Automotive Engineering

Looking at the 2019 Malibu

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 06, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Brian Smith, exterior design manager for Chevrolet passenger cars and crossovers, says that the 2019 Malibu has undergone “what we call an MCM—a midcycle major, a refresh, including a new front fascia, grilles, lighting, new taillamps on rear for up level trims, new rear fascia lower and new exhaust tips that we’ve pulled to the corners, to stretch them out a little bit. “The overall goal for us was to make the car more premium.” Malibu Premier And the top trim level Malibu is called the “Premier,” so the premium-ness is part and parcel of the fundamental vehicle itself.

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Bosch Establishes Sunnyvale Presence

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 05, 2018 at 12:05 PM

The Bosch Group is not a stranger to Silicon Valley by any means.

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Automotive Chassis

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Jules Verne published 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1870; the 1954 film version staring James Mason as Captain Nemo came to mind while driving the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Automotive Design

Chevy Tahoe Back in Black

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2018 at 7:32 AM

Last August, Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director, noted of the full-size SUV segment, “In the past five years, the average transaction price for the segment has climbed fueled by customer appetite for features like heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display.

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Automotive Management

Mercedes, BMW and the Transformation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2018 at 6:04 AM

Although some people are skeptical of the impact that ride-hailing and ride-sharing may have, that skepticism can, in large part, be allayed by the announcement last week that the BMW Group and Daimler AG are going to be merging their mobility services business units.

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Automotive Engineering

Three Guys Walk into a Studio. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 02, 2018 at 6:42 AM

At this year’s Detroit Auto Show—officially known as the “North American International Auto Show,” and not just because it is across the river from Canada—there were several new vehicle introductions, as is the case with auto shows.

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Automotive Design

VinFast: A Vietnamese Auto Startup Living Up to Its Name

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 31, 2018 at 9:14 AM

A Vietnamese start-up auto company is doing what it name implies: VinFast Manufacturing and Trading Company Limited is going exceedingly fast in vehicle development.

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Automotive Electronics

Tofino: Another EV Under Development

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 30, 2018 at 6:39 AM

A car company based in Vancouver, Canada?

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Automotive Management

Lincoln Aviator Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 28, 2018 at 5:26 AM

The Lincoln Motor Company has unveiled a three-row crossover, a pre-production execution (which means that details are still publicly scant, as the company prepares to build the vehicle: they haven’t even announced what model year it will be, only that it will be launched next year), named the Aviator.

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Automotive Powertrain

GMC Going Off-Road with AT4

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 27, 2018 at 4:03 PM

Although the 2019 GMC Sierra has yet to be released, the folks at what is arguably General Motors most-powerful brand (yes, Chevy handily outsells it, but when you look at the total sales numbers for 2017, GMC, which is second in terms of units delivered, is the only one of the GM U.S. brands—also including Buick and Cadillac—that finished the year up over its performance in 2016: a plus sign in front of its performance, not a minus), the brand that has created a massively popular and prosperous Denali sub-brand, are at it again, launching what will probably give some folks over in Auburn Hills a slight case of the nerves: GMC has announced the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4, which is an off-road intensive version of the light-duty pickup.

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Automotive Electronics

Emergency Calling Becomes Required in the EU

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 27, 2018 at 6:28 AM

Automatic emergency calling functionality—“eCall”—becomes mandatory for all new cars and light commercial vehicles next Saturday (March 31) in the European Union.

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Automotive Engineering

TourX: That’s a Buick?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 26, 2018 at 6:20 AM

One of the best, most stylish vehicles available in the U.S. market last year was the Buick Regal.

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