Automotive Materials

Why the Chevy Bison ZR2 Is Really Rugged

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Although you may not spend a whole lot of time thinking about steel, those who do know that there is a class of materials that are called “advanced high-strength steels” (AHSS) which make mere high-strength steels seem, well, not as strong.

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Automotive Materials

Printing a Shock

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2018 at 6:12 AM

Although this shock absorber is just a demonstration device, its fabrication is rather clever as the materials company that made it, Covestro, used three different materials and three different 3D fabrication processes to make it: First, there’s the outer spring of the 40 x 7-cm part.

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Automotive Management

FCA Adds ADAS Capability to Chelsea

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 05, 2018 at 7:20 AM

At the end of May, the then-CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the late Sergio Marchionne, said, on the occasion of the announcement that up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans would be added to Waymo’s self-driving fleet, “FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic.” Not unlike the situation with regard to electric vehicles, which Marchionne said was a money-loser except, perhaps, at the high end, it seemed that FCA was going to let GM with Cruise Automation and Ford with Argo AI make the huge investments for autonomous technology while it would work with Waymo and arguably let the Silicon Valley company do the heavy lifting.

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Automotive Engineering

What Do Owners Want: AutoPacific Announces IVAs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 05, 2018 at 6:34 AM

One of the biggest questions that all product planners face is: What do people want?

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Automotive Electronics

Mercedes Unveils EQC, an Electric Crossover

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 1:30 PM

“A dawn for a new era of our company.” That’s how Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, described the EQC at the vehicle’s official introduction at an event in Stockholm today. “It is the complete package,” he said, ticking of the boxes for design, usability, serviceability and convenience.

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Automotive Electronics

SAE and Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 6:44 AM

Autonomous driving is one of those things that everyone has an opinion about but with which they have little first-hand experience.

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Sponsored Content

Digitalization Takes Center Stage at IMTS 2018

August 31, 2018 at 1:41 PM

More and more businesses are moving toward a more digitally connected manufacturing operation. As a result, digitalization is one of the leading trends to see on display at IMTS 2018.

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Pink Cadillac

August 31, 2018 at 7:48 AM

In 1985 “Freeway of Love” was released by Aretha Franklin; it includes the lyric: “We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love/In my pink Cadillac.” Aretha is being laid to rest today in Woodlawn Cemetery, which is located on Woodward Avenue—yes, the Woodward that is the street that had the first traffic signal installed in the U.S.; the same Woodward of the “Dream Cruise;” the same Woodward that so many auto engineers ran quarter-mile tests on back in the day—just south of Eight Mile—yes, that Eight Mile. (photo: Santa Fabio for GM) Aretha encompassed the soul of Detroit in a way that a Hemi under a hood does; the way a Mustang’s growl does; the way that a convertible Cadillac does.

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Pink Cadillac

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 31, 2018 at 7:48 AM

In 1985 “Freeway of Love” was released by Aretha Franklin; it includes the lyric: “We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love/In my pink Cadillac.” Aretha is being laid to rest today in Woodlawn Cemetery, which is located on Woodward Avenue—yes, the Woodward that is the street that had the first traffic signal installed in the U.S.; the same Woodward of the “Dream Cruise;” the same Woodward that so many auto engineers ran quarter-mile tests on back in the day—just south of Eight Mile—yes, that Eight Mile. 

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Automotive Production

Not a Chiron for the Kids

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 31, 2018 at 7:23 AM

Here, obviously, are two Bugatti Chirons: The one on the right appears to have a rather interesting textured skin.

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Automotive Management

TRATON: What’s in a Name?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 30, 2018 at 10:57 AM

As of today, the company previously known as “Volkswagen Truck & Bus,” which encompasses the vehicle brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, and RIO, which had global sales in 2017 of 205,000 light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, is now known as TRATON AG.

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Automotive Powertrain

Hennessey Engine: For Those Who Like Fast Metal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 30, 2018 at 6:57 AM

For those who like shiny machined metal, following are photos of the Hennessey Special Vehicle team-developed engine that will go into the Venom F5.

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