

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