Automotive Powertrain

What the VW ID. BUGGY Indicates

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Volkswagen will be presenting a concept, the ID. BUGGY, a contemporary take on a dune buggy, based on the MEB electric platform that the company will be using for a wide array of production vehicles, at the International Geneva Motor Show.

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Automotive Design

An Important Achromatic Color for Cars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2019 at 7:54 AM

The BASF Coatings Div. conducts an annual global survey of the color distribution across the automotive market and it seems as though when it comes to the color of choice, the consumers are rather vanilla in their selection, as white is the color of choice by a non-trivial amount compared to the number-two selection, black: 41 percent vs. 16 percent.

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Automotive Powertrain

Is the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE a Transformer?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 30, 2019 at 11:02 AM

As fans of the “Transformer” franchise know, one of the robots, Bumblebee, is a Camaro, which leads me to wonder whether the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE is an Autobot.

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Peugeot EV: 78 Years Ago

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 30, 2019 at 7:49 AM

Although you’ve not been able to get a new Peugeot in the U.S. since 1991, Larry Dominque, PSA Group North America CEO, is methodically working to bring back PSA products to the market, possibly Peugeots (the Group also includes Citroën, Opel, Vauxhall, and DS Automobiles). While they’re working on getting some traction, they’ve introduced the carsharing app Free2Move, which allows people to access vehicles, for now, in the Washington, DC, market, presumably in an effort to let legislators who may not be familiar with global competition to get their toes wet on the subject.

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Automotive Powertrain

Additive Manufacturing Hoonigan-Style

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Ken Block, rally driver extraordinaire with the Hoonigan Racing Division, the Paganini of the Pavement, has ripped up streets in all manner of Ford products, from Mustangs to Fiesta to Foci, and for his latest endeavor, “Gymkhana Ten: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour,” he is behind the wheel of the Hoonitruck, a 1977 F-150 powered by a 914-hp, 702-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (yes, the same type of engine that is used in the Ford GT), which generates copious amounts of rubbery smoke from the Toyo 315/35R20s.

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Autostadt: For the Love of Cars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2019 at 7:22 AM

The Autostadt complex in Wolfsburg, Germany, is a facility that speaks to car culture in a way that few other things anywhere in the world does.

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Automotive Electronics

TPM Comes to Cars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 28, 2019 at 3:51 PM

If you are reading this on a contemporary computer running Windows 10, there is a TPM running—a Trusted Platform Module—which is, according to Microsoft a “secure crypto-processor that is designed to carry out cryptographic operations.” At its most basic it is a means by which there are “keys” that allow digital access.

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Automotive Production

Another Sign of Electrification: Production Capacity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 28, 2019 at 8:07 AM

This is a picture of a diecasting setup taken on the inside of a new €35-million, 5,000 square-meter factory extension of a factory in Neckarsulm, Germany, a facility of KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH, a company that is a 50:50 joint venture of Rheinmetall Automotive KG of Germany and HUAYU Automotive Systems, a member of China’s SAIC Group.

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PwC Says 2018 a Big Year for Big Deals

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 24, 2019 at 10:53 AM

According to a new study of deals in the auto industry in 2018—as in acquisitions—conducted by PwC, even though the deal volume (903 for the year) was flat compared with 2017, the total deal value—$97.5-billion—was up 101 percent compared to 2017, in large part because nearly all of the acquirers “were focused on product expansion (buyers better positioning themselves for the vehicles of the future) or driving economies of scale.” Of the deals, there were what PwC describes as “mega-deals,” which were valued at $5-billion and over.

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Automotive Materials

Clean Factory in Stuttgart

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 24, 2019 at 7:04 AM

One of the consequences of creating an electric vehicle, the Taycan, on Porsche goes well beyond the styling and performance of the vehicle itself.

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Automotive Design

Car Colours in the U.K.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 23, 2019 at 6:47 AM

Given the seemingly dire state of affairs that is quite possibly going to occur in the U.K. given the inability to decide just how Brexit is going to be orchestrated so as not to cause massive problems to the economy, it comes as a bit of a surprise that according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), a U.K. automotive trade association (on January 15, Mike Hawes, chief executive of the organization, stated, “The vote against the Brexit deal on the table brings us closer to the ‘no deal’ cliff edge that would be catastrophic for the automotive industry,” so you can see that things are rather desperate), while you might think that the U.K. car buyer might opt for black exterior paint, so as to reflect the situation, that’s not the case.

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Automotive Electronics

Volvo Trucks: Autonomous Transport as a Service

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM

One of the trends that is expected to occur as a result of autonomous vehicle development is that OEMs will not just be equipment providers, but service providers, as well.

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