A Really Powerful Wind Tunnel

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 29, 2018 at 6:39 AM

A few years ago General Motors installed a new wind tunnel for testing 40 percent-size vehicles.

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Automotive Design

NACTOY Finalists Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2018 at 11:21 PM

The finalists for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards were announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, and because the choices are essentially based on choices predicated on design and engineering (after all, as the jurors drive the vehicles, it isn’t an issue of sales or marketing), the selections of the three finalists in each category can be considered among the best in class when it comes to those two functions.

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Automotive Engineering

About the 2020 Lincoln Aviator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2018 at 12:22 AM

Successful vehicles tend to be those that are available on a global basis, and increasingly, those vehicles tend to be in the SUV segment writ large.

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Automotive Engineering

Audi and Airbus Take Flight

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 27, 2018 at 9:15 AM

“Flying taxis are on the way.” Which sounds like a statement that one might hear from some futurist who is standing on a podium wearing a jumpsuit that appears as though it was sourced from Starfleet Command.

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Automotive Interiors

2019 Honda Insight

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 26, 2018 at 6:41 AM

One of the things that rarely gets the amount of attention that it should in a typical “car review” is the fact that for a considerable amount of time drivers are not “getting on the throttle” because for a considerable number of drivers, they’re “dwelling on the binders,” a.k.a., sitting with their foot depressed on the brakes, perhaps lifting every now and then in order to nudge forward in traffic.

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Automotive Design

The Next Range Rover Evoque

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 24, 2018 at 3:17 PM

“When the Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010, it transformed the world of compact SUVs; the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey.

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Automotive Production

BMW Is Big on Additive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 23, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Here are some interesting numbers recently reported by BMW, starting with one-million, which is the number of 3D printed components that the company has used in series production since it started using the additive process for production purposes back in 2010.

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Automotive Engineering

Range Rover Evoque Wired

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 22, 2018 at 6:57 AM

Today the new Range Rover Evoque is being introduced in London but if you live in the U.S., you’re undoubtedly too busy with turkey, football and napping, undoubtedly in that order, and so have little, if any interest, in taking a deep dive into anything other than another serving of stuffing.

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Automotive Powertrain

About the 2019 Toyota RAV4

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Last year Buick sold 219,231 vehicles in the U.S.

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Automotive Body

2018 Jaguar E-PACE First Edition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2018 at 6:10 AM

The thing about the Jaguar E-PACE is that although this compact sport utility vehicle is said to have been inspired by the F-TYPE, which is a stunningly styled sports car, it seems that the E-PACE, blather about shared DNA notwithstanding, doesn’t have the punch nor the panache that the F-TYPE does, which may say more about the styling limits of the SUV form than it does the E-PACE in particular.

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Volkswagen in China

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 20, 2018 at 6:32 AM

There are 12,156 parking spaces at the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in Florida, according to the wdwmagic.com website, which means that were you to park all of the Volkswagen vehicles that were sold in China in 1985 you would have 10,156 empty parking spaces.

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Automotive Materials

Royal Composites

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 19, 2018 at 6:19 AM

While you might look at this picture and think, “Hmm, just a group of dressed-up people looking at some sort of unusually shaped object with a moderate amount of restrained interest”. . . . . .and while you wouldn’t necessarily be off the mark with that assessment, you might consider the picture somewhat differently know that: (1) The tall person (third from left) is the Duke of Cambridge, who could conceivably become the King of England (2) The object is a carbon fiber tub produced in the 7,000-square-meter facility they’re in, the brand-new McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Yorkshire.

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