Automotive Supply Side

Dealing with Hacking

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 05, 2018 at 6:33 AM

A key concern for both potential riders and system providers in and of autonomous vehicles is hacking: for the former, who hasn’t seen a movie during which the locks on the door engage and the vehicle takes off endangering the hero; for the latter, when there are recalls because of faulty latches, can you imagine the ramifications of a hacked vehicle?

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Automotive Interiors

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 04, 2018 at 6:34 AM

The thing about the 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription: this all-new crossover from Sweden is the kind of vehicle that you want to be in when driving in and around Gothenburg, from which it hails, because it has the levels of comfort and capability that put you in good stead, regardless of the weather (although, oddly enough, as I am writing this it is 39 degrees F there and 14 degrees F here in Plymouth and there are several inches of snow on the ground, so don’t imagine that you need to go to Sweden to drive a vehicle that has what is described as “instant traction” all-wheel-drive (a BorgWarner Generation 5 coupling distributes torque as required based on on-going sensor inputs; as much as 50 percent of the torque can be distributed to the rear wheels when necessary). One of the things that you probably think about when you think “Volvo” is something that is imminently sensible.

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Automotive Engineering

Bangle’s Return

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2018 at 5:50 AM

Although the automotive design world is comparatively small, with most people knowing what their former classmates, co-workers or chums are up to, some of you might be saying to yourselves every now and then, “What ever happened to Chris Bangle?” Bangle, the Art Center grad who went to Opel in 1981, went to Fiat four years later, then, in 1992, became design chief at BMW, left the German automaker in 2009.

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Automotive Supply Side

Aptiv & Lyft: Autonomous Vegas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 02, 2018 at 3:03 PM

At next week’s CES in Las Vegas—the preeminent electronics show—there will be games and drones and virtual reality and digital health products and entertainment devices and. . .autonomous vehicles.

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Dakar Like Paris

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 02, 2018 at 5:43 AM

The 2018 Dakar Rally is being held about 4,500 miles and a continent away from Dakar.

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Automotive Interiors

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 29, 2017 at 6:36 AM

The thing about the Chevy Colorado ZR2: If your idea of “off road” has something to do with parking on the lawn to attend a concert, you don’t need this truck.

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Porsche LMP Suppliers Praised

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 27, 2017 at 2:58 PM

In 2018 the Porsche 919 Hybrid, which scored three straight victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and six world championship titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship, will be going on something of a farewell tour, and will finally end up in the Porsche Museum in the fall.

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Digital Domain

MINI Goes Big on 3D Printing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 27, 2017 at 2:02 PM

Although the auto industry uses a tremendous amount of 3D printing equipment, one avoids referring to it as “additive manufacturing” for the simple reason that “manufacturing” sounds like repetitive processing of goods in non-trivial volume, and given (1) the throughput of the equipment and (2) the number of vehicles that are produced in a given hour by any manufacturer whose products are sitting in the parking lot outside your window (OK, there are exceptions, like if you happen to be in Newport Beach), the auto industry has pretty much used the equipment for purposes of prototyping.

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Automotive Management

After Hours: Ho, Ho, Ho & No, No, No

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 26, 2017 at 6:14 AM

Today is Boxing Day.

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Automotive Production

No Chiron for Christmas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 25, 2017 at 6:14 AM

You probably didn’t get a Bugatti Chiron in your driveway with one of those giant red bows on its sculpted roof today.

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Automotive Engineering

Acura RDX: Anticipating Gen 3

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 21, 2017 at 8:43 AM

Nearly 13 years ago—January 2005—Acura unveiled a concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the RD-X: And just over a year later, the company launched the first-gen premium-entry SUV (as they’ve become known), the RDX.

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Automotive Production

Audi Goes Ergo

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 21, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Here is a man who is working on a transfer press at the Audi plant in Neckarsulm, Germany: Here is a man who is installing interior trim in an Audi A4/A5 at the Ingolstadt assembly plant: Here is a man who is handling CKD car components in the logistics area of the Ingolstadt plant: And here is a man who is polishing a mold in tool maintenance at Neckarsulm: So what do all four have in common (beyond, obviously, employment at Audi)? If you look closely, you’ll note they all have blue tubes and/or black patches that are visible on their thighs.

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